Best photo and video storage apps for iPhone and iPad: Flickr, Dropbox, 500px, and more!

The very best iPhone and iPad apps to store, organize, edit, share, and keep all your photos safe!

Looking for the best iPhone apps and best iPad apps to store all your photos and videos and keep them safe? Well, you should be! Pictures and videos can take up a lot of space, and for people that don't have large capacity iPhones or iPads, running out of storage is a common problem. Storage limitations aside, if your iPhone or iPad were to ever get damaged, lost, or stolen, you don't want all your memories to go with it. Luckily, the App Store has lots of alternatives. But which iPhone and iPad photo and video storage apps are the absolute best?


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Best photo and video storage apps for iPhone and iPad: Flickr

Flickr is a completely free option powered by Yahoo and gives you 1TB of storage space for your photos. Flickr also supports photo and video capture as well as upload. For folks who won't remember to upload their photos at regular intervals, just set Flickr to back them up for you through the auto-upload feature. Aside from storing your photos you can also share them with others publicly or selectively as well as check out all the amazing photos that make up the Flickr community. Unfortunately, Flickr isn't available for the iPad. You can however log in through Safari which is a passable solution until Flickr releases a native iPad app.

If your biggest concern is free storage and don't mind not having native iPad support, you want Flickr.


Best photo and video storage apps for iPhone and iPad: 500px

500px is also an online photo community but unlike Flickr, you can also choose to sell your work on 500px. For free you can upload 20 photos a week or you can choose a paid plan to take advantage of unlimited uploads and tons more features. A few bucks a month also gets you unlimited private sets which means your collection is safe and for your eyes only, as long as you have a membership. Not to mention the 500px app is gorgeously designed and universally supported for both iPhone and iPad.

If you're interested in selling your photos and don't mind spending a few bucks a month for unlimited uploads, give 500px a good look.

Best photo and video storage apps for iPhone and iPad: Dropbox Carousel

Carousel is a new app by Dropbox that automatically filters in your photos for beautiful gallery views. Like Flickr, Carousel also supports automatic uploads so you never have to remember to back up your photos. Start conversations and swap photos privately with any other Dropbox user. Like a photo they have? Instantly save it to your own Dropbox. Since Carousel is just a gallery viewer for Dropbox, whatever storage space you already have, you can use. If you're new to Dropbox, you get 2GB to start with and can pay for more as you need it.

Carousel is currently iPhone only, so if iPad support is a must, Carousel won't be your best option, at least not yet. If you're already using Dropbox and don't care about publicly sharing your photos, Carousel is a great option.


Best photo and video storage apps for iPhone and iPad: Google Plus

The Google+ app for iPhone and iPad features an automatic upload feature as well that lets you conveniently store your photos and videos. Nothing you upload is ever shared until you choose to share it. In order to conserve on space, Google defaults to uploading your photos at a max of 2048 pixels on the largest side. You can upload full size images from your computer but keep in mind you may need to sign up for more storage if you want to store the highest resolution photos available. Google+ also offers a lot of photo editing tools and options that are super convenient for on the fly changes and adjustments.

If you already use Google Drive and/or other Google products, Google+'s unique set of editing tools and auto-upload feature make is a fairly decent option.

Amazon Cloud Drive

Best photo and video storage apps for iPhone and iPad: Amazon Cloud Drive

Amazon Cloud Drive lets you use your existing Amazon account to log in and tap into a free 5GB for photo storage. Like some of the other options, Amazon Cloud Storage also offers an auto-upload feature so you never have to remember to upload photos. The Amazon Cloud Drive app isn't anything fancy and doesn't have many add-ons but it's super simple to use and great for anyone who just wants raw storage. Amazon Cloud Drive is also universally supported for iPhone and iPad.

If you want a no frills option and already have an Amazon account, it doesn't get much simpler than Amazon Cloud Drive.

Your favorite photo and video storage apps for iPhone and iPad?

If you have a cloud storage plan in place for backing up your photos, what did you decide on and why? Be sure to let me know in the comments!

Allyson Kazmucha

iMore senior editor from 2011 to 2015.