Since June 1, 2021, Google has announced the end of unlimited storage of photographs on its Google Photos service. The question of an alternative then arises. Today we are going to introduce you to the test of Amazon Photos, the photo and video storage service included in Amazon Prime.
Go to Amazon Photos
To go to Amazon Photos, use the following link: https://www.amazon.fr/photos/
The first time you connect, you’ll need to connect a device with which to sync your photos to Amazon Photos.
Amazon Photos app on Android
Start by downloading and installing the app. When you open it for the first time, you will arrive on this page. You will then need to log into your Amazon account.
Give the necessary permissions to the app then validate. You then arrive on the home page of the application. This is where you will make the first settings: automatic recording and use of mobile data.
Since you are a Prime subscriber, Amazon reminds you that photo storage is unlimited. However, it does offer you to take monthly subscriptions to store videos. If you’re not interested, tap To close to continue.
Last step, the application asks you if you want to save the contents of other folders than the photos, for example the application folders or the Download folder.
Once configured, you can follow the addition of content to your Amazon account live.
Connect your computer to Amazon Photos
There exists a Amazon Photos app on Windows and Mac to view and save the photos on your computer. To access it, access your Amazon Photos account then click on Connect device.
The next step is to log into your Amazon account so that the utility can send the photos to it.
Once logged in, you will be taken to the main Amazon Photos window. The utility will scan the files itself Pictures and Videos from your computer to import them.
You can now return to the Amazon Photos site which will confirm that your computer is connected. You can click on Continue to the web application.
After a few minutes, you will see your first photos appear. Depending on the number of photos to synchronize and the quality of your internet network, it may take from a few minutes to several hours.
When you have a subscription Amazon prime, photo storage is unlimited, while you will have 5 GB of video storage.
For a user without a subscription, he will have 5 GB of space to share between photos and videos.
Comparison with Google One
Both solutions have their advantage depending on whether you take a paid subscription or not.
Google Photos offers some great features like searching within photos. The latter can be done by location, through face or by subject, for example “Landscapes”. Unfortunately, these search functions are not included at Amazon.
At Amazon Photos, we will find, for example, Family Albums which allow you to create a family group of 5 people with whom you will share with members of your family. While at Google, it is possible to share your photo library automatically with a trusted contact.
Finally, Google One subscribers will have photo editing features, non-existent at Amazon. These will allow you for example to add a blur effect, to automatically retouch the characteristics of your photo (contrast, brightness, etc.) or to apply many filters.
Here we find the different photo editing menus, integrated into Amazon PhotosIn conclusion, we find the same photo editing features, whether in terms of tools, filters or backgrounds. Note however that some filters or tools (portrait mode for example) are reserved for subscribers for Google Photos.
With Google, when you subscribe to a free plan, you have 15 GB of free storage to divide between your Photos, Videos, Mails and Document Drive.
At Amazon Photos, you will only have 5 GB available.
At Amazon Photos, as soon as you subscribe to Amazon Prime, you have unlimited storage for photos and 5 GB for videos. All for € 49.00 per year.
With Google One, you will only have the storage you pay for, to be distributed among all Google services. There are currently 6 packages ranging from € 1.99 per month to € 149.99 per month.
In conclusion, for a free offer, you will have to prefer Google and for a paid offer, that of Amazon will be more advantageous.