Protecting Media to Amazon Drive

Note: This is a premium feature available to paid Mylio subscribers. Learn more about the benefits of upgrading your Mylio account here.

Mylio allows you to easily protect your photos to the cloud by backing up your library with Amazon Drive. Once this feature is enabled, any media within your Mylio Library will automatically be protected to Amazon Drive. If your device is lost, stolen, or broken you can easily retrieve all synced media from Amazon Drive and fully repopulate your Mylio library – including photos, videos, files, metadata, albums, events, tags, and any other Mylio specific data. Amazon Drive can also be used to populate Mylio on computers that are not able to be synced peer-to-peer.

Once Amazon Drive has been added as a protection service it will be listed in the sync panel as a protection location. Amazon Drive can then be manipulated as any other protection device to include or exclude specific data from your Mylio library. However, unlike other protection devices (NAS and USB devices), Protecting your files to Amazon Drive does not give you the ability to edit data within Amazon Drive for reflection in Mylio. This feature is designed solely as a tool for Mylio to communicate with and is not an alternative, traditional uploader for Amazon Drive.

Note: Amazon Drive protection uploads your files as “other files” and not “photos”, this requires Amazon’s Unlimited Everything storage plan.


Setting Up Amazon Cloud Drive

1. From a computer and within Mylio, select the device map.

2. Select ‘Add More Devices’ at the top of the device map.
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3. Select ‘Add Amazon Drive’.
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4. Mylio will display the “Add Cloud Storage’ menu. To add Amazon Drive as a protection service, select ‘Add Amazon Drive’ at the bottom of this window.
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5. Sign in to the Amazon account that is subscribed to Amazon’s Unlimited Everything storage plan.
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6. Once signed in, Mylio will display Amazon Drive within the sync panel. By default, Amazon Drive will protect all thumbnails, previews, and originals.


Restoring Mylio from Amazon Drive

In some cases, you may wish to restore your Mylio Library from Amazon Drive. This may happen if your device is lost, stolen, broken, or if you are starting Mylio on a remote device that cannot connect to another device via a peer-to-peer connection. By signing in to your Mylio account that has previously been protected to Amazon Drive, Mylio will automatically download your media in the quality designated by your device’s default sync policy. You can adjust the sync policy for individual files or folders if you wish to keep higher or lower quality photos on your device.

  1. Open and sign in to the Mylio account previously associated with Amazon Drive.
  2. Open the sync panel and ensure ‘Amazon Drive’ is listed as a protection location.
  3. Mylio will automatically begin to download your Mylio catalog and library to the new device. (Note: this process may take time. To speed up syncing connect to another device via a peer-to-peer connection that has your Mylio Library).


Unregistering Amazon Drive as a Mylio Device

If you wish to unregister Amazon Drive as a location that Mylio can sync to, you can do so from the service’s sync preferences. By unregistering Amazon Drive you will prevent Mylio from protecting any new media to Amazon Drive. Media currently on Amazon Drive will not be removed from the service. Note that if Amazon Drive is unregistered and then set up again your library will need to fully resync to the service.

  1. Open Mylio’s Device Map to locate all current sync locations.
  2. Select the cloud icon to the left of Amazon Drive to open the Device Settings menu.
  3. Select ‘Unregister this Device’ at the bottom of the Device Settings menu.
  4. Confirm that you would like to unregister the device by typing in your Mylio password.