Getting started with Mylio

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Mylio is an application that turns your computers, phones, tablets, and external storage devices into a smart and powerful system for managing a lifetime of memories. The Mylio app catalogs your photos, videos, and documents — from any source — into one library accessible on all your devices.


What makes Mylio different?

First, Mylio is not a cloud service.

Mylio prioritizes your privacy. The app offers complete control over where and how your files are stored. They are always with you, on your own devices. Powerful features and tools make organizing and finding photos fast and fun. With Mylio, your devices communicate directly with each other, working together to keep all your media organized while intelligently managing storage. Never lose a photo and never run out of space.

Get privacy, control, access, and protection — plus amazingly fast organization and editing features that give you the freedom to spend as little or as much time as you want to manage your life in pictures.

Who is Mylio for?

People who use Mylio have two things in common: they have a lot of photos, and they care a lot about them. Mylio is flexible enough to be the ultimate photo manager for all your personal photos, to manage a shared family library, become a lightning-fast digital asset manager for small businesses, and so much more.

How does Mylio work?

Your Mylio setup starts with your devices: computers, phones, tablets, and external drives. Mylio gives each device you add a role. These roles empower your devices to make smart decisions about managing storage and protecting your files.


What are device “roles”?


By default, most new devices are assigned the auto-optimized role. This means that Mylio makes smart decisions to manage your storage and protect your files. Devices that are commonly auto-optimized are computers with limited storage, phones, and tablets.


Devices that have a lot of available storage may be designated as a Vault, which means they will store your entire Mylio library including full-quality photos, videos, and documents. Having two or more Vaults can fully protect your library in case of hardware failure, theft, or other disasters. Some examples of Vault devices include desktop computers, external drives, or cloud services.

You can always find all your devices, their roles, and their sync status on the Dashboard.


How do I add devices?

Here are some helpful links with details about how to add a range of devices to your Mylio account.

Add a device

iOS Phone
Android Phone

Add a Cloud Service*

Microsoft OneDrive
Amazon Drive
Google Drive

*Mylio automatically protects your privacy on cloud services by encrypting your files. However, turning off Mylio’s default encryption on cloud services will expose your photos, videos, and documents to those service providers, where they will be governed by each service’s privacy policy and terms of service. Learn more

When should I upgrade to Mylio Premium?

Mylio is free for up to 5,000 image or video files and three devices†. Your free account will not expire. You can import photos and view all features as you evaluate Mylio as a solution to manage your lifetime of memories. The Mylio app will let you know when you are approaching a limit. Subscribing to Mylio Premium will remove all file and device limits and give you access to all of Mylio’s advanced features.

† Devices that count toward the free account limits include only devices where the Mylio app is installed and running — computers, phones, and tablets. External storage like USB hard drives, Network Attached Storage (NAS), and cloud services do not count toward device limits.

What should I try first?

Once you have started your Mylio Library, try:

Face tagging



Do you have scanned photos or files with missing location information? Use the map in the Details panel and drag files to the location where they belong.

Calendar events

One easy way to add special events to your Life Calendar™ is to choose a folder you already have and make it an event.


Once you have tagged some faces and confirmed some file locations, you can search your library for files that meet one or more conditions, like a friend’s name and a location to see all the pictures that meet both criteria.