Protect your Photos

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Estimated time: 9 minutes

This article explains how to protect your photos with Mylio. To set up protection that works for you, you need to know the answers to 2 questions:

#1

Do I want to store all of my original photos on this device, or do I want Mylio to automatically save space on this device?

  • Store original photos on this device

    Your original photos need to be stored on at least one device. This device should have a significant amount of storage space. Common devices for storing Originals include:

    • Desktop computers
    • External hard drives
    • Cloud storage
    • NAS devices
  • Save space on this device

    Mylio will help you save storage space on the rest of your devices by automatically optimizing photos. You will still be able to see all of your photos on these devices, but those optimized photos will take up much less space. Common devices for saving space include:

    • Smartphones
    • Tablets
    • Laptops
#2

What is the difference between an original and an optimized photo?

  • Thumbnails

    A small version of your photos (20kb to 30kb) that is great for referencing your full library. Ideal for mobile devices like smartphones. You cannot edit files in this format.

  • Previews

    Medium quality (approximately 1mb) that gives an accurate representation of your photos at a fraction of the space. Ideal for laptops. You can edit files in this format.

  • Originals

    The full quality original (original file size). Ideal for devices with lots of storage like desktop computers. These files are RAW compatible and fully editable.

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Okay, now you’re ready to set up Mylio to protect your photos.
step1

Decide which devices will store original photos (2 recommended)

Remember, these devices must have enough storage space to hold all your original photos. We recommend setting 2 devices to store original photos, and ideally those devices are in two different locations; for example, one could be at your home and the other could be at your place of work.

step2

Change the Device Settings for each of those devices.

  1. Open Mylio and select the Dashboard () in the top right corner.
  2. Click on the device that you want to to store original photos.
  3. Select Device Sync Policy Settings.
  4. Make sure to choose Vault.
  5. Repeat for each device that you want to store original photos (2 recommended).
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step3

Set the rest of your devices to be Auto-Optimized.

  1. Open Mylio and select the Dashboard () in the top right corner.
  2. Click on the device that you want to be Auto-Optimized.
  3. Select Device Sync Policy Settings.
  4. Select Auto Optimized.
  5. Repeat for each device that you want to be Auto-Optimized.