Note: This is a premium feature available to paid Mylio subscribers. Learn more about the benefits of upgrading your Mylio account here.
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 Prime Photos must be uploaded unencrypted.
Note: Amazon Drive is a subscription service. If your account expires, Amazon may delete photos from your drive.
Uploading Encrypted vs Unencrypted
Before deciding on an encryption method, it is important to understand that Mylio utilizes Amazon as a protection location for your files. Mylio does not preserve your file structure when uploading, and changes should not be made to the uploaded files on the Amazon Drive website (even if uploaded unencrypted). This protection method is solely meant to protect your Mylio library and not designed to give compatibility between the two services.
Mylio’s default behavior is to upload your photos as encrypted files. If your images are uploaded encrypted, Mylio will encrypt your files in a way that Amazon is not able to read these images, keeping your library fully secure. This ensures the highest level of protection as Mylio is the sole key to locking and unlocking your images.
Encrypted Amazon Drive protection uploads your files as “other files” and not “photos”, which means this option is not compatible with Amazon’s free Prime Photos and requires Amazon Drive. Amazon provides a free 5GB of Amazon Drive space that Mylio can utilize. Additional storage can be purchased from within your Amazon Drive account.
Mylio protects your images in the cloud with AES 256bit encryption. Your Mylio account must be used to unencrypt these images.
Mylio will upload your files directly to Amazon in full, original quality. These images will upload as their actual file-extension and be viewable by Amazon. Mylio will not be needed to view your images.
Unencrypted Amazon Drive protection is compatible with Amazon’s free Prime Photos. However, libraries with more than 5gb of non-photo files, including videos, may still run out of space. Additional storage can be purchased from within your Amazon Drive account.
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.
3. Select ‘Add Amazon Drive’.
4. Mylio will display the ‘Add Cloud Storage’ menu. Here, you can choose if you wish to upload your files encrypted or unencrypted. If you wish to use Amazon Prime Photos, you must select unencrypted. Once decided, simply select ‘Add Amazon Drive’ at the bottom of this window.
5. Sign in to your Amazon account.
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.
- Open and sign in to the Mylio account previously associated with Amazon Drive.
- Open the sync panel and ensure ‘Amazon Drive’ is listed as a protection location.
- 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.
- Open Mylio’s Device Map to locate all current sync locations.
- Select the cloud icon to the left of Amazon Drive to open the Device Settings menu.
- Select ‘Unregister this Device’ at the bottom of the Device Settings menu.
- Confirm that you would like to unregister the device by typing in your Mylio password.