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 protecting 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 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 Device it will be listed in the Sync panel and Dashboard. 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 Device 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.

Uploading Encrypted


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. Only your Mylio account can be used to unencrypt these images.

Uploading Unencrypted


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.

Working With Amazon Drive in Mylio

Setting Up Amazon Drive

1. Open Mylio on a computer and open the Dashboard.

2. Select the plus sign in the top right of the Device tab within the Dashboard.

3. Select Add Amazon Drive.

4. Mylio will display the Add Cloud Storage options. 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, select Add Amazon Drive at the bottom of this dialog.

5. Sign in to your Amazon account.

6. Once signed in, Mylio will display Amazon Drive within the Dashboard and Sync panel. By default, Amazon Drive will protect all Thumbnails, Previews and Originals.

Restoring Mylio from Amazon

In some cases, you may need 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 Dashboard and ensure Amazon Drive is listed as a Protection Device.
  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

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.

  Warning:  if Amazon Drive is unregistered and then set up again your library will need to fully resync to the service.
  1. Open Mylio’s Dashboard to locate all current Mylio Devices.
  2. Select Amazon Drive and 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.

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