Using the Mylio Setup Wizard

When opening Mylio for the first time on a computer, you will be guided through setting up the application. The Mylio setup wizard can help you ensure that Mylio is properly configured.

Signing In

To get started with the Mylio setup wizard, be sure you have signed in to Mylio using your Mylio username and password or via Facebook.

If you are experiencing issues signing in to Mylio, use the gear icon at the top right to reset your password, manage your account, or visit the support options to reset your device or contact Mylio Support.

Once signed in, the setup wizard will begin…

 

First Steps

  1. If you’re an existing Mylio user, you will be asked if this is a new device or replacing an old device. This information lets Mylio know if your newly signed in device should replace a device in your device list. For instance, if you’ve upgraded your iPhone and will no longer be using your old iPhone with Mylio, select “Replacing old device”. If you’ve purchased a new computer and will use both the new computer and old computer, select “New device”.
  2. Connect your Calendar. By letting Mylio connect to your Calendar, we’ll create events automatically and organize your Mylio Life Calendar for you automatically. More information on this feature can be found here.

Build Your Mylio Library

This Computer – Your photos and videos are stored on your computer’s internal drive.

External Drive – Your photos and videos are stored on an external drive.

Online Services – Your photos and videos are stored on Facebook, Flickr, or Picasa / Google

Aperture / iPhoto / Photos – Your photos and videos are stored in an Apple application, like Aperture, iPhoto, or Photos.

Skip Import – If you do not wish to add your images to Mylio at this time, or if you’re setting up a device that is primarily syncing images from other computers running Mylio, you can select Skip Import at the bottom of this screen.

  Warning:   if your photos are on a NAS, please see this article.

This Computer

Adding Photos From Your Computer

Once you have selected that you would like to add photos, videos, and files from your computer, Mylio will display the option to Scan your device or let you manually choose your folder to add. By selecting “Scan my device”, Mylio will search for any folder containing media that can be imported. You can then select which of these you would like to see in Mylio. By selecting “Choose my folder”, Mylio will open a file browser and let you point to a specific folder to add.

Setting Up a Vault

Mylio Vaults are devices specifically designed to always hold all of your original files. These are safe locations that, if something happens to one of your devices, Mylio can recover from. The more Vaults the better, but we recommend having at least two Vaults at all times.

Vaults can take the form of any device, but usually, external drives, NAS devices, cloud services, or devices with a large amount of storage are best.

By creating a Vault on this device, Mylio will try to store all of your Originals here. If you would like to save space on this device, select “Save Space” for Mylio to intelligently pick a photo quality that best suits this device.

If you do not have a Vault, we recommend getting one as soon as possible to ensure your files remain safe.

Attached External Drives

If you have an attached external drive, Mylio will recognize this and ask what you would like to do with it. For instance, you may wish to import from this drive or make this drive a Vault. You can do this easily from the setup wizard or later in Mylio if desired.

External Drive

Adding Photos From an External Drive

Once you have selected that you would like to add photos, videos, and files from an external drive, Mylio will display a list of drives that are currently attached to your machine. If the correct drive is not seen, be sure to plug it in now and select it.

You have two options when adding information from an external drive:

  1. Copy – this option will copy the data from the external drive to your local drive. This is a great option if you have one or more external drives and you’re trying to consolidate to one larger drive or one computer.
  2. Add without moving – this option will add the photos on the external drive to Mylio without having to copy the original files off the drive. This option is ideal for drives that are still in use and plugged in with semi-regularity.

Setting Up a Vault

Mylio Vaults are devices specifically designed to always hold all of your original files. These are safe locations that, if something happens to one of your devices, Mylio can recover from. The more Vaults the better, but we recommend having at least two Vaults at all times.

Vaults can take the form of any device, but usually, external drives, NAS devices, cloud services, or devices with a large amount of storage are best.

If you choose the “add without moving” option, Mylio will automatically create a Vault on the external drive if possible so that photos added to Mylio on other devices will be stored on this external drive.

If you chose the “copy” option, Mylio will ask how to utilize your computer’s storage and where to make a Vault. If you want the images copied from the drive to the computer, it can do that. If you want the images copied to the drive to a different device (a Vault), it can do that too. You can set up a Vault at this step.

Online Services

Adding Photos From an Online Service

If your photos are stored in an online service like Google Photos, Facebook, or Flickr, Mylio can download them and add them to your library. Once you have selected Online Services as your source, choose which service you would like to add to Mylio and sign in.

Once signed in, Mylio will display what albums are available to download from Google, Facebook, or Flickr. Select your desired albums and press “Continue”.

Setting Up a Vault

Mylio Vaults are devices specifically designed to always hold all of your original files. These are safe locations that, if something happens to one of your devices, Mylio can recover from. The more Vaults the better, but we recommend having at least two Vaults at all times.

Vaults can take the form of any device, but usually, external drives, NAS devices, cloud services, or devices with a large amount of storage are best.

By creating a Vault on this device, Mylio will try to store all of your Originals here. If you would like to save space on this device, select “Save Space” for Mylio to intelligently pick a photo quality that best suits this device.

If you do not have a Vault, we recommend getting one as soon as possible to ensure your files remain safe.

Attached External Drives

If you have an attached external drive, Mylio will recognize this and ask what you would like to do with it. For instance, you may wish to import from this drive or make this drive a Vault. You can do this easily from the setup wizard or later in Mylio if desired.

Aperture / iPhoto / Photos

Adding Photos From Photos, iPhoto, or Aperture

Once you have selected that you would like to add photos and videos from Photos, iPhoto, or Aperture, Mylio will scan your machine to find any libraries that are available to import. If your library is not found, you can select Other Library… to manually show Mylio where your library is.

Once selected, Mylio will copy the information from Photos, iPhoto, or Aperture into Mylio – so extra space will need to be available for this.

Setting Up a Vault

Mylio Vaults are devices specifically designed to always hold all of your original files. These are safe locations that, if something happens to one of your devices, Mylio can recover from. The more Vaults the better, but we recommend having at least two Vaults at all times.

Vaults can take the form of any device, but usually, external drives, NAS devices, cloud services, or devices with a large amount of storage are best.

By creating a Vault on this device, Mylio will try to store all of your Originals here. If you would like to save space on this device, select “Save Space” for Mylio to intelligently pick a photo quality that best suits this device.

If you do not have a Vault, we recommend getting one as soon as possible to ensure your files remain safe.

Attached External Drives

If you have an attached external drive, Mylio will recognize this and ask what you would like to do with it. For instance, you may wish to import from this drive or make this drive a Vault. You can do this easily from the setup wizard or later in Mylio if desired.

Skip Import

If you do not wish to add images from this machine, Mylio will continue to set up process without you needing to select a source for your files. You can import additional content later.

Setting Up a Vault

Mylio Vaults are devices specifically designed to always hold all of your original files. These are safe locations that, if something happens to one of your devices, Mylio can recover from. The more Vaults the better, but we recommend having at least two Vaults at all times.

Vaults can take the form of any device, but usually, external drives, NAS devices, cloud services, or devices with a large amount of storage are best.

At this step, you can choose to make your current device a Vault and store all Originals here, or choose to save space on the current device.

If you do not currently have a Vault and you select “Save Space”, Mylio will allow you to proceed but recommend that you add a Vault as soon as possible to ensure your memories are safe.

If Mylio detects an external drive attached to your device, it will prompt you to decide if you want to import from the drive, use the drive as a Vault, or skip this step entirely.

Advanced Options

After selecting what you would like to be imported into Mylio, you’ll be given the chance to explore some of Mylio’s advanced options. These include:

  1. Location of the Mylio Folder – this option allows you to store the location of your Mylio directory which will hold your Original images as well as optimized images. This can be moved anywhere but should remain on an internal drive.
  2. Advanced Device Policy – these options allow you to select your device’s Sync Policy on a more granular level. By selecting “Advanced” you can tell Mylio to specifically choose Thumbnails, Previews, or Originals instead of allowing Mylio to decide the best photo quality for you. You can also turn on Selective Sync for remote File and Folder Sync Policy control if desired.

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