Whether concerns about privacy or consideration of other peoples’ social media feeds have prevented you from posting photos and videos of the world’s cutest kid (that’s yours, by the way) online, good news! There are some amazing photo sharing sites out there that allow you to post as many photos and videos as you damn-well please while also being mindful of your family’s privacy. I downloaded the app versions of these services to try them out and find the 5 best free photo sharing sites to share with you!
The best thing about it is most of your family and friends probably already have it whether they’re parents or not (and if they don’t, they’ll want to use it for their own content!)
Google Photo is the weapon of choice for our family when it comes to photo sharing. It doesn’t have anything catered specifically to babies or kids like the other apps and sites on this list, but it gets the job done, and does it well. Some of the best things about Google Photo include:
- You don’t have to have the app to use it. This means grandmas, grandpas, great grandparents, and even your hipster sister with the flip phone can get in on the photo sharing action. Simply go to www.photos.google.com and sign in on any device, whether it’s a phone, tablet or computer. Sharing photos with people is as simple as copying a link and sending it via text, e-mail, Facebook message, carrier pigeon, or however you communicate with your loved ones.
- You can share an album you’ve created and can even set it up so that other people can contribute to that album by toggling on the “collaborate” feature.
- The “Assistant” turns your photos into awesome collages, animations, movies, albums and photo books. You can tweak these creations however you’d like, and make some of your own, too!
- Google Photo has unlimited storage and automatically backs up photos and videos across devices, which means you won’t have to delete anything when you inevitably take 300 photos of your baby to try and get at least one where they’re looking at the came
- It organizes your photos and videos by people, places and things. The facial recognition is pretty amazing – it knew that a photo of a newborn baby was also my 3 year old son. It then takes that data and stores all photos of a particular person, animal, or place in one convenient spot. There’s also a search feature that you can use to try to locate photos (even if you haven’t tagged them with any type of description).
Great for the parent who forgot to write yet another milestone in their kid’s baby book.
Tinybeans is a super popular app for sharing photos and videos of your precious little bundle of love and poop. What makes it so great? Well…
- Tinybeans doesn’t require a Smartphone to share or view photos, because their website offers all of the same great features as the app.
- The storage never ends!
- You can make prints or print photo books straight from the app or website.
- One thing I love about this site is that it helps you to keep track of your kids’ milestones. As any well-intentioned parent knows, those moments don’t always make it to the baby book right away, and it can be hard to remember the specific date that your child first did that one incredible thing (because there are so many, amirite?)
- You can add a profile for each of your kids, and photos and videos are then stored in their “journal” which lays out like a calendar so you can see exactly when each photo or video was taken. You can also choose to share the whole month, or individual photos or videos.
- Other users can like and comment on content, but it’s strictly limited to the few people you decide to invite. So in this case you aren’t doin’ it for the ‘gram – you’re doin’ it for the gramma.
You’ll love this one for the compilation of 1 second videos it creates using your photos.
This app won the Google Play “Best App of 2016”, and it’s easy to see why. Some of its key features include:
- Free unlimited storage.
- Family and friends can leave their reactions and responses on photos and videos you’ve posted (and if it’s anything but hearts, “oohs” and “awwws”, you can give them the boot).
- Uploaded photos are sorted by month and put into albums so you don’t have to do the work! Now, if only it could sort the rest of your busy life in the same way.
- Photos and videos can be recovered if you ever lose your device or drop it in the toilet like I’ve done once per year since my son was born.
- One thing I love about this app is that it creates a “story” of your child’s growth in 1 second movies which you can then watch and bawl your eyes out over as you wonder where the time has gone.
- The app gives you suggested ideas for monthly photo books which you can order as is or customize yourself.
- You can allow others to upload their own content, which is always awesome when you’ve been to a shared event like a birthday or special celebration.
Great if you want to keep little notes, stories and updates of your kiddo in addition to photos and videos.
23snaps has a lot of great features and is easy to navigate and use. Some of the things that are great about this app include:
- Since not everyone is as attached to their phone as a mom trying to capture every single moment of their child’s existence, 23snaps also offers the option to access their app on devices such as computers and tablets.
- Family members can opt to receive updates by e-mail if they don’t wanna miss a thing (I believe Steven Tyler would approve of this feature).
- The app is free, but you can purchase a Premium membership to receive high quality HD videos, up to 3 minutes per video, up to a 20% discount on any photo orders, and priority tech support.
- You can switch the view between calendar, timeline, or gallery to view your content in different ways.
- In addition to adding photos or videos, you can also add stories, updates, height and weight, to keep track of a little bit of everything in your kiddo’s life.
- All of your uploaded photos are automatically sorted by date.
- There’s a “Time Machine” feature where you can shake your phone and see a collection of a few random photos over the months (or years).
Awesome if you love physical photos of your kids but keep forgetting to sort and order them(Notabli does all that for you!).
If you struggle to update your kid’s baby book as much as I do (sorry, kid #2), Notabli is a great option for photo sharing.
- One of the things that makes Notabli a little different than other apps on this list is that you can opt in to receive a hardcover book after every 50 photos you post. This means you can basically create an Encyclopedia Brittanica of your child’s life without even really thinking about it.
- If you don’t want to opt into the automatic printing feature, you can print photos and export full resolution pictures and HD videos whenever you want.
- Just like you would in a baby book, you can add photos, quotes and notes, as well as videos and audio clips of all the cute stuff your kid has ever said or done. You can then search your posts by kid, date and location.
- Your moments can either be shared using a link or by inviting people to view them on the app or website (they can then opt in to receive e-mail notifications if they wish).
- Family members can access your content on their phones, tablets, or computers.
Have you used any of these photo sharing apps with your family? Do you love ‘em? Is there a platform out there that you swear by that didn’t make the list? Fill us in on EVERYTHING in the comments!