How to Backup Your Camera Photos Without a Laptop

It’s ironic that the best gadgets to take photos are also the most difficult to backup.

All you need to do is tap a few times and your travel photos will automatically be saved to cloud services such as iCloud or Google Photos. You can also copy photos to a USB stick with a low-cost adapter for lightning or USB C.

A fancy DSLR is for serious photographers. These photographers have more hurdles to overcome, especially when they are out in the field, where time is limited and conditions can be difficult. Having a laptop with them can prove impractical. The ones who have the most to lose by not backing up their photos often are those least likely to do so.

It’s possible to keep your valuable photos safe and secure with a little preparation and the right equipment, even if you are thousands of miles away. Here are some tips.

You can back up straight from the camera

Many high-end cameras and mid-range models now have Wi-Fi capability. It depends on which model you have, but it usually means that you can connect to an application on your smartphone or tablet.

You will generally set up a wireless network name, password, and then connect from another device to that network. You can also connect the two devices to an existing network or use Bluetooth instead of Wi-Fi.

Once you are connected, the app will allow you to send some or all your photos from your phone to the app. Unless you have many hundreds, copying takes only a few minutes.

This is an easy way to keep track of your backups if your camera supports it. It’s simple to do and requires little effort.

Free space is the most important factor for professional photographers, especially those who shoot in RAW mode or are shutter-happy amateurs. There are many ways to increase storage on these devices. However, if your goal is to backup tens to hundreds of gigabytes (or more) of photos or if you are travelling without a tablet or phone, you might want to continue reading.

Backup from your SD Card

There are two options: back up from an SD card or Wi-Fi.

There were a few companies that offered portable hard drives with built-in SD card readers. These devices didn’t have to be connected to any other device. Nowadays, it’s not as common.

The company that developed the Gnarbox 2 has closed down. Both the HDD- and SSD versions of Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro have been discontinued. However, you might still be able to find one on Amazon.

It is possible to find one if you are able to track it down.

You don’t have to buy one if you can’t find one or are looking for something less expensive. The RAVPower lets you copy files from your SD cards to a USB stick, or portable drive.

The button on the side automates copying. Because the Filehub has its own battery and software, you don’t have to connect it to your phone or laptop to make it work. You can use it as an (small) emergency USB charger in case of need. We reviewed it.

It does mean you will need to have two separate devices: the Filehub and your choice storage. However, you are not referring to a large size or weight. This is also far more affordable than the other dedicated gadgets, so even though they are still readily available, it would still be an excellent option for many.

Backup to a Tablet or Phone

You can back up your SD cards to your phone or tablet while on the road. This is a cost-effective and cheerful option, as you don’t have to pay extra storage. Make sure that you have enough storage space on your smartphone to store everything.

  • Apple offers a Lightning-to-SD Card reader for those who have an iPhone or iPad. To copy files, plug one end into your device and the SD card into another.
  • You’ll have more flexibility with Apple’s Lightning-to-USB 3 adapter as long as iOS 13 is installed. You can plug in any USB accessory, such as a hard drive or memory stick, and copy files forward and backward. You may also need a USB hub that is powered by electricity depending on the type of device you are connecting.
  • You can use a file manager app, to copy photos from Android devices that have On-The-Go support.
  • You can also find combination card readers such as this that have Lightning, micro-USB and USB C connectors for use with both Apple or Android devices.

There you have it. Although backing up photos taken with a camera is more difficult than on a tablet or phone, it doesn’t have to be hard.

All of these methods will work regardless of where you are, as long as there is enough charge in your gadgets. You don’t need to locate an internet connection or a wall socket.

Backup and you can continue your journey, knowing that a lost or corrupted SD Card won’t ruin it.


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