Amazon Cloud Drive was recently released, making accessing your photos from anywhere as easy as viewing them on your phone. After adjusting a few settings you’ll be able to snap a photo from your phone, get on your computer and view them in your pictures folder. Open your Amazon account and you can view them there as well. This provides three ways to access and share images taken from your phone or uploaded from your computer. A three in one service is something worth looking at, so view our guide below to learn how to use the Desktop and mobile app with your Amazon account’s page.
Manage Amazon Cloud Drive photos from your desktop
Let’s begin by installing the Desktop application. Head on over to the Amazon Cloud Drive webpage and select “Get the Desktop app.”
Upon launch, choose to “Install,” like any other application to begin the download process.
I noticed the download took me a few minutes to complete, so you will see this progress bar work it’s way to completion.
Downloading is complete, so it’s time to setup the install. Choose “Next” on the first screen.
To access and use Cloud Drive, an Amazon account is needed. On this second screen, choose to either enter your current Amazon credentials or select “No, I am a new customer” to open a new, free Amazon account.
Agree to the terms to complete the setup process.
Select “Create my Cloud Drive folder” to make and launch the “Cloud Drive” folder on the root of the user profile directory.
The folder will automatically open and will be in “%userprofile%\Cloud Drive.”
Also, you’ll notice a small cloud icon in the notification center. This is where you’ll begin access to the Cloud Drive or change settings. Click once on this icon to launch the above folder or right-click to find more selections like “Options…” and “Launch Cloud Drive website.”
The options menu only has a couple options, which include deregistering this computer from using the Cloud Drive with your account and starting the application upon system boot.
Placing images into a folder connected to the Amazon account is a breeze in Windows, but let’s move forward to the website so we can see how all of this connects together.
Manage Cloud Drive in a browser
Choose to “Launch Cloud Drive website” like in the above image. Upon load will be a big button for installing the local software and a small one for viewing the drive in the browser. Because we’ve just installed the application, select to “Continue to your Cloud Drive.”
Login with your regular Amazon credentials as we did in a previous step.
The first screen will be a page with all the default folders like music, documents, pictures and videos. These are not required to stay in your account, as you can check the box near any directory and choose to delete it with the above menu.
Let’s use this menu to make a new folder by choosing “New Folder” with a unique name and complete it by choosing to “Save Folder.”
Open this folder and we’ll be given an option to upload files.
A new window will prompt where we select the folder and files to upload to it.
Now that we have a couple we can see they were placed in the appropriate folder.
Place a checkmark next to a file to enable more menu options like moving it to another folder, copying, renaming or sharing.
Managing files from the Cloud account in a browser is nice, and can be done anywhere with access. To pull images from an iPhone, or view ones contained online, the account will need to be linked to a device.
Using the Cloud Drive iPhone app
Download the Cloud Drive iPhone app either from iTunes here or searching and downloading it from the App Store. Upon first launch you’ll need to confirm the app’s ability to access your photos by choosing “OK.”
Sign in to your Amazon account, where additional settings and all you photos will be accessible.
The initial screen confirms to have “Auto-Save” turned on. This will automatically save photos taken on the iPhone to your Amazon account, which in turn will be easily accessible via the Desktop application. Though this is handy, it also will consume a lot of data if used outside of WiFi. Choose to turn “WiFi Only” on from the settings to ensure saving is done only on a WiFi network. Or, choose to disable “Auto-Save” entirely from this menu.
Still from the settings menu, select “Uploads and Downloads” to view some more settings. The first shot below shows the uploads or downloads currently in progress. Select pause or the “X” to stop these connections. Choose “Large Upload Mode” to prevent the app from stopping an upload. This will disable the lock screen to complete large transfers.
Previously, we placed two images in the “Family Photos” folder via the browser. Select “Cloud” from within the application’s main page and notice this folder. To remove an unwanted image from any folder, select “Edit” and then press the trash icon from the bottom menu.
In the event automatic uploads are disabled images can still be manually uploaded. Return to the main menu to choose the “Device” button. Select “Edit” before selecting photos and then click the up arrow icon from the bottom menu bar. This will send these images from the device to the online Cloud account. An “Uploading to Cloud Drive” notification will appear to indicate the files are being sent.
The iPhone app is used to send or view images from the device or online account but additional settings are access via the browser.
Manage your Cloud Drive account
Use a browser to manage account settings like storage plans. Select “Settings” from the main menu and choose “Manage your storage plan.”
Present plan details are found under the “Current Subscriptions” section. By default, we all have 5 GB of storage. View what files are being used from the “View your files” link.
Under the “Change Your Subscriptions” menu is where we’ll find options for upgrading the account. Up to nearly a terabyte of space, at $500 / year is available for files. Approximately 1,700 images can be stored with a free account. Consider upgrading if more is required.
Access your Cloud Drive at any time from Amazon’s website via the “Your Account” menu and selecting “Your Cloud Drive.”
One thing I’ve always had difficulties with was having to remember to send my photos from my phone to my computer. My email is cluttered with past messages containing attached files to transfer to my Pictures folder on my Desktop. Using the Cloud Drive I’ll no longer have to worry about this. I actually used this app and Desktop program to build this post, which saved me a lot of time and bandwidth. I recommend this combo for anyone who has ever ran across this problem, but not only that. This is now used as a backup for all my important photos. If the free 5 GB is enough, backing up these photos now has an easy-to-use free solution.