Mylio is the serious photographer’s go-to tool for organizing, securing, and viewing images. But it’s also an easy and useful app for the everyday user who simply needs to get their growing photo collection under control. Ahead, some common questions and, of course, answers.
What makes Mylio better than Google photos or the native photo app on my phone?
While most smartphone photo apps come with some rudimentary organizational tools, none of them match Mylio’s capabilities.
- No WiFi needed
Whether you’re off the grid, on a plane, underground, or simply somewhere where the connection is iffy, you can still use Mylio. Any changes you make – be they edits to photos or changes to folders – will be saved and then automatically synced to your other enabled devices the moment your connection improves. This is, obviously, an excellent feature for photographers on the go.
- More storage on your phone
Mylio was designed expressly to save space on your devices. In you Mylio Dashboard, you can choose whether you want a particular device to store full-resolution or optimized versions of your images. This can save a ton of room on your phone or tablet while keeping the original files backed up elsewhere, like your desktop computer. (For how-to details, go to Device Settings, select Device Quality, and choose one of the options).
- Greater security
Mylio gives you more flexibility and security when it comes to backing-up and storing your photos. Most users designate one of their devices as their Vault, the place where the original, full-resolution files are backed-up. Mylio automatically syncs between your various devices and your Vault to keep your library constantly up to date.
- Easier navigation
The iPhone Photos app requires several steps to go from the default Chronological view to People or Places. In Mylio, you can switch from Calendar view to Map view or People view or Albums or Folders with a single click.
How long will it take to organize my photo library?
Everyone has a different number of photos and everyone’s needs are different, so the short answer is this: it depends. But Mylio has time-saving features that other photo apps don’t have. For starters, Mylio doesn’t require WiFi or a strong connection for you to organize or edit, so you really can do this anywhere. If you install it on all of your devices – phone, tablet, laptop, etc. – you can assemble an album while waiting in your kids’ school pick-up line, or do some light editing while you’re on hold with your bank. The thing to remember is that you don’t have to organize your library all at once. In fact, working in the small pockets of time you have available may be easier than blocking out an entire weekend to work through thousands of photos. After all, a family photo library is like your laundry basket: you barely get everything sorted and put away before there’s a new load to do. So, think of this as an ongoing journey with no true “end point.”
Are there features to speed-up the process?
Indeed there are. It’s worth noting that Mylio does most of the time-consuming work for you. Its Facial Recognition feature will group all of your photos of a particular person – Aunt Sally, for instance – together, even as she’s aged through the years so that you don’t have to go searching for her photo by photo. Likewise, Mylio’s Map view can use your photos’ metadata to automatically group your photos by location. Mylio will register changes you make to folders outside of the app, so that you don’t have to input those changes twice.
Who can see my photos?
That’s 100 percent up to you and you alone. These are your photos, stored on your devices, and Mylio prioritizes your privacy. Mylio will never use or access your photos for any purpose. And if you decide to add cloud storage, Mylio won’t let the cloud storage provider see your personal data.
Will I be able to figure it out on my own?
Absolutely. Mylio was designed to be accessible and easy to navigate. If you can manage your smartphone, you can navigate Mylio. You’ll find plenty of smart features, and you can use as many or as few as you like. For example, you may decide to use only the Calendar view and forget that the other options even exist. However, if you want to know the minutiae of every aspect of your photo library, Mylio displays all the information you could ever want about your library in the Dashboard.
Mylio Support has an in-depth library of resources, complete with step-by-step instructions and visual aids, and you can find lots of helpful how-tos here on the blog. For targeted information about managing photos, go to How Do You Mylio, check out a Webinar, or drop in on the incredibly supportive Mylio Community where enthusiasts are happy to answer questions.
How much control will I have over my Mylio library?
Your control is total and absolute. Mylio puts you in complete control of your photo library while keeping it secure and organized. If you delete the Mylio app, you will still have access to the files in your Vault. And you can still organize your folders outside of Mylio the way you normally would; any changes you make will then be reflected in Folders within Mylio. Overall, a Mylio photo library is highly customizable. There’s no “right” way to do it. You decide what works best for you. For example, you can:
- Link your outside calendars (one you share with your family, for instance) in order to surface past events on Mylio’s Life Calendar, alongside the photos associated with those events.
- Put photos in as many different albums as you choose, without cluttering up your device’s storage with duplicates.
- Search for photos according to the device they were taken with, or in the Map view by the location where they were taken.
How do I get started?
After setting up Mylio, some people find it best to explore Mylio one feature at a time. For many people, this begins with the Life Calendar. It’s an intuitive way to view pictures in chronological order. You’ll also want to create at least one Vault so that you’re sure your photos are backed-up from the get-go. Then select a photo and play around with the photo editing toolkit. Now you’re ready for some magic: go to People view and click the Batch Tagging symbol. You’ll see the facial recognition suggestions Mylio has grouped together for you, and you can approve or correct as needed. Once you’ve mastered these basic functions, move on to Map view. From there, the photo universe is yours to explore.
David Carrington is a Seattle-based editor who writes about photo organization and management.