Those fantastic photos that you’ve taken with your high-spec smartphone look brilliant on the handset’s display, but what if you want to make them a little more permanent? After all, flicking through the digital versions is one thing, but how about having something to frame for your mantlepiece?
There are now a great number of apps which work around a simple idea – you upload your photos and then have them printed and posted to you. This is one of the easiest and most convenient ways of getting your hands on hard copies of your images, if you’re prepared to wait a few days for them to arrive.
As we said, there are lots of apps offering a very similar service across several platforms, although a couple of the best ones are Fotobox and the similarly named Photobox. Of the two, Photobox has the more attractive user interface and offers 40 free prints to anyone who downloads the app, which is more than enough to put a good-sized photo album together.
If you’re willing to shell out a bit more cash, or if printing photos is something that you are planning on doing on a regular basis, then it could be worth investing in a printer that connects to your Wi-Fi network. There are then several ways of sending images from your phone to be printed out.
Some platforms have native support for this, which can be accessed by simply tapping on a photo in your image gallery, while others will need a third party app. If you’re using an Android device there are many such offerings in the Google Play store, but some are specifically created to work with certain brands of hardware. Just have a look through the instructions that come with the printer for more information.
In the past, the easiest way to get your photos printed was to nip down to the chemist, and this tradition hasn’t died completely. Many such shops, along with supermarkets and specialist photographic stores, have digital kiosks from which a user can upload images in a variety of ways, before having them printed out.
Along with plugging in a USB pen drive or removable memory card, many of these kiosks allow you to connect a smartphone via bluetooth. On some, you can even sign in to your Facebook, Dropbox or Instagram account and print photos directly from there.
So while you may have countless thousands of pictures stored on your mobile device, there are many ways to print a few of them out so you can keep them forever. As for your other images, its always a good idea to back them up, so take a look at our tips on cloud storage and transferring photos to a computer as well.