This guide explains how to set up Mylio to store your original photos on an external hard drive. Your other devices will also get a complete version of your photo library. You can then choose whether to sync originals or optimized versions of your photos to those devices.
Step 1: Download Mylio on your computer
- Visit mylio.com/download/ on your computer
- Install Mylio for free
- Sign in with your email and a password
- Verify your email
- Begin the setup wizard
- Select Skip when asked to add your photos (you will add photos in Steps 3 and 4)
- Select Complete Setup
Step 2: Add your external hard drive as a Vault
A Vault is Mylio’s term for a device that stores all your original photos. An external hard drive Vault protects your originals and syncs changes with the rest of your Mylio library whenever you plug it in and run Mylio on that computer.
- Plug the external hard drive into your computer
- Open the Dashboard in the top right corner of Mylio
- Select [ Add ] at the top of the Devices column
- Select [ External Drive ]
- Choose your external hard drive
Step 3: Download Mylio on your phone
Downloading Mylio on your phone automatically adds the photos and videos you take on your phone to your Mylio library. Mylio also syncs an optimized version of your library to your phone so you can manage all your photos wherever you go. You can also Free Up Space on your phone by having Mylio remove originals from your phone when they are already stored on a Vault.
- Visit the App Store/Play Store on your phone
- Install Mylio for free
- Sign in with the same credentials you used on your computer
- Complete the setup wizard to add media from your Camera Roll/Media Library
*Note: For Mylio to sync your phone, Mylio needs to be open in the foreground of your phone, as well as open on another device on the same wifi network.
Step 4: Consolidate your photos
There are two primary ways to import your photos into Mylio.
Option 1: Import with Copy
When you import with copy, Mylio will duplicate a folder and its contents into the Mylio Pictures folder. This is a great way to add photos from online services like Facebook, Flickr, and Google Photos, as well as Apple Photos, and your camera/sd card.
- Select the import button
- Select Copy
- Locate and select the folder(s) you want to add
- Select Continue
Option 2: Import with Source Folders
When you choose to import with Source Folders, Mylio will keep your photos in the current location – meaning they are not being duplicated or moved. Because Mylio is referencing your folders and their contents in their current location, any change made in Mylio will be on your original files.
- Go to the View menu (three dots in the upper right)
- Select Settings
- Select Source Folders
- Choose Add more folders
- Select the folder(s) you want to add
- Select Apply
Step 5: Personalize your collection
With all your photos in one place, getting started with the organization and personalization of your library is efficient. Mylio lets you customize your library with flexible tools and views that let you sort and search for your photos any way you want.
- Create folders and albums
- Add linked calendars and events
- Tag people with face recognition
- Apply dates, geotags, captions, ratings, categories, and more
- Find photos fast with views, search, and filter
- Edit with presets, Mylio’s editing suite, or a third-party editor
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