Got Questions about Mylio? Here are the Answers
Description: We’re ready to address any lingering questions you have about Mylio that are standing between you and the download button.
Mylio is an indispensable tool for organizing, securing, and viewing your photos. If you haven’t tried it yet, chances are it’s because you’ve still got questions about the platform. Everyone deserves to have their photos safe and accessible, so today we’re going to address those lingering questions standing between you and the download button.
How is it different from the native photo app on my smartphone?
You may believe everything you need to build a photo library is already at your fingertips. However, while most smartphone photo apps come with a few basic organizational tools, they can’t match the full arsenal Mylio puts at your disposal. Let’s quickly compare Mylio with one app most people are likely to have used at some point: iPhone’s Photos app.
Some of the options in Photos are albums, basic facial recognition, and geolocation. Unfortunately, it takes a few steps to go from the default, chronological view to People, for example, or Places. In Mylio, you just click or tap (depending on whether you’re on a desktop or mobile device) to switch from Calendar view to Map view, People view, Albums or Folders. For early adopters of the Surface Duo, the experience is smoother than ever.
On an iPhone, syncing photos across your devices is heavily reliant on iCloud. While Cloud storage is a great backup method, it’s not ideal as your only backup.
Mylio gives you the option (which you really should take) of creating a Vault. There, all of your original, full-resolution files are tucked away safe and sound. You can have more than one Vault (one in the Cloud and another on an external hard drive, for instance) and Mylio will sync between your devices and your Vault to keep your photo library up to date.
Most importantly, your photos stay yours. The folder organization in-app is a 1:1 representation of the folders on your computer or external hard drive, (which are available to view with or without the app).
Control over your devices
In your Mylio dashboard, you can decide whether you want a device to show full-resolution or optimized versions of your images. For those of us who have a tendency to run out of storage on our phones, it’s nice to use to maintain access to our images without hogging up space. I have an external hard drive (one of my Vaults) always connected to my desktop, so that’s where I view full resolution images, make edits, and do all my major organizing in Mylio.
If storage on your phone is a real concern, use the Free up space on this device option to manage the duplicate photos between your smartphone app and Mylio. Got more questions? See the guide for Sync Policy Settings.
How much time will it take to organize my photo library?
Everyone’s needs are different, so the specific amount of time it takes you will vary. Mylio is quite intuitive, though, so it won’t take you long at all to become comfortable. While I could try and quote you a set amount of time to set aside, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to do this all at once. In fact, working in the small pockets of time you have available may be easier to sustain than clearing out a whole weekend to work through thousands of photos.
Mylio is a great tool for stopping and starting due to a hectic schedule, since you can have it on all of your devices — phone, tablet, computer, etc. You can easily batch tag a few faces on the bus to work or put an album together while you’re waiting in your kids’ school pick up line.
Whenever you have a minute
Besides, you’re not going to stop taking pictures any time soon! Your 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”. Focus on finding convenient windows of time to do a little organizing here and a little tagging there.
And good news! Mylio does most of the time-consuming work for you. It will group suggestions together for facial recognition so you don’t have to go photo by photo, use your photos’ metadata to log them into Map view for you, and register changes you make to folders outside of the app so you don’t have to make those changes twice.
Will I be able to figure it out?
Yes, definitely. Mylio was designed to be accessible to any level of tech-savviness. If you can manage your smartphone, you can figure Mylio out.
The many features are just different ways of allowing you to access the same photo library, so if you only use Calendar view and forget the other options exist, that’s perfectly fine! If, on the other hand, you want to know the minutiae of every aspect of your photo library, Mylio gives you all the information you could ever want about your library in the dashboard.
You won’t be doing this alone. Mylio Support has an in-depth library of resources, complete with step-by-step instructions and visual aids. You’ve already landed here at the blog, Life in Focus, where you can find a lot of helpful how-tos, as well. For targeted information about managing photos the way that works best for you, go to How do you Mylio or get involved in the incredibly supportive Mylio community. People are happy to answer questions!
How much control will I have over my Mylio library?
Mylio puts you in control of your photo library, while also keeping it secure and organized for you. If you were to delete the Mylio app, you would still have access to the files in your Vault. Your library doesn’t hinge on Mylio’s existence.
The devices you connect to Mylio and the files on them are yours. Mylio is just helping you access, share, and enjoy your photos! You can even still organize your folders outside of Mylio the way you normally would, since any changes you made will be reflected in Folders within Mylio.
A Mylio photo library is highly customizable. There’s no one “right” way to do it; just find what works for you.
- Link your outside calendars to see past events on your 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.
- Look up photos by the device they were taken on or the location they were taken at.
How do I get started?
If all the different options seem a little overwhelming, try importing photos from a single location and exploring one function at a time. This order is what I would recommend:
- Start with the Life Calendar. It’s a familiar, albeit more functional, format for most of us.
- Create at least one Vault (File > Add Vault). It will get your images backed up.
- Select a photo and play around with the photo editing toolkit.
- Go to People and click the Batch Tagging symbol. You’ll see facial recognition suggestions Mylio has grouped together for you and you can approve or correct as needed.
Once you’ve mastered these basic functions, you can move on to Map view, categories, making changes to metadata, creating events, and putting together albums.
If you don’t feel confident taking these first steps on your own, ask a friend or family member to sit down with you, answer questions, and explore the program. Even if you aren’t at a level to dive in on your own, Mylio is easy to pick up once you get comfortable with it.
You decide where your photos go (or don’t go) and who sees them. These are your photos on your devices. If you decide to add Cloud storage, Mylio does not let the Cloud storage provider see your personal data. Per Mylio Support:
“Mylio does not hold any rights to any of your photos. We do not maintain the right to use or access your photos for any purpose other than transferring them between your devices or publishing them to your social network, if desired.”
With Save Your Photos Month in full swing, there’s no better time to take the reins of your photo library. Once you’ve downloaded Mylio and feel ready to take the first steps, be sure to register for some of the many informative (and free!) classes at the Save Your Photos Month website.
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Got more questions? For more about Mylio, keep reading Life in Focus. To read more about Mylio from me, check out Mylio’s on Medium:
- Mylio for Beginners
- How to Get the Most out of Mylio’s Interactive Life Calendar
- Mylio for Advanced Users
- Mylio for the Family
- How to Use Mylio’s Facial Recognition for Family Photos
- Photo Editing for Anyone
- Scan and Organize Your Family Photos to Make Them Accessible Anytime, Anywhere
- A Peek into Mylio’s First-of-Its-Kind Surface Duo App