In my mind, it really all starts with where your photos live. If they are in multiple, dated folders somewhere on the laptop you haven't turned on in six months … that scares me. If some are on CDs in a box in the closet and some are in your Apple Photos or Google Photos or Amazon Drive because that's where your phone backs them up, you're likely to lose some of them over time. Pricing for those services changes, as do the terms and conditions for use.
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My first suggestion for GETTING STARTED is to sign up for a free account with Forever to try it out. When you do that, Forever will give you 2 Gb of storage to start with, plus, they'll send you a Welcome coupon to use. Most of the time it's a coupon for $15 off, but right now, it's for $20 off!
You can sign up for your free account here: https://www.forever.com/ambassador/debrodriguez
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Now that you have a free account, the next thing to do is add the Forever app to your phone so you can upload some photos. There are super, simple step-by-step instructions for doing that. Just choose the right phone OS for you, or check out the instructions for uploading from a computer.
Once you've tried out how this works, here are some things to think about. The initial free account is not permanent. Forever will not just delete your account without notice, but you are missing some of the other benefits of a Forever Permanent Storage account.
The biggest benefit is the fact that you purchase Forever Storage and that's it. You don't rent space that can change in pricing or terms over time. You purchase it and then you own it. End of story.
That also means that you can assign beneficiaries and pass on your account to your family. The rights to your purchased storage don't expire when you do. All of your hard work to preserve your family's memories is maintained and passed on according to your wishes.
You may think to yourself, “But I already have my photos backing up to my Amazon Prime account. I really don't need this.”
Well, what happens if you decide in the future to stop renewing your annual or monthly Prime subscription? Do you think Amazon will keep those photos stored for you indefinitely? What happens to those photos and your Prime account when you die?
This is only a small snapshot of why I think Forever Permanent Storage is the way to go. I could literally talk about this all day. I've lost enough computer hard drives, phone photos and online storage accounts that I won't go with anything else. If I won the lottery, I would be out there buying permanent storage for everybody I know.
For the best, quick synopsis about why you should consider Forever Storage, take a look at this video:
And always, ALWAYS … check the Deals page before completing a purchase to make sure that you have all coupon codes applied to help you save the most money on your purchases. Often there are coupon codes that can be stacked depending on the product and you may be able to add more than one to save the most.
Let me know if I can help.