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Best Photo Management Software 2022

Branko Vlajin
By Branko Vlajin (Writer)
— Last Updated: 2021-09-24T17:14:39+00:00

These days, everyone with a smartphone is a photographer. It isn’t difficult to consume your hard drive space with snapshots and selfies, especially using a high-megapixel camera. Organizing all these images can be quite a headache, which is why we have put together a list of the best photo management software options which will help keep your collection in picture-perfect order.

On top of keeping it all organized, these programs will help protect your photos from disaster: hard drives aren’t the most reliable pieces of hardware; it’s just a matter of time before yours crashes and burns, maybe taking your images with it.

While you might be able to use photo recovery software in that case to reclaim your lost shots, the best approach is to be prepared, though using one of our best online backup for photos is also a good bet.

Using online photo management apps like those we detail below, you can upload photos from your computer and devices to the cloud, helping to protect your memories in case of theft, loss or corruption. Alternatively, for those that aren’t up with the cloud, you can keep your photos locally using offline software, an approach we’ll also be looking into below.

Flickr is our image solution of choice but there are many great options available. Before we get to those options, however, let’s touch more on the advantages of photo management software.

Why You Should Use Photo Management Software

Photo management software will help you sort your photos based on dates, tags (like “crazy-cousins” or “vacation”) and your personal ratings to more easily find related images. Photo managers can also enrich your photos with metadata: date and time taken, dimensions and EXIF data (camera make, model, ISO, aperture value, flash, the list goes on).

Most managers will give at least basic editing capabilities, while some will even allow you to manipulate images to your heart’s content. You might have done your best capturing your photos, but there’s always something to do in post. Adjusting exposure, tone, sharpness, crop and color filters is just the tip of the editing iceberg.

Some options will import all your photos into a single library which makes it far easier to manage your collection. Folders and albums will be available with just a few clicks, and you can even go through time by viewing your photos in chronological order. It will even help you get rid of duplicates that are taking up precious space (we have a guide on how to remove Google Photos duplicates and how to delete duplicate photos on iPhone). Managers can also sync photos across your devices.

Other services will let you upload your photos to the cloud and then sort into appropriate albums, galleries or groups. You’ll also be able to use basic editors to enhance photos on the fly without using dedicated software like Photoshop or PaintShop Pro, but if you need it, some services offer discounts on such software. You can also view advanced statistics for your photos.

Cloud Photo Management VS Local Photo Management

Software that uses the cloud gives you the option to view your photos anywhere and anytime as long as you have an internet connection. Such services might provide you with access to a vibrant community of people that will give you feedback and like your photos thus helping you become a better photographer.

Also, there’s an option to connect to printing companies and get your prints. You can also sell your work since online software easily connects to marketplaces like Amazon, Ingram and Blurb Bookstore.

Additionally, using the cloud will provide breathing room for your hard drive since your photos won’t be taking up space. You can either get unlimited, hundreds of gigabytes or even a terabyte of storage for a cheap price.

Cloud-based photo management also makes it easier to share your content with specific individuals, groups, over social media and invite others to share with you.

Online providers feature mobile apps which let you access your content, upload new photos and showcase it to others using your phone. Among cloud storage services, those that stand out for photos are, of course, Google Photos and Amazon Prime Photos. Both services are extensions of their cloud storage service, namely Google Drive and Amazon Drive.

Services that are dedicated purely to photos count among them Flickr, created in 2004 and now owned by SmugMug, 500px, a place for professionals and enthusiasts to show their work, SmugMug, a service that provides a dedicated site for users to upload their photos to and Apple iCloud Photo Library which automatically keeps every photo and video you take in iCloud.

Offline Photo Management: Benefits

With offline photo management, you get the benefit of not having to upload your photos, meaning generally faster access later. Such solutions usually come with much more powerful editing options, too. However, sharing is slower since you’ll have to upload your photos first or export them to another device. Also, indexing huge libraries of photos can take a while as well as the indexing file taking the space on your drive.

Offline apps also differ on which operating systems they’re available, but you can use most on Windows or MacOS.

Today, we have lots of different apps to choose from, but some of them have been around for a long time. The veterans of the industry started in the 90s.

Among them, one of the most popular and enduring app for viewing and organizing photos is ACDSee. The first version was released in 1994. Today, we have ACDSee version 20, along with several others variations. MAGIX comes from Dresden, Germany. It started in 1993 and today, it offers MAGIX Photo manager as a tool to help organize your photos.

Adobe started with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom, while it’s not an organizer, Adobe would release Adobe Photoshop Album, then discontinue it, finally settling on Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Bridge as its photo organizing apps.

In the second half of the decade, in 1996, IrfanView was first released and is free for non-commercial use. Daminion launched in 1999 and was previously called It offers a multi-user photo management system of the same name, something that’s not so common among stand-alone photo apps. It also provides a stand-alone photo management app called picaJet.

XnView is not new on the block, having launched in 2008. Today, there’s an enhanced version called XnView MP, which also works on Linux as well as on Windows and Mac.

Team Linux has the Shotwell image organizer that’s entered the photo scene in 2010 and became the standard image tool for several Linux distributions. In the MacOS camp, there’s the native Apple Photos app which replaced the iPhoto and Aperture apps.

Windows has Phototheca which offers a variety of features, Zoner Photo Studio from Czech-founded company Zoner Software and FastStone, image viewer and organizer that’s free for personal and educational use.

A new addition to this offline roster is Mylio, launched in 2014. Read more about its powerful editing and organizing features later in the article.

While the offline software does make a great choice, we still prefer online applications and we will touch more on those options in the rest of the article. Before we start with the list, let’s take a look at which criteria we used to rate photo management software.

What Makes the Best Photo Management Software

We’ve compared pricing plans and features they offer across the online photo service spectrum. Most photo management tools offer a free plan, or at least a trial. They also differ on how many paid plans they offer, the more pricing flexibility they have, the better. Some just a couple, while others offer as much as 13 plans to choose from.

From this, we’ve taken value, as in what you get for your money, as our most important criterion.

Uploading is pretty straightforward, regardless of which service you use. Some make their whole site an area where you can drag-and-drop quickly while others require you to access the upload button which, in turn, gives you an area where you can drag-and-drop or choose files.

After you select your photos, some services will give you additional options like changing their names, adding people, specifying which album(s) they go to, adding tags, while others will simply upload your photo and leave you to manually adjust whatever you need to. You can guess what makes for a better user experience.

One perk of the online software is that it’s available on different operating systems. However, their mobile apps are not created equal. We got a better user experience from some than from others and that was most prominent in the design itself and when we used them to upload photos.

Editors also come in all forms and sizes. Some have just basic options like color filters and balance, others are more advanced and greeted us with a variety of options, while others just didn’t work like we expected them to.

Of course, photos would be just bare bits of data if nobody actually looks at them. Sharing is caring and we took a look at how easy it is to spread the love, and compared the sharing options that they offer.

The more they offer, the more pleased we are.

The Best Photo Management Software: Flickr

Flickr offers an impressive 1TB of storage space with its free plan. The amount of space doesn’t increase with paid plans, which is strange, but considering the amount of space you get, it should be enough to keep you happy for a long time. Flickr’s also a honorable mention in our best storage for photographs article.

What the monthly plan offers, at $5.99 a month, is the use of a desktop auto-uploader, browsing and sharing without ads and advanced stats on your photos. On top of that, the annual plan offers discounts on Adobe products for $49.99 a year.

Uploading is easy: just click on the upload icon and you can drag-and-drop your photos or pick them from your computer file system. Before you actually upload your photos, you can add tags or people, plus add them to group or albums.

You can also set privacy settings (friends, family, etc.) and content filters. Such content control features are always a nice touch.

Once your photos are online, you can review them in your photostream, a paged catalog of your photos. Alternatively, you can see your camera roll, which shows a timeline history of your uploads. Another interesting option is “galleries.” Using it, you can create a customized gallery of your photos for people to see.

The built-in Flickr photo editor is easy to work with and offers many options. There are the standard crop, filter and color adjustments, as well as blur, brush and frames. You can save your photo as a copy if you don’t want to mess up your original with wacky filters and brushes.

You can share Flickr photos on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Pinterest. Alternatively, you can copy the link, send it through email or even embed it on your own website. Flickr also allows you to share all your photos by sharing your photostream.

Our Experience With Flickr

Flickr greets you with an interesting showcase of work from around the world. The design seems a bit dated, but the interface is rich with options. The “you” menu is easy to spot and gives you several options that allow you to preview your work.

You can’t simply drag-and-drop to upload your photos as the site isn’t just pure storage, you’ll have to invest a click on the cloud icon and then you can drag-and-drop photos or choose them from among your files.

The next step after that, allows you to edit your photo metadata and privacy. We consider that to be a better approach than having to do it later. Here, you can easily sort photos by date taken, and add them to an album or group. When waiting for Flickr to finish its work, it greets you with messages like “hold on there, tiger” and “yeehaw!” which is refreshing, but not suitable for all.


Photostream shows all your photos, but if the sort is set to “date taken” instead of “date uploaded,” you might not see photos that you’ve just uploaded anywhere. Camera roll (we had to reload to make it work) is quite an interesting option. It allows you to quickly scroll through the years (and months), while its magic view allows you to see your photos in categories, for example, birds, architecture, etc.

If you want to edit more than one photo, Flickr makes it easy because you can use the “batch organize” feature. We love how you can just use drag-and-drop to choose which photos you want to edit and, after you’re done, you can add them to albums or groups.

Further confirmation that Flickr is the king of organization comes in the form of collections. Collections help to organize your albums and can even contain other collections. For example, you can have a collection of all the ski trips that you took, or festivals that you’ve visited.

Flickr mobile apps are available for Android and iOS. The camera icon is in the top right corner, and has the same color as the others, so it’s not very obvious. When you tap it, you see the interface which allows you to take a photo, which might be a bit confusing if you want to upload an existing photo. To do that, you need to tap the gallery icon in the lower left and then choose from your galleries.

Flickr offers lots of storage space, while also providing good organizational capabilities and options to edit your images. All of that is wrapped up in an enjoyable user experience. For these reasons, we made Flickr our top pick as the best software to manage photos.


  • 1TB of free space
  • Powerful editing options
  • Good content organization


  • No unlimited storage space


500px targets passionate semi-pros and professionals, and such is not an ideal choice for amateur users. It offers direct connections between photographers and clients through its marketplace feature.

For free users, there’s a limit of seven photo uploads per week. The “awesome” plan provides unlimited storage space for only $2.99 a month. The Pro plan is slightly more expensive at $3.99, but gives you priority listings in the 500px directory, the ability to display workshops (courses that others can buy) and further customization of your profile.

The Pro+ plan gives you a custom site with an online store for $15.99 a month. You’ll get this prices if you pay a yearly subscription; it’s slightly more if you go monthly.

Uploading photos is easy and similar to other software, although you can’t upload entire folders at once. While you’re uploading, you can add metadata to make your photos more visible to others.

Recommended tags are added automatically, which helps you to avoid such tedious work. You can also title your photo, add a description to it and place it in a category. Last, but not least, you can add your photos to the marketplace to earn some dough.

The 500px interface feels a bit dated and could be more pleasant to the eye. Furthermore, there’s metadata editing, but you cannot edit the photo itself. The mobile app interface is more modern and comparable in quality to other software. You can share photos to social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or embed directly into html.

Our Experience With 500px

Once you reach, you might see an annoying banner along with featured photos, but fortunately there’s a little “x” to help you get rid of it.

If you want to see your photos you have to hit the link under your avatar, which is not so obvious as one would expect to have account and profile settings there. It would have been better if those options were separate, and accessing your photos was more obvious. Icons are small, and that’s no help.

The interface sorely needs an update.

There are several options when uploading that cater to people who want to sell their photos: marketplace, watermark and license. If you input all the other data it will help promote your photo, which makes getting feedback and ultimately sales, easier. You can add photos to a gallery, which on 500px is like an album, except that you can fill it with photos from other people.


Quests allow you to enter a contest with a specific theme: black and white, sports, fashion and fall, etc. The prizes include money (from $250 to $2000 cash), photo license and photography gear.

Where 500px really shines is the community, and groups are the best feature. By joining groups, you join a like-minded club that will give you feedback and constructive criticism (you hope). You’ll also be able to preview work in specific categories (think landscapes, portrait, long exposure, etc.).

500px’s mobile apps are available for Android and iOS. The Android app works like a charm, but the most obvious button, a blue-and-white camera, gives the impression that you can only snap a shot and upload it, while in fact, the uploading from your gallery option is there, as well. Separating the two would allow for faster access.

500px is targeted towards professional and enthusiast photographers. As such, the free plan is limited and there’s no image editing (pros don’t edit online). However, if you find yourself in one of the previously mentioned groups, you’ll find that 500px offers a vibrant community, along with a cheap unlimited plan.

If you’re an amateur and just want to store holiday photos, look to one of the other services.


  • Cheap unlimited plan
  • Large community


  • Severely limited free plan
  • Web interface feels dated


SmugMug has a long track-record, having been launched in 2002. It’s aimed at “memory-makers,” enthusiasts and professionals, alike.

The service takes good care when it comes to privacy and security of your photos, with some options that are not common among image management features. Though it acquired Flickr (a good move as we think they could learn a thing or two from it), both are still separate services at time of writing.

Regardless of what user category you fit in, after your two-week trial expires, you’ll have to pony up: there are four plans to choose from: Basic, Power, Portfolio and Business. Each comes with unlimited storage.

The Basic plan costs $5.99 a month and comes with features like privacy control, ability to upload HD videos and theme usage. The plans after that get even more features along with a higher price. The most expensive plan, Business, offers commercial features: specific pricing for photos and galleries, order branding, marketing and managing event photos and packages.

You can upload photos to the gallery you’re currently viewing, an existing gallery or a new one. After that, you’ll be greeted by a fancy dialog which shows how long each photo will take to upload. You can’t upload a folder directly like with some other services.

SmugMug doesn’t have a lot of editing tools: there’s crop, rotate and color effects. You can also add metadata like location and title. There’s also a watermark to protect your photos. There are not much options in the editor. We’ll talk more about our experience with the editor in the next section.

The default theme is striking and its layout is quite clear and intuitive. Beside it, you can choose from a number of different site-wide themes and color schemes.

These themes are not just a site mockup since SmugMug actually gives you a SEO-optimized site and your photos and galleries will be under your own domain on SmugMug. There’s even a straightforward but fairly powerful site layout editor for you to play with.

On top of that, you can change how private you want your galleries to be. The visibility can be set to unlisted, meaning anyone with the link can see your material, or private. Furthermore, you can choose people who can access based on their email addresses, and you can password-protect access.

You can share your photo as a link or embed it as html and choose a size while you’re at it. If you want to share more, you can share a complete gallery or make slideshows. Sharing to social media services is also available. You can even generate a link for visitors to buy your photo.

Our Experience With SmugMug

When you first visit SmugMug, you’ll get options to start adding photos, choose a design or get organized. It’s simple and intuitive; we like it.

Choosing upload will give you an area where you can drag-and-drop your photos or choose them from your computer. This step is labeled “1” (out of two), resembles an installation wizard, and it makes getting your photos online a straightforward experience.

It also allows you to upload from different services like Amazon Drive, Dropbox and Flickr, a powerful feature that is not common. There’s even a Lightroom plugin that enables you to transfer files directly to SmugMug.

We appreciate that SmugMug gives you progress bars for each individual photo upload, and enables you to skip duplicates. After that, the next step will ask you to create a new gallery which will hold your photos and be the default view on SmugMug.

Uploading additional photos to galleries isn’t as smooth, because after finishing the upload you’re left with the upload window hovering above your galleries. You won’t see the new uploads until you click “X.” It’s done so the user can upload more photos, but a button named “finish uploading” or “done” would have done the trick.


The gallery interface itself is very attractive and the default dark-gray theme makes a good contrast with the actual photos.

Organizing photos is done by using the friendly “organize” feature. A guide box will greet you and explain what you can do with it. Manually arranging photos is pretty easy because you can just drag-and-drop them wherever you want. You can view, share, delete, download and edit your photos from the organizer.

The editor is not that helpful: you won’t be able to preview your color effect when you choose it. When applying you get a message saying that it will take a few minutes. However, we found you’ll need to refresh the page to get the edited photo. SmugMug could also feature some more photo editing options besides crop, rotate and color effects.

We were impressed by the various sharing options, but we experienced glitches when closing the share window and trying to open it up again.

The beautiful and functional design is reflected once again in the mobile app. You’ll recognize various features at a glance, and the prominent upload button allows you to upload a new folder, gallery or photo. What we’ve really liked is the ability to setup auto-upload for your photos.


  • Unlimited storage
  • Advanced sharing options
  • Beautiful & customizable layouts


  • No free plan
  • Some glitches

Amazon Prime Photos

Amazon Prime Photos is a service that’s twinned with Amazon Drive. Similarly to Google Drive, when you upload your photos they count toward your Amazon Drive quota, which is a meager 5GB. However, if you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber ($12.99/month or $119 if you pay per year), you get unlimited storage for photos.

If you’re not into Amazon Prime, there are many other plans to choose from: 100GB for $11.99, 1TB for $59.99, 2TB for $119.98, all the way to 30TB for $1,799.70. All prices are per year and undercut Google by a fair margin.

To upload your photos, simply drag and drop them anywhere in the Prime Photos window. If you upload to “my photos,” you will not get a dialog asking you to add to an album or create a new one. You’ll need to manage that part manually.

You will not be able to edit a photo if it exceeds the maximum allowed resolution. If it doesn’t, you’ll see a simple editor which gives you the options to flip, rotate, set brightness and contrast, crop and set saturation.

Using Prime Photos, it’s easy to share with a group of people by inviting them via email or sending them a generated link. Added people will be able to view photos, add their photos and even invite others to join the group.

Side bonus: since Amazon Prints is partnered with S&D Prints, you’ll be able to order prints of your favorite shots from its stores.

Our Experience With Amazon Prime Photos

Prime Photos is oddly similar to Google Photos: when you drag a folder or a photo to Prime photos, it will greet you with a fun graphic and a blue border that show that you can just drag-and-drop your photos, gifs and movies anywhere to upload.

There’s a neat filter in the sidebar which lets you refine your view by dates and type. The sidebar also contains a link which will show you how much space you have left, which doesn’t amount to much considering you only get a measly 5GB.

Besides those options, there’s also groups and albums. We find groups to be especially useful since you can add other people which can, in turn, add their own content and invite others. It makes sharing trip photos much easier.

Albums, on the other hand, are pretty standard. There’s a way to create albums from your Amazon Drive photos, which speeds the transition to Prime Photos if you’re just starting to use it.

However, when we created an album out of the default “pictures” folder, on a couple of tries, it messed with Photos’ head. It looked like our previous album was overwritten by the new one. When we refreshed the page, all was fine. Later tries didn’t reproduce the error.

The editor will not allow you to edit photos that exceed the maximum size and that’s a letdown. Once you get to the editing part, you’ll see that there aren’t many options to choose from, but an interesting one is “frame.” It lets you add a border to your photos that make them artistic.

The most convenient way to share is to generate a share link, but it takes a couple of seconds longer than we’d like (it’s not instant). There’s a link that allows direct sharing to Facebook, but not to any other social networks.


  • Unlimited for Amazon Prime Users
  • Cheap plans
  • Group Sharing


  • Only 5GB of free storage

Google Photos

Google used to have an app called Picasa. It was actually created by Lifescape in 2002, then Google bought the app in 2002. It was available as freeware for the next 14 years until Google discontinued it.

However, from Picasa, Google created its own homegrown photo-storage app and named it Google Photos. Now, more than 500 million users use Google Photos and those users upload more than 1.2 billion photos every day. That says a lot about user satisfaction.

Helping to achieve those numbers is that fact that Google generously gives users 15GB of free storage. What’s more, photos count against that quota only if you upload in full resolution.

If you upload in high quality, there’s no limit to how much you can upload. If you need more than 15GB for your photos, you can choose from several plans, from 100GB for $1.99 a month up to 30TB for $299.99 a month. All plans offer a discount if you pay for a year in advance.

Uploading is very straightforward. You can just drag and drop your photos anywhere on the page. If you’re feeling old school, you can use an upload button that opens up a dialog. After uploading you can simply create a new album or add to an existing one.

A clean and attractive editor gives you the options to use color filters, basic adjustments and crop and rotate. There’re not a lot of filters, but what’s there provides some interesting effects. Under “basic adjustments,” you can set light, color and contrast. In crop and rotate … well, you can crop and rotate.

Google Photos comes pre-installed on many Android devices and makes it easy for you to auto-upload your photos to the cloud. There’s a desktop uploader which you can use to sync your photos, but considering that Google Photos provides a smoother experience, we doubt you’ll need to use it.

To share, you can just select which photos you want to share and then generate a link, choose a person to send them to, share over social media, add to an existing shared album or a create new one.

Our Experience With Google Photos

Google Photos shows a chronological order of your photos right from the start. A striking history bar on the right makes it easy to access your earlier photos. That’s especially handy for the seasoned photographer.

For more information on the service which stores your photos, read our Google Drive review. We have a guide on how to use the drive if you’re not sure.

The upload button isn’t very specific, but it doesn’t need to be as you can just drag-and-drop your photos anywhere on the page and the upload will start. Pretty handy. Once your upload finishes you’ll get the option to add to a new album or a shared one. Sleek user experience is nothing new for Google.

Albums themselves look rather attractive employing Google’s minimalist approach. Shots are placed in a grid while maintaining good thumbnail size for easy viewing. It’s easy to edit the album title with a simple click, and you can invite others with an obvious “+” icon below it. Other album options are in the top right, prominent, but not intruding on your experience.

Compared to other services, editing with Google Photos feels a little underwhelming. We’d like to see more options, similar to Flickr.

Assistant is there to help with the creation of new albums, shared albums, collages, movies and animations, which makes it easier for pure end-users.

The sharing page allows you to keep track of all the photos and albums that you’ve shared. There’s also an option to “start a new share,” which will guide you through the process.

You’ll not see the upload button anywhere when you open the Google Photos mobile app. It’s not there because the app works to automatically backup all your photos.

Instead, you’ll have to go through several options in the menu, starting with “device folders,” until you reach your mobile-only photos and then choose “back up now.” Not the most friendly workflow by far if you want manual uploads, but you can read our guide to the best Google Photos alternatives for some more options.


  • Unlimited storage for HQ photos
  • Ease of use


  • No unlimited plan
  • Cheaper options

Honorable Offline Mention: Mylio

Mylio is a photo organizer and manager which integrates your devices (both desktop and mobile) and online sources into one catalog of photos. Mylio helps you manage and organize your photos offline, without any remote servers, thus ensuring your privacy.

Since Mylio works offline, to accommodate plan pricing, there’s a cap on how many photos you can manage and how many devices you can sync. You can manage 25,000 photos on three devices for free with the Mylio Plan. Premium gives you 100,000 photos on five devices for $10 a month, while Mylio Max gives you 500,000 photos on 12 devices.

Android and iOS devices come with the same options as Mylio Max for free. Premium and Max plans also give advanced editing options and Lightroom integration.

Editing is fast, and offers several categories: “presets,” “white balance,” “tone,” “treatment” and “grain removal filter.” Presets work like color filters, white balance helps you set temperature and tint, tone gives various options like exposure, contrast and highlights, treatment helps you sharpen and grain removal smooths images out.

The interface is modern, intuitive and attractive; you won’t be scratching your head to find what you’re looking for. A browser panel displays how many photos you have in your Mylio library and lets you view photos based on different criteria (all photos, folder, albums, calendar, etc.).

The preview panel holds your photos and allows you to search through them. Finally, the properties panel allows you to see information about your photo preview source.

When you first launch the app, you’ll be greeted by a windows asking you to choose your source folder or online services to add to the Mylio library. You can, of course, import those after the initial selection, as well as copy folders into Mylio or sync an external drive. After you finish importing, you’ll be able to browse, organize and edit your photos.

You can share photos via email or directly to Facebook or Flickr. There’s also a couple of options that are not sharing per se: “export,” which exports photos out of Mylio, “export as video,” which does the same but creates a slideshow, and print.

Our Experience With Mylio

The first thing you need to do with Mylio is import photos into it. You can do that by choosing one of the import options. A plus for Mylio is that it allows you to download and import media from online services, but you can also add external drives and source folders from your hard drive.

Adding source folders may take a while, depending on the number of photos that the folders contain and how powerful your computer is. In our test, it took about 14 minutes to add 7,500 photos.

Once you finish adding your photos, you’ll see the default calendar view which shows your photos through the years and months. Scrolling through it is fast, but you always know what year and month you are viewing, thanks to a little bubble that tells you the year and month.

You can create albums in the “albums” view, but you use a small “+” to do that, and it doesn’t stand out, exactly. A big plus or “create new album” button placed in the view itself would have been a better choice. If you don’t want to do that, you can use the “folders” view which does the trick if your photos are organized by folders. Otherwise, go to “all photos” and start organizing.

Mylio can sync your photos with other devices. It tries to do that from the start, even if you’re only syncing on one device and takes a while to do so.

There are several types of annotations: stars, tags and flags. Annotations are displayed when you click magnifying glass, while to access sorting options, you click the magnifying glass icon. They can be a huge help while going through your photos, however, both options could have been placed outside the icons menu, and on top of the current view, thus providing quicker access.

Presets make for quick editing, and there’s 14 to choose from. Otherwise, you can enter the editor, which reminds of the much more powerful Lightroom. Impressive for an app that’s not dedicated solely to photo editing.

Sharing, is of course, a more complicated and slower process, considering that Mylio isn’t online and you need to upload your photos first. However, once you connect to Flickr or Facebook, sharing depends solely on your internet connection.


  • Fast
  • Photo management & organization
  • Powerful editing options


  • Photos must be uploaded to share online

Final Thoughts

By now you’ll have a pretty good idea of what you need to get out of your photo organizing nightmares. We’ve taken a look at how easy it is to use the photo management software that we’ve presented, which features they offer, at what price and how easy it is to share your memories with the people you care about.

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The bottom line is that we feel Flickr is the best choice out of the contenders. You might or might not agree with us, and that’s why we’d like to hear from you in the comments. Do you think another app deserves the crown? Or is there something we’ve missed? Thank you for reading.