The days of losing irreplaceable home movies and photos to the void are a thing of the past, but only for those who take steps to preserve their digital memories. With Flickr’s most recent iOS app update, flaking out on that all-important step is made all the more difficult thanks to a new reminder that asks you straight up if you want to automatically back your stuff up to the cloud.
To be clear, Flickr’s automatic image and video backup isn’t a new addition, and neither is the 1TB of cloud space that you get for free. But in the recent revamp of the iOS mobile app, Flickr has made the intelligent choice of pushing its Auto-Uploadr feature front and center – reminding you every single time you launch the app that you have the option to do so. If you’re gun-shy about it because you’re worried you’ll accidentally share your private life with the world, Flickr’s got you covered with a setting that automatically defaults your snapshots and videos to private. Later, you can share as you see fit through your settings.
Also new to Flickr version 4.0 is a redesigned look that recreates the look of your iOS device’s Camera Roll, and improved file organization with a new timeline view. But these are really only cosmetic changes. More functional improvements include the ability to edit photos straight from your Flickr camera roll. Editing functions include rotate and zoom, crop, and controls to adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, exposure, white balance, color balance, and RGB levels. You also get a modest number of filters that you can overlay prior to sharing directly to Instagram from within the app.
Flickr requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It’s been optimized for iPhone 5, 6 and 6 Plus. It’s available now as a free download from iTunes.