Smartphones and tablets have more computing power today than the first spaceship that landed on the moon. The standard features that are included on them allow the user to access a number of features that used to require separate devices. Smart devices have audio and video recording capabilities, picture taking functions, and even the means to take notes. Gone are the days of lugging around heavy cameras, bulky video recorders and even paper and pencil.
While most of these functions make the user’s life easier, there are some problems that come with using this new technology. As a sophisticated technology user, you have probably experienced one or more of the problems listed below.
Digital photography has become more and more common because of smartphone and tablets. Anyone with an iPhone or Android device can become the next Annie Lebovitz or Phil Ioss. Tiny digital cameras have replaced thousands of dollars of cameras, equipment and film processing.
Parents can take hundreds of pictures of their children without running out of film or stopping to reload their camera, and the quality of picture taken is greater the cameras formerly used by professional photographers. This was unimaginable prior to the digital age.
However, all of those pictures take up space (memory) on digital devices. A standard jpeg takes up seventy kilo-bytes of data. A standard Apple device has about twelve gigabytes of storage. A standard Android device has about thirty-two gigabytes of storage, after a single birthday party or family holiday, the amount of jpegs stored on a single device could lead to that device crashing due to a lack of available disk space.
Maybe you don’t take a lot of pictures with your smartphone. Maybe you are a budding YouTube star, like Casey Neistat. The digital recording capabilities of a smartphone or tablet allow a high school student to surpass the camera capabilities Steven Spielberg was using when he shot Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Are you the next gonzo independent filmmaker like Kevin Smith or Richard Rodriguez? The modern smartphone allows you to shoot, edit and post video instantly! How much digital space do these videos take up? The smallest video is around twenty gigabytes, and the maximum file size that can be uploaded to YouTube is one hundred and twenty-eight gigabytes.
The problem with shooting all of these digital videos is that they take up all available space on a smartphone. If a user is not careful, recording a long video can reduce their smartphone to a brick.
Are you a podcaster? Are you a reporter or blogger? The modern smartphone has digital recording capabilities that allows for remote recordings that were previously unheard of. The sound quality captured by the microphone in a smartphone is far better than what professional news organizations were using ten years ago.
Are you the next Marc Maron trying to get an interview with a president? Or are you a budding stand-up comedian who records every set? If you do any type of recording with your smartphone you know that a digital recording requires a lot of space.
Do you hate taking notes with a paper and pencil or pen? Do you take all of your meeting notes digitally either on a tablet or smartphone? This is smart. You are not wasting paper and you are progressively embracing the digital age.
Unfortunately, these digital files require space. While notes do not take up nearly as much space as jpegs, mpegs, or sound recordings, the space they do occupy begins to add up over time.
Do you use the same device for everything you do? If so you are in a minority. Let’s say you shoot a great video, but you want to edit it before publishing it to YouTube. How do you download from your smartphone to your PC for editing purposes? Are cables involved?
What if you want to edit photos and then combine them in a collage for a photo spread? Can you easily get your photos from your device to your photo editor?
What if you are a podcaster and need to edit your sound file? How do you get the sound file from your device to the edit bay. Does it involve a cable?
Managing storage on a device can be time consuming. Constantly backing digital content up or downloading it, finding the right cables, and remembering which device has which pictures can be confusing. Thankfully there is a solution to all of these problems.
MI Cloud is the Solution
In order to free up space on a smartphone or tablet a user will need to back up their data to the cloud. iCloud? Dropbox? Amazon? What is the best way to upload digital content to the cloud? And having uploaded the digital content to the cloud what is the best way to access this content on any device?
Do you have a iPad or iPhone? Or do you have an Android enabled phone or tablet? How do you sync your devices to each other or to your PC? Or are you even syncing your devices to each other? MI Cloud (developed by Xiaomi) is a cloud based service that allows the user to sync your data across multiple devices. In addition to being available in the iTunes app store and the Android store, it is already included on every Xiaomi produced phone or tablet.
What Does MI Cloud Do?
MI Cloud is a downloadable app that is available to Mac, Android and PC users. MI Cloud allows a user to sync their digital content or data across multiple MI enabled devices through a secure cloud based server. Since MI Cloud is cloud based, a user can log into any one of their MI enabled devices to access photos, recordings, messages, notes, and even contact information.
How Much Storage Does MI Cloud Provide?
MI Cloud has 5GB of free storage, and additional storage has a minor cost.
How Do I Get The MI Cloud App On My PC?
Download the latest version of MIUI Cloud Desktop App
The MI Cloud app will be in the “System” app folder on your “Home” screen. Open the app and follow the prompts to get your account set up.
Be sure to pick a unique login id and strong password when setting up your account.
That’s it. You’re now ready to sync your devices and access all of your content. It couldn’t be easier.
Please note that MI Cloud only works with Windows versions of XP and later.
Does MI Cloud Only Work On My PC?
No, MI Cloud works with all of your smart devices. In order to take advantage of all of the benefits of MI Cloud, you should download it to all of your devices. That way you never have to worry your content being trapped on a device. If you are away from your PC and you want to access some of your pictures, you can easily bring them up on your phone.
How to I Send My Pictures and Videos to The Cloud?
Using MI Cloud is simple. Tap the MI Cloud app and the pop-up will ask you if you want to “Upload” or “Download.” Choose the option that is right for you. For example, if you just recorded an awesome video with your phone, you would tap “Upload” to store it safely to the cloud. Later when you are sitting at your PC and getting ready to edit you can use “Download” to bring the video into your editing software.
Managing My Photo and Video Content Is Awesome, But Does MI Cloud Do Anything Else?
MI Cloud can do so much more. An MI user can access all of their information at i.mi.com. This site allows a user to:
If All My Data Is On the Cloud, Can It Be Hacked?
It is important to be concerned about the security of your data, and MI Cloud takes data security very seriously. MI Cloud encrypts all of the data stored in its cloud with well-preserved keys. You can help keep your data safe by using a unique login id and strong password.
What If I Want to Move Certain Photos from The Cloud Back to My Smartphone?
That is a great question! Follow the steps below, and you will see the photos on your smartphone.
Open the “Gallery” app
Locate the “Cloud” tab
Tap the “Cloud’ tab and tap the folder or album that contains the picture or pictures you want to download.
Tap the photo
Tap the “More” button which will bring up a menu of options.
Tap “Download.” The photo will download to your smartphone.
My Smartphone Fell in The Pool. Are All of My Pictures Gone?
Probably not. Every piece of data that you uploaded to MI Cloud before accidentally dropping your phone in the pool, is secure because it is stored on MI Cloud.
Remember to upload your files to MI Cloud before the next time you go swimming with your phone.
I Didn’t Think It Was Possible, But I’ve Maxed Out My MI Storage. I Don’t Want to Lose Any of My Photos or Videos. What Do I Do?
MI Cloud understands that you are a content creator. They don’t want you to have to decide if any of your videos should be deleted. MI Cloud offers different storage packages that are tailored to fit your needs.
Get an extra 20GB per year in cloud based storage for only forty-nine MI credits
Get an extra 100GB per year in cloud based storage for only ninety-nine MI credits
Get an extra 1029GB per year in cloud based storage for only four hundred and ninety-nine MI credits
If you are just an amateur photographer or a professional content creator, MI Cloud has a storage package that works for you.
MI Cloud is the solution to the problems faced by smartphone users who have multiple devices. Now instead of worrying about which device has what content, MI Cloud allows smart users to backup all of their digital files to a secure, encrypted cloud based database.
The functionality provided by the cloud based database allows users to access their content on any one of their smart devices and even their PC.
Have you switched to MI Cloud yet? If not what are you waiting for?