Photobucket Backup for Windows

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Photobucket Backup is the fastest & easiest way to back up your photos and videos to Photobucket - you'll never have to worry about backing up your media again! (Don't have Photobucket Backup? You can download it directly from this link: Download it now!) Once you've downloaded the install file, please follow the instructions to complete the setup process.


Where to find your backed up albums in your Photobucket account


When viewing your Photobucket album online, you'll now see a new album within your library named after your PC. This is the album which Photobucket Backup uploads to, containing each auto backup album as a sub-album.




Signing in - Before signing in on Photobucket Backup, please make sure that you've signed out of Photobucket on your web browser. This is just to make sure Photobucket Backup and your Photobucket account sync up properly (this is just a one time thing). Now, sign into Photobucket Backup using either your Photobucket username or the email address tied to that account and password.



Once you sign in, you'll be greeted with a screen containing a few options:

Auto Backup - Any time you add an image/video to a folder of your choosing, Photobucket Backup automatically uploads them to your account in Photobucket! By default, your "Pictures" folder is set to automatically backup any images that you add to that folder going forward. You can very easily add additional folders or remove currently selected folders from auto backup. These folders will be added as sub-albums to your Photobucket Backup album, which will be named after your PC.


To remove a folder from auto backup, simply mouse over the folder you'd like removed and click "remove" when it appears.


To add a folder to auto backup, just click "add folder" and select the desired folder.


You can, at any time, choose to stop auto backup from automatically uploading any additional images or videos by unchecking the "Auto Backup to Photobucket" box at the bottom of the screen.



Upload - To manually upload photos to your Photobucket account, first select "Upload" tab on the menu to the left, then simply drag and drop your desired images or videos into the main, white area highlighted below, or select the "browse files" option. Be sure to select which album you'd like to upload to at the top of the screen.


Once you've selected your files, click on "Start Upload" at the bottom corner of the screen. You will then be taken to the Progress screen which will show the % completion of your current uploads. These uploads can be found under the Photobucket Backup album, which will be named after your PC.



Progress - As your media uploads, the progress is displayed on the Progress tab. From here, you can retry any failed uploads, pause uploads, clear your upload history, or view  your recent uploads on your Photobucket account through a new browser window.



Allowed file types-

  • Images – gif, jpg, jpeg, png, bmp. Photobucket converts bmp files, which are not appropriate for the Internet, to jpg files, which are. The Image Editor does not retain the animation in animated .gif files.
  • Videos – 3g2, 3gp, 3gp2, 3gpp, 3p, asf, avi, divx, dv, dvx, flv, gif, moov, mov, mp4, mpeg4, mpg4, mpe, mpeg, mpg, m4v, qt, wmv, xvid, rm. All video files are converted to mp4 format when you upload them.


While running, there is a Photobucket Backup icon in your system task bar, under the hidden icons button, located at the bottom right of your desktop.



Keeping Photobucket Backup up to date

Locate the Photobucket Backup icon as described above. Right-click the icon and select "Account."

In the window that pops up, check "Check for updates automatically."


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