How to backup your high resolution AT&T Nokia Lumia 1020 photos and get 50GB of free cloud storage
One design choice on the Nokia Lumia 1020 has a small handful of people a little flustered: you cannot share the full-resolution photos on Windows Phone using any of the built in social networks. No email, no NFC, no uploading to SkyDrive, etc. The reason for that is because each 38MP image is between 9 and 15 MB in size and that would chew through bandwidth.
The oversampled 5MP images you can do anything, including all the above and auto-uploads to SkyDrive. Those weigh in at a more reasonable 3MB and are meant for sharing.
But for AT&T users (and only AT&T customers), there is a way to auto-upload your full, high resolution photos to the cloud for backup: AT&T Locker. And if you act fast, you can bump their free 5GB of storage to a whopping 50GB, which is ideal for you future Lumia 1020 owners.
AT&T’s free cloud solution was released a few weeks ago on Windows Phone. The app is very much like SkyDrive where you can save anything you want to it, including music or documents. If you are not on your phone, you can head to AT&T for more info (opens in new tab) to either create an account or view/manage your files.
On the Lumia 1020, the app comes preinstalled and when you sign up, you get 5GB of free storage. However, as we pointed out a few weeks ago, if you act now you can upgrade that to a massive 50GB, which is kind of awesome.
To do so, follow these steps:
- Launch app
- Create an account
- Scroll to ‘More’
- My Plan
- Upgrade Plan
- You should see the 50GB plan marked as “Limited Time Offer”
- Select and done
And that’s it. From the app you can choose to have it auto-upload your images over Wi-Fi and Cellular, just Wi-Fi or neither (upload manually), so everyone should be happy.
Why AT&T Locker and the Lumia 1020 go hand in hand
A full, high resolution image uploaded via the Lumia 1020
As we mentioned above, the Lumia 1020 cannot share the massive 38MP images from the device. The only way is to plug the Lumia 1020 into a PC and do the drag and drop routine. To be honest, we’re totally fine with that. We shoot full-frame DSLR images for our site and resize them to around 300kb for posting. There’s really no reason to send someone a 10MB, 38MP image especially when you have a beautiful, oversampled 5MP (3MB) one to share instead.
But for backing up purposes, we can see where having a wireless solution would be helpful. AT&T Locker does allow backing up of the Lumia 1020’s full high resolution images to your account. It works quite well and you can even share that photo with others via email, Twitter, Facebook or MySpace with the app’s built in social networks. Once the image is shared, guests can even download the full, high quality photo to their PC.
What a shared image looks like on AT&T Locker
In other words, problem solved:
- You get 50GB of free, cloud storage, accessible by your phone or PC
- You can auto-upload/backup your photos
- It saves your high resolution images, wirelessly
So remember this tutorial when you receive your Nokia Lumia 1020 this Friday. There’s no reason to not opt in, especially if you think this will pose a problem for your routine.
Already have an AT&T Windows Phone? Download AT&T Locker now and get setup using our steps above to ensure you receive free 50GB of online storage. Windows Phone 8 only.
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.
(I'm pretty sure I was one of many)
When you act like an arse, to other arses, it means you can't complain when arses such as myself are arses to you.
In other words, don't talk down to people like that. Whether they deserve it or not.
Pointing this out to them more often is the only way to fight the disease.
Anyone else having this problem?
If you log into your wireless acc't with a username (as opposed to wireless #), it's a little confusing that this is what you have to do. Created a new account and up and running with 50 gb. Now all I need is a 1020 to fill it up....
Also, if i follow the link provided above and create an account, will i be able to upgrade to 50GB when my 1020 arrives or should I wait til i get it and use the app?
This will definitely nag. Full resolution upload to SkyDrive needs to be an option.
This is entirely unacceptable behavior from both AT&T and Microsoft. And at best, you're being disingenuous in your reporting. At worst, you've assumed the role of AT&T PR flunkie. Congratulations on your demotion.
This smacks of a PR release disguised as an article.
Help or where do I go for help!
I will say the Windows Phone 8 version of the app is a lot nicer than the iOS version!
And this is just another example of why.
Especially since my (lower priced) 820 has SD support....
I haven't heard anything about Google not developing SD card support anymore, but if you have an article link I'd be interested in reading it. I couldn't find anything with a quick web search.
Samsung; King of MicroSD cards
Sony; All of there Xperia's have MicroSD card support
ZTE; there latest flag ship has MicroSD card support
Huawei (Some); Low-end - Mid range devices have it; there news Phablet has it Vs HTC (they never have had them, AFAIK)
LG (some); LG Optimus G, Possible the G2
Huawei (Some) there latest flagship does not have it Seems to me, more of the big names make more phones with MicroSD card support than those without on android~
So this same industry thinks streaming multiple megabits per second for 1080p screens is both realistic and reliable?
Lastly, if they don't want to provide the expandable part, at least give us the option of high capacity? 32GB on flagship phones doesn't cut it- just read the many threads about storage woes here on this site.
None of this directed at you Daniel, but rather the industry as a whole...
For example, you can no longer send apps to the SD card (due to "corruption" issues). Google is still supporting the archeteture that allows SD cards to be added to phones.
If so, those like me on the 2GB plan may want to beware :)
So bizzaree... they ask for user name, access ID, and password. But the 1st and 3rd things are things you already have, while the second is one you are creating. Crap interface and coding.
There's no good reason to have disabled the ability to utilize SkyDrive for 38MP/34MP photos. The user should be able to choose to permit this over WiFi and even over cellular.
Now we're forced to use AT&T Locker for this, which won't have any of the familiar and common ways to access like SkyDrive, but will have its owns methods and ways of doing so, possibly with similar support, or possibly offering fewer options... where's desktop syncing, for instance (not saying it isn't there, haven't looked, but that's important to me to have).
Whatever social network features there are in AT&T Locker, it's apparently not working right in the beta. But that's somewhat beside the point -- where's the integration with my Microsoft Account, through Windows Phone? Why do I need to configure these social networks users/passwords again, separately, for AT&T Locker. It's a very poor decision.
It's frustrating that these kinds of decisions get made, likely with little thought about the overall ecosystem architecture. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.
Works great so far
I gots'ta drow mah' hoes upside to AT&T as some gracious dank ya'.
AT&T Locker: 50GB free
Skydrive: 25GB free
Box: 25GB free
Here's what I've got
AT&T locker: 50GB
Windows Home server: 4TB
Crashplan: Unlimited backup 48 months for $3 a month (get it, crashplan.com)
Copy.com: 150GB free (get yours here: https://copy.com?r=ZxnU9b)
I'm overcompensating for something, oh that's right... I have a tiny app collection. ;)
Go to settings, then upgrade account, then take the extra 45GB goodness and profit.
Hope this helps someone.
1. I can't believe ATT used FLASH instead of HTML 5/CSS3 for the PC client - it breaks with windows 8.1 (preview) but that is a personal issue :)
2. I am upgrading my L920 to L1020 and so tried to create my locker account. it seems that my att user ID that is my mobile number won't work as acccessID. anyone else have that problem?
I've never once received helpful support for any MS product or service via Twitter. It's like they aren't even familiar with their own products.
I'll try on my phone later when it's done charging. (too lazy to go upstairs and grab it for this)
I signed up for the 50GB on the AT&T website though, so I'm good on that.
Sidenote: does anyone else think the PC/web app/site for AT&T Locker has a header that looks very similar to one of the former WL wave backgrounds?
Camera Roll Sync
Full resolution photo & video backup w/ SkyDrive
You wrote "The oversampled 5MP images you can do anything, including all the above and auto-uploads to SkyDrive. Those weigh in at a more reasonable 3MB and are meant for sharing."
When I capture using 5MP mode, I get a 2-3 MB file. But, when I share, by sending an email, only a 650 KB file is sent. So, how do you share the 2-3 MB file?
Perhaps I should be asking this in Nokia's support forum. Thought you might know.