Technology advances quickly, but maybe not as quickly as we want. Particularly as it relates to mobile devices. I was looking helping my step-daughter figure out how to help her 6-month old smartphone run more efficiently, and quickly found out why the RAM was so taxed...99% of her phone memory was in use. Photos, videos, screenshots and other saved memories from SnapChat, etc. You know, all those things that make up a teenager's life. I'm unsure how to approach the issue: do we invest in pocket drives for her to relieve some of stress on her device, or talk about backing up or cleaning out these types byte-eating memories regularly?
We'll try the pocket memory approach first.
Even though USB drive size differs from phone to phone (fingers crossed for USB-C to become the standard soon, but it'll take transitioning regardless), it's still possible to develop a way to transfer photos onto a flashdrive. And without too much drama, believe it or not.
Pocket Drives Add to Storage
Most standard USB drives, or pocket drives, won't connect directly into a mobile device. However, with a small piece of hardware, users can transfer photos, music, videos, and other types of media seamlessly. If you choose not to back up photos to iCloud, Google Photos, or whatever service is compatible with your device, investing in compatible drives might be a good option to free up space.
Leefco is one option for both iOS and Android operating systems. Pictured to the side, the Leef iBridge can supplement your device with anywhere from 16 to 256 GB. These devices plug directly into your phone and save data to SD cards. Leef specializes in mobile memory with a focus on product design. They make aesthetically attractive products with a purpose, making them a great option for teenagers concerned with looks and unlikely to use something with a process that isn't seamless.
PictureKeeper is another option. It's devoted solely to backing up photos, and works in a similar fashion to Leefco (plug and backup, more or less). PictureKeeper is a little more expensive than standard Leefco offerings, but also include a cable that supports the USB on-the-go standard.
Cheaper alternatives do exist--like simply plugging the device into a computer should prompt for photo back-up--but if you're not on board with syncing up to the cloud, there's going to be an element of work involved in backing up photos.