You know what’s great about the smartphones that we carry around with us all day? It means that we always have a perfectly capable camera close at hand to capture life’s most precious moments. Do you know what’s not so great? Constantly running out of space on our phones because we take so many pictures… and then getting lost in the sea of photos trying to find the perfect snapshot you took of Jacob playing with grandma.

With the most recent update to Amazon Prime Photos, you can not only enjoy unlimited photo storage in the cloud, but you can also share this benefit with five of your favorite people at no extra cost. This is included with your existing Amazon Prime membership, even if your other family members don’t have Prime themselves.

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Family Vault also introduces some new features that should help with your photo management too. Family members can contribute photos to one central repository that everyone can access. This is perfect for holidays and birthday parties, for example, because you can see all the different perspectives from one place. Users can cherry-pick individual photos to add to the shared archive or they can set it so that every photo is automatically added.

Oftentimes, the pictures that we take with our phones can easily be forgotten and it can be hard to remember exactly when and where you took a certain shot. That’s where some new search and sort features of Prime Photos can help. Image search lets you look for a particular keyword, like “cake” or “dog.” Use People View to collect all the pictures together of each individual. And Places view gathers all the photos taken at the same location.

All of this organization happens automatically, so you don’t need to thumb through your thousands of pictures to tag them. That’s terribly convenient. And once your photos are securely backed up to the cloud, you can easily free up space on your phone to snap some more.

Go ahead and give it a try. Download the new Prime Photos app for iOS or Android devices. You can also access your pictures on a computer.

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