Wondering if there are there any good sites out there made purely for free image hosting? Well, you’re in luck!
We spend a lot of our time pushing information around online and sharing stuff with our friends, and with an evolving web that’s increasingly becoming more visual thanks to mobile browsing, free image hosting is basically a must-have these days. Sometimes, however, a Facebook album or an Instagram post isn’t exactly the best solution.
Here are 10 of the best sites that offer free image hosting and make the process of uploading and sharing your images easier than ever.
If you’ve spent any time at all on Reddit, you probably already know that Imgur is the social news community’s favorite free image hosting site for Redditors. You don’t even need to sign up for a free account if you’d rather not, and you can still upload photos in stunning quality within a blink of an eye.
Images from your computer can be uploaded to Imgur to be shared on your favorite social network via a unique URL, or within the Imgur community itself. You’ll want to use the official Imgur app to use it from a mobile device too.
Best for: Uploading photos (plus animated GIFs generated from videos) as quick and painlessly as possible without losing their quality, to be shared anywhere online — especially social networking sites.
Max image size/storage: 20 MB for all non-animated GIF images and 200 MB for animated GIF images. More »
Google Photos is probably one of the most useful photo resources you can use, mainly for its powerful automatic backup feature. And since you probably already have a Google account, getting set up will be easy.
You can access it on the web at one of the free Google Photos apps to automatically upload all photos you take with your devices. They’ll all be synced up right across your account and accessible from anywhere.or simply download
You can also use Google Photos to edit your photos, organize them according to people/places/things and share them online even with non-Google Photos users. The more you use Google Photos, the more it learns about your photo habits so that it can take some of the manual work off your back by automatically organizing your photos for you.
Best for: Automatically backing up photos that you take, uploading large quantities, uploading high-quality photos, editing them, organizing them, and finding them again later using visual search.
Max image size/storage: Unlimited free storage for photos taken by smartphones and point-and-shoot cameras (16 megapixels or less) plus the option to alternatively use your limited storage space from your Google account for photos taken by DSLR cameras. You can also upload videos in 1080p HD. More »
Flickr is one of the oldest and most widely known photo sharing social networkscurrently out there and still going strong today. Besides being great for free image hosting, it also has editing tools you can use to perfect your photos before organizing them into albums so you can shown them off to the rest of the Flickr community.
You can configure your privacy options if you want to share your photos with a selected audience and you have opportunity to easily upload from a variety of platforms including via the web, your mobile device, email or other photo applications. The official Flickr mobile app is stunning and actually one of the best features of the platform. You may also want to take advantage of the Flickr Uploader tool that allows you to seamlessly backup your photos from your computer, Apple iPhoto, Dropbox and other places.
Best for: Editing your photos to look their best, creating albums and social networking. You can also choose to publish your photos under Creative Commons licensing to allow others to use your photos with attribution.
Max image size/storage: 1 TB (1,000 GB) of free storage space. More »
Like Flickr, 500px is a popular social network for photographers looking to share their best photos. It doesn’t exactly compare to some of the alternatives discussed above because unfortunately, you can’t directly link to photos if you want to share them elsewhere, but it’s a fantastic option for photographers looking to show off their work and maybe make a little money from it.
500px users can create a profile to share their photos and premium users get the option to create a completely separate portfolio for a place to display their best work without the ratings and comments from the community. If you want to display a photo on a website, you can do so by copying the embed code from the photo page.
Best for: Social networking with other photographers and licensing or selling your photos.
Max image size/storage: Since 500px is more of a social network and photography portfolio site than a simple image hosting platform, it doesn’t specify any file size or storage restrictions, but you can upload very large JPEG files. As a free member, you only get to upload 20 photos per week. A $25 annual membership gives you unlimited uploads and more features. More »
Photobucket not only lets you store your photos but also allows you to create and buy prints from the photos that you upload. Turn your memories into canvas prints, canvas posters, metal prints, regular prints, framed prints, home decor items and personalized gifts directly through Photobucket.
If you’re not interested in getting prints, you can simply use Photobucket to store, organize, curate, share and link to all your photos for free. Make sure to take advantage of their fabulous mobile app too.
Best for: Uploading and storing photos in their original sizes, editing them, organizing them, hosting animated GIFs and printing photos on products.
Max image size/storage: There are no limits to image file size, but you only get 2 GB of free storage space with an extra 8 GB that you can get just for downloading the free mobile app. For Print Shop products, you can upload files that are up to 30 MB.More »
Dropbox is a free cloud storage provider that you can use to store all sorts of different file formats, in addition to photos. You can get a shareable link to a single photo file or even an entire folder containing multiple photos to share with other people.
Dropbox also has a variety of extremely powerful mobile apps that you can use to upload, manage and share all of your photo files right from your device. You can even tap the arrow beside any file name to make it available for offline viewing when you don’t have internet access.
Best for: Sending or sharing individual photos or folders of photos with others.
Max image size/storage: 2 GB of free storage with the opportunity to earn extra free storage by inviting other people to join Dropbox. More »