Last month I shared how we are taking part in Western Digital’s campaign to bring back the family album, centred around the introduction of their device – My Cloud Home.
My Cloud Home is an easy to use storage device that plugs directly into your WiFi router at home so you can easily save, organise and control all the family’s digital content in one central place and access it from anywhere. In short, it’s genius!
Available in sizes 2TB – 20TV, depending on how snap happy you are (in my case very!), My Cloud Home is about the same size as a book, in a really sleek design, that wouldn’t look out of place on a book shelf or on display in your home.
Now I’m not very technically minded so I always dread unboxing new devices and having to set them up. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the box contained just four items – the My Cloud Home device, a mains adaptor, an Ethernet cable and a European adapter plug.
And having read the brief, but concise, set up guide, it was simply a case of plugging in the My Cloud Home to the mains, connecting it to our WiFi router and switching it on. I then downloaded the My Cloud Home App from the AppStore, created an account and, using the special password included in the box, connected my phone to the device. Simple!
If you simply want to transfer photos from your phone to My Cloud Home, you can select the photos, press send and they send straight over, in chronological order, under categorised months and years, and it couldn’t be easier!
With USB access you can import photos from existing external storage devices, making sure that all of your photos are in one central place. You can also switch on automatic back up for those, like me, who lead very busy lives and have poor short term memories!
To download My Cloud Home on the desktop or laptop, you simply email yourself the link, open it up, download it and sign in! It couldn’t be easier, even for a technophobe like me!
As a huge fan of Instagram, I particularly love how you can link your Instagram account with My Cloud Home so that every photo is sent over, saved and available to share. With social media playing such a huge part in our lives, this is such a great feature and one that really sets My Cloud Home ahead of the game!
There is also an option to create folders for photos, movies, TV Shows, home videos and music, all from the My Cloud Home App. My favourite feature is creating The Family Folder where you can add all of those special moments to share with others. By emailing family and friends via the app, they receive a link to access and view the folder, creating a digital family album!
For me, this was amazing. There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t send my parents at least one photo of the children I have taken that day, even though they only live around the corner! For them to be able to log on and see their grandchildren, whether they are at home or away on one of their many holidays, is just priceless!
And I think that’s the real beauty of My Cloud Home, that you can save your photos at home and access them anywhere. Even better, with a file search feature, you can find the exact photo you are looking for in just seconds, rather than aimlessly scrolling through one photo after another, trying to remember where it is and when it was taken!
Western Digital are calling all families to partake in Screening Sundays, where you sit down together as a family and view your special moments. I guess it’s very much like when I was a child and sat down with my parents to go through family albums as, although this is done digitally by streaming via your smart television, it still has that same traditional values at heart.
The children couldn’t wait to take part in our Screening Sunday, “Will there be popcorn?” asked Megan. And there was popcorn, and soft snuggly blankets, and lots of laughter from the children and sniffly tears from me, as we viewed baby photos, holiday snaps and photographs we had long forgotten.
My Cloud Home is exactly what we need as a busy family who love to take, and view, photographs. Not only has it been amazing to free up all that space on our devices, but it has been really lovely to know that all of our precious memories are right there, in one place, backed up, and available to view any time that we like.
I would recommend My Cloud Home to anyone seeking a storage device, and particularly to those who are wanting to bring back the family album. So who’s going to join me in our next Screening Sunday? Find out more over at My Cloud Home.
** I’m working in a paid relationship with My Cloud Home and BritMums on their Bring Back the Family Album campaign, encouraging families to share and experience their photos and video together. **