Younity allows for smartphone access to photos stored on your computer
Lauren Crabbe | Published: Feb 11, 2014 at 20:36 UTC13
What do you do when you are away from your computer and you need to access a certain photo?
There are plenty of companies looking to bridge the gap between smartphones and computers, most using cloud services. Apple and Microsoft each have their own—Apple's iCloud works with iOS, Windows, and Mac devices while Microsoft's SkyDrive works with Windows Phone, Windows, as well as Mac and iOS. Other companies like Flickr or Dropbox offer cloud storage as a solution, allowing users to sync their photo library. Then, there's Younity.
What makes Younity different is that it aims to connect all of your devices without waiting for syncing or paying for cloud storage. With Younity, your computer acts as the cloud, storing your files, while Younity uses the internet to access them.
As long as your computer is on and connected to the internet, Younity can get your files. Younity will also connect you to your external hard drive as long as it is on and connected to your computer. Currently, Younity is only available for iOS mobile devices, though it has plenty of support for different desktop operating systems.
In a press release today, Younity announced that users can now access and upload photos to social media straight from the Younity site. So if you forgot to share that photo on Facebook while you were at home, you can access it from your smartphone and upload it through Younity without having to download it to your device first.
Here's an excerpt from the press release:
The new feature gives users the ability to access and share photos that are stored on their computers or external hard drives right from their iPads and iPhones. This means that they can post photos directly onto Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or Weibo profiles from any location in the world, even when they don’t have access to the device where their photos are stored.
Younity, which enables users access to all their files stored across multiple devices, without syncing and without storage limits, also recently introduced their ephemeral file sharing feature which allows users to privately share their photos, music, videos and other files with friends in for a short period of time before they self-destruct or the user chooses to un-share them. Younity’s free personal cloud service gives user’s complete access and control of their information from anywhere, without storing any user data online.
Highlights of the new feature include: