The first step to organizing and safeguarding your media is adding photos and videos to your Mylio Photos Library. This allows you to view all of your images in one convenient location. With Mylio Photos, you can quickly gather your pictures and videos from a variety of sources, including mobile devices (iOS and Android), computers, hard drives, social media platforms such as Facebook and Flickr, camera memory cards, as well as scanned family photo prints or slides.

The first time you open Mylio Photos, you’ll see a guided import window that lets you check off different media sources you may want to import into your Mylio Photos Library.

Add a few sources, then click the I’m done adding media for now button. You can always add additional photos and videos later by clicking the plus icon to Add media or by clicking the File menu in the operating system menu bar and choosing Guided Import.

Key Terminology When Importing

The following terms will help you better understand the process of adding your media to the Mylio Photos app.

Add Media – Click the Add Media icon to add photos and videos from an internal or external drive or import new media from an SD card, camera, or online service. Adding media makes those photos and videos part of your Mylio Photos Library. For Mylio Photos+ users, this media will be synced to all your devices so you can view, organize, and edit from any Mylio Photos-connected device.

Copy – When adding photos and videos to your Mylio Photos Library, you can Link, Copy, or Move your media. Choosing Copy adds a duplicate of the original(s) to your Mylio Library Folder without moving or deleting the Originals.

Device – In Mylio Photos, a Device refers to a computer, external drive, cloud service, phone, or tablet that has been added to your Mylio Account. For Mylio Photos+ subscribers, each device contains your photos and is synchronized with your Mylio Photos Library.

External Drive – An External Drive is a storage device directly attached to your computer via USB or Thunderbolt.

Import – Importing is adding files and photos to your Mylio Photos Library from sources like an SD card, camera, or online service.

Last Media Added View – When an import is complete, Mylio Photos will display the most recently added media in the Last Media Added View. If you would like to turn off this setting (ON by default), go to the More menu > Settings > General > and toggle the switch next to Last Media Added View to OFF.

Link – When adding photos and videos to your Mylio Photos Library, you can Link, Copy, or Move your media. Linking a folder will keep the images and videos in their current location on your hard drive and show them in the Mylio Photos app.

Move – When adding photos and videos to your Mylio Photos Library, you can Link, Copy, or Move your media. Choosing Move will add the selected images and videos to your Mylio Library Folder and erase them from the original location to free up disk space.

Mylio Library Folder – The Mylio Library Folder is the default location for your imported media that you select when you first install Mylio Photos. This can be a new or existing folder on a local drive. Photos stored in this folder will show in your Mylio Photos app.

NASNAS is an acronym for a Network Attached Storage device. Multiple computers can typically see this type of drive via a network connection.

Vault – A Vault is a role that Mylio Photos+ subscribers can assign to any device. A device designated as a Vault stores a complete copy of all photos and videos in your Mylio Photos Library and is often used for backup and protection.

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