I found a really neat gadget that makes my life a lot easier. I figured if it makes my life easier, it'll make your life easier, too!
We're going to talk about taking pictures or videos from your phone straight to your computer or your iPad. If you are like me, we know how to use the USB stick to get our embroidery designs from the computer over to our embroidery machine. This is not difficult either.
This PNY Duo Link pictured is a 64gb, but they are available in several sizes depending upon how much storage you want. They work with either an Android or an iPhone and are compatible with PC and Apple computers.
One end goes into your phone, one goes into your computer or your iPad, and there is a jump drive for storage in between. It works much like a USB stick. Generally, they run anywhere from $29 to over $100, depend upon the storage size. Of course, you may pick one up for a steal during Black Friday sales.
Once you plug it into your phone, it asks to install an app. When installed, the screen shows you know how much storage you've used on your USB stick and how much storage you've used on your phone. Turns out that I'd used all but 15% of the storage on my phone. I had no idea.
You have different options, you can backup the entire phone (videos, pictures, and music), you can also backup your contacts if you want, or backup just one file. It stores everything onto the connected flash drive. You can even save directly to the USB stick and bypass your phone.
Once you put the information you want on your little USB stick, unplug it, walk over and plug it into your iPad or computer. Just like any other jump drive, a new drive is going to pop up on your computer with the information that you've stored and then you can copy it and paste it onto your computer and categorize it however you like.
As an example, say you went to a retreat and there was a bunch of pillows that you were taking pictures of for inspiration. Put them into a pillow category. You may remember that it was a pillow but can’t remember the specifics. Go to your pillow folder and find the photos.
If you're like me, I use my phone for inspiration like that. If I see something I like, I'll take a quick snapshot. Until now, I just never had an easy way to get those pictures onto my computer.
Same with videos. If you use your phone to record a demonstration, for instance, you can retrieve the video and remember the steps.
Another nice feature is that you don't need an internet connection to use this device. If you're out and about and you run out of storage room on your phone or you want to just pull something off of your phone and throw it onto your iPad or your laptop, you can do that without internet access. You can also use it as a charger. Just pop it in a little bag and drop it in your purse. Lots of possibilities.
I really think 32gb or 64gb is plenty big enough, especially if you're just using it to transfer information back and forth. I transferred a phone full of videos and had no issues.
Show me a new sewing technique and I'm all over it. However, some of the computer functions are more challenging. But if I can do it, you can too!
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May your day be blessed with perfect stitches and GlitterFlex!!