It’s time to finally print out those photos that have been living on your phone for months. What you might not know is that there are some awesome apps that make this process fast and easy (seriously).
I currently have over 30,000 photos saved on my iPhone, and I know that I’m not the only one who’s gone into five-digit territory. While smartphones make it incredibly easy to snap and save memories, not many people regularly print out their photos because the process is so time-consuming.
You might have been content with leaving your photos on your phone and occasionally backing them up on the Cloud. But maybe you recently took an awesome trip or became a parent, and now you want some hard copies of your pics that are bigger than that tiny phone screen.
No matter the reason, if you’re ready to get those images off your phone and into an album, any of the apps below will make the process much easier. They basically create monthly photo books for you that require very little work on your end—and the results are priceless!
Chatbooks is my personal favorite. It has a few different photo book options, but the two that stand out are the Monthbooks and Monthly Minis. To use them, just download the app, add photos from your phone or Google Photos, and then allow it to create books.
You can create each book throughout the month or at the end of the month. The app will show you all of your photos taken that month, and you can allow it to pull photos on its own, or you can choose the ones that you want. Selecting photos from only one month rather than your entire camera roll feels less intimidating, although you can select others if you want. Once you’re done, the app compiles them into a book that is sent to you.
The Monthbooks ($8 or $13 per month) come in softcover or hardcover with 30 pages, and they’re 5 x 7 vertical photos that are perfect for phone snaps. Monthly Mini softcover books ($5 per month) are 5 x 5. They also hold 30 photos, and the rounded corners and small size make them perfect for kids. They’re affordable, easy to use, and adorable.
Groovebook was created when co-founder Julie Whitman lost thousands of family photos on her phone. Obviously, this was devastating. That’s why she and her husband created Grooveback. It’s an easy way to transfer photos from your phone into a physical book.
Similar to Chatbooks, Groovebook helps you automatically create monthly photo books from your photos. Each month, you can select 40-100 photos from your camera roll for 4 cents per photo, which can be as low as $3.99 per month. These are then turned into a photo book that gets shipped directly to you.
Groovebooks are colorful and fun, and they have perforated pages that allow you to easily take a page out to give to someone or to hang on your fridge. It’s also incredibly easy to use.
The FreePrints Photobooks app almost sounds too good to be true! The app ships a photo book to you every month for free, no subscription or commitments required. And yes, you read that right, it’s free!
For just a small shipping charge, you can get one softcover book with up to 20 photos each month. It’s kind of incredible!
Of course, 20 photos per month might not be enough for everyone. If you want to add more, you can pay a little extra or switch to the hardcover option. You can also switch to a larger book.
No matter which option you choose, this easy-to-use app creates cute photo books.
The Recently app is similar to the others on our list but with a few more thoughtful features. Each month, you’ll receive a sleek magazine of your recent iPhone photos printed on archival Mohawk paper. The app dynamically designs your magazine so that you don’t have to do anything but select the photos.
It also makes the selection process really easy. You can choose photos by month, album, selfie, or fave. You can also choose to receive a monthly or quarterly book, or you can just get one at a time.
You can add up to 150 photos per magazine. It also uses Shared Albums and photos from iCloud, so you can also collaborate with others on your magazine.
The price is $12.99 for monthly books and $14.99 for quarterly ones. While it’s more expensive than our other options, you also get a bigger book with an automatic layout, which, for some, might be worth it. The photo quality is also beautiful.
If you’re looking for something more hands-on than an automatic photo book that arrives every month, then check out Mixbook. It’s not an app, but a popular website that’s worth noting due to its versatility and array of options.
Mixbook allows you to easily create a variety of photo books, like Year in Review and Minimalist as well as family and baby books. There are tons of designs to choose from (even cookbooks) and you can customize all of them completely.
Again, Mixbook isn’t an app, but it’s a great choice for those who want to create beautiful photo books quickly and easily.
If you use Apple products, then Motif is definitely an app that you’ll want to look into (unfortunately, there’s no Android version). Motif can help you create photo books from both your iPhone and your iPhoto library on your MacBook.
Motif uses smart technology to automatically create photo projects for you by selecting the best images with optimal focus, clarity, lighting, people, image orientation, panoramas, and more.
So, you know when you take 10 slightly different photos of the same exact thing? Motif basically selects the best one so that you don’t have to. You can also choose to customize with photos of your own choice if you hate this idea.
You can choose between 80+ different layouts, customize the background, edit images within the app, and even add text. The clean and intuitive interface makes everything a total breeze. The price depends on the size of the book, and while it’s not as cheap as some of the other options here, the books are high quality and beautiful to look through.