Adding cloud services to your Mylio account

Mylio has support for a number of cloud services including Amazon Drive, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive. Once this feature is enabled, any media within your Mylio Library will automatically be protected to your cloud service of choice. If your device is lost, stolen, or broken you can retrieve all synced media from the cloud and fully repopulate your Mylio Library – including photos, videos, files, metadata, albums, events, labels, and any other Mylio specific data. Mylio can also sync your library from the cloud to devices that are not able to be synced peer-to-peer.

Once a cloud service has been added as a Vault it will be listed in the Devices section of the Dashboard. Unlike other Vaults, cloud Vaults are designed solely as a tool for Mylio to communicate with and is not an alternative uploader for viewing your Mylio library within the cloud provider’s website or apps.


Uploading Encrypted vs Unencrypted

Before deciding on an encryption method, it is important to understand how Mylio utilizes cloud services as a Vault for your files. Mylio does not preserve your file structure or folder organization when uploading, and changes should not be made to the uploaded files on the cloud provider’s website (even if uploaded unencrypted). This protection method is solely meant to protect your Mylio Library and not designed to give compatibility between the two services.

Uploading Encrypted

Mylio’s default behavior is to upload your photos as encrypted files. If your images are uploaded encrypted, Mylio will encrypt your files in a way that prevents them from being seen as images, keeping your library fully secure. This ensures the highest level of protection as Mylio is the sole key to locking and unlocking your images.

Encrypted protection uploads your files as “other files” and not “photos”, which means you will see a series of “.bin” files in your cloud drive. These are your encrypted files.

Mylio protects your images in the cloud with AES 256bit encryption. Only your Mylio account can be used to unencrypt these images.

Uploading Unencrypted

Mylio will upload your files directly to the cloud in full, original quality. These images will upload as their actual file-extension and be viewable by your cloud provider. Mylio will not be needed to view your images. However, your file structure and folder structure will not be visible in the cloud service’s website or applications.

Working with cloud services in Mylio

Setting up cloud protection

1. Open Mylio on a computer and open the Dashboard.

2. Select the “+Add” button in the Actions or Devices section.


3. Select Cloud Service and then either Amazon, Google, or Microsoft OneDrive.

4. Mylio will display the Add Cloud Storage options. Here, you can decide if you wish to upload your files as encrypted or unencrypted. Once decided, select Add Cloud Drive at the bottom of this window.

5. Sign in to your account that you wish to protect your files to.

6. Once signed in, Mylio will display the cloud service within the Dashboard as a Vault.

Restoring Mylio from cloud services

In some cases, you may need to restore your Mylio Library from the cloud. This may happen if your device is lost, stolen, broken, or if you are starting Mylio on a remote device that cannot connect to another device via a peer-to-peer connection. By signing in to your Mylio account that has previously been protected to a cloud service, Mylio will automatically download your media in the quality designated by your device’s default Sync Policy. You can adjust the Sync Policy for individual files or folders if you wish to keep higher or lower quality photos on your device.

  1. Open and sign in to the Mylio account.
  2. Open the Dashboard and ensure a cloud service is listed as a Vault.
  3. Mylio will automatically begin to download your Mylio catalog and library to the new device.
      Note:  this process may take time. To speed up syncing connect to another device via a peer-to-peer connection that has your Mylio Library.


Unregistering cloud devices

If you wish to unregister a cloud device as a location that Mylio can sync to, you can do so from the service’s device settings. By unregistering a cloud service, you will prevent Mylio from protecting any new media to it. Media currently on the cloud provider’s server will not be removed from the service and you may need to delete the Mylio folder on from their website or applications.

  Warning:   If a cloud service is unregistered and then set up again your library will need to fully resync to the service.
  1. Open Mylio’s Dashboard and navigate to the Devices section.
  2. Select the cloud service and open the Device Settings menu.
  3. Select Unregister Device.
  4. Confirm that you would like to unregister the device by typing in your Mylio password.
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