4 alternatives to iCloud photos that won’t scan your content

Does the idea of ​​your Apple device scanning your iCloud photos for illegal content make you uncomfortable? Good news, there are services available that offer true end-to-end encryption. Here are four of them that I have personally used.

What I love about Cryptee is the fact that it offers more than just photo storage. It can also replace Apple Notes, iCloud Drive, and even Apple Books. Based in Estonia, this company makes its source code available to everyone, so you know it won’t add anything… sneaky.

What I like Cryptomator is that it offers end-to-end client-side encryption for your content. You create a secure vault with the app and then store that vault in a cloud service or offline on a hard drive. It gives you the convenience of cloud storage, but the knowledge that the cloud company cannot analyze your files.

NextCloud is the service I tried just to see what it is, but haven’t used it since. It is certainly not bad service; it is a self-hosted platform where you can either install your own NAS or purchase cloud storage from a third-party company.


Finally, you can still use the old-fashioned offline storage using a flash drive or hard drive. You can buy special flash drives or charging hubs for your iPhone that can automatically back up your photos, or just a simple drive that plugs into your iPad or Mac. One method to collect your photos to export them outside of the Photos app is a shortcut I created. It allows you to recover all your photos in one album at once and then paste them into a ZIP file and ask you where you want to send that file.

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