Upload Photos Anytime, Anywhere! Uploading 101

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Feature Updates, Help & Support | 27 Comments

At Photobucket, we give your photos a safe place to call home so that you can store, share, edit and print your memories with ease.

Never lose a photo again! We’ve created several upload options to ensure that you can safely and simply back up all of your photos anytime, anywhere.

Upload Options:

Directly to Album

  • Create a new album, or navigate to the existing album you would like to upload to. 
  • Drag single or multiple photos and videos from your desktop directly into the album.


  • You can also click the hotspot to open a file browser and choose photos to upload that way.


  • Voila! Your upload should begin.

Import from Facebook

  • Click the orange “Upload” option at the top of the page, select the Facebook tab from the upload options, then select “Add Photos”.


  • If you haven’t already linked your Facebook account, enter your Facebook login when prompted.


  • ‘Select all’ is chosen by default. Alternatively, you can pick and choose what you want to upload by clicking ‘Unselect all’ and then checking the ‘Select’ box under individual albums.
  • When you’re ready to import, click the ‘Add from Facebook’ button on the right.

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Upload from Email

Uploading from email or MMS message is a great way to upload photos from your home computer or mobile device, even if you are not logged in!

To begin, you will need to know your upload address, which contains a mobile PIN number.

  • Log in to your Photobucket account. 
  • Click on your username and then User Settings, then navigate to the Mobile tab.
  • Copy the address in the Upload from email panel. This address never changes.


Now that you know your upload address, follow these steps to upload from your Email:

  • Log into your Email account, and create a new message. Paste the upload address in the To: field.
  • Add an attachment, and browse your computer for the image or video that you would like to upload.
  • Enter the album name in the Subject field if you want to upload to an album other than your default album. Case counts, so make sure you type the album name exactly as it appears in your account.

Note: If you upload to an album other than your default, it must be at the first level in your default album.

You can follow the above steps to upload an image via text message as well, provided that your phone supports MMS messaging.

Auto Backup

If you’re a first time Photobucket app user, you’ll be prompted right away to turn auto backup on. If you’ve already chosen to disable auto backup, you can simply turn the feature back on.

Open the app, then hit the menu icon  in the top corner. For iOS users, tap Backup, then tap Enable. Only the wording is different on Android – tap the menu icon, then tap Backup, then tap Start Auto Backup.

That’s it! You did it! For iOS users, head over here for more info on your auto backup options (wi-fi only, default album, etc.). Android users, click here.



  1. J Funk
    July 14, 2015

    What is “null pointer exception?” I keep getting that error and the photo won’t download. I even get that message on photos that are in your photobucket library.

    • Hannah
      July 14, 2015


      This sounds like a technical error. Please contact our support team at http://bit.ly/1u49uw3 so that we can troubleshoot the issue. Thank you!

  2. David Johnson
    May 23, 2015

    I have found that I cannot get Photo Bucket to be able to access my photos for editing (to make them lower resolution) so it may work for you but as a pro photographer I was unable to get it to work for me….

  3. oz
    May 20, 2015

    with the new ‘Photos’ ap on mac, why can i no longer drag and drop into photobucket. I have to go to my mobile which is a real pain being unable to use the desktop. I seem to be unable to upload from my mac in any way. The original are on my mac, not in the cloud.

  4. John Edwin Childs
    April 22, 2015

    I would like to know how much various things cost.
    I am very conservative with my coputer spending.
    I will back out and stay out until I get a good feel for the costs.
    Then there is the frustration factor to learn a new system.


    • Hannah Moorhead
      April 23, 2015

      Hello John,

      A free Photobucket account gives you 2GB of storage to backup your photos. We also have several other account options at different price points and storage limits. You can view those options here: http://photobucket.com/pricing

      As for our Photobucket Print Shop, we offer a variety of high quality products, at prices that are lower than our competitors. To check out our Print Shop, click here: https://secure.photobucket.com/print/

  5. Robert Bishop
    February 18, 2015

    I’ve logged in Facebook and tried to upload photos, but never get the orange upload icon on the tool bar. I can see images from Facebook, but can’t scroll through those images, or move them. What’s going on? Any help would be appreciated.

    • Hannah Moorhead
      February 18, 2015

      Hello Robert,

      We apologize for any inconvenience this is causing you. The best way to solve this issue would be for you to contact our support team at http://bit.ly/1u49uw3 so that we can assist you further. Thank you.

  6. stuart
    February 14, 2015

    I keep most of my pictures in Picaso. How can I choose some and move the to Photobucket?

    • Hannah Moorhead
      February 16, 2015

      Hello Stuart,

      To upload your photos to Photobucket, you will need to save your photos to your desktop or computer and then choose one of the upload options above.

  7. Charles Sholder
    January 20, 2015

    I had many photos under this email add. they have all disappeared. It wouldnt even accept my email add. Can you explain this>

  8. Brian Jones
    January 16, 2015

    Is there a way friends and family can upload their photos and see my photos in my photobucket albums directly without sending them to me via email?

    • Hannah Moorhead
      January 19, 2015

      Hello Brian,

      In order for others to upload photos to your account, you will need to give them your log in information, and they will then be able to log in as you and upload photos to your albums.

  9. Marleta Crim
    November 28, 2014

    My husband, David Crim’s talked with you. I am now downloading to photobucket. Thank you so much.
    Marleta and David Crim

  10. Snapdragon001
    September 12, 2014

    The email explanation above is unclear. I wish to keep my pix in separate albums – can I input an album name and then input pix to that album, and if so how, please?

    • Hannah Moorhead
      September 12, 2014


      You can keep your photos separated in different albums. Go to your library. On the right hand side under “actions”, find and click on “Create Album”. Give the album a name (i.e. Summer Vacation). Then, choose that album from the list of all your albums on the right hand side. Once you are in that album, you can drag and drop photos you wish to add, or click the “upload photos here” hotspot and choose your photos to upload.

  11. dale webster
    September 9, 2014

    I have looked high and low read everything twice asked my friends saw that others have shared photos on message boards I don’t get it I see where. I see I can have my pictures printed . I uploaded 3 pictures , that works . If photobucket is not intended to store my pictures so I can link them please suggest a site that allows that.

    thanks in advance

  12. jan rozeboom
    July 20, 2014

    I am quite frustrated with Photobucket. It has disconnected all my photos making them essentially unusable and I cannot find how to unlock some I edited.

    As with much on the computer, you say we can simply do something, but it is not so simple when one does not know how!

  13. Louise
    July 19, 2014

    I hope I can go back to ordering my prints on Photobucket and then picking them up at my local CVS drugstore. Saves a lot on shipping when I just want to order a small number of photos….was a very convenient feature!

  14. Lynn
    July 14, 2014

    How many pictures can you save? I am looking for a safe place to keep my pictures.

    • Hannah Moorhead
      July 14, 2014

      Hello Lynn,

      Photobucket is a great place to safely store photos. You can get up to 10GB of storage with a free account, and upgrade for more if desired. Click here to see our storage options: http://photobucket.com/pricing

  15. charmaine nicholson
    May 1, 2014

    photo bucket is great!

  16. rocky
    April 21, 2014

    like this

  17. elizabeth wilkinson
    April 18, 2014

    I love photobucket. I hope that I can learn to use one of the uploads and other features.