How to properly download and share photos on the internet

David F. Choy
2 min readOct 23, 2018


  1. Download the original image
    Do not: long press or right click
    Do: use download links
  2. Upload the original image
    Facebook app? Enable HD uploads in the app settings
    Making a facebook album? Check the“high quality” box
    Apple mail: Stop sending “small” versions of your images


From Amazon Cloud Drive

When viewing a photo, tap it to see a download icon at the top of the screen. Alternatively, from the folder view, select (check) a folder (or several files) and use the download icon at the top of the screen. Details from amazon here.

From Google Drive and other Services

Here’s how do download files from Google Drive. Other drive services also have links to download images. Use them. If you don’t, you‘ll get a preview, usually just big enough for phones.

From some random website

Ok so there may not be a download link on some random website, and the photo you are looking at may not be the original. May website platforms create several image seizes for authors to used. Try opening the image in its own tab and look at the url. If the URL is something like “…/image-medium-1024x768.jpg” then try removing the characters denoting the image width and height (e.g. 1024x768) and pressing enter to see if an original file exists.


Facebook: Use the high quality check box when uploading albums from the web, if you are using an app, enable high quality images.

Email: Email apps love to resize your photo for email. It’s usually better to send links to files on drive services. If you have to send an image over email, consider sending the full resolution image.