There was a time when every member of the family gathered to take a single photo. It was a great way to preserve memories but as technology advanced, that yearly Christmas ritual ceased to exist. Thankfully, there are some great Android apps to preserve memories, available in the play store right now. They may not be as memorable as the old trusty photo album you have stashed in the cellar, but for the technologically advanced future, they will do just fine.
Before we embark to woods for the best Android apps to preserve memories, I would like to clarify that these apps in no way will substitute a genuine memory box. So make sure your kids know the importance of gathering trinkets from their journeys. I still have a shoebox full of old broken toys and drawings I made when I was a kid and no app will be able to replicate the feeling of nostalgia. However, these apps will help you preserve your memories in a much accessible and easy to share way. At the end of the day, it’s the memories that matter not how you remember them.
Note: The 5 best Android apps to preserve memories were tested and a Sony Xperia Z1 smartphone. Due to the intensely personal nature of the apps, I will not be sharing any of my memories which I made on these apps. This app list will feature screenshots of the apps alone and not the final results of my expeditions. All of the apps worked fine, and no problems were faced during the memory preservation. As the apps are quite different in nature, it doesn’t make sense to list them in any order.
Memoires: the Diary
Memoires: the Diary is a neat app that allows you to add life moments, memories, notes and thoughts quickly. You will be able to capture photos, record audios or insert images from gallery to your memories. The app automatically detects and also attaches the location, whether and address to that particular memory. The app is also capable of accepting images and text from other apps.
The best part about this app is that it comes with full data protection with a password. You don’t want just anybody to look through your memories and data encryption ensures that even if your smartphone is lost, no one will be able to see them. I also like how the app stores all of your memories on the microSD card if you have it installed. There are no limits to a number of photos you capture and make them part of your digital memories. The flow of thoughts feature is a great way to keep memories linked to each other.Show Downloads
This app is one of the best Android apps to preserve memories, and there is a good reason behind it. FamilySearch Memories makes preserving, collecting and sharing your favorite memories convenient and highly accessible. The app allows you to snap photos of any family function and add them to your family tree. One of the best features about this app is photographing old photos and documents and making them part of your memories.
I highly recommend that you use one of the best scanner apps for Android to make digital copies of documents and then include them in the memories. This way they will look spectacular. It also allows you to type family stories, sayings or jokes into your memories.
You will also be able to create an elaborate family tree for yourself and assign relatives a unique identity within the app. This way the app will be able to attach memories just by using the relevant tags.Show Downloads
This is a relatively new Android app to preserve memories but it managed to impress me. It is a story capturing app that allows you to capture history and heritage for easier retrieval. The developers are kind enough to tell us that this is a Beta release and the current state of the app doesn’t allow for cloud sync. This openness from the developer is quite refreshing.
Capturing your stories as anecdotes in the form of video, text or even photos is fairly easy with this app. Even though the app is still in beta, the interface and controls are fairly intuitive and refined. This is a very early version of the app but sharing features, as well as backup features are on the way.Show Downloads
Ever see a photo and wonder what the story behind it might be? Well, this app aims to rectify that in style. Basically everyStory allows you to record voices and stories behind the photos you capture.
The app also has great sharing features that enable you to share the memories privately with the loved ones. That’s not all, other people will also be able to add on to your stories and even make their own. While the audio recording is not as elaborate as the
While the audio recording is not as elaborate as the best audio recorder apps for Android, it still does a great job. The app also allows you to import photos from your computer or your gallery. One good feature about this app is the collaborative sharing, creating a group with the members of your family is the best way to share memories.
I find it worrisome to upload photos of private family functions to Facebook or Instagram and I’m sure a lot of people think the same way as well, so using this feature makes a lot of sense here. The app also comes with a great playback system which allows you to enjoy the story from any place you want.Show Downloads
This is yet another app by the FamilySearch International Developer but it is different kind of memory preservation than the third app on the list. Making a family tree is very important if you want to remember those who have passed and make it all seem easy to digest. A family tree is the best way to introduce your family to your kids and allow them to enjoy different relatives and their memories.
After using this app I really wish I had this app back when my grandfather was alive, I would have loved to make a family tree. Now that he’s gone, there is no definite way to determine the accuracy of the family tree I make. The app also allows you to add details about different people on the family tree making the memories more pronounced. Everyone had a great uncle fought in the world war, it would be pretty neat to show your kids his story.Show Downloads
These were a few great Android apps to preserve memories. I know these apps are not a great substitute for physical photo albums or the stories you tell your children but, in this digital age, they are the best alternative. I really love the family tree app and will be actively using it and hopefully, gradually fill out the missing pieces by asking other relatives. It is a great way to remember who has gone and it is always amazing to know where you come from.
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