Using the Mobile App

 

The PhotoShelter Mobile App was designed to give you the freedom to manage your business from anywhere in the world. With this tool, you can engage with clients on-the-go by accessing your full PhotoShelter archive, delivering images and sending invitations, uploading straight from your Camera Roll -- you’ll even receive push notifications when you’ve made a sale or when a client has downloaded one of your images  -- and a whole lot more.  

Currently the app is available for iOS devices (running iOS 7.0 and above), and Android devices (running OS 4.1 and above).

Formally supported devices: iPhone 5 & 6, Nexus 4/5x/6/7, and Samsung 4/S4/S5

Compatible devices: iPad, iPad mini, and iPod

(While most of our testing revolved around the phone experience, the app should work for your tablet, as well. If you're having trouble with any iOS or Android device, please contact our Client Services team).

Download at the App Store.

Download at the Play Store.

 

Navigating the Mobile App

 

Stats

The stats screen shows you your basic PhotoShelter account statistics:

  • Current storage usage
  • Number of images, galleries and collections
  • Number of images priced for sale
  • Number of images marked as publicly searchable  
  • Recently updated galleries  

The magnifying glass at the top left corner of the screen allows you to search by image (via IPTC keyword, filename, or description), or by gallery/collection. Simply type in your keywords and tap Images, Galleries, or Collections to find exactly what you’re looking for. This is also available in the Images screen.

 

Notifications

Any time an image is downloaded or a sale is made from your PhotoShelter account, you will receive a push notification. (To initially enable this, you must authorize the PhotoShelter app to send push notifications to your device in your phone’s “Settings > Notifications” control panel.) You can access the list of downloads/sales, starting with the most recent first, in the app’s notifications tab.

Note: Push notifications are currently being improved. Thank you for your patience while this feature is temporarily down. 

The gear icon in the top right corner allows you to turn the push notifications on or off by type.

 

Images

The images screen allows you to view your full list of galleries and collections, as pulled straight from your account’s Image Browser. By default, the galleries and collections are listed alphabetically, however you can choose to sort by date by tapping on the three green circles (“3 dots”) at the top right corner of the screen. This is also where you access the listed/unlisted sections of your archive.  

The magnifying glass in the top left corner allows you to search by image (via IPTC keyword, filename, or description), or by gallery/collection. Simply type in your keywords and tap Images, Galleries, or Collections to find exactly what you’re looking for. This is also available in the Stats screen.    

You may slide any of your galleries/collections to the right (“quick swipe”) to get quick access to visibility & access settings, or to copy the gallery/collection link to your clipboard. More on these settings below.

When you tap into a collection from the images screen, you’ll be presented with the galleries inside that collection. Tap the 3 dots in the top right corner, and the following options will appear:  

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Android display:

Copy Link

This allows you to copy the collection link to your clipboard.

Collection Visibility

Here you can view the collection’s current visibility (Everyone, Those with permission, or No one but me), and if the collection is listed or unlisted on your website. You can easily change the visibility or listing by tapping on one of the options.

Collection Access

Here you can view or assign any download permissions associated with the collection. You will see any permissions that have already been assigned to the collection, and you can tap to edit. To assign a new permission, tap the + icon at the top right corner of the screen to create a password or to give access to specific people via an email address.

You will then see the options to add a password or email address, choose an expiration date, choose the file size allowed for download as well as choose a download max.   

Learn more about collection access here.

Sort by Date

By default, your collections are sorted alphabetically, however you can tap "Sort by Date" to sort by the date the collection was uploaded. 

This will not affect the sort method you have chosen to display on your website. This is simply for administrative purposes.

Listed/Unlisted on Website

If the collection you’re viewing is currently listed on your website, you will see ‘Unlisted on Website,’ which you can tap to quickly switch over to that section. Conversely, if the collection is unlisted, you’ll see ‘Listed on Website’ here; same functionality applies.

Learn more about Listed vs. Unlisted here

 

Quick swipe any of the galleries inside your collection to the right to access the following gallery-specific options: 

  • Gallery Visibility
  • Gallery Access
  • Copy gallery link

More on galleries below.

 

When you tap into a gallery from the images screen, you will see all of the images inside that gallery.

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Android display:

 

The gallery name is at the top of the screen, and below each image you’ll see the filename, and four icons. These icons indicate if the images are priced for sale, publicly searchable, or have a model or property release. More on this in the section on viewing single images below.

Tap the 3 dots in the top right corner, and the following options will appear:  

Upload

The upload icon allows you to choose any images from your mobile device, and upload them to the gallery you are currently viewing. This includes your Camera Roll, Instagram, VSCO cam, or any other albums you have created.

Simply select the images you would like to add and tap “Done,” and the upload will begin right away. You may upload a maximum of 20 images at a time.

Copy Link

This allows you to copy the gallery link to your clipboard.

Gallery Visibility

Here you can view the gallery’s current visibility (Everyone, Those with permission, or No one but me), and if the gallery is listed or unlisted on your website. You can easily change the visibility or listing by tapping on one of the options.

Gallery Access

Here you can view or assign any download permissions associated with the gallery. You will see any permissions that have already been assigned to the gallery, and you can tap to edit. To assign a new permission, tap the + icon at the top right corner of the screen to create a password or to give access to specific people via an email address.

You will then see the options to add a password or email address, choose an expiration date, choose the file size allowed for download as well as choose a download max.   

Learn more about gallery access here

Select Images

Choose this option, and you’ll be able to select any number of images from within the gallery. You’ll then see an “Actions” button. Tap this to apply any of the following:

Make Searchable

  • The image will appear in public searches both within PhotoShelter and on the web. You will see a green magnifying glass on all of the images that are publically searchable. Learn more about searchability here. 

Make Unsearchable 

  • Removes the image from public searches within PhotoShelter.

Make Hidden

  • Hides the images you select from being displayed publicly in your gallery.

Make Unhidden

  • If the selected images are already hidden, use this to unhide.

Add to Gallery 

  • Duplicate the selected images and add to another existing gallery.

Create New Gallery 

  • Duplicate the selected images and add to a new gallery.

Quick Send

  • Send one or a group of images to a client. Enter their email address and choose the size you would like to send--we’ll resize and handle the rest! Learn more about Quick Send here

 

When you tap a single image from inside a gallery, you’ll see the specs for that particular image.

iPhone display: 

Android display:

Below the image are four icons. Green means those particular features are activated; grey means they are not. The icons and their meanings are as follows:  

Dollar sign

This indicates whether or not the image is priced for sale. Tap the dollar sign to add or remove any of your existing PhotoShelter pricing profile.

Learn more about selling through PhotoShelter here.

Magnifying glass

This indicates whether or not the image is publically searchable. Tap the magnifying glass to activate/deactivate.

Learn more about searchability here.

A piece of paper

This indicates whether or not you have marked the image as having a model release. This is for your reference only. Tap the piece of paper to activate/deactivate.

A house

This indicates whether or not you have marked the image as having a property release. This is for your reference only. Tap the house to activate/deactivate.

 

Tap the 3 dots at the top right corner of the screen to see the actions you can apply to this image, as follows:

Quick Send

Send one or a group of images to a client. Enter their email address and choose the size you would like to send--we’ll resize and handle the rest!

Learn more about Quick Send here.

Save to Camera Roll

Download the image to the Camera Roll on your mobile device (You can download up to a 2040 pixel JPEG.) 

 

Upload

The upload screen allows you to choose any images from your mobile device, and upload them to a new or existing gallery. This includes your camera roll, Instagram, VSCO cam, or any other albums you have created.

After you select the images you would like to upload, you will choose to either create a new gallery, or select an existing one. (Tap listed/unlisted at the top right corner of the screen to determine where you would like the images to live.)

As explained above, you may also upload directly into a gallery from the images screen. Just select a gallery, and tap the 3 dots at the top right corner of the screen.

 

Account

The Account screen shows you your PhotoShelter subscription info. You will see your avatar along with your business name, your email address, account type, rate, paid through date, monthly statement day and the date of your next statement. This page is for reference only; the information you see here can only be modified from the Admin Area of your online PhotoShelter account.  

At the bottom of this screen, you may find access to our Support Center and Client Services contact information by tapping “Support.”

 

All iPhone device images © Heather Moran

All Android device images © Karl Ahnee

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