By default, ImageMeter saves your images only locally on the device. This means that if you lose your device or it gets broken, you might also lose your photos. This page describes best practices to set up backups.
If you use a dedicated backup software on your device, make sure that it really backs up all the app data. Many backup apps only save which apps were installed and reinstall them, but they do not store the actual data. The Google Drive backup only restores the app settings, but not the data.
Because of increased Android security policies, most backup apps may not access the data of other apps anymore. This means that many backup apps only work if they have full root access to your device. Please check your backup app's documentation what it actually saves and test it before you rely on it.
Here we describe how you can backup your data with ImageMeter's own tools.
You probably have a workflow where you are working on a project for some time and want to archive it afterwards. In that case, it is easiest to export the whole project as an IMF file and store it at a safe place. At a later time, you can re-import the IMF file into ImageMeter if needed.
With the cloud-sync function built into ImageMeter (part of the Business subscription plan), you can automatically mirror all your data to a cloud server. Even if you lose your device, you can simply reconnect to the same cloud server account with another device and the data stored there will be synced back. As a bonus, you can also sync several devices to one cloud account and work on the same photos concurrently on all devices.
When you have set up your backup, you may want to test whether it is functioning properly. You may do so like this:
Initiate a sync with the cloud icon in the bottom right corner of the main screen. It should now upload all your images to the server. You can see the upload progress in your notification message area (pull down from top of screen).
Once the upload has finished, have a look into the cloud server directory using the respective app or the web interface of your service, e.g. on the Google Drive or OneDrive web pages. You should see the folder structure of your photos in your cloud backup-directory. There will also be a separate folder for each of your images. You should find your original images in there, without any annotation, and there should be a file annotation.imm for each image.
If you have a second Android device, you can test data recovery from the backup by connecting the second device to the same cloud account. When you start a cloud sync on the second device, it should download all images in the backup (note that it will also upload the images from the second device into the backup).
If you don't have a second Android device, you can test data recovery like this:
The backup directory on the cloud server should solely be used by ImageMeter for the backup. Please do not use this directory for other purposes. The directory will contain data in its own, internal format. Please do not modify or delete any files in this directory manually.
If you connect several devices to the same cloud account and the same backup directory, the data will sync between all devices.
For more information on the cloud sync function, see here.