Transfering Data Between Devices

By default, ImageMeter stores all data locally on your device. However, there are several ways how to transfer your images to other devices.

Export into files and reimport on the new device

When: This technique works well when you do not have large amounts of data to send or if you want to send images to other people quickly.

How: When you export images, you can choose between a number of different file formats. Usually, you probably are going to export images as JPEG, but these images cannot be edited further even if you reimport them on another device. However, you can also export images in the "ImageMeter Image (IMI)" format. These files can be imported again into ImageMeter running on another device, and you can continue editing them there. Finally, there is the "IMF" file format, which contains a whole folder of images. Just like IMI files, the IMF files can be imported again on another device.

Synchronize via Cloud Storage

When: This technique is probably the easiest way to transfer data to other devices. It also works well if you want to work concurrently with several devices on the same set of images.

How: On your old device, enter the ImageMeter settings and select a cloud storage provider (Storage → Cloud storage → Set server and user account). If you do not know what to choose, use Google Drive. Now enable the two-way sync mode. You can disable the image-upload mode, since it is not needed for the transfer. Finally, log into your storage account using the button at the bottom of the screen.

Moreover, I recommend to set the "Two-way sync mode", on the settings screen one level above, to "Backup". This prevents that even in the case of usage errors, no data will be deleted.

Back on the main screen, press the cloud icon in the bottom right corner. ImageMeter will upload all of its data to the cloud storage, which can take some time. When the device has finished uploading all images, enable cloud storage synchronization also on your new device using exactly the same steps as above. Then, also press the cloud button on the new device. ImageMeter will now download all the images that were on your old device.

Note: For more information on how to configure cloud storage, see here. The cloud-sync function requires the Business version, but if you only need the sync once for transfering your data, you can use the free trial month for this.

Transfer via SD card

When: Use this technique when you are migrating all your data from one device to a new device. Both devices need to have an SD-card slot.

How: ImageMeter can store its data at several different locations. By default, it uses internal memory, but you can also store it on an SD-card. You can use this to move your images to a new device. To this end, you first move all your images to SD-card on the old device, then plug the SD-card into the new phone and tell ImageMeter on the new phone to read the data from the SD-card. Step by step, it works like this:

  • On the old phone, open the ImageMeter settings, section "Storage → Storage directory". There, you should see a directory corresponding to your SD card (note the Removeable: yes). Select that directory and check the box "Move data to new directory". After pressing "Change data directory", all data will transfered to the SD-card.
  • Savely eject your SD-card and put that SD-card into your new phone and also change the data directory to SD-card in the settings the same way. On the new phone, you do not have to check the box "Move data to new directory". Now, ImageMeter should show all your images that are on the SD-card.
  • If you prefer to have the pictures stored on the phone itself instead of the SD-card, you can change the data directory in the settings again to an internal storage directory. This time, check the box "Move the data to new directory" on that settings page.

Note: This method is a bit dangerous because all your data is moved onto the SD-card. If there is a problem with the card or you accidentally break it, you may lose the data.