Flickr Review

Now that we've told you a bit about what Flickr is, and have learned about what Flickr may cost you, let's zoom in on it and take a close look at what's good and not-so-good about it.


  • Lots of storage for your media — Whether you have a free account or a paid account, it gives you 1 terabyte (that's 1000 gigabytes!) of memory storage.  This means that you'll almost never run out of room to stash your photos and videos.  Plus, the upload process is pretty simple, and you can download copies of your files as often as you want!

  • Plenty of organization tools — You can categorize your photos and videos with descriptions and keyword "tags", so they're easier to find and interpret.  Put photos together in virtual albums, or even organize several albums together in a themed collection.  You can even order custom photo albums or wall art based on your pictures!

  • You're in control of where your photos go — Want to keep your photos private?  That's fine; you can make it so that only people who know the Internet address for your photos can see them.  Or, if you want to go the other way and show them off to everyone, Flickr has ways to easily get them to your social media accounts, your blog, your friends via email… wherever you want them.

  • Join your fellow photo enthusiasts — Flickr also functions as its own social network, in a way.  Follow the latest uploads from people whose work you admire, or join a group and add your photos… or at least your input on various discussion topics.  If you'd like, you can even create your own group dedicated to your favourite kinds of photos!


  • A bit of a tight fit — Despite the massive amount of memory storage space that you get with your account, your photos each cannot take up more than 200 megabytes of memory storage each, and your videos cannot take up more than 1 gigabyte of memory storage or more than 3 minutes in length each.

  • Breaking up is hard to do — Disbanding groups on Flickr is somewhat cumbersome; you have to manually kick everyone else out of the group, and then leave the group yourself.

  • If you want the best, you have to pay for it — Unless you have a paid account, you will see advertisements whenever you are browsing for photos.  Other people will also see advertisements when you share your photos with them, as well.  Also, you cannot edit photos directly on Flickr.  However, with a paid account (under certain conditions), you can get a temporary discount on a subscription to software programs that will allow you to touch up your photos.

The bottom line: 8/10

Flickr has gone through quite a few changes since its conception in 2004 and purchase by Yahoo in 2005.  Some of these changes were met with harsh criticism (and were often reversed), but the majority of them have made Flickr better at what it does.  It's big selling points are the massive amount of storage for your photos and videos that you get (even with a free account, and despite individual file size limitations), as well as plentiful organization and sharing options to get your photos noticed (should you want them to be).  The interface is relatively simple and clean, but it hides several fine-tuning options that you can use to make sure your profile and pictures look and act the way you want them to.

Besides the advertisements that you (and others) see on a free account, as well as a few clunky parts of its interface (especially around groups and some settings), Flickr has one other glaring weakness.  That is the fact that it has been around for a relatively long time (at least as far as technology goes), and yet it hasn't drastically changed what it does.  While that isn't necessarily a totally bad thing, it does mean that it has debatably fallen behind (in some respects) other services that are doing similar things.  For example, other websites may offer unlimited file storage, no individual file size limits, direct photo editing, and advanced tools to actually promote and sell your photos (usually included in paid accounts).


Overall, though, if you want a dedicated photo and video storage service that favours simplicity over a bunch of advanced bells and whistles meant for art professionals, Flickr is a pretty solid choice. If you are convinced and think you want to sign up, check out our next tutorial on how to sign up for an account.

When Is Flickr Free and How Much Can It Cost?

Now that you’ve learned about what Flickr is and how it works, you might be curious about how much it could potentially cost you to use the site. In this article, we’ll go over when Flickr is free and how much it can cost if you decide to pay for additional features.

Is Flickr free?

Yes, you can sign up and use Flickr for free, but doing so comes with certain limitations. However, Flickr also offers two paid subscription options that remove some of these limitations and give you some other added benefits. Some of the paid benefits include advanced features, and no ads.

Let’s go over the different types of accounts, what each of them cost, and what features each one has to offer. This should help you decide which type of account will best suit your needs.

Flickr account types

Flickr has three types of accounts: Flickr Free, Flickr Pro, and Flickr Pro +.

Flickr Free

COST: Free


  • 1 terabyte (that's 1000 gigabytes or 1,000,000 megabytes!) of memory storage space
  • Upload photos of up to 200 megabytes in memory storage size
  • Upload videos of up to 1 gigabyte in memory storage size and up to 3 minutes in length
  • Download your original photos as many times as you like
  • Advertisements will appear when you browse or share photos

Flickr Pro

COST: $5.99/month


  • Advanced photo stats that show how often they're viewed and how people find them
  • Removal of advertisements when you browse or share photos

If you subscribe to the monthly Flickr Pro plan, you get five bonus features:

  1. 20% off the first year of a subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography program (which allows you to use the Creative Cloud editions of photo editing programs Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe Lightroom CC for one year)
  2. Free standard shipping (and 50% off international shipping) on photo-related merchandise orders from Flickr that total over $25 (includes things such as photo books and wall hangings)
  3. Ad free browsing and sharing
  4. Desktop Auto-Uploadr – automatically adds photos from your computer to your account
  5. Advanced stats on your photos

Flickr Pro +

COST: $49.99/year


  • Advanced photo stats that show how often they're viewed and how people find them
  • Removal of advertisements when you browse or share photos

If you subscribe to the monthly Flickr Pro+ plan, you get the same five bonus features as with Flickr Pro, but you save money by paying yearly instead of monthly.

Can you pay for more storage on Flickr?

Unfortunately, no, you can’t pay for more storage. Flickr used to have an alternative account option called “Doublr,” which allowed users to pay a whopping $499/year to get an additional terabyte of storage. However, a couple of years ago, Flickr decided to do away with this account option.

Flickr no longer allows users to pay for more storage, even if you pay for one of their Pro or Pro+ subscriptions. Even though the storage limit for all of the account options is limited to one terabyte, you probably won’t ever use up that much storage space. If you’re interested in trying out a different photo-sharing website that does allow you to purchase additional storage, have a look at our Flickr alternatives article to learn about some other options.


That's a bit about the (potential) costs involved in using Flickr! To learn more about the photo sharing platform, be sure to read the rest of our free Flickr course. We’ll teach you the basics, like how to upload photos, as well as more advanced features, like how to organize your photos into albums and collections.

What Flickr is and How to Start Sharing Photos

Have you ever kept a photo album or scrapbook? Have you ever wished there was a better way to keep them organized, or that you could easily share them with your friends and family? If so, you’re in luck! is a website that allows you to do exactly that. In this article, we’ll cover what Flickr is and how it works.

What is Flickr?

Flickr (pronounced "flicker") is a storage, organization, and sharing tool for photos and videos. It allows users to upload and organize collections of photos and videos all in one place, so they can easily access and share them. You can also follow other users to see the photos and videos that they post.

Flickr has two stated goals. The first is to give you innovative new ways to organize your photos and videos, as well as information about them. This not only makes your photos and videos easier for you to find, but it also makes them easier to find and enjoy for other people, too. 

Flickr's second goal is to help you put your photos and videos in front of the people that matter to you. In that capacity, it has plenty of options for sharing photos and videos across social media accounts, or — if you're a more private person — with specific individuals on the website or elsewhere.

How does Flickr work? 

1. An easy way to store all your photos.

Flickr makes putting your photos and videos on it simple, and gives you plenty of options for customizing the information about them. Add "tags" and a description to make your photos easier to find and enjoy, or make them private if you want to admire them by yourself. With 1 terabyte (1000 gigabytes) of memory storage, you'll almost never run out of space for your photos and videos!

Photo storage on Flickr

2. Virtual photo albums to organize your photos however you like.

You can place your photos in virtual albums and rearrange them in whatever order you want. If you want to take things a step further, though, you can create "collections" and organize albums or other collections into a thematic hierarchy or sequence. You can even create a cool collage based on photos within your collection!

Flickr albums and collections

3. Move your photos where you need them to go.

Flickr has options that allow you to share the photos you upload instantly on your other social networks, from Facebook to Tumblr, from Pinterest to Twitter. You can also use plain old email, or even copy a link to your picture and stick it directly in an email, post, or even a website! Plus, you can download copies of your photos as often as you want, so you'll always have spares on hand in case the original files go missing.

Share photos from Flickr on other social media

4. Socialize with others around snapshots, and create groups to appreciate the work of other users.

Like on many other social networks, you can follow the activity of particular users that you like. Or, you can join a group and share photos with them, and discuss the types of photos that you like (or anything else that comes to mind). You can even create your own group and see how many members you can get!

Follow other Flickr users

5. Collaborate on albums with your family and friends.

Are you planning a party or an event? If you want to have all the photos and videos from your party in one place, you can create a Flickr group and invite all of the people that will be attending the event to join the group. Then, after the event, everyone can share and store the photos and videos they captured at the event to the group, so all of you can enjoy them together.

Create groups on Flickr

History of Flickr

Flickr was created by Canadian company Ludicorp in 2004 and bought by Internet giant Yahoo in 2005. The website experienced a major makeover in 2013 – by that time, it had over 87 million users and over 6 billion uploaded photos. Since the website was created, it has introduced apps for iOS and Android devices.

The website was given another overhaul in 2015, including easier uploading to the website and upgrades to the Flickr apps. During the summer of 2016, it was announced that both Yahoo and Flickr would be acquired by Verizon. This corporate change is expected to be finalized by mid-2017.

How Much Does It Cost?

Flickr is free to use. You can sign up for an account, and upload, organize, and store up to 1TB (1000 GB) of photo and video files, all for free. However, they do offer “Pro” and “Pro+” account options for a monthly or yearly fee, respectively. You can pay for additional features and an ad-free experience. To learn more about the costs of using the service, and what you can get with the premium service, check out our article about it here.

Is Flickr Safe To Use?

Flickr is safe to use, and offers lots of security options so that you can keep your photos and videos private if you want to. There are also settings that can deter downloading of photos you store on Flickr – you can disable sharing and right clicking if you don’t want others to save your photos.

Keep in mind that despite these settings, if someone wants to download a photo from Flickr, they can likely figure out a way to do it. Any photo or video that is posted and viewable online is vulnerable to being downloaded by others. If you really don’t want other people to be able to download your photos – if for example, you’re a photographer, and you don’t want your work to be stolen – don’t post them online.

Pros and Cons of Flickr

Some pros of Flickr are that it’s free to sign up for, and you get 1TB (1000 GB) of storage, for free. Another great thing about it is that there are lots of options for organizing your photos and videos as well, and Flickr has options that allow you to share your photos with your friends and family.

On the other hand, some cons of Flickr are that if you have your photos public, they may be vulnerable to being downloaded by others. While there are settings that can deter people from saving your photos, it is still possible. Also, if you want access to more features or an ad-free experience, you have to pay a subscription fee.

Flickr Alternatives

Although Flickr is an awesome site to use for storing and organizing your photos and videos, maybe it isn’t quite what you’re looking for. If you’re on the hunt for a different photo sharing website to try out instead, here are a few other options. is similar to Flickr, but also gives you the option to buy customized collectibles and memorabilia with your photos on it. and are a couple of other competitors that also offer additional features and more storage for a monthly fee. is similar to Flickr in that it allows users to upload photos, but it also showcases other types of art, including animations, poetry, and short stories.

Check out our article on the best sites like Flickr to learn about these sites and more!


And that’s our introduction to Flickr. Consider reading the rest of our Flickr course to learn how to do all of the basics, like signing up for an account, uploading photos, and how to organize your photos into albums and collections.