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Bump: The Easy Way to Share Photos

by Suzanne Kantra on May 25, 2012

Bump appLet's say you just took a great picture at a party and one of people in the photo asks for a copy. Do you email it? Facebook it? Text it? If you have the free Bump app for iOS and Android devices, sharing photos with another person's phone or a computer is as easy as tapping the two devices together.

To initiate the transfer of photos, you need to start the Bump app or, if you're transferring to a computer. browse to Then you select up to 10 photos you want to share. Finally, you bump the devices together or bump the phone against the computer's space bar. Both devices send their location with a time stamp and the Bump servers make a match between the devices. Each device then gets a request to connect, with the person's name and photo, if available. After both devices have accepted the connection, the data transfers.

Shared photos then appear in your phone's photo gallery or the directory you choose on your computer. One big drawback is that photos transfer at a maximum resolution of about 600 x 800 pixels. That's fine for viewing on a phone or computer screen, but not good enough quality for prints.

Bump can also be used to send contact information. And for iPhone users, there's Bump Pay (free on iTunes), which connects with your PayPal account to let you transfer cash.


Phones and Mobile, News, Cameras and Photography, Photo / Video Sharing, Mobile Apps, Android Apps, iPhone/iPad Apps, Blog

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From Raeus Jae Cannon on May 25, 2012 :: 11:11 am

LOVE your newsletter and blog. Always GREAT information! Unless something’s changed, I’ve found that when bumping an Android to an iPhone that it doesn’t work so well. Have they fixed that?



From Suzanne Kantra on May 25, 2012 :: 1:28 pm

I bumped between iPhone and two different Android phones. For one of the Android phones, I had to bump more toward the bottom for the phone to sense the bump. You may want to give that a try. And make sure it’s a firm bump, like the force you’d use to knock on a door.



From alienmurphy on June 20, 2012 :: 12:25 pm

Quote: “it’s a firm bump, like the force you’d use to knock on a door.”

There is no way I am going to use that kind of force to ‘bump’ my phone against anything! At least with bluetooth my photos transfer at the size I take them; regardless of whether I am transferring to another phone or my computer.



From Carol on May 26, 2012 :: 3:23 pm

Why are these apps made to have so many permissions? This particular app has the permission built in to either modify or delete the contents of my sd card. No way am I going to agree to that.

It’s a shame, it seems like a useful app to have.


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