Upload photos and videos

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Upload from your desktop

Uploading photos to your new SmugMug site from your desktop can be done in a variety of ways. Like dragging and dropping photos or videos right into a gallery...

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...or into your Organizer. Either way, your upload will begin automatically.

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Alternatively, you can click "Upload" in your header toolbar and choose whether you want to upload to a new gallery or an existing gallery.

The uploader will appear. You can drag and drop photos or videos into the uploader area. (You can’t drag folders into galleries, but you can drag folders into folders! Check it out below.)

If you want to upload an entire folder from your computer, make sure you first have a folder selected in your Organizer. If you accidentally have a gallery selected, you won’t see the folder upload option. Got the right bit selected on your site? Awesome: Now browse and select a folder on your computer or drag a folder from your computer into the upload window to begin uploading the entire folder’s contents to your site!

We’ll create a brand-new gallery with your folder name automatically for you.

Uploading a folder that contains folders? No problem! We’ll create a brand-new folder on your site that has the same subfolders in it. (If your folder has subfolders and images in it, we’ll create one gallery for the subfolder and another gallery to contain the standalone images.)

Multiple top-level folders? Drag them all into the uploader window to queue everything up, and we’ll take it from there. If you try to browse and select multiple folders, most browsers won’t support selecting more than one folder, so we recommend the drag-and-drop method for multiple folders.

Note: Folder uploading only works in Chrome, Firefox, and Edge browsers.

If you want to select only a portion of photos within a folder on your hard drive. click one file, hold down the shift key, and click another file to select a group of images to upload together.

The default setting for the uploader is to skip duplicates based on filename. So if you change a file's name between uploads, the uploader won't detect it as a duplicate.

Switching to Allow Duplicates using the dropdown menu will allow duplicates to upload. You can also choose to replace duplicates, which will replace the old version with the newer one you’re uploading. This comes in handy if you have edited files and need to upload replacements.

Note: Any single gallery can hold up to 5,000 photos and videos. Anything more and you’ll need to split up your photos into multiple galleries. Make browsing easy on your guests!

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Upload from mobile

You can also upload from your mobile phone! When logged in to your SmugMug account on a mobile browser, tap on the gallery you want to upload to. You’ll see an upload button appear at the top of the gallery next to your bio photo.

Tap it and you can select as many photos as you wish from your camera roll.

Note: Using Safari to upload on an iOS device will strip out your photo's EXIF information. To keep your EXIF intact when uploading from your iPhone or iPad, we recommend using our iOS app or our extension instead.

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Upload from other services

You can also upload photos you’ve saved on other services: Amazon Drive, Dropbox, or Flickr.

First, log in to your SmugMug site and launch the uploader. Then select the service you want to upload from.

A new window will pop up prompting you to authorize your SmugMug account to access your photos on the other service. Wait until you see the pop-up confirming your accounts have been successfully linked.

Upload from Amazon Drive

Upload from Dropbox

Upload from Flickr

Once your accounts are successfully linked, click on each photo you want to upload. When you’ve selected everything you’d like, click “Upload.”

Tip: To select every image in folder, click on the top file then hold down the shift key and click the last file. Everything should be selected!

Your selected photos will start uploading to SmugMug instantly!

Once your upload is complete, you’ll see the “Upload Complete” confirmation screen. Click the “X” to close the upload window and check out your new photos in your SmugMug gallery.

If you want to disconnect your Dropbox or Flickr accounts from your SmugMug account, visit your Account Settings and click the Privacy tab. Scroll down until you see External Services, and click “Revoke” to disable SmugMug’s access.

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Upload from SmugMug apps

We have official apps for iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac.

For the full lowdown on uploading from our iOS app, check out this article.

And for uploading using our Android app, head on over to this article.

SmugMug for Windows
To upload using SmugMug for Windows, first download it from our apps page here. Make note of where it downloads on your system so you can launch and install it when you’re ready.

When you first launch SmugMug for Windows, you’ll be prompted to log in to your SmugMug account.

Once logged in, you’ll see a familiar uploading screen (just like your SmugMug site’s web uploader!). Click “Browse Computer” to search for photos you’d like to upload, then choose which gallery you want them to land in on your SmugMug site.

Alternatively, you can drag and drop photos from your desktop or another system folder right into the Windows app. Your upload will begin instantly!

Note: Right now only photos and videos can be uploaded. Uploading of folders isn’t supported.

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SmugMug for Mac
To upload using SmugMug for Mac, first download it from the Mac App Store. Once installed, you should see Smuggy in your Mac toolbar near the clock and WiFi icons.

When you first launch SmugMug for Mac, you’ll be prompted to log in to your SmugMug account.

Once logged in, you’ll see a familiar uploading screen (just like your SmugMug site’s web uploader!). Click “Select Photos & Video” to search for photos you’d like to upload, then choose which gallery you want them to land in on your SmugMug site.

Note: Right now up to 2,500 photos and videos can be uploaded at a time. Uploading of folders isn’t supported.

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Upload from Lightroom

SmugMug has a Lightroom plugin that allows you to upload your photos directly to your online galleries from Lightroom. Get all the awesome details here.

Looking for more ways to upload? We have other uploading options you may want to try.

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