App of the Week: Kicksend Makes Sending Multiple Photos Easy

Every day in this country, thousands of photos and videos are tossed around in cyberspace, many sent via smartphone. As use of mobile devices begin to overtake laptops and desktops in popularity, now more than ever users are clamoring for a way to send large numbers of photos without being denied.

Kicksend allows users to send large numbers of photos at a time without worrying about exceeding mailbox limits. Services like Dropbox require the user on the receiving end to have an account but Kicksend has no such requirement. You send, they receive via a secure transfer that keeps your sensitive data safe.

One of the best things about Kicksend is its ability to send multiple photos from your smartphone. Did you know the iPhone only allows you to send up to five photos at a time…and only if those photos are compressed into a very low quality? Kicksend lets your photos keep their quality, helping you share photos from events with friends and family without having to burn them to disc or use a file-sharing app.

Need paper prints? Kicksend can handle that, too. No matter where you are, you can send your photos to a nearby Walgreens for processing. You can even send your photo orders from your iPhone, enabling you to receive quality prints quickly while on vacation or visiting friends and family. While there are several apps that can provide similar functionality–Walgreens Mobile Pharmacy, for one–Kicksend’s sharing make this app more desirable.

“For us to be able to tap into the creativity and innovation that is happening (on mobile platforms) was an opportunity that we couldn’t pass by,” Abhi Dhar, chief technology officer of Walgreens’ e-commerce division, told the Chicago Tribune. “When we saw the amount of interest that consumers have in using their smartphones as photo-taking devices, it was natural to take where consumer demand was and link it with what we saw to be a strong part of our offering.”

As Kicksend puts it, where sites like Dropbox are storage services, Kicksend is a delivery service. On the app’s website, it urges you to think of Kicksend as “the express postal service.” The app isn’t limited to sending photos, either. Using Kicksend, you can share videos of any size to your friends or family.

You, the sender, will have a Kicksend account. Whether you choose to use the mobile app, the desktop app, or your web browser, the recipient will receive a web link that will take them to a website where your photos or videos are waiting. If you prefer an additional layer of security, you can set it to require they log in before viewing your photos, but this isn’t required. In fact, one of the best things about Kicksend is that the user on the other end doesn’t have to log in.

As smartphones and tablets become photo-taking devices of choice, small businesses are increasingly looking for economical ways to share information. With Kicksend, you’ll be able to easily share information with clients, friends, and family.


About Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and young adult/middle grade novelist, who worked in information systems for more than a decade. Her first book, 30 Days of No Gossip, will be released by Simon and Schuster in spring 2014. She lives in Nashville with her husband.