The 6 Best Free Image Hosts: HotLinking Allowed, No Bandwidth Limits

Whether you’re looking for a way to keep your images online, need to send someone an awesome meme, or reduce your bandwidth overhead, free image hosting is super handy. There are loads of free image hosting sites out there.

Plus, modern free image hosting sites are different from the early options, offering slick, multiplatform services with numerous hosting options. And, with so many options, how do you choose a free image host?

Wonder no more: here are six of the best free image hosting sites.

1. Imgur

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Imgur is one of the world’s largest free image hosting sites. Originally designed to host images for Reddit, Imgur continues to grow and attract new users. You can put its growth down to a few important features.

First up, you don’t need an account to host images. You drop an image into Imgur (or browse to the file location), wait for the upload to complete, and then you can begin sharing the link. Next, it hosts your images at very high quality, for free. You can also host GIFs on Imgur, as well as create albums and add individual captions to images.

The maximum file size is 20MB for images and 200MB for GIFs. You can upload JPG, JPEG, PNG, APNG, TIF, GIF, Animated GIF TIFF, BMP, PDF, and XCF files to Imgur.

There is also an Imgur app for Android and iOS, which works the same as the desktop site (free uploads, no account requirement, etc.).

2. imgbox

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imgbox is a very basic but handy free image hosting service. You can use it to host JPG and PNG images, plus it can also host GIFs up to 10MB in size. imgbox offers unlimited storage space, for an unlimited time.

The imgbox interface is very simple. You drag and drop your image or browse to the file location. Once your image finishes uploading, you can start sharing your link. You can hotlink imgbox files, too.

imgbox doesn’t have loads of flashy features. But it is a great free image host.

3. Google Photos

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Wait, Google Photos is a free image hosting platform?

Yes, it is—for photos and images you upload from your mobile or a point-and-shoot camera up to 16 megapixels. With that information, you can consider Google Photos one of the ultimate free image hosts for shots of stunning vistas, multicolor sunsets, and most importantly, cat selfies.

Google Photos is an in-depth platform, as you would expect from Google. It categorizes your photos automatically, allowing you to search your library using a wide range of terms. For instance, you could search for the location, or “girls,” or the date, or a feature, and so on.

Google Photos receives billions of new uploads every day, as Google is using the vast number of photos to assist with the development of artificial intelligence and other big data programs. Furthermore, allowing Google Photos to function as a free image host keeps users within the Google ecosystem, which is preferable.

4. Oshi

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Oshi is slightly different from the other options on this list of free image hosts. The usual focus is on preservation and longevity, keeping your images alive and online for as long as possible. Ochi does it differently, offering you control over your images and sharing anonymity.

You don’t have to create an account with Oshi. Furthermore, you can set the links to your image to self-destruct after 1-hour, 1-day, 3-days, 7-days, 30-days, and 90-days. But if you change your mind after setting a destruction time, you can always alter it after sending the link. To further boost your privacy, you can randomize file names to make sure that there is no link between the URLs you share.

Another feature that will appeal to privacy and security-focused individual is support for Tor. Each image you host on Oshi also receives a Tor download address.

5. ImageShack

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ImageShack moved to a premium account-model a long while ago. However, you can still pick up a free ImageShack account. The free ImageShack account has a 10GB per month upload limit, but that’s still a decent amount of free image hosting, especially with a reliable and long-standing service.

When you activate your free ImageShack account, it begins a 30-day trial of the premium tier automatically. You won’t lose any photos at the end of the period, and it gives you a decent slot of time to figure out if those extra features are worthwhile.

ImageShack has several handy options. You can adjust your image privacy settings, making sure only people with the link can see your photos. There is also the option to create extensive albums, complete with tags and other organizational tools. ImageShack has an Android and iOS app, too, so you can upload and share your images on the go.

6. Free Image Hosting

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Free Image Hosting is one of the oldest free image hosting options still online, operating since 2003! It is another basic but extremely handy free host for your images. You can upload images up to 3MB to Free Image Hosting using the file types JPG, BMP, PNG, or GIF.

That’s it. Free Image Hosting works well and will keep your images online forever, or so long as the site remains up and running. Given its existing history, it will remain online for the foreseeable future.

Free Image Hosting for High-Resolution Photography

If you’re looking for something more professional, you can use photography hosting sites such as Unsplash or 500px to host high-resolution images for free. These high-res free image hosting sites offer your images for download with accreditation and often feature as some of the best free stock photography sites. In the case of 500px, there is a premium image tier that’ll help you earn cash from the photos you take.

However, 500px and Unsplash won’t accept just any picture you throw at them. Editors curate the content, so you won’t see random memes or grainy pictures.

What Is the Best Free Image Hosting Site?

With so many options, choosing the absolute best free image hosting site is difficult. If you use your smartphone to take photographs, Google Photos is an incredible option. It’s free, offers automatic uploading and curation, and you can access it anywhere.

Do you want to touch up your photos before uploading them? Check out the best free photo editing apps for iOS. Or, if you’re rocking an Android, the best free photo editing apps for Android.

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10 Free Mobile Ringtones That Sound Like Real Phones

Changing your mobile ringtone is one of the best ways to personalize your phone, but many people don’t bother to swap out the default ringtone on their devices. How many times have you heard the default iPhone ringtone in public and mistakenly thought it was yours?

Thankfully, you have thousands of free possibilities for downloading a new and better ringtone.

Today we’re going to focus on the best ringtones that sound like actual phones. Whether you’re going for a vintage effect or want to mimic a ringtone from TV, these will do the job.

1. Universal Hollywood Phone Ring

You probably recognize this tone from a plethora of old TV shows. Classics like Leave it to Beaver and Magnum P.I., along with movies like Ghostbusters, used this as the ringtone for phones on screen. It’s recognizable and functional.

2. Classic UK Phone Ring

If you prefer a European flavor to your classic ringtones, try this double-tone ring. It sounds a little classier than the standard ring.

3. High-Pitched Retro Ring

Looking for a can’t-miss vintage telephone tone? This loud ringtone will pierce the ears of anyone nearby.

4. General Retro Ring

This one doesn’t have a particular phone or era attached to it, but features that classic phone sound nonetheless.

5. Austin Powers / Our Man Flint Phone Ring

Want to blend in as a pseudo-secret agent? Here’s the ringtone that Austin Powers answers to.

Interestingly, this originally came from the 1966 movie Our Man Flint, which had a similar vibe.

6. 24’s CTU Ringtone

In the show 24, protagonist Jack Bauer works for the Counter-Terrorist Unit, or CTU. The phones ring a lot in this series, and when they do, you hear this sound.

7. Jurassic Park 3 Satellite Ringtone

Who ever thought a ringtone could be scary? In Jurassic Park 3, one of the dinosaurs swallows a cell phone. Later on, the protagonists are scared silly when they turn around and hear the phone ringing—inside the dino’s body.

You might send a few people running when they hear this one!

8. Geico Boss’s Ring a Ding Dong

Geico is the king of fun commercials, and one of the company’s older spots features a great ringtone. The gecko’s boss shows off his boring ringtone of a guy talking about how great Geico is, then his phone breaks out with a hoppin’ beat.

It makes a great ringtone even today.

9. Paul Blart: Mall Cop’s Ringtone

2009’s Paul Blart: Mall Cop isn’t the funniest movie you’ll ever see, but it does contain a few laughs. In the film, Paul Blart buys a cell phone but doesn’t know how to change the ringtone.

It results in Rasheeda’s “My Bubble Gum” playing whenever he gets a call, which amusingly clashes with his straight-edge good guy vibe.

10. Nokia Tone

We end with perhaps the most classic mobile ringtone of all. For many people, a Nokia phone was their first cell phone. Thus, this short tone alerted thousands to their first on-the-go phone call. That’s pretty neat!

Nokia has released several renditions of this, including a piano and dubstep mix, but the original beep-boop reigns supreme.

More Retro Ringtones

If you haven’t found the classic phone tone you’re looking for in the list above, don’t fret. Beepzoid’s vintage phone ringtones page has over 60 ringtones for your retro pleasure.

Unfortunately, these have generic labels (like “Ringtone #23”) and thus it’s hard to decipher the exact phones they’re emulating. We recommend you take a browse and find which one you like best. You might consider looking on some of the best ringtone sites, too.

How to Add Ringtones to Your Phone

Now that you’ve picked out a new retro ringtone, it’s time to put it on your phone. Start by finding your favorite above, then right-clicking it and choose Save As. Place it somewhere on your computer for safekeeping.

After that, the process differs depending on whether you use Android or iOS.

Android Ringtones

You have several ways of installing a custom ringtone on Android. The easiest way is using a service like Pushbullet to send the files from your desktop to your phone. Alternatively, if you like, you can download the ringtones directly to your phone to bypass using your desktop completely.

Once you’ve downloaded or moved them, you’ll need to use a file manager app to move the MP3s from the Downloads folder to the Ringtones folder. Anything placed in that folder will then appear in the list when you visit Settings > Sound > Ringtone. Have a look there to set your new tone!

If you don’t use Pushbullet, you can transfer files to your phone using cloud storage. Place your MP3s in Dropbox, Google Drive, or a similar service. Then use the app on your phone to export the files to your Downloads or Ringtones folder. From there, follow the same procedure as above.

Finally, to do it the old-school way, connect a USB cable from your phone to your PC. Use a File Explorer or Finder window to transfer the MP3s directly to the Ringtones folder on your phone. Then you can assign one through the Settings menu.

iPhone Ringtones

Unfortunately, assigning ringtones on iOS is a massive pain and requires jumping through several hoops in iTunes. We’ve written a complete guide to creating an iPhone ringtone, so check that out for the full steps.

What’s Your New Ringtone?

Lots of people have a favorite movie soundtrack or song as their ringtone. But you can stand out by using one of these retro tones instead. They aren’t for everyone, and some of the vintage phone sounds can be quite grating. But keeping them on your phone is a fun idea for when you need to step back into the past for a bit.

If you’re a fan of gaming, we’ve taken a look at the best retro game ringtones and notification sounds too.

Image Credit: Mr.Cheangchai Noojuntuk/Shutterstock

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