Best places to print your photos for free
Storing your selfies and night out pics on your phone is easy, but did you know there are ways you can also print them for free? Read on to find out how!
They say your uni years are meant to be some of the best in your life. But with all the pub crawls involved, the memories can get a bit hazy!
That's where having a good photo collection comes in, and the great news is that there are tonnes of ways you can get your snaps developed for free online (from sign up freebies, to free prints promo codes).
To save you searching, we've rounded up some of the best offers below for you to take your pic(k).
Note that a lot of these free print offers are for new customers only, so you'll only be able to get them free first time round. Although by the time you've exhausted this list, you probably won't have any space left on your walls!
Where to get free photo prints
|Company||Number of free prints||Cost of postage|
|Snapfish||600 (50 per month for a year)||£1.49+|
|FreePrints||Up to 45 per month/500 per year||£1.49+|
|CEWE Photoworld||None – £10 off first photobook||£4.25+|
The table above is just a quick summary of the offers available. If you click on each company, you can read more details about the specifics of each offer, including how to redeem the prints and what size you can receive.
Please note that many of the codes for these deals will change from time to time. So, whilst the deals themselves are quite consistent, it's worth checking the details of the links below to ensure you've got the right codes handy.
For our money, Snapfish's free prints offer is the best of the bunch – not just for the impressive number of free prints, but the relatively low postage costs, too.
Snapfish's free prints offer can only be redeemed through its mobile app, but as a fair number of your photos will already be on your phone, this shouldn't be too much of an issue!
The FreePrints app allows you to upload any photos from your social media accounts or Dropbox and print up to 45 free each month (with a maximum of 500 per year). There's no FreePrints promo code needed, just an app download.
Free prints with these guys are 6" x 4" and there's a limit of one print per photo (so you can't print multiple copies of the same photo, making it useless for promotional purposes).
You can also earn up to 17 additional free prints each month by referring people to the service, and sharing it on Twitter.
And as if ALL THAT, wasn't enough, if you download their Photobook app you'll also get a free photo book (plus £5.99 delivery) every month. Nice!
Boots' photo printing department is powered by Snapfish – as is Truprints'. As such, you can only take advantage of a sign-up offer at one of the three... in theory.
If you opt for Boots, you can grab yourself 25 free photo prints (6" x 4") when you first sign up, and gain Boots Advantage Card points on your prints too.
Another online-only service that offers freebies to get you on board! You can order up to 30 prints free of charge when you're a new customer, as long as you order them within 30 days of registering.
The deal applies to prints sized 6" x 4.5" and 6" x 4" and in gloss finish only, and is restricted to one deal per household. In other words, you can't be sneaky and sign up again with a different email address. Fine then!
Of course you'll have to bear in mind the rules we outlined earlier regarding the Snapfish family offers, but if you sign up to Truprint you'll get 20 free 6" x 4" prints, with relatively cheap postage to boot.
CEWE Photoworld's offer doesn't technically include free prints – but it's not far off, so we've included it anyway.
Instead, CEWE offer new customers £10 of their first photobook. However, as the three cheapest photobooks all in come at under £10 each, and there's no minimum spend, you can a photobook completely free!
Extra tips for getting free photo prints
Before you start ordering hundreds of free photo prints to plaster on as wallpaper, or sewing them into a blanket (whatever takes your fancy!), here are a few extra things to consider:
- Keep an eye on delivery prices – It is worth remembering that although the prints you'll receive are free, you're going to have to pay delivery charges (all prices are stated above). So if you're splashing out on any of the larger prints that you have to shell out for, be sure to choose the service that offers the lowest postage price.
- 'One address only' rule applies – You'll often find that a lot of these offers will be restricted to one deal per household. This means you'll have to make sure you get in there before your flatmates! Either that, or kindly ask your parents if you can use their address to get your freebies sent to (and ask them even more kindly if they'll then post the prints on to you).
- Instagram filters aren't always the best choice – Remember that although some of your pics might look great on your phone screen with bright Instagram filters, they don't always translate so well into print. And on a similar note, make sure your photos are decent too – small or poor quality images are likely to look even worse when printed!
- Sort your photos before uploading – If you're going to be uploading a lot of photos then it's best to sort them all out into different folders beforehand so they're easier to upload.
- Try printing them yourself – If you only have a couple of photos to print, you might be better buying some good quality photo printing paper and printing them yourself at home (if you have a decent printer). Check out our guide to cheap home printing here.
- Be wary of the quality – As the prints are free, it's unlikely that you'll be getting the absolute best quality paper and printing methods. There's no reason for them to be bad, but it's worth keeping an eye out just in case. And remember, even though they're free, you're still entitled to complain and ask for them to be replaced!
Why not use your free prints to create a photo scrapbook? It's just one of our many cheap and easy homemade gifts ideas!