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Re: Deleting photos from Phone which have been uploaded to Dropbox

If I delete photos from my camera folder on my phone will they stay in Dropfox Camera Uploads folder?

Peter T.5
New member | Level 1
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Hi,

I want to delete photos from my phone to get storage space back. If these have already been synced and in the camera uploads folder in my dropbox they would not get deleted by deleting them on my phone, correct?

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danj
New member | Level 2
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I am using the official dropbox app, and my photos pop back into my camera roll after I delete them.

Rich
Super User II
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danj,

It won't be Dropbox doing that. It's simply not programmed to do that. The only way Dropbox would add a photo back is if you open the photo in the Dropbox app and choose to save it back to your phone.

If your photos reappear in your camera roll after you delete them, then it's likely another process that is doing it.

 

[This thread is now closed by moderators due to inactivity. If you're experiencing a similar behavior, feel free to start a new discussion in the Dropbox Community here.]

ameliatwentytwo
New member | Level 2
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Please can someone tell me how long Dropbox will keep uploaded files/photos for and if the original is deleted from the device it was uploaded from, will it be lost forever? I have uploaded a lot of photos from my phone onto my Dropbox account as my phone has very limited space left. Ideally I'd like to delete these now from my phone but am worried that they'll disappear.

Rich
Super User II
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If you delete them from the camera roll/gallery on your device, they will not be deleted from Dropbox. If you delete them from the Dropbox app on your phone, they WILL be deleted from your Dropbox account.

DagT
New member | Level 2
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Thank you for the information about the phone...I am in the same boat.  I have another related question.  If I have photos uploaded to DropBox and I delete them on my synced computer, will they be lost on DropBox?  I am still unsure about the "direction" that syncing goes.

Mark
Super User II
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Yes they will.

Dropbox syncs from computers in both directions. Think of it as a mirror - so what happens on one machine/device replicates to all others.

 


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Ian1
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I am confused by the two replies from the two 'Super Users', they directly conflict with one another! Are photos deleted, or not?

catwoman45
Explorer | Level 4
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I am confused too!.. I have deleted lots of picture on my cameraroll on my iphone... But hopefully I will keep all the pictures in dropbox????

Mark
Super User II
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I think a few posts have gone missing in between ours....

If you upload from a DROPBOX OFFICIAL application on a mobile to the cloud then delete from your phone they wont delete from cloud. If you use third party ones (including some which almost look identical to Dropbox ones - Samsung Connect for example) then you can find things are deleted.

If you upload via a computer using camera uploads (say) then it work as I said which is a mirror.

 


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Dimitri V.
New member | Level 2
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No they will not....
It doesn't work that way on a phone...

I can safely delete all pictures from my camera roll on my iphone and they still will al be there on my dropbox...

PC works differently than on a phone
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