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Background Camera Uploads claim to be Location based, but no permissions?

Explorer | Level 3

https://help.dropbox.com/installs-integrations/photos/camera-uploads-overview

says "Background uploading allows Dropbox to upload photos even when the Dropbox app is closed. It automatically uploads your photos whenever it detects a change in your device’s location."

However, the Dropbox app does not request location permission. What's up with that? Is the documentation out of date? What actually triggers background camera uploads now?

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Re: Background Camera Uploads claim to be Location based, but no permissions?

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Hi @sparr, thanks for joining the Community!

When you enable camera uploads and background uploading, you then get a notification requesting access to location services, assuming you’re running an iOS system.

This is because iOS doesn’t allow apps to run indefinitely in the background, and it terminates them to prolong battery life.

On other mobile devices, location services aren’t required, though other OS functions can terminate the app for similar reasons.

I hope this helps to clarify matters!


Jay
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
https://dropbox.com/support


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Re: Background Camera Uploads claim to be Location based, but no permissions?

Explorer | Level 3

I am on Android.

You should update the Help page that I linked to specify that location is only used for iOS.

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Re: Background Camera Uploads claim to be Location based, but no permissions?

Dropboxer
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Thanks for the feedback, I’ve noted it in our system!


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