I moved from Samsung to iPhone and had to use Dropbox to move my pictures between devices. However there doesn’t seem to be a way to download from Dropbox and keep the original date the photo was taken, it defaults to the date of download. Is there any way to keep the original date so I can sort by date on my phone?
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It sounds like you're looking at the date when the files were last modified and not the time they were created through the files' EXIF data.
If that's not the case, could you forward me a screenshot of where you're spotting this so I can have a better look?
Thanks a bunch!
Thanks for the quick response @MNSmith.
For more info on EXIF data and how to retrieve them, I'd suggest a simple web search on your prefered web browser.
To better assist now, could you clarify on what device you're on and where exactly are you previewing your files from? Is it on a computer within your Dropbox folder, within the mobile app or maybe our website?
Thanks for that piece of information @MNSmith.
Can you also clarify how did you upload those photos to Dropbox in the first place and, if possible, try to access the same files on a computer and let me know if you can see their properties there?
Walter is correct. You're looking at the Created Date or Modified Date which will often change to the date of download (regardless of the platform). This is because that's the date that the file was created on THAT device. The date the photo was taken is still preserved within the EXIF date (or metadata) for your photo. This is data embedded into the image by the camera at the time it was taken.
Take Walter's advice and do a web search for EXIF and read up on it.
I saw several post on that when one wants to download from Dropbox cloud his files back to his computer, he will get a "creation date" of the date the files download and not the date they were created.
Does someone know if this already address by Dropbox?
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