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Normal syncing of photos folder (not camera upload)

Helpful | Level 5

I've read about the camera upload feature. It's not a real sync because if you delete a file in your dropbox it's not removed from your phone and vice versa. It also sounds like edits of photos may not be synced. And it renames files, which would be very frustrating to me.

Can I turn off camera uploads and then set the photos folders on my phones to be synced normally? I would like every picture I take to be automatically synced, but really hate the way the camera upload feature works for the above mentioned reasons.

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Re: Normal syncing of photos folder (not camera upload)

Dropboxer
Dropboxer

Hey there @benjamin84 - thanks for writing in, and for sharing your feedback about our camera uploads feature. I will make sure to pass along your comments to our dev team.

You can disable the camera uploads feature by following the steps outlined in this Help Center article: https://www.dropbox.com/help/photos-videos/camera-uploads-overview 

If you're interested in other alternatives in the meantime, please take a look below 

Spoiler

To manually upload a file to Dropbox from your mobile device, please do the following:

On Android: 

  • Open the Dropbox app
  • Tap the blue “+” button on the bottom-right
  • Tap "Upload files”

[It’s not currently possible to manually upload an entire folder from your device to the Dropbox Android app. However, you can upload multiple files at once. To do this, long-press on a single file to enter multi-select mode. Next, select the files you want to upload. The checkmark next to the file indicates that the file has been selected for upload.] 

On iOS:

From the Dropbox application on iPhone:

  • Tap the plus (“+”) button
  • Select “Create or Upload File”
  • Tap the "Upload File" option to select files to upload.

From the Dropbox application on iPad: 

  • Tap the ellipses (…) in the upper right corner in the files view.
  • Select “Upload File”

 On Windows Mobile: 

  • Navigate to the location within your Dropbox where you'd like to upload files
  • Tap the blue plus button at the bottom of the screen
  • Select “upload files” 

You can learn more about uploading files on the following page:

https://www.dropbox.com/help/syncing-uploads/upload-mobile 

Hope this helps to some extent and please let me know if there's anything else I can do for you Benjamin!



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Re: Normal syncing of photos folder (not camera upload)

Helpful | Level 5

So dropbox for mobile isn't a sync client like the desktop version at all? It just allows download and upload of files but no actual syncing?

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Re: Normal syncing of photos folder (not camera upload)

Dropboxer
Dropboxer

Hey there @benjamin84 - thanks for writing in, and for sharing your feedback about our camera uploads feature. I will make sure to pass along your comments to our dev team.

You can disable the camera uploads feature by following the steps outlined in this Help Center article: https://www.dropbox.com/help/photos-videos/camera-uploads-overview 

If you're interested in other alternatives in the meantime, please take a look below 

Spoiler

To manually upload a file to Dropbox from your mobile device, please do the following:

On Android: 

  • Open the Dropbox app
  • Tap the blue “+” button on the bottom-right
  • Tap "Upload files”

[It’s not currently possible to manually upload an entire folder from your device to the Dropbox Android app. However, you can upload multiple files at once. To do this, long-press on a single file to enter multi-select mode. Next, select the files you want to upload. The checkmark next to the file indicates that the file has been selected for upload.] 

On iOS:

From the Dropbox application on iPhone:

  • Tap the plus (“+”) button
  • Select “Create or Upload File”
  • Tap the "Upload File" option to select files to upload.

From the Dropbox application on iPad: 

  • Tap the ellipses (…) in the upper right corner in the files view.
  • Select “Upload File”

 On Windows Mobile: 

  • Navigate to the location within your Dropbox where you'd like to upload files
  • Tap the blue plus button at the bottom of the screen
  • Select “upload files” 

You can learn more about uploading files on the following page:

https://www.dropbox.com/help/syncing-uploads/upload-mobile 

Hope this helps to some extent and please let me know if there's anything else I can do for you Benjamin!



Walter
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Re: Normal syncing of photos folder (not camera upload)

Helpful | Level 5

So dropbox for mobile isn't a sync client like the desktop version at all? It just allows download and upload of files but no actual syncing?

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Re: Normal syncing of photos folder (not camera upload)

Dropboxer
Dropboxer

Yes, that's almost right @benjamin84 - when it comes to our mobile application, the Dropbox app is a file viewer that allows you to preview the files, photos, and videos in your Dropbox folder directly on your mobile device.

Unlike the Dropbox computer application, the Dropbox app does not automatically store files locally on your device and this is because we want to be mindful of resource constraints mobile devices face such as device storage or bandwidth limitations. Given this, the contents of your Dropbox will not take up space on your mobile device. It also means that you cannot preview files without a WiFi or data connection.

If you have any more questions about our mobile application, do let me know Benjamin!

 



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Re: Normal syncing of photos folder (not camera upload)

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Selective sync over wi-fi would address both of those concerns. I hope Dropbox gets a real mobile client on par with the desktop clients in the future

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Re: Normal syncing of photos folder (not camera upload)

Dropboxer
Dropboxer

Thanks for sending along your feedback @benjamin84 ! I’ll be sure to pass this along to the team.

Cheers!



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