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Learn all about camera uploads with Dropbox

Learn all about camera uploads with Dropbox

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Creating memories is so important, and backing those memories up is just as important! It might not be as exciting to store your photos as it is to create those memories, but it means that you can look back on your photos and relive those moments for years to come. Well, we’re here to make sure you know all about camera uploads so you never lose a photo again! 

How do I back up my mobile photos? What is camera uploads?


Camera uploads is an optional feature that automatically uploads photos from your mobile device to Dropbox. Once you enable camera uploads, your photos will upload to the Camera Uploads folder in your Dropbox account. You can move them wherever you want from that folder once they’re safely uploaded too 😀

How to back up your photos with camera uploads


To back up directly from your mobile device, you can do so by tapping in to the Dropbox app, tap ‘settings’ or ‘account’ and there you will see the camera uploads option. Tap that and follow the next step which will be either allow or upload. And hey presto your photos are uploaded to you Dropbox account. 
If you want to back up all of your photos while on desktop, you simply have to plug a camera, or your mobile device, into a computer with the Dropbox desktop app installed. You’ll see a prompt asking if you’d like to enable camera uploads for that device. Once you accept, that device will automatically upload your camera roll each time the device is plugged in to that computer.



iOS camera upload optionsiOS camera upload options

iOS updates 


Any Apple fan knows that HEIC photo files can be a hassle, so now, for new camera uploads users, the setting to transcode HEIC to JPG will be on by default. For existing camera upload users, you will need to manually turn that on.
Don’t want to back up your entire camera roll? Go to “Upload from” in Settings and select which albums you want automatically backed up to Dropbox. If you only want to upload your ‘Favorites’ for example, simply toggle on your “Favorites” album.


Background uploading


Want an even easier way to back up your photos on an apple device? It’s simple, just enable background uploading. Background uploading allows Dropbox to upload photos even when the Dropbox app is closed. 

Why aren’t my photos backing up? 


If you notice that your photos aren’t uploading at a certain point, make sure you have the most recent version of the Dropbox app installed. It’s also worth noting that camera uploads won’t work if your mobile device battery is too low. If you’re still having upload issues, check out this troubleshooting guide.
Gone are the days of losing or breaking a phone and worrying about whether the photos can be recovered. Now you can look back on all of your photos, whether they’re selfies, that one wild festival, family memories or even just avocado toast.
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