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Uploading in the background on your Android 7.0 device

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Uploading in the background on your Android 7.0 device

Hi there, I’m Antonio, a member of the Dropbox Mobile team. We've discovered an incompatibility issue with Android 7.0 that prevents the Dropbox Camera Upload feature from running in the background.

 
As a result of the incompatibility, Camera Uploads will only work if the user is actively looking at Dropbox, with the app running in the foreground. If Dropbox is running in the background, the Camera Upload feature will only work for a short time before the process is stopped in order to save battery on your device.
 
To work around this issue, please keep the Dropbox app in the foreground when you’re using Camera Uploads, or manually exclude Dropbox from the Doze feature by following instructions, here. A fix will be available for this on June 12 that will enable new photos to be uploaded with the Camera Uploads feature when Dropbox is running in the background.
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Dropboxer

Re: I can't upload files in the background

Hey @zeeh1975 , I can't give you any quick-fire answers but I can give you a list of some things to try. If none fix then you'll need to lodge a support quest with us so we can dig deeper. If any work they should atleast point to the root cause.

Have you tried the following, I'm curious to the results:

- Disabling the screenlock to see if upload continues then?
-Does clearing either the app data in-app or app data on phone help?

- Does this issue affect all or just some file types?

- Does it replicate on mobile AND wifi networks, or just one?
- If you try a new network does it persist?

If you submit a support request with the answers to the above + screenshots of what your dong then Support or myself should be able to quickly pinpoint the root cause.

Many thanks.
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Dropboxer

Re: I can't upload files in the background

Hey everyone,

Have you given any of @Ross S.’s suggestions a try, or have you logged a support request? We’d like to know, so get back to us when you can. 

Also, there’s a new version of our mobile app available here (64.3). I wonder if anybody has had a chance to try this with better results. 

Thanks! 


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Android Dropbox auto upload stopped working on Galaxy S6

Hello, 

I run Dropbox latest update version on a Samsung Galaxy S6 version SM-G9200 with 5.1.1. Android and I have problem lately (maybe 1-2 months) with Dropbox camera auto upload. 

It doesn't start by itself although in the setting I have it turned on. 

When I go to Dropbox settings, turn off and then on again the auto camera upload, then it starts to work (or I am not sure if this much is needed - maybe it's just enough that I open the Dropbox app and it starts working... I didn't try only that) 

Anyway, the software doesn't work as intended - please check and fix it. This deems Dropbox unreliable and forces users to look for other solution. 

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Re: Android Dropbox auto upload stopped working on Galaxy S6

Hi there, 

Thanks for writing in!

The issue you're experiencing is probably due to how background uploading works. 

With long videos or big batches of photos, the Dropbox app stops uploading shortly after you close it and resumes uploading only when you open it again. This is due to a time limit iOS puts on apps running in the background. You read more about it here: 

**What is background uploading?**

https://www.dropbox.com/help/500

Hope this helps!

 

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Re: Android Dropbox auto upload stopped working on Galaxy S6

Hi Francesco,

I talk about Android, not iOS... thank you for paying attention to details in my question.

I'd suggest to actually read posted questions and give a proper reply instead of pasteing a standard answer without giving it any thought...

Robert

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: Android Dropbox auto upload stopped working on Galaxy S6

I had ABSOLUTELY no problem with background uploading with Android for many years until very recently. 

Rok
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Re: Android Dropbox auto upload stopped working on Galaxy S6

I'm facing the same problem on my S6. Background upload starts only after I manually start dropbox app. There must be some connection with the app optimisation feature samsung added few months back...

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Re: Android Dropbox auto upload stopped working on Galaxy S6

Hi, this may be due to a feature on newer Samsung OS versions called App Optimization. It is designed to freeze applications that are deemed to be untouched by the user and may interfere with some background services.

You may find this setting by:

  1. Go to your system (not Dropbox's!) settings.
  2. Tap on Battery (found under System category)
  3. Find App optimization section and tap on detail
  4. Find Dropbox in the list and tap on it
  5. Change the option to "Disabled for"
  6. Done, your system should no longer freeze Dropbox

Older phones like the S5/Note 4 will not have Dropbox appear on the list as it was a system app excluded from this feature then.

App optimization affects your 3rd party keyboards as well FYI.

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Re: Android Dropbox auto upload stopped working on Galaxy S6

Hi Marcus, 

thank you very much - THIS can indeed be a reasonable explanation, you're great! slightly smiling face 

I checked that App optimization starts by default when an app is not used for 3 days - so when e.g. I picture something every day and Dropbox syncs, then it works, but when I have more than 3 days between using Dropbox then it doesn't sync any more. 

This explains why Dropbox Camera Upload sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. 

Cheers, Robert

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Re: Android Dropbox auto upload stopped working on Galaxy S6

I'm pretty much bothered otherwise that the answer came from a regular forum member and not from a Dropbox employee... 

Francesco only managed to paste a totally irrelevant comment for iOS from the Dropbox help - they shall care more about customers' problems. 

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Re: Android Dropbox auto upload stopped working on Galaxy S6

My photos won't upload to Dropbox since the Marshmallow update either!  I just changed my settings like Marcus suggested.  I restarted my phone and checked my Dropbox settings again, and everything is as it should be, but my photos aren't transferring.  This is very frustrating, because Dropbox is my way of backing up my photos, but I don't think it's compatible with Marshmallow on my Galaxy S6.