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Synchronize Android Photos with Dropbox

By Dan Gookin

The key to photo sharing and synchronization is to get items out of your Android phone and to other locations, such as a computer or the Internet. The Dropbox app features a photo synchronization option that you may find useful. Once activated, copies of all the media you record by using your phone are instantly copied, or uploaded, to a Dropbox folder.

To configure the Dropbox app to automatically share photos and videos you take by using your Android camera, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Dropbox app.

  2. Touch the Action Overflow icon and choose the Settings command.

  3. Choose the item Turn On Camera Upload.

    The text is found below the Camera Upload heading. If it instead reads Turn Off Camera Upload, you’re all set.

  4. Choose How to Upload and ensure that only Wi-Fi is selected.

    This item ensures that pictures and videos are synchronized only over a Wi-Fi connection, which helps avoid data surcharges.

With the Camera Upload feature activated, any image you snap or video you shoot is instantly copied to your Dropbox account in the Camera Uploads folder. If you use Dropbox on a computer, you can immediately access those pictures and videos. That’s handy.