Automatic Photo Backup with Dropbox - dummies

By Dan Gookin

Dropbox is a popular cloud storage service, available for all computers and mobile devices. One feature it offers is an automatic backup for all your photos and videos. To activate this useful feature, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Dropbox app.

  2. Tap the Action Overflow icon and choose Settings.

  3. Tap the item Turn On Camera Upload.

    If it says Turn Off Camera Upload, you’re good to go.

  4. Choose the What to Upload option, and ensure that the Photos and Videos option is chosen.

    If you’d rather not upload videos (because they’re large or of questionable artistic merit), choose the Photos Only option.

  5. For LTE tablets, choose How to Upload and select Wi-Fi Only.

    By choosing Wi-Fi Only, you ensure that the uploads happen only on a Wi-Fi network, and not on the mobile data network.

    The How to Upload setting doesn’t appear when you have a Wi-Fi–only tablet.

Images are saved in the folder named Camera Uploads on Dropbox. That folder can be found by using the Dropbox app on your tablet, as well as any other device that has access to Dropbox — including a computer. In fact, the Camera Upload feature is a great way to instantly get images and videos from your tablet to your computer.