How to Roll Your Own Instant Photo Upload on Android and iOS

How to Roll Your Own Instant Photo Upload on Android and iOSPlugging in your phone to sync a mass of photos is a pain, and manually uploading each of them to Dropbox is far from ideal. Here's how to automatically upload each photo you take to Dropbox, immediately after you take it.

Google+ has a neat feature called "Instant Upload" on Android, where it will automatically add photos you take on your phone to your Google+ albums. It's a great idea, but Google+ is hardly the first place I want to store all my photos. I'd rather have them go to my Dropbox, where I can edit them, choose which ones to upload, and more. Luckily, this is pretty simple on both Android and iOS. Here's how to do it.

Automatically Upload Photos with DropSnap for Android

How to Roll Your Own Instant Photo Upload on Android and iOSOn Android, the best program to upload your photos is previously mentioned DropSnap. Essentially, with DropSnap, you point it to a folder on your SD card, and it will upload all photos that appear in that folder to your Dropbox account. If you want to, you can make multiple rules that watch multiple folders, as well as choose whether to sync over Wi-Fi only, how often to check for new photos, and more. Note that the free version will only upload them once you open the app; you need to buy the $3.99 premium license for automatic uploading.

When you make a rule, you tell your phone which folder to watch and where in your Dropbox to upload it. Different camera apps will save photos to different folders, though, so you'll either change their camera's save locations (usually found in the preferences of that camera app) or create a new rule for each app. That way, you can make sure it watches your CameraZoom FX folder, your Vintage Camera folder, and your video camera folder all at once and uploads them to Dropbox.

Sync Photos to Dropbox with CameraSync for iOS

How to Roll Your Own Instant Photo Upload on Android and iOSiPhone users don't have quite as much control, nor can they set photos to upload automatically. However, with previously mentioned CameraSync, sending your photos to Dropbox is ridiculously easy. Just open it up, plug in your Dropbox account, and start snapping pictures. When you open up CameraSync, it'll upload your camera roll to Dropbox, and every time you open it up after the first, it'll check only for new photos and upload them as well. You can choose what size photo it uploads, set it to upload on Wi-Fi only, and much more.


That's it! It's very simple, and should only take you a few minutes to set up. Then, you can use something like previously mentioned Dropbox Automator to do whatever else you want with those pictures—email them, upload them to Facebook, or anything else you can think of. Got any of your own tips for automating the process? Share them in the comments below.

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