People are taking billions of photos every day. Not only that, we are saving images from every social source, including Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Instagram. Now add screenshots and other items to the list, and you will be confused with the plethora of files here and there.
Android excels at File management. And we already have online photo backup services such as OneDrive, Dropbox, and Google Photos.
Google Photos rely on AI algorithms to sort out images, and with the help of Google’s powerful search, you can find the relevant image with ease. But it still doesn’t get the job done when you want to search for a particular item.
Talking about OneDrive and Dropbox, they do come with automatic camera uploading service, but that practice uploads all the pictures from the various Android folders to the one place and after some time, it’s quite a mess in a given section.
Here is where services like Autosync for Dropbox (Dropsync) and OneDrive saves the day. We already have covered how to setup Android folders to sync with OneDrive folders, and in this post, we are going to guide you on how to set up the same scene in Dropbox.
On the startup, you will be first asked to connect your Dropbox account to the service. After that, you are taken to the main homepage.
It’s a three-tabbed UI with major options at the top. The Status tab shows the on-going sync process of the app, Dropbox ID, Storage space, and more.
As the name suggests, the sync history displays all the data transferred between the device and Dropbox.
The most important factor is creating a folder pair between Dropbox and Device folder that talks to each other. Here is how to do it.
Tap on the ‘+’ icon and the folder pair menu will ask you to choose to relative folder destination on your Android device and Dropbox.
Now tap on Remote folder in Dropbox section and choose the Dropbox folder from the account. For example, I want to upload all the downloaded pictures from Facebook to a folder named ‘Facebook’ in the Dropbox account.
In such a case, I will first create a folder named ‘Facebook’ in Dropbox. Then choose that one from the remote list, and finally select the Facebook folder from the local device menu.
Let’s talk about the Sync method and how those options function.
You can choose from the following options:
Two-way to keep both folders in sync
Upload only for adding device folders to the cloud
Upload then delete to erase the images from PC once they are uploaded
Upload mirror to make an exact copy of a device folder to the cloud
Download only to fetch the newly added images from the cloud to a device
Download then delete will download images from cloud to device and will delete it from the cloud folder
Download mirror will make an exact copy of a cloud folder to a device
Here I’m going with ‘Upload only’ option which will upload all the Facebook images to a folder named ‘Facebook’ in Dropbox.
From now on, every downloaded image from Facebook will automatically be uploaded to a similar folder in Dropbox.
That is just one example. You can also create similar folders for Screenshots, WhatsApp images, Documents, and more. Even in sync options, one can choose from the six options. The possibilities are endless.
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Choose When to Start and Delay Sync
As the app runs continuously in the background, it might leave you with little juice in no time. That’s why Autosync for Dropbox comes with several options to start and delay the sync.
From the Settings menu, you can choose a charger as a power source, and the service will only start uploading pictures to Dropbox when the device is in charge.
Autosync also provides an option where you can select at which percentage it should pause the activity. I have currently set it to 50%.
There will be times when Autosync won’t start automatically due to aggressive RAM management on some devices. In such cases, you can keep the service active with a permanent notification icon in the status bar. Just switch on the monitor service in foreground option from the Settings menu.
Security and Backup
When changing phones, you won’t want to set up all the folder pairs from scratch, do you? And that’s why you should always backup the app settings.
Go to Settings > Backup, and it will generate a backup file on the device. Keep it in a safe place and restore the exact file on a device to automatically add the folder pairs.
Autosync also provides security options with Fingerprint support.
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The free version of the app comes with ads and limits you to pair only one folder. The premium version unlocks multiple app pairs, upload support for files larger than 10MB, no ads, several accounts, and a passcode option.
Tap on the three-dot menu at the upper right corner of the screen, select upgrade pro option, and from there you can purchase the premium version.
It’s a one-time purchase and not a subscription one, which is nice to see.
Organize Files like a Pro
As mentioned in the app description itself, this type of functionality should be an integral part of any cloud storage service, and sadly, none of the popular alternatives provide that.
Autosync not only tackles the problem but also adds the extra functionalities for pro users.
Next up: Is your preferred cloud storage solution OneDrive? No worries. The app developer also provides a similar service for OneDrive users too. Read the post below to find out more.