A timesaver: Camera Upload from Dropbox

A timesaver: Camera Upload from Dropbox

I recently added the Dropbox app to my phone so I could access some work documents; and in the process I stumbled onto some added functionality that’s changed my life (really, it has made things so much easier). I take hundreds of photos a month on my iPhone. But then they just sit on my phone, taking up space. I always forget to move them over to my laptop, which is especially irritating when I want to use a phone photo for a project or my blog. Dropbox changed that. It’s a free service that lets you bring all your photos, document, and videos anywhere. Any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website. The first thing you need to do is visit Dropbox.com and create an account to download their software to your computer. Then, install the mobile app on your smartphone. After phone installation, enter your Dropbox credentials. When I did this, the app asked me if I wanted some free storage space for using Camera Upload. Of course, I said yes. The latest versions of the app include a new feature called Camera Upload that automatically puts all the photos and videos you take on your phones, tablets and cameras into your Dropbox. You can enable the Camera Upload feature when you launch the app for the first time (through the settings tab). You'll be prompted about whether you want to enable Dropbox over your data plan and whether you want to upload existing photos and videos. Select your preferences and then, as soon as you press Upload, Dropbox will automatically start uploading eligible photos and videos to your Dropbox. I have the option to upload over my data plan turned off. Instead, I wait until I have a Wifi connection and upload my photos then.

Each time I open Dropbox on my phone, I tap on the “Upload” tab and my photos are added to my account and they are immediately available on my laptop. I can leave them in Dropbox or I can move them over to my hard drive. If I move them to my hard drive, then I free up space in my Dropbox Camera Uploads folder for additional photos.

Dropbox allows 500 MB of free Dropbox space for every 500 MB you upload via Camera Upload, up to a maximum of 3 GB. All you have to do it let Camera Upload work its magic. The Dropbox space you earn is permanent. You can use it for the life of your account. Simply moving photos to your Photos or Camera Uploads folder does not give you free space. This offer is only eligible for those using the Camera Upload feature as described. Dropbox mobile is available for Android, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry and Kindle Fire. Enough talk. Go download Dropbox and have all access, all the time to your phone photos