How to transfer photos to Amazon S3?

Configuring a S3 connection

To transfer photos to Amazon S3 you usually need an internet connection and your S3 credentials which are an Access Key ID and a Secret Access Key.

Create the connection to your S3 bucket in the PhotoSync settings under Configure > Amazon S3 and add a new configuration.

Amazon S3 configurations list
Amazon S3 configurations list

Enter your S3 Access Key ID and your Secret Access Key, choose a Region and enter your bucket name (or leave it empty to receive a list of all your buckets in your root folder).

Amazon S3 configuration
Amazon S3 configuration

Then press Done to build the connection to access your Amazon S3 files and folders. When the authorization was successful PhotoSync will open the Amazon S3 configuration and show that you are connected to Amazon S3.

In the Destination Folder setting you can choose your destination folder to save your photos on Amazon S3 using a folder browser. Tap on Select to store the actually selected folder as destination folder for your transfers. Your selection will be shown in the Destination Folder setting.

Select destination folder, step 1
Select destination folder, step 1
Amazon S3 settings with destination folder selection
Amazon S3 settings with destination folder selection

The setting Create Sub-Directories allows to create individual subdirectories for each transferred photo. By default PhotoSync creates additional subdirectories with the name of the device and the name of the selected album.

If you wish to select your destination folder with each transfer please enable the Select Before Transfer setting.

In the Transfer Settings section you can define individual file names for your transferred photos and you can set various transfer options for your Wi-Fi and cellular data connections like that quality of your transferred photos, allow video transfers and much more. You can enable the Delete After Transfer setting to delete your photos on your device after a successful transfer to save storage space on your device. When you set the Allow overwrite switch to off PhotoSync checks for every transfer if a file with the same name and size already exists on the Amazon S3 server and it will rename the transfer if the file on the Amazon S3 server is a different file. If the files are identical it will skip the transfer if files are identical. By default PhotoSync always overwrites files with the same name on Amazon S3.

In the View Settings action your can define the sort order for your files when you browse the files on Amazon S3.

Sending photos to Amazon S3

Sending photos and videos to Amazon S3 is easy: Just select the photos that you want to transfer by tapping the thumbnails. If you want to transfer all photos in the current album or only the new photos in the current album there is not even the need to select the photos.

Selecting photos for transfer
Selecting photos for transfer

Now tap the red transfer button and then Send. Send will be chosen automatically by PhotoSync if you have selected one or more photos for transfer. The Send page shows you three options to transfer your photos: New only chooses new photos which have not yet been transferred with PhotoSync, Selected chooses photos that have been tapped and selected for transfer, All chooses all photos from the actual album. Each option shows the number of affected photos in brackets behind the option name. Tap the option of your choice to continue with the transfer.

Send options in PhotoSync
Send options in PhotoSync

Now tap the target of your transfer. For transfers to Amazon S3 tap on Amazon S3, this will start the transfer.

Target selection in PhotoSync
Target selection in PhotoSync

Your selection will be transferred to Amazon S3. During the transfer PhotoSync shows you a detailed transfer progress.

Transfer photos to Amazon S3
Transfer photos to Amazon S3

Recive photos from Amazon S3

To receive photos from Amazon S3 and download these photos to your device or to browse and view photos on Amazon S3 please tap the red transfer button in PhotoSync and then tap Receive to get a selection of remote targets to choose from.

Receive photos target selection
Receive photos target selection

Tap on Amazon S3 to connect to Amazon S3 and browse through the folders to your preferred directory. PhotoSync will show you all folders on Amazon S3 and all photo and video files. Other file types will not be shown in the browser.

Browsing the Amazon S3 target, step 1
Browsing the Amazon S3 target, step 1
Browsing the Amazon S3 target, step 2
Browsing the Amazon S3 target, step 2
Browsing the Amazon S3 target, step 3
Browsing the Amazon S3 target, step 3

To download photos from a chosen directory on Amazon S3 to your device please select the photos that you want to downlaod by tapping the thumbnails of the photos. If you want to download all photos in the selected directory or just new photos, you don't need to select anything and directly tap the red download button.

If you want to view your photos in full size or if you need the full size preview to select photos for download please change the between selection mode (default) and view mode. To toggle the mode just tap on the button in the bottom left corner (on iOS) or long tap on a thumbnail to open the options for a photo which includes e.g. the view option (on Android). While in view mode each photo will be shown in full screen size. If you tap the selection mark in the bottom toolbar of the photo viewer you can toggle the selection of the photo for a download to your device.

Photo selection for download
Photo selection for download

Tapping the red download button will show you three options to download your photos: New only chooses new photos which have not yet been downloaded with PhotoSync, Selected chooses photos that have been tapped and selected for download, All chooses all photos from the actual folder. Each option shows the number of affected photos in brackets behind the option name. Tap the option of your choice to continue with the download.

Photo download options
Photo download options

Before the download starts you have to choose or create an album on your device as a download target.

Download target album selection
Download target album selection

Tap Select to confirm the target albums selection and start the download. During the download PhotoSync shows you a detailed transfer progress.

Downloading photos
Downloading photos

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