How to use PhotoSync with a Synology NAS?

This instruction applies for all Synology NAS devices that run DSM 6.0 or higher. For other DSM versions the screens may be different.

Connect to your Synology device with a web browser and log in to the DSM operating system. If you don't know the IP address of your Synology device yet (which you should to connect via web browser) you can see it in the System Health monitor widget.

System Health Widget
System Health Widget

Open the Control Panel go to the Shared Folder settings and make sure that you have a least one folder share that points to a folder on your Synology NAS where PhotoSync or other apps should be able to store photos or other files. Create a share if necessary.

Synology Shared Folder settings
Synology Shared Folder settings

Open the User settings and make sure that you have at least one user defined that is able to access your Synology NAS.

Synology User settings
Synology User settings

Double click on the user you want to configure to open the detail settings for this user. Go to the Permissions tab and check the Read/Write setting for each share that should be accessible from PhotoSync for this user. PhotoSync needs write permission to store the photos/videos on your device and read permission to get the contents of the folder shares.

Synology User Permissions
Synology User Permissions

FTP access

To use PhotoSync with FTP, you need to configure the NAS for FTP access.

Open the Control Panel, go to the File Services section into the FTP tab. Enable the FTP service, additionally you may enable the encrypted FTP SSL/TLS (FTPS) service.

Synology FTP settings
Synology FTP settings

It is also possible to enable the SFTP service (FTP over SSH) which you can even run with a public/private key pair in PhotoSync.

Synology FTP settings
Synology FTP settings

Open the Control Panel, go to User, edit your user that should have access to FTP, open the Applications tab and allow the access to FTP, otherwise you will not be able to build a connection with that user.

Synology Applications settings for users
Synology Applications settings for users

To connect to your Synology NAS with PhotoSync using FTP, open the PhotoSync settings, choose Configure > FTP and create a FTP connection with the following configuration values.

Server IP address of your Synology NAS, in this example 192.168.100.10
Port Port number of your FTP service, in this example 21
Login Username of your Synology user, e.g. photosync
Password Password of your Synology user
Directory leave empty, can be selected later in the target folder settings
FTP Mode Automatic

Tap on Done to initiate the connection. Use the FTP target you created to transfer photos to your Synology NAS or to browse and retrieve photos from your Synology NAS.

Synology NAS FTP settings in PhotoSync
Synology NAS FTP settings in PhotoSync

SMB access

To use PhotoSync with SMB, you need to configure the NAS for SMB access.

Open the Control Panel, go to the File Services section into the SMB/AFP/NFS tab. Enable the SMB service.

Synology SMB settings
Synology SMB settings

It is also possible to set the SMB version for your SMB connection. SMB1 is insecure and should no longer be used.

Synology SMB settings
Synology SMB settings

To connect to your Synology NAS with PhotoSync using SMB, open the PhotoSync settings, choose Configure > SMB and create a SMB connection with the following configuration values.

Server IP address of your Synology NAS, in this example 192.168.100.10
Port Port number of your SMB service, usually 445
Login Username of your Synology user, e.g. photosync
Password Password of your Synology user
Network Share Enter or select a share, can be selected later in the target folder settings

Tap on Done to initiate the connection. Use the SMB target you created to transfer photos to your Synology NAS or to browse and retrieve photos from your Synology NAS.

Synology NAS SMB settings in PhotoSync
Synology NAS SMB settings in PhotoSync

WebDAV access

To use PhotoSync with WebDAV, you need to configure the NAS for WebDAV access.

Open the Package Manager, go to the Utilities section and check if the WebDAV server package is installed. If it isn't, please install it by clicking on the Install button of the package. When it is installed, click the Open button to open the WebDAV Server settings.

Synology Package Manager
Synology Package Manager

You can enable HTTP and secure HTTPS connections. By default WebDAV runs on port 5005 and secure WebDAV on port 5006.

Synology WebDAV server settings
Synology WebDAV server settings

Open the Control Panel, go to User, edit your user that should have access to WebDAV, open the Applications tab and allow the access to the WebDAV server, otherwise you will not be able to build a connection with that user.

Synology Applications settings for users
Synology Applications settings for users

To connect to your Synology NAS with PhotoSync using WebDAV, open the PhotoSync settings, choose Configure > WebDAV and create a WebDAV connection with the following configuration values.

Server IP address of your Synology NAS, in this example 192.168.100.10
Port Port number of your WebDAV service, in this example 5005
Login Username of your Synology user, e.g. photosync
Password Password of your Synology user
Directory leave empty, can be selected later in the target folder settings
Use SSL Off for WebDAV, On for secure WebDAV. For secure WebDAV use WebDAV port 5006

Tap on Done to initiate the connection. Use the WebDAV target you created to transfer photos to your Synology NAS or to browse and retrieve photos from your Synology NAS.

Synology NAS WebDAV settings in PhotoSync
Synology NAS WebDAV settings in PhotoSync

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