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Mac
Windows PC
Linux 4
iOS
Android
SMB
SFTP
FTP
WebDAV
1 1
Dropbox
Google Drive
Google Photos
OneDrive (Business)
Files (USB drives & iCloud Drive)
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Backblaze
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Flickr
Zenfolio
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Smartphones / tablets (iOS & Android)
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WebDAV
SanDisk iXpand USB Flash Drive
Files (USB drives & iCloud Drive)
Dropbox
Google Drive
Google Photos
OneDrive (Business)
Box
Amazon S3
Backblaze
Wasabi
SmugMug
Flickr
Zenfolio
pCloud
PhotoPrism
SugarSync
rsync.net 3
MagentaCLOUD 2
Autotransfer: Automatic Backup
PhotoSync Camera – Instant Transfer
Advanced Siri & Workflow Support
Backup & transfer to / from Amazon S3 cloud service
Backup & transfer to / from Backblaze cloud service
Backup & transfer to / from Wasabi cloud service
Download to SanDisk iXpand USB Flash Drives
Download from USB-connected Cameras 5
Tethered shooting over USB for many Canon EOS cameras 5
Canon EOS Wi-Fi cameras: Download & wireless tethering
Nikon Wi-Fi cameras: Download & wireless tethering
Sony Wi-Fi cameras: Download & wireless tethering
Fujifilm Wi-Fi cameras: Download & wireless tethering
Lumix Wi-Fi cameras: Download & wireless tethering
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2 Configure a WebDAV connection
3 Configure a SFTP connection
4 Configure a (S)FTP, SMB or WebDAV connection
5 Requires iOS 14.2 or later
6 Cameras from Canon, Nikon, Sony & Fujifilm

Make sure PhotoSync is installed on both your source device and target device.

Run PhotoSync on both your source device and target device. Attention: Make sure both target and source devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Change to an album on your source device and tap the thumbnails of the photos and videos you want to transfer to select them. A red mark appears when tapping. To deselect photo and videos just tap again.

Photo and video selection on an iPhone
Photo and video selection on an iPhone
Photo and video selection on an iPad
Photo and video selection on an iPad

Tap the red sync button and then select your preferred action type: New, Selected, or All.

Choose transfer action on an iPhone
Choose transfer action on an iPhone
Choose transfer action on an iPad
Choose transfer action on an iPad

Select the destination of where you want to transfer to. Tap the Phone/Tablet button if you want to transfer to another phone/tablet.

Select destination on an iPhone
Select destination on an iPhone
Select destination on an iPad
Select destination on an iPad

Select your preferred target device from the list of your available PhotoSync client devices.

Select target device on an iPhone
Select target device on an iPhone
Select target device on an iPad
Select target device on an iPad

During the transfer process your device will show a transfer indicator that informs you about the target device and the ongoing transfer progress.

Transfer progress on an iPhone
Transfer progress on an iPhone
Transfer progress on an iPad
Transfer progress on an iPad

Make sure PhotoSync is installed on both your source device and target device.

Run PhotoSync on both your source device and target device. Attention: Make sure both target and source devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Change to an album on your source device and tap the thumbnails of the photos and videos you want to transfer to select them. A red mark appears when tapping. To deselect photo and videos just tap again.

Photo and video selection on an iPhone
Photo and video selection on an iPhone
Photo and video selection on an iPad
Photo and video selection on an iPad

Tap the red sync button and then select your preferred action type: New, Selected, or All.

Choose transfer action on an iPhone
Choose transfer action on an iPhone
Choose transfer action on an iPad
Choose transfer action on an iPad

Select the destination of where you want to transfer to. Tap the Phone/Tablet button if you want to transfer to another phone/tablet.

Select destination on an iPhone
Select destination on an iPhone
Select destination on an iPad
Select destination on an iPad

It can happen that no target device is found because some Wi-Fi routers may not support the automatic device detection that PhotoSync uses. If your Wi-Fi allows access between devices in the same Wi-Fi network you can connect to the target device by entering the internet (IP) address of the device manually into PhotoSync. PhotoSync remembers this input and will find your device automatically the next time your try as long as the device uses the same address.

To manually enter the address of the target device please tap on the Add device manually (IP) link at the bottom of the device search window.

No device found on an iPhone
No device found on an iPhone
No device found on an iPhone
No device found on an iPhone

You will be presented with an input mask to enter the IP address and the port of the target device.

Add device manually on an iPhone
Add device manually on an iPhone
Add device manually on an iPad
Add device manually on an iPad

Please follow the instructions in that window and start PhotoSync on your target phone/tablet that will not be found, tap on the red transfer button on the target device and select the Receive tab.

Receive action menu on the target device
Receive action menu on the target device

Tap on Phone/Tablet to open the address information of the target device. It shows the IP address/name of the device and the communication port that PhotoSync uses on that device.

Address information of the target device
Address information of the target device

Now enter the IP address/name and port of the target device into the manually add device mask on your iOS device and press Done when you're ready.

Enter device address on an iPhone
Enter device address on an iPhone
Enter device address on an iPad
Enter device address on an iPad

Select your preferred target device from the list of your available PhotoSync client devices.

Select target device on an iPhone
Select target device on an iPhone
Select target device on an iPad
Select target device on an iPad

During the transfer process your device will show a transfer indicator that informs you about the target device and the ongoing transfer progress.

Transfer progress on an iPhone
Transfer progress on an iPhone
Transfer progress on an iPad
Transfer progress on an iPad

Make sure PhotoSync is installed on both your iOS device and your computer. PhotoSync Companion for macOS and Windows can be downloaded for free from the Downloads section on our website.

Run PhotoSync on both devices. Attention: Make sure both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Change to an album on your source device and tap the thumbnails of the photos and videos you want to transfer to select them. A red mark appears when tapping. To deselect photo and videos just tap again.

Photo and video selection on an iPhone
Photo and video selection on an iPhone
Photo and video selection on an iPad
Photo and video selection on an iPad

Tap the red sync button and then select your preferred action type: New, Selected, or All.

Choose transfer action on an iPhone
Choose transfer action on an iPhone
Choose transfer action on an iPad
Choose transfer action on an iPad

Select the destination of where you want to transfer to. Tap the Computer button if you want to transfer to a computer.

Select destination on an iPhone
Select destination on an iPhone
Select destination on an iPad
Select destination on an iPad

Select your preferred target device from the list of your available computers.

Select target device on an iPhone
Select target device on an iPhone
Select target device on an iPad
Select target device on an iPad

During the transfer process your device will show a transfer indicator that informs you about the target device and the ongoing transfer progress.

Transfer progress on an iPhone
Transfer progress on an iPhone
Transfer progress on an iPad
Transfer progress on an iPad

Make sure PhotoSync is installed on both your iOS device and your computer. PhotoSync Companion for macOS and Windows can be downloaded for free from the Downloads section on our website.

Run PhotoSync on both devices. Attention: Make sure both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Change to an album on your source device and tap the thumbnails of the photos and videos you want to transfer to select them. A red mark appears when tapping. To deselect photo and videos just tap again.

Photo and video selection on an iPhone
Photo and video selection on an iPhone
Photo and video selection on an iPad
Photo and video selection on an iPad

Tap the red sync button and then select your preferred action type: New, Selected, or All.

Choose transfer action on an iPhone
Choose transfer action on an iPhone
Choose transfer action on an iPad
Choose transfer action on an iPad

Select the destination of where you want to transfer to. Tap the Computer button if you want to transfer to a computer.

Select destination on an iPhone
Select destination on an iPhone
Select destination on an iPad
Select destination on an iPad

It can happen that no computer is found because some Wi-Fi routers may not support the automatic device detection that PhotoSync uses. If your Wi-Fi allows access between devices in the same Wi-Fi network you can connect to the target device by entering the internet (IP) address of the device manually into PhotoSync. PhotoSync remembers this input and will find your device automatically the next time your try as long as the device uses the same address.

To manually enter the address of the computer please tap on the Add device manually (IP) link at the bottom of the device search window.

No device found on an iPhone
No device found on an iPhone
No device found on an iPad
No device found on an iPad

You will be presented with an input mask to enter the IP address and the port of the computer.

Add device manually on an iPhone
Add device manually on an iPhone
Add device manually on an iPad
Add device manually on an iPad

Please follow the instructions in that window and open the application menu of PhotoSync Companion on your computer and choose About... to open the About window.

About window on a Windows computer
About window on a Windows computer
About window on a macOS computer
About window on a macOS computer

Now enter the IP address/name and port of the computer into the manually add device mask on your iOS device and press Done when you're ready.

Enter computer address on an iPhone
Enter computer address on an iPhone
Enter computer address on an iPad
Enter computer address on an iPad

Select your computer from the list of your available devices.

Select computer on an iPhone
Select computer on an iPhone
Select computer on an iPad
Select computer on an iPad

During the transfer process your device will show a transfer indicator that informs you about the target device and the ongoing transfer progress.

Transfer progress on an iPhone
Transfer progress on an iPhone
Transfer progress on an iPad
Transfer progress on an iPad

Make sure PhotoSync is installed on both your iOS device and your computer. PhotoSync Companion for macOS can be downloaded for free from the Downloads section on our website.

Run PhotoSync on both devices. Attention: Make sure both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Start the PhotoSync application on your Mac. Open the PhotoSync settings and make sure that you selected Photos as transfer target in the receive settings.

Select Photos as transfer target in the PhotoSync app on the Mac
Select Photos as transfer target in the PhotoSync app on the Mac

In PhotoSync on your iOS device, if you want to select existing albums or create a new album in the Mac Photos app, please open the PhotoSync settings, choose Configure, then Computer and set the Select Before Transfer switch to On. This always shows you a list of all available albums from your PHotos app before your transfer will start

Computer settings in PhotoSync for iOS
Computer settings in PhotoSync for iOS

Change to an album on your iOS device and tap the thumbnails of the photos and videos you want to transfer to select them. A red mark appears when tapping. To deselect photo and videos just tap again.

Select photos and videos
Select photos and videos

Tap the red sync button and then select your preferred action type: New, Selected, or All..

Choose transfer action on iOS
Choose transfer action on iOS

Select the destination of where you want to transfer to. Tap the Computer button if you want to transfer to your Mac Photos app.

Select destination
Select destination

Select your computer from the list of your available PhotoSync devices.

Select computer
Select computer

If you enabled the Select Before Transfer feature, PhotoSync shows you a list of your existing Photos albums. Choose an album for the transfer or tap the add button to add a new album or folder. Folders can contain other folders and albums, albums can contain only photos and videos.

Album list of the Photos app
Album list of the Photos app

If you want to create a new album for your transferred photos, tap on the add button and select Album if you want to add a new album.

New album/folder creation
New album/folder creation

Enter a name for the new album and tap Done to create that album in Photos on your Mac.

Enter the album name
Enter the album name

The album list refreshes. Select the new created album by tapping on the album name and tap Select to start the transfer.

Selected album in the list of Photos albums
Selected album in the list of Photos albums

During the transfer process your device will show a transfer indicator that informs you about the target device and the ongoing transfer progress.

Transfer progress
Transfer progress

After the transfer, Photos will show the transferred photos and videos in the new album.

Transferred photos and videos in the Mac Photos app
Transferred photos and videos in the Mac Photos app

Start PhotoSync on your iOS device and tap the red transfer button. In the Receive tab tap on Computer.

Receive action menu in PhotoSync
Receive action menu in PhotoSync

Now tap on the Computer button and follow the instructions on the screen.

Receive instructions for a computer
Receive instructions for a computer

To receive (download) photos from a web browser on your computer, start a web browser on your computer and enter the PhotoSync internet address that is shown to you into the instructions in PhotoSync. Attention: Make sure both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Album list of your iOS device in the webbrowser
Album list of your iOS device in the webbrowser

As soon as your webbrowser connects to your iOS device, the screen on the iOS device changes and shows that a web browser is connected accessing the device.

Connection status
Connection status

Change into an album by clicking on the album name in the webbrowser.

Album contents in the webbrowser
Album contents in the webbrowser

Click on select in the upper right corner of the screen to enable the selection mode. When you click on a photo or video thumbnail, it will get a red marker. Select the photos and videos that you want to download to your computer.

Selected photos and videos in the webbrowser
Selected photos and videos in the webbrowser

To download the selected photos and videos just click on the Download (xx) link in the upper right corner to download the selected number of photos and videos. PhotoSync generates a ZIP file that contains the selected photos and videos and offers the ZIP file as a single download. Click on the download icon to download the ZIP file with the selected photos and videos to your computer.

ZIP file containing the selected photos and videos
ZIP file containing the selected photos and videos

Alternatively, if you only want to download individual photos or videos, you can leave the selection mode and click on the thumbnails to display the respective photos or videos in a larger preview. You can click on Download Original in the upper right corner of the screen to download the original to your computer.

Large preview of a photo
Large preview of a photo

Start PhotoSync on your iOS device and tap the red transfer button. In the Receive tab tap on Computer.

Receive action menu in PhotoSync
Receive action menu in PhotoSync

Now tap on the Computer button and follow the instructions on the screen.

Receive instructions for a computer
Receive instructions for a computer

To send (upload) photos to your iOS device from a web browser on your computer, start a web browser on your computer and enter the PhotoSync internet address that is shown to you into the instructions in PhotoSync. Attention: Make sure both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Album list of your iOS device in the webbrowser
Album list of your iOS device in the webbrowser

As soon as your webbrowser connects to your iOS device, the screen on the iOS device changes and shows that a web browser is connected accessing the device.

Connection status
Connection status

Start an upload by clicking on Upload in the upper right corner of the screen.

Webbrowser view of your device with the upload button
Webbrowser view of your device with the upload button

Select a target album from the dropdown field and click on Select or enter a name for a new album and click on Create to tell PhotoSync where your photos should be uploaded to your iOS device.

Target album selection in the webbrowser
Target album selection in the webbrowser

Now drag the photos and videos that you want to upload into the selected album with your mouse and drop them into the drag & drop area shown in the webbrowser or click into the drag & drop area in the webbrowser to open a file selection dialog to select the photos and videos for upload with a file browser.

Dragging photos and videos into the webbrowser
Dragging photos and videos into the webbrowser

You'll get a progress for each file that uploads to your iOS device. When the upload of a file has been completed, the webbrowser shows a Done label next to each uploaded file.

Transfer progress of the uploaded files
Transfer progress of the uploaded files

PhotoSync offers you serveral options to organize your transferred photos and videos in the target destination if the target is a file based destination like a computer, cloud or file service.

Automatically create subdirectories on the target

You can define whether PhotoSync should create additional subdirectories in your target destination. To define this for a target, open the PhotoSync settings, go to Configure, select your target and then open the Create Sub-Directories section. PhotoSync offers you a wide range of predefined subdirectory creation options

Device based formats
None This option simple creates no additional subdirectories. Your photos are going directly into the default destination folder on the target.
Device Name + Album Name This option is the default option for file based services. It creates a subfolder with the name of your device and a subfolder with the name of the current album in the default destination folder on the target and places the transfers into these folders. E.g. a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device Steve's iPhone and the album Recents will be stored as Steve's iPhone/Recents/IMG_1234.JPG in the destination folder on the target.
Device Name This option creates a subfolder with the name of your device in the default destination folder on the target and places the transfers into this folder. E.g. a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device Steve's iPhone and the album Recents will be stored as Steve's iPhone/IMG_1234.JPG in the destination folder on the target.
Album Name This option creates a subfolder with the name of the current album in the default destination folder on the target and places the transfers into this folder. E.g. a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device Steve's iPhone and the album Recents will be stored as Recents/IMG_1234.JPG in the destination folder on the target.
File type (Photos | Videos | RAW) This option creates a subfolder with the file type of the current photo or video in the default destination folder on the target and places the transfers into this folder. E.g. a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device Steve's iPhone and the album Recents will be stored as photos/IMG_1234.JPG in the destination folder on the target while a video named IMG_1234.MOV from your device will be stored as videos/IMG_1234.MOV in the destination folder on the target.
File extension This option creates a subfolder with the file extension of the current photo or video in the default destination folder on the target and places the transfers into this folder. E.g. a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device Steve's iPhone and the album Recents will be stored as JPG/IMG_1234.JPG in the destination folder on the target while a video named IMG_1234.MOV from your device will be stored as MOV/IMG_1234.MOV in the destination folder on the target.
Date based formats
Recording Date (Year + Month + Day) This option creates multiple subfolders containing the recording year, recording month and recording day of the current photo or video in the default destination folder on the target and places the transfers into these folders. E.g. a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device Steve's iPhone and the album Recents which was recorded on 2021-02-24 will be stored as 2021/02/24/IMG_1234.JPG in the destination folder on the target.
Recording Date (Year + Month) This option creates multiple subfolders containing the recording year and recording month of the current photo or video in the default destination folder on the target and places the transfers into these folders. E.g. a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device Steve's iPhone and the album Recents which was recorded on 2021-02-24 will be stored as 2021/02/IMG_1234.JPG in the destination folder on the target.
Recroding Date (Month + Day) This option creates multiple subfolders containing the recording month and recording day of the current photo or video in the default destination folder on the target and places the transfers into these folders. E.g. a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device Steve's iPhone and the album Recents which was recorded on 2021-02-24 will be stored as 02/24/IMG_1234.JPG in the destination folder on the target.
Recording Date (Date) This option creates a subfolder containing the recording date of the current photo or video in the default destination folder on the target and places the transfers into this folder. E.g. a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device Steve's iPhone and the album Recents which was recorded on 2021-02-24 will be stored as 2021-02-24/IMG_1234.JPG in the destination folder on the target.
Transfer Date (Year + Month + Day) This option creates multiple subfolders containing the transfer year, transfer month and transfer day of the current photo or video in the default destination folder on the target and places the transfers into these folders. E.g. a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device Steve's iPhone and the album Recents which was transferred on 2021-02-24 will be stored as 2021/02/24/IMG_1234.JPG in the destination folder on the target.
Transfer Date (Year + Month) This option creates multiple subfolders containing the transfer year and transfer month of the current photo or video in the default destination folder on the target and places the transfers into these folders. E.g. a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device Steve's iPhone and the album Recents which was transferred on 2021-02-24 will be stored as 2021/02/IMG_1234.JPG in the destination folder on the target.
Transfer Date (Month + Day) This option creates multiple subfolders containing the transfer month and transfer day of the current photo or video in the default destination folder on the target and places the transfers into these folders. E.g. a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device Steve's iPhone and the album Recents which was transferred on 2021-02-24 will be stored as 02/24/IMG_1234.JPG in the destination folder on the target.
Transfer Date (Date) This option creates a subfolder containing the transfer date of the current photo or video in the default destination folder on the target and places the transfers into this folder. E.g. a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device Steve's iPhone and the album Recents which was transferred on 2021-02-24 will be stored as 2021-02-24/IMG_1234.JPG in the destination folder on the target.
Custom formats
Custom Formats This option can be used to define your own custom subfolder formats for your transfers. You can choose from a set of placeholders which will be replaced by the corresponding values during the transfer, you can use your own text blocks and you can use folder separators in the custom formats. Please note that entering an incorrect custom format may cause your transfers to fail if the format generates folder names that are not allowed in your target destination because they contain illegal or problematic characters.

Custom formats let you define your personal subfolder creation choice for your transfer. You may use the following charaters and placeholders in your custom subfolder definitions:

Date/Time
Recording date
%YR Recording date year of the current photo or video in four digit format. For a photo recorded on 2021-02-24 this placeholder will be replaced with 2021
%yR Recording date year of the current photo or video in two digit format. For a photo recorded on 2021-02-24 this placeholder will be replaced with 16
%qR Recording date quarter of the current photo or video in digit format. For a photo recorded on 2021-02-24 this placeholder will be replaced with 1
%mR Recording date month of the current photo or video in two digit format. For a photo recorded on 2021-02-24 this placeholder will be replaced with 02
%mmmmR Recording date month of the current photo or video in abbreviated format. For a photo recorded on 2021-02-24 this placeholder will be replaced with Feb
%mmmmmR Recording date month of the current photo or video in fullname format. For a photo recorded on 2021-02-24 this placeholder will be replaced with February
%dR Recording date day of the current photo or video in two digit format. For a photo recorded on 2021-02-24 this placeholder will be replaced with 24
%HR Recording date hour of the current photo or video in two digit format. For a photo recorded on 2021-02-24 14:27:54 this placeholder will be replaced with 14
%MR Recording date minute of the hour of the current photo or video in two digit format. For a photo recorded on 2021-02-24 14:27:54 this placeholder will be replaced with 27
%SR Recording date second of the current photo or video in two digit format. For a photo recorded on 2021-02-24 14:27:54 this placeholder will be replaced with 54
Transfer date
%YT Transfer date year of the current photo or video in four digit format. For a photo transferred on 2021-02-24 this placeholder will be replaced with 2021
%yT Transfer date year of the current photo or video in two digit format. For a photo transferred on 2021-02-24 this placeholder will be replaced with 16
%qR Transfer date quarter of the current photo or video in digit format. For a photo transferred on 2021-02-24 this placeholder will be replaced with 1
%mT Transfer date month of the current photo or video in two digit format. For a photo transferred on 2021-02-24 this placeholder will be replaced with 02
%mmmmT Transfer date month of the current photo or video in abbreviated format. For a photo transferred on 2021-02-24 this placeholder will be replaced with Feb
%mmmmmR Transfer date month of the current photo or video in fullname format. For a photo transferred on 2021-02-24 this placeholder will be replaced with February
%dT Transfer date day of the current photo or video in two digit format. For a photo transferred on 2021-02-24 this placeholder will be replaced with 24
%HT Transfer date hour of the current photo or video in two digit format. For a photo transferred on 2021-02-24 14:27:54 this placeholder will be replaced with 14
%MT Transfer date minute of the hour of the current photo or video in two digit format. For a photo transferred on 2021-02-24 14:27:54 this placeholder will be replaced with 27
%ST Transfer date second of the current photo or video in two digit format. For a photo transferred on 2021-02-24 14:27:54 this placeholder will be replaced with 54
Special
%AP Name of the current album containing the photo or video. For a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device Steve's iPhone and the album Recents this placeholder will be replaced with Recents
%FP Name of the current folder containing the photo or video. For a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device Hannas's Pixel 5 and the folder Camera this placeholder will be replaced with Camera. This placeholder is only available in the Android version of PhotoSync
%DP Name of the device containing the current photo or video. For a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device Steve's iPhone and the album Recents this placeholder will be replaced with Steve's iPhone
%2P File type of the current photo or video (photo or video). For a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device Steve's iPhone and the album Recents this placeholder will be replaced with photos, for a video named IMG_1234.MOV from your device Steve's iPhone and the album Recents this placeholder will be replaced with videos, for a RAW photo named IMG_1234.CR2 from your device Steve's iPhone and the album Recents this placeholder will be replaced with photos
%3P File type of the current photo or video (photo, video or RAW photo). For a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device Steve's iPhone and the album Recents this placeholder will be replaced with Photos, for a video named IMG_1234.MOV from your device Steve's iPhone and the album Recents this placeholder will be replaced with Videos, for a RAW photo named IMG_1234.CR2 from your device Steve's iPhone and the album Recents this placeholder will be replaced with RAW
%EP File extension of the current photo or video. For a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device Steve's iPhone and the album Recents this placeholder will be replaced with JPG, for a video named IMG_1234.MOV from your device Steve's iPhone and the album Recents this placeholder will be replaced with MOV, for a RAW photo named IMG_1234.CR2 from your device Steve's iPhone and the album Recents this placeholder will be replaced with CR2
Separators
Directory separator (/) Using this variable will add a directory separator '/'. You can even use the directory separator directly in your text, e.g. if you define a custom definition my/files/go/here then PhotoSync will create four nested subdirectories on the target.
Point (.) Using this variable will add a point character '.'
Dash (-) Using this variable will add a dash character '-'
Underscore (_) Using this variable will add an underscore character '_'
Metadata
Camera model (%MODEL) This placeholder will be replaced with the camera model stored in the photo metadata or the term Unknown model if no camera model metadata exists. A camera model can be e.g. iPhone
Camera brand (%MAKE) This placeholder will be replaced with the camera brand stored in the photo metadata or the term Unknown brand if no camera brand metadata exists. A camera brand can be e.g. Apple
Photo or video dimension (%DIMENSION) This placeholder will be replaced with the pixel dimension in widthxheight format, e.g. 4000x3000
ISO (%ISO) This placeholder will be replaced with the ISO value stored in the photo metadata in digit format or the term Unknown ISO if no ISO metadata exists. ISO describes the light sensitivity of the camera’s sensor, it can be e.g. 100
Shutter speed (%SHUTTER) This placeholder will be replaced with the shutter speed value stored in the photo metadata as fraction of a second or the term Unknown shutterspeed if no shutter speed metadata exists. The shutter speed can be e.g. 1-125s which is the 125th part of a second.
Aperture (F-Number) (%FNUMBER) This placeholder will be replaced with the aperture value stored in the photo metadata as a floating point value or the term Unknown aperture if no aperture metadata exists. Aperture is a camera setting that is related to the sharpness of the resulting photo. The aperture (or F-Number) can be e.g. 2.8.
Focal length (%FLENGTH) This placeholder will be replaced with the focal length value stored in the photo metadata in digit format or the term Unknown focal length if no focal length metadata exists. The focal length can be e.g. 4.
Focal length (in 35mm) (%35FLENGTH) This placeholder will be replaced with the 35mm lens focal length value stored in the photo metadata in digit format or the term Unknown focal length if no 35mm focal length metadata exists. The 35mm lens focal length is more versatile when shooting indoors for its wide field of view and capturing more scenery when traveling than the 50mm lens which is more zoomed-in making it difficult to use indoors but ideal for traditional, headshots and portraits. The 35mm lens focal length can be e.g. 28.
Lens mode (%LENSMODEL) This placeholder will be replaced with the lens model value stored in the photo metadata or the term Unknown lens model if no lens model metadata exists. The lens model can be e.g. iPhone lens 28mm.
Copyright (IPTC) (%COPYRIGHT) This placeholder will be replaced with the copyright information stored in the IPTC part the photo metadata or the term Unknown copyright if no copyright metadata exists.
Caption/Abstract (IPTC) (%CAPTION) This placeholder will be replaced with the caption information stored in the IPTC part the photo metadata or the term Unknown caption if no caption metadata exists.
Star rating (IPTC) (%RATING) This placeholder will be replaced with the star rating stored in the IPTC part the photo metadata or the term Unknown rating if no caption metadata exists. The start rating can be e.g. **** for four stars.

 

If you want to transfer all your photos and videos into a folder that you name Anni's photos and organize the photos by their recording year, you could create a custom subfolder definition Anni's photos/%YR which will create exactly these subfolders for all your transfers.

Beginning with version 3.2 PhotoSync can now automatically recreate your user album structure from your iOS device as a folder structure on your target device when you transfer your photos from your camera roll to your preferred target. If you assign a photo to an album in the iOS photos library, the photo is still part of the camera roll and a reference to this photo will be put into the album to which is has been assigned.

If you have many albums on your device, PhotoSync helps to prevent you from going into each album one by one to transfer the photos from these albums to your preferred transfer target when you want to keep the album information as a folder name on the target for each album. With the new Auto Create Directories option in the Create Sub-Directories settings of each transfer target in PhotoSync you can just transfer your camera roll over to your preferred target and let PhotoSync create album folders for each of your camera roll photos that is assigned to an album. This means you can backup all your photos with one single transfer operation by backing up your camera roll keeping the album assignments of your camera roll photos.

Auto Create Directories puts your transferred camera roll photos into a folder with the name of the album if you have chosen to create folders with album names in the Create Sub-Directories settings (like the default Device name + album name setting). Instead of using the Camera roll album name, PhotoSync uses the name of the album to which the photo is assigned to. If the photo is assigned to more than one album, PhotoSync will create additional copies of the photo and put it into each album folder. Using the Auto Create Directories option will duplicate all your album photos into the album folders on the target because file systems work different than the photo library database on iOS which only 'links' the originals from the camera roll into the albums.

To deal with the duplicates on your target, PhotoSync introduces an additional setting called Avoid Duplicates that will not create the duplicated photos in your camera roll folder on the target, then a photo was automatically created into an album folder. With this setting turned on, PhotoSync will put all album photos into folders with the names of the albums but not additionally into the camera roll folder. This means that only the photos that are not assigned to any album will end up in the camera roll folder on your preferred target

To show you these two settings in action, we prepared an example for you: On an iPhone we have a bunch of photos that are assigned to an album Holidays and some photos that are only assigned to the camera roll. We are going to transfer 8 of these photos from the camera roll to a computer. The first four photos are only available in the camera roll, the next four photos are available in the camera roll and assigned to the Flower Gardens album.

Photo selection for the transfer
Photo selection for the transfer

As you can see the four last selected photos are also assigned to the album Flower Gardens:

Flower Gardens album
Flower Gardens album

We want to transfer the photos from the camera roll to a computer. In the computer settings in PhotoSync we enabled the Auto Create Directories option but disabled the Avoid Duplicates option. Our folder creation settings will create two additional subfolders, one with the name of the device and another one with the name of the current album.

Auto Create Directories, Avoid Duplicates off
Auto Create Directories, Avoid Duplicates off

The photos will end up as expected on the target computer. PhotoSync created a folder Camera Roll which contains all the eight selected photos and it created a folder Flower Gardens which contains the four selected photos that are assigned to the album Flower Gardens.

Camera Roll folder
Camera Roll folder
Flower Gardens folder
Flower Gardens folder

Now we'll see how the photos transfer with the Avoid duplicates setting activated:

Auto Create Directories, Avoid Duplicates on
Auto Create Directories, Avoid Duplicates on

As expected, PhotoSync tries to avoid duplicates and only transfers the photos into the Camera Roll folder that are not assigned to an album on the device. All selected photos that are assigned to an album will be transferred into the folder with the name of the album, Flower Gardens in case of our example.

Camera Roll folder with avoid duplicates setting
Camera Roll folder with avoid duplicates setting

After successful configuration you will be able to automatically organize the photos / videos you transfer into pre-defined subdirectories ‘on’ computer, cloud or file-based services. You can select creation options from a wide-range of predefined device and date-based subdirectory formats or create custom ones.

Steps

Open the PhotoSync settings, go to Configure, select the target (e.g. computer) and then open “Create Sub-Directories”.

Device based formats
None Creates no additional subdirectories. Your photos go directly into the default destination folder on the target.
Device Name + Album Name Default option for file-based services. Creates a subfolder with the name of your device plus a subfolder with the name of the current album in the default destination folder on the target and places the transfers into these folders. E.g. a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device 'Steve's iPhone' and the album 'Recents' will be stored as 'Steve's iPhone/Recents/IMG_1234.JPG' in the destination folder on the target.
Device Name + Folder Name Default option for file-based services. Creates a subfolder with the name of your device plus a subfolder with the name of the current folder in the default destination folder on the target and places the transfers into these folders. E.g. a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device 'Jennifer's Samsung' and the folder 'Camera' will be stored as 'Jennifer's Samsung/Camera/IMG_1234.JPG' in the destination folder on the target.
Device Name Creates a subfolder with the name of your device in the default destination folder on the target and places the transfers into this folder. E.g. a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device 'Steve's iPhone' and the album 'Recents' will be stored as 'Steve's iPhone/IMG_1234.JPG' in the destination folder on the target.
Album Name Creates a subfolder with the name of the current album in the default destination folder on the target and places the transfers into this folder. E.g. a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device 'Steve's iPhone' and the album 'Recents' will be stored as 'Recents/IMG_1234.JPG' in the destination folder on the target.
Folder Name Creates a subfolder with the name of the current folder in the default destination folder on the target and places the transfers into this folder. E.g. a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device 'Jennifer's Samsung' and the album 'Camera' will be stored as 'Camera/IMG_1234.JPG' in the destination folder on the target.
File type (Photos | Videos | RAW) Creates a subfolder with the file type of the current photo or video in the default destination folder on the target and places the transfers into this folder. E.g. a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device 'Steve's iPhone' and the album 'Recents' will be stored as 'photos/IMG_1234.JPG' in the destination folder on the target. While a video named IMG_1234.MOV from your device will be stored as 'videos/IMG_1234.MOV' in the destination folder on the target.
File extension Creates a subfolder with the file extension of the current photo or video in the default destination folder on the target and places the transfers into this folder. E.g. a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device 'Steve's iPhone' and the album 'Recents' will be stored as 'JPG/IMG_1234.JPG' in the destination folder on the target. While a video named IMG_1234.MOV from your device will be stored as 'MOV/IMG_1234.MOV' in the destination folder on the target.
Date based formats
Recording Date (Year + Month + Day) Creates multiple subfolders containing the recording year, recording month and recording day of the current photo or video in the default destination folder on the target and places the transfers into these folders. E.g. a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device 'Steve's iPhone' and the album 'Recents' which was recorded on 2021-02-24 will be stored as '2021/02/24/IMG_1234.JPG' in the destination folder on the target.
Recording Date (Year + Month) Creates multiple subfolders containing the recording year and recording month of the current photo or video in the default destination folder on the target and places the transfers into these folders. E.g. a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device 'Steve's iPhone' and the album 'Recents' which was recorded on 2021-02-24 will be stored as '2021/02/IMG_1234.JPG' in the destination folder on the target.
Recording Date (Month + Day) Creates multiple subfolders containing the recording month and recording day of the current photo or video in the default destination folder on the target and places the transfers into these folders. E.g. a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device 'Steve's iPhone' and the album 'Recents' which was recorded on 2021-02-24 will be stored as '02/24/IMG_1234.JPG' in the destination folder on the target.
Recording Date (Date) Creates a subfolder containing the recording date of the current photo or video in the default destination folder on the target and places the transfers into this folder. E.g. a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device 'Steve's iPhone' and the album 'Recents' which was recorded on 2021-02-24 will be stored as '2021-02-24/IMG_1234.JPG' in the destination folder on the target.
Transfer Date (Year + Month + Day) Creates multiple subfolders containing the transfer year, transfer month and transfer day of the current photo or video in the default destination folder on the target and places the transfers into these folders. E.g. a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device 'Steve's iPhone' and the album 'Recents' which was transferred on 2021-02-24 will be stored as '2021/02/24/IMG_1234.JPG' in the destination folder on the target.
Transfer Date (Year + Month) Creates multiple subfolders containing the transfer year and transfer month of the current photo or video in the default destination folder on the target and places the transfers into these folders. E.g. a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device 'Steve's iPhone' and the album 'Recents' which was transferred on 2021-02-24 will be stored as '2021/02/IMG_1234.JPG' in the destination folder on the target.
Transfer Date (Month + Day) Creates multiple subfolders containing the transfer month and transfer day of the current photo or video in the default destination folder on the target and places the transfers into these folders. E.g. a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device 'Steve's iPhone' and the album 'Recents' which was transferred on 2021-02-24 will be stored as '02/24/IMG_1234.JPG' in the destination folder on the target.
Transfer Date (Date) Creates a subfolder containing the transfer date of the current photo or video in the default destination folder on the target and places the transfers into this folder. E.g. a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device 'Steve's iPhone' and the album 'Recents' which was transferred on 2021-02-24 will be stored as '2021-02-24/IMG_1234.JPG' in the destination folder on the target.
Custom formats
Custom Formats This option lets you define your own custom subfolder formats for your transfers. You can choose from a set of placeholders which will be replaced by the corresponding values during the transfer, use your own text blocks and folder separators in the custom formats. Note: Entering an incorrect custom format may cause your transfers to fail if the format generates folder names that are not allowed in your target destination due to illegal or problematic characters.

You may use the following characters and placeholders in your custom subfolder definitions:
Date/Time
Recording Date
Year (%YR) Recording date year of the current photo or video in four digit format. For a photo recorded on 2021-02-24 this placeholder will be replaced with '2021'.
Year (%yR) Recording date year of the current photo or video in two digit format. For a photo recorded on 2021-02-24 this placeholder will be replaced with '21'.
Quarter (%qR) Recording date quarter of the current photo or video in digit format. For a photo recorded on 2021-02-24 this placeholder will be replaced with '1'.
Month (%mR) Recording date month of the current photo or video in two digit format. For a photo recorded on 2021-02-24 this placeholder will be replaced with '02'.
Month (%mmmmR) Recording date month of the current photo or video in abbreviated format. For a photo recorded on 2021-02-24 this placeholder will be replaced with 'Feb'.
Month (%mmmmmR) Recording date month of the current photo or video in full name format. For a photo recorded on 2021-02-24 this placeholder will be replaced with 'February'.
Day (%dR) Recording date day of the current photo or video in two digit format. For a photo recorded on 2021-02-24 this placeholder will be replaced with '24'.
Day - abbreviated (%eeeR) Recording date day of the current photo or video in abbreviated name format. For a photo recorded on 2021-02-24 (Wednesday) this placeholder will be replaced with 'Wed'.
Day - full name (%eeeeR) Recording date day of the current photo or video in full name format. For a photo recorded on 2021-02-24 (Wednesday) this placeholder will be replaced with 'Wednesday'.
Hour (%HR) Recording date hour of the current photo or video in two digit format. For a photo recorded on 2021-02-24 14:27:54 this placeholder will be replaced with '14'.
Minute (%MR) Recording date minute of the hour of the current photo or video in two digit format. For a photo recorded on 2021-02-24 14:27:54 this placeholder will be replaced with '27'.
Second (%SR) Recording date second of the current photo or video in two digit format. For a photo recorded on 2021-02-24 14:27:54 this placeholder will be replaced with '54'.
Millisecond (%MSR) Recording date millisecond of the current photo or video in three digit format. For a photo recorded on 2021-02-24 14:27:54:189 this placeholder will be replaced with '189'.
Transfer date
Year (%YT) Transfer date year of the current photo or video in four digit format. For a photo transferred on 2021-02-24 this placeholder will be replaced with '2021'.
Year (%yT) Transfer date year of the current photo or video in two digit format. For a photo transferred on 2021-02-24 this placeholder will be replaced with '21'.
Quarter (%qR) Transfer date quarter of the current photo or video in digit format. For a photo transferred on 2021-02-24 this placeholder will be replaced with '1'.
Month (%mT) Transfer date month of the current photo or video in two digit format. For a photo transferred on 2021-02-24 this placeholder will be replaced with '02'.
Month (%mmmmT) Transfer date month of the current photo or video in abbreviated format. For a photo transferred on 2021-02-24 this placeholder will be replaced with 'Feb'.
Month (%mmmmmR) Transfer date month of the current photo or video in full name format. For a photo transferred on 2021-02-24 this placeholder will be replaced with 'February'.
Day (%dT) Transfer date day of the current photo or video in two digit format. For a photo transferred on 2021-02-24 this placeholder will be replaced with '24'.
Day - abbreviated (%eeeT) Transfer date day of the current photo or video in abbreviated name format. For a photo recorded on 2021-02-24 (Wednesday) this placeholder will be replaced with 'Wed'.
Day - full name (%eeeeT) Transfer date day of the current photo or video in full name format. For a photo recorded on 2021-02-24 (Wednesday) this placeholder will be replaced with 'Wednesday'.
Hour (%HT) Transfer date hour of the current photo or video in two digit format. For a photo transferred on 2021-02-24 14:27:54 this placeholder will be replaced with '14'.
Minute (%MT) Transfer date minute of the hour of the current photo or video in two digit format. For a photo transferred on 2021-02-24 14:27:54 this placeholder will be replaced with '27'.
Second (%ST) Transfer date second of the current photo or video in two digit format. For a photo transferred on 2021-02-24 14:27:54 this placeholder will be replaced with '54'.
Millisecond (%MST) Transfer date millisecond of the current photo or video in three digit format. For a photo transferred on 2021-02-24 14:27:54:189 this placeholder will be replaced with '189'.
Special
Album name (%AP) Name of the current album containing the photo or video. For a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device 'Steve's iPhone' and the album 'Recents' this placeholder will be replaced with 'Recents'.
Folder name (%FP) Name of the current folder containing the photo or video. For a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device 'Jennifer's Samsung' and the folder 'Camera' this placeholder will be replaced with 'Camera'. Note: This placeholder is only available in the Android version of PhotoSync.
Device name (%DP) Name of the device containing the current photo or video. For a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device 'Steve's iPhone' and the album 'Recents' this placeholder will be replaced with 'Steve's iPhone'.
File type (%2P) File type of the current photo or video (photo or video). For a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device 'Steve's iPhone' and the album 'Recents' this placeholder will be replaced with 'photos'. For a video named IMG_1234.MOV from your device 'Steve's iPhone' and the album 'Recents' this placeholder will be replaced with 'videos'. For a RAW photo named IMG_1234.CR2 from your device 'Steve's iPhone' and the album 'Recents' this placeholder will be replaced with 'photos'.
File type (%3P) File type of the current photo or video (photo, video or RAW photo). For a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device 'Steve's iPhone' and the album 'Recents' this placeholder will be replaced with 'Photos'. For a video named IMG_1234.MOV from your device 'Steve's iPhone' and the album 'Recents' this placeholder will be replaced with 'Videos'. For a RAW photo named IMG_1234.CR2 from your device 'Steve's iPhone' and the album 'Recents' this placeholder will be replaced with 'RAW'.
File extension (%EP) File extension of the current photo or video. For a photo named IMG_1234.JPG from your device 'Steve's iPhone' and the album 'Recents' this placeholder will be replaced with 'JPG'. For a video named IMG_1234.MOV from your device 'Steve's iPhone' and the album 'Recents' this placeholder will be replaced with 'MOV'.For a RAW photo named IMG_1234.CR2 from your device 'Steve's iPhone' and the album 'Recents' this placeholder will be replaced with 'CR2'.
Separators
Directory separator (/) Using this variable will add a directory separator '/'. You can even use the directory separator directly in your text, e.g. if you define a custom definition 'my/files/go/here' then PhotoSync will create four nested subdirectories on the target.
Point (.) Using this variable will add a point character '.'
Dash (-) Using this variable will add a dash character '-'
Underscore (_) Using this variable will add an underscore character '_'
Metadata
Camera model (%MODEL) This placeholder will be replaced with the camera model stored in the photo metadata or the term 'Unknown model' if no camera model metadata exists. A camera model can be e.g. 'iPhone'.
Camera brand (%MAKE) This placeholder will be replaced with the camera brand stored in the photo metadata or the term 'Unknown brand' if no camera brand metadata exists. A camera brand can be e.g. 'Apple'.
Photo or video dimension (%DIMENSION) This placeholder will be replaced with the pixel dimension in width x height format, e.g. '4000x3000'.
ISO (%ISO) This placeholder will be replaced with the ISO value stored in the photo metadata in digit format or the term 'Unknown ISO' if no ISO metadata exists. ISO describes the light sensitivity of the camera’s sensor, it can be e.g. '100'.
Shutter speed (%SHUTTER) This placeholder will be replaced with the shutter speed value stored in the photo metadata as a fraction of a second or the term 'Unknown shutterspeed' if no shutter speed metadata exists. The shutter speed can be e.g. '1-125s' which is the 125th part of a second.
Aperture (F-Number) (%FNUMBER) This placeholder will be replaced with the aperture value stored in the photo metadata as a floating point value or the term 'Unknown aperture' if no aperture metadata exists. Aperture is a camera setting that is related to the sharpness of the resulting photo. The aperture (or F-Number) can be e.g. '2.8'.
Focal length (%FLENGTH) This placeholder will be replaced with the focal length value stored in the photo metadata in digit format or the term 'Unknown focal length' if no focal length metadata exists. The focal length can be e.g. '4'.
Focal length (in 35mm) (%35FLENGTH) This placeholder will be replaced with the 35mm lens focal length value stored in the photo metadata in digit format or the term 'Unknown focal length' if no 35mm focal length metadata exists. The 35mm lens focal length is more versatile when shooting indoors for its wide field of view and capturing more scenery when traveling than the 50mm lens which is more zoomed-in making it difficult to use indoors but ideal for traditional headshots and portraits. The 35mm lens focal length can be e.g. '28'.
Lens model (%LENSMODEL) This placeholder will be replaced with the lens model value stored in the photo metadata or the term 'Unknown lens model'> if no lens model metadata exists. The lens model can be e.g. 'iPhone lens 28mm'.
Copyright (IPTC) (%COPYRIGHT) This placeholder will be replaced with the copyright information stored in the IPTC part the photo metadata or the term 'Unknown copyright' if no copyright metadata exists.
Caption/Abstract (IPTC) (%CAPTION) This placeholder will be replaced with the caption information stored in the IPTC part the photo metadata or the term 'Unknown caption' if no caption metadata exists.
Star rating (IPTC) (%RATING) This placeholder will be replaced with the star rating stored in the IPTC part the photo metadata or the term 'Unknown rating' if no caption metadata exists. The start rating can be e.g. '****' for four stars.

 

Note: If you want to transfer all your photos and videos into a folder that you name Steve's photos and organize the photos by their recording year, you could create a custom subfolder definition 'Steve's photos/%YR' which will create exactly these subfolders for all your transfers.

To automatically transfer your new photos when you arrive at a pre-selected location, you can use the Autotransfer feature in PhotoSync. To set up Autotransfer, open PhotoSync settings and select Autofransfer.

PhotoSync settings
PhotoSync settings

The first time you set up Autotransfer, you will see an information screen informing you of the various autotransfer triggers, you can trigger an autotransfer either based on location, on arrival at a pre-selected location, or from a fixed time when your device is connected to a charger.

Autotransfer information
Autotransfer information

Select Configure to set up your autotransfer. In the first step, please select your autotransfer destination. If you want to transfer to a computer, you must select the target computer. The computer must be running and reachable at the time of triggering, the autotransfer will not be performed if you start the computer at a later time.

Step 1: Available autotransfer targets
Step 1: Available autotransfer targets
Step 2: Computer selection
Step 2: Computer selection

After selecting the transfer destination, select the method with which the autotransfer is to be triggered. Now select Autotransfer is executed when you arrive at a pre-selected location. PhotoSync determines your current location and sets it as the autotransfer trigger.

Selection of the autotransfer trigger
Selection of the autotransfer trigger

To access your location data, you must allow PhotoSync to access your location by selecting Allow While Using App. PhotoSync will never access your location data and use it for other purposes. Access to the location data is only required to allow iOS to automatically use the trigger when the location is reached to start PhotoSync in the background.

iOS location access request
iOS location access request

To make sure that the triggering actually works when arriving at the pre-selected location, you have to switch to the iOS settings (starting with iOS 13) and set the access to the location data to Always under PhotoSync, Location. Only then will iOS be able to permanently check your location and start the app when you arrive at the pre-selected location.

iOS location settings for PhotoSync
iOS location settings for PhotoSync

By the way, you don't have to worry that the permanent location access will negatively affect the capacity of your battery. iOS does not use the very battery intensive GPS for the location trigger (the so-called geofence), as one might assume, but only a somewhat less accurate cellular triangulation of your cellular connection. The accuracy of this method is about 500-650 ft.

Added autotransfer location
Added autotransfer location

Select a start date from which photos marked as New will be transferred with autotransfer. Also select whether to use the Recents album as the source for your autotransfer or to use only photos from specific user albums.

To automatically transfer your new photos once a day, PhotoSync under iOS 13 since version 4.1 offers the possibility to set up an autotransfer that starts at a certain point in time when your iOS device is connected to the charging cable.

PhotoSync settings
PhotoSync settings

To set up an autotransfer, open the PhotoSync settings and select Autotransfer. The first time you set up autotransfer, you will see an information screen that will inform you about the various autotransfer triggers, you can trigger an autotransfer either based on location, when you arrive at a certain location, or from a fixed time when your device is connected to the charger cable.

Autotransfer information screen
Autotransfer information screen

Select Configure to set up your autotransfer. The first step is to select your autotransfer destination. If you want to transfer to a computer, you must select the computer. The computer must be running and reachable at the time of triggering, the autotransfer will not be executed if you start the computer at a later time.

Step 1: Available autotransfer targets
Step 1: Available autotransfer targets
Step 2: Computer selection
Step 2: Computer selection

After selecting the transfer destination, select the method with which the autotransfer is to be triggered. Now select Autotransfer is executed when you charge your device. PhotoSync will set up a trigger for a fixed time when you most likely connected your device to the charger cable. The default is 2am, but you can choose any other time when you are sure your device is connected to the charger cable.

Autotransfer trigger selection
Autotransfer trigger selection

If there should be an error message that the trigger cannot be created, it is most likely because you have not activated the Background App Refresh or have not enabled it for PhotoSync. You can find the Background App Refresh settings in the iOS settings under General, Background App Refresh.

iOS Background App Refresh
iOS Background App Refresh

Select a start date from which photos marked as New should be transferred by the autotransfer. Select whether the Recents album should be used as the source for your autotransfer or whether you want to transfer only photos from certain user albums automatically.

Autotransfer charging trigger for 10am
Autotransfer charging trigger for 10am

This type of triggering is also subject to certain conditions under iOS because of the many restrictions. iOS will only trigger the start of PhotoSync from the specified time if your device is connected to the charger cable and if PhotoSync is in the list of recently used apps. The trigger will not work if you remove PhotoSync from the list of recently used apps by wiping. This is a basic requirement of iOS for this trigger to work.

PhotoSync in the list of recently used apps
PhotoSync in the list of recently used apps

It is also possible that the trigger will not work directly at the time you specify. This depends on the status of your device. If iOS detects that there is activity on the device, the execution time is postponed. For example, if the device is still charging the battery and is too warm, or if an iCloud sync or other activity is in progress. iOS evaluates several factors and decides when is the best time for background activity to occur based on these factors.

PhotoSync therefore only sets up one time of day to perform an autotransfer. For example, if PhotoSync were to try to trigger an autotransfer every 5 minutes, iOS would penalize the app for using this feature too intensively and no autotransfer would be triggered. A fixed time every 24 hours, at which you are relatively sure that your device is connected to the charging cable, will give you the best results. On our devices, iOS usually triggers the autotransfer relatively quickly after the trigger time is reached. If it does take longer, it's because of the assessment iOS has made.

Autotransfer notification
Autotransfer notification

Once the autotransfer has been triggered, PhotoSync sets the time for the next autotransfer to the agreed time on the next day. The notification system of your device will notify you when the autotransfer is complete, as well as when an error occurs.

If you transfer your photos and videos to your PC and the videos cannot be played back on the PC and have no picture and only sound, or if the transferred files have a different file size than the files your iOS device offers you via the USB cable, this is most likely due to the settings your iOS device uses to record the photos and videos.

iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra introduced support for these new, industry-standard media formats:

  • HEIF (High Efficiency Image File Format) for photos
  • HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding), also known as H.265, for videos

HEIF and HEVC offer better compression than JPEG and H.264, so they use less storage space on your devices and iCloud Photos, while preserving the same visual quality.

When using iOS 11 or later, the following devices can capture media in HEIF or HEVC format. Other devices can view, edit, or duplicate this media with limitations, if using iOS 11 or later or macOS High Sierra or later.

  • iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus or later
  • iPad (6th generation) or later
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad Pro (10,5 inch)
  • iPad Pro (11 inch)
  • iPad Pro (12,9 inch, 2nd generation) or later

Since iOS 12, all new iPhones and iPads record photos and videos in HEIF and HEVC formats as standard. Older devices and Windows PC's often do not have the capabilities to display or play these formats. With videos, for example, this means that the sound track may work but no picture can be displayed. Because the HEIF and HEVC files are usually much smaller than the JPEG or H.264 versions it is a common misconception that PhotoSync transfers the files in low quality.

In which format you receive the photos and videos from your iOS device has a lot to do with the settings on the device, in which format photos and videos are saved, but also in which format they are exported. The available options are:

The iOS device continues to capture photos and videos in JPEG and H.264 format and creates more broadly compatible files

To continue capturing media in older formats that are more compatible with other devices and operating systems, perform the following operations on your iOS device:

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  • Go to Settings > Camera.
  • Tap Formats.
  • Tap Most Compatible. This setting is available only on devices that can capture media in HEIF or HEVC format, and only when using iOS 11 or later.

All new photos and videos will now use JPEG or H.264 format. To return to using the space-saving HEIF and HEVC formats, choose High Efficiency.

PhotoSync converts the photos and videos to the old, compatible format during transfer

If you have your iOS device record in High Efficiency Format but cannot play the files on your PC, you can instruct PhotoSync to convert photos and videos to the compatible JPEG or H.264 format before transferring them to your computer, which your computer can usually play. The photos and videos do not lose any quality through conversion, the files will only get larger.

Enable the conversion in PhotoSync in the settings for the respective transfer destination. For the computer, this would be in the PhotoSync settings under Configure, Computer, Transfer. To convert photos to the more compatible JPEG format, set HEIF/HEIC -> JPEG to On. To convert videos to the more compatible H.264 format, set HEVC -> H264 to On.

If you connect your iOS device to your computer with the USB cable, the computer will also provide you with access to your photos and videos. Don't get the idea of comparing these offered files with the files transferred by PhotoSync unless you know that both PhotoSync and your iOS device deliver the identical formats. In iOS, this export behavior can be changed in iOS 11 or later. Go to Settings > Photos. In the TRANSFER TO MAC OR PC section, tap Keep Originals, to prevent media recorded as HEIF/HEVC from being converted to JPEG or H.264 format when exported via USB. If you selected Automatic in the TRANSFER TO MAC OR PC, iOS will decide in which format it offers the files depending on the connected device. For a connected PC and a Mac that does not yet use High Sierra, the files are automatically converted to JPEG/H.264 format; for other devices, the files are delivered as HEIF/HEVC.

You install extensions for the High Efficiency Format on your computer

If you have a Windows 10 computer that is reasonably powerful, you can also install the extensions offered by Microsoft to display HEIF photos and HEVC videos on the Windows computer using the integrated viewers. In the Microsoft Store you can download the extension for HEIF image files under https://www.microsoft.com/de-de/p/heif-image-extensions/9pmmsr1cgpwg, the extensions for HEVC video files under https://www.microsoft.com/de-de/p/hevc-video-extensions-from-device-manufacturer/9n4wgh0z6vhq. Alternatively, you can use free video players such as the VLC Media Player to play HEVC videos.

The location-based autotransfer in PhotoSync is triggered by so-called geofences, a specific location that you can define yourself. To determine the location, iOS uses cellular triangulation and, if available, WiFi-based positioning, but these are only accurate to about 150 meters (500 feet). A much more accurate location is achieved by using a Bluetooth device that uses the iBeacon standard. iOS devices are able to locate these iBeacons, which is of course very accurate due to the low Bluetooth range of only a few meters (feet).

To use an iBeacon as a location for location-based autotransfer, please enable iBeacon support in the PhotoSync settings under Expert Settings.

Enable iBeacon support in the expert settings
Enable iBeacon support in the expert settings

If iBeacon support is enabled, you can now choose between three different triggers when creating an autotransfer, the current location, an iBeacon or a trigger when charging your device. Select Add new trigger and then tap Add iBeacon to use an iBeacon as a trigger.

Add iBeacon
Add iBeacon

Now enter a name for your iBeacon and the UUID of the iBeacon, which is the identifier that the iBeacon sends at regular intervals. All iBeacons also have a major and minor value that can be used for configuration purposes, but they are not required in PhotoSync - the input is optional.

Tap Done to add the iBeacon as a trigger.

Enter iBeacon data
Enter iBeacon data

Once the iBeacon UUID has been verified, it will be listed as a trigger in the autotransfer settings.

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Most iBeacons work with a battery, but there are also models in the form of an USB plug that are powered from USB, so you can conveniently place them in a USB hub, for example.

Accepted iBeacon as a trigger for the autotransfer
Accepted iBeacon as a trigger for the autotransfer

If you are not happy with the fact that PhotoSync by default creates subfolders with the name of your iOS device and the name of the album from which you are transferring on your target, there is a simple way tell PhotoSync not to create these subfolders.

Just open the PhotoSync settings, tap on Configure, then choose your target, e.g. Computer and then go to Create Sub-Directories. In this section you define if and which subfolders PhotoSync should create on your target for the transferred photos and videos.

To prevent PhotoSync from creating additional subfolders in the destination folder of the selected target, select the None option.

Setting sub-directory creation to None
Setting sub-directory creation to None

There are several ways to delete photos and videos in PhotoSync. To delete photos and videos that you have previously selected in PhotoSync by tapping the thumbnails, proceed as follows:

Selection of photos
Selection of photos

Tap and hold on the selection, a selection menu appears where you can tap Delete Selected to delete the selected photos and videos.

Long-tap menu for a selection
Long-tap menu for a selection

iOS will open a confirmation prompt asking you to confirm that you want to delete the selected photos. The photos will then not be deleted directly, but moved to the Recently Deleted album, where they will be permanently deleted after 30 days.

Confirmation prompt to delete selected photos
Confirmation prompt to delete selected photos

Another way to delete selected photos and videos is to use the action menu in PhotoSync. Tap the red transfer button and select Modify Selection under Send.

Action menu showing the Modify Selection option
Action menu showing the Modify Selection option

In the menu that then appears, tap Delete Selected to delete the selected photos and videos.

Modify Selection menu
Modify Selection menu

iOS will open a confirmation prompt asking you to confirm that you want to delete the selected photos. The photos will then not be deleted directly, but moved to the Recently Deleted album, where they will be permanently deleted after 30 days.

Confirmation prompt to delete selected photos
Confirmation prompt to delete selected photos

You can also select in your preferred transfer target settings to delete successfully transferred photos and videos after the transfer. To do this, open PhotoSync Settings, Configure, select your transfer target, e.g. Computer, and under Delete After Transfer set how PhotoSync should handle successfully transferred photos and videos.

Target settings in PhotoSync
Target settings in PhotoSync

You can select not to delete photos and videos after a successful transfer, to delete photos and videos, or to delete only photos or only videos.

Delete After Transfer options
Delete After Transfer options

Also with the Delete After Transfer option, iOS will open a confirmation prompt asking you to confirm the deletion of the selected photos and videos.