How to Move Photographs and Videos On and Off Your Smartphone With PhotoSync

These days it’s becoming more and more important to be able to quickly and easily move photos and videos to and from your smartphone.

For example if you want to post a photo that you took on your DSLR to your Instagram feed then you need to get that image off your PC and onto your phone. Or if you created a video that you want to add to your Instagram story feed, that’ll need to be transferred over. And in the other direction you may have a pano you took on your smartphone’s camera that you want to get onto your PC, or perhaps you vlog with your smartphone camera and want to get the video off.

Now there are of course tools built into all the better known operating systems that facilitate the transfer of photo or video files. Apple systems use the Photos app, iTunes or the Image Capture app. Windows systems can use the Windows Phone Companion app or iTunes. But they’re all quite clunky bits of software and for many years now I’ve been using one app and one app alone to transfer all of my photos and videos to and from my iPhone.

PhotoSync is a mature and extremely well supported app and it’s always one of the first things I put on any new device. It has matured over the years to support numerous different transfer modes but at its heart is a well designed interface that gets out of the way. I’ve been using it since it was released in 2011 and it’s always the first app I reach for when I want to move media files on or off my iPhone.

Transferring photos from iPhone to Mac via Wi-Fi

Note: This process is virtually identical for Windows devices.

  1. Firstly ensure that you have the PhotoSync client app running in the background and that both your computer and your phone are on the same wi-fi network.
  2. Launch the PhotoSync app on your phone.
  3. Open the album that contains the files you wish to transfer.
  4. Tap to select individual files or double-tap to select a range of images.
  5. Click the Red transfer button in the top-right of the screen.
  6. Click the ‘Selected’ button.
  7. Click the ‘Computer’ button.
  8. Select the computer you want to transfer to and the transfer will commence.

Transferring photos or video from Mac to iPhone via Wi-Fi

  1. Firstly ensure that you have the PhotoSync client app running in the background and that both your computer and your phone are on the same wi-fi network.
  2. Drag the files you wish to transfer onto the PhotoSync icon in the menubar.
  3. Select the device you wish to send the file to and click the Send button.

Even Easier Photo Transfers from iPhone to Mac

PhotoSync has some cool tricks up its sleeve that can simplify the transfer process even more.

Setup Quick Transfer

To take a couple of steps out of the transfer process make sure you set up a quick transfer. This enables you to choose one device (such as your main PC or Mac) and send files directly to it without using the device choice menu.

To setup quick transfer just go into settings and click on the Quick Transfer button. Enable it and then click on the Target button. Choose your computer, phone, tablet or cloud storage.

Now to use quick transfer all you need to do is select the images or videos you’d like to transfer and long-press the red transfer button. The files will be sent to your chosen device immediately.

Setup Auto Transfer

One of the coolest new features of PhotoSync enables you to automatically transfer all the new photos on your smartphone to pretty much any networked or online location. If you have a large storage device on your network such as a NAS drive then you can enable the Auto Transfer tool to shift all your new imagery using the WebDav protocol. If you simply want to move your new photos to your computer then you can do that to.

  1. Firstly configure the connection you would like to use for AutoTransfer in the ‘Transfer Targets’ section of the settings.
  2. Now click on Auto Transfer is the main Settings screen.
  3. Enable Auto Transfer and select your chosen target. Note the start date – any photo taken after this date will be considered ‘new’ and transferred to your chosen target location.

Upload to 500px, Flickr, Zenfolio, Google Photos, Facebook or SmugMug

All of your favourite online photography websites are supported directly within PhotoSync, enabling you to upload to them without using the (usually shite) site-specific app. You need only login and authorise these services once and you can transfer files directly to them in exactly the same way that you move them to your computer.  Unlike transfers using other apps all of your metadata will be retained after the file is transferred.

Upload to FTP, SMB, Google Drive, OneDrive, Amazon Cloud Drive, Dropbox or SugarSync

If you simply want to store your photos or videos in the cloud then you can login and authorise any of the popular services from the main Target settings in the the app’s configuration screen. Once enabled you can push your photos to any folder located on those services, retaining file names if required and with the option of deleting the source file after transfer.

Transfer Directly Between Devices

There will probably be occasions when you need to transfer a full size image or video directly between mobile devices. To do this simply connect both devices to the same wi-fi network and then choose the devices from the pop-up. This is much easier than emailing them or sending them via a messaging app and has the added advantage of retaining the full size image along with all its meta-data.

Move Files Directly from your DSLR to your Smartphone/Tablet

If you have a FlashAir or Transcend wireless SD card then you can move files directly from your camera to your mobile devices. Simply connect your device to your wireless SD card’s wi-fi network and then select your card from the list of options on PhotoSync’s ‘Receive’ tab. You can browse the card and select a single image or an entire directory.

Access the photos and videos on your smartphone without even using a client app

PhotoSync has one last (and very useful) trick up its sleeve – web sharing. If enabled, this means the app works as a mini file-server. Simply enter the address listed on the Web Sharing configuration screen into any web browser on any device and you can view everything on the camera roll. For security purposes authentication can be enabled meaning access is only permitted after entering a username and password. Files viewed in the web browser can be easily downloaded individually or in batches.

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