Facebook starts rolling out Photo Sync for everyone

By , Nov 30, 2012

We told you a couple of weeks ago that Facebook had begun rolling out its new Photo Sync feature which, predictably, lets the Facebook app automatically upload your photos, ready for viewing on the Facebook website or inside any of the company’s apps. Turns out Facebook was rolling it out to a select few, testing the feature with plans to roll it out to everyone at a later date. That date is today.

Announcing the move on its blog, Facebook today said that its Photo Sync feature will be available to all, with all the magic already built right into the existing Facebook app for iOS. The social giant needs to activate your account on their end, and voila, you’ve got a new feature.

Pretty nifty indeed…

So, what will you get when your account gets switched on? Well, inside the Facebook app you’ll have access to the same Photos menu you’re no doubt already familiar with. The difference is now you’ll see a new Sync button. Tapping this will switch the whole thing on, and the magic happens as if by, well, magic. Simple.

Now worry not, for Facebook allows some basic settings to be fiddled with. You can tell the app to only upload on Wi-Fi connections, for example, and it will only start transferring images if it deems your battery life to be high enough. You can also, of course, just turn the whole shebang off should you so desire. Even if you do let the Facebook app do its syncing thing, your photos will be uploaded to an unpublished album, so, in theory at least, they’re nice and private. In theory!

With Google+ and Dropbox already offering almost identical features, Facebook was always going to get in on the action. Our Facebook accounts are yet to have their respective switches flicked at Facebook HQ, but we’ll give Photo Sync a shot as soon as they are.

Is your account live yet?

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  • jose castro

    no thanks

  • Scott Suber

    This doesn’t surprises me. I tried it to see how it all works. We’ll see how it goes

  • http://twitter.com/S_Lacertosa Stefano

    Risky photos for everyone… by accident.

  • http://twitter.com/jmarsh5 Justin Marshall

    I’ve had it for a while now. Work pretty good. They only give you 2 GB of free storage via automatic upload. Curious to see if there is an added cost if you want more. Considering I have more than 2GB of photos on my Facebook profile normally I don’t know how this is going to work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ian-Woodward/652923975 Ian Woodward

    Declined. It’s just as fast to publish the photos I want to from my photo albums as it is from the “unpublished folder” Facebook creates without ever having the photos I have no intention of going in Facebook ever being held on their servers.

  • Fizzy S

    I can’t find the sync button

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.tilden.9 Jamie Tilden

    I don’t see the point…

    • Falk M.

      The point is more “hacked account pics” floating in the internet. ;P

  • http://twitter.com/MichaelJDelaney Michael Jay Delaney

    I’m live but I think I’ll just leave that off. Facebook has been sketchy with the privacy settings for my posts on the computer, iOS shre features and the app so needless to say they’ve lost my trust on that front.

  • thepies

    Stupid idea -.-

  • mwpitt52

    You have to be an idiot to upload all your personal photos to Facebook.

  • http://twitter.com/patrickw1995 Patrick

    i already synced all mine yesterday

  • http://twitter.com/AnthonyGilera Anthony Gilera

    I hate how every blog says its available for everyone. Its not, it’s only available for iOS 6 users. A Jailbreaker myself I did not update to iOS 6 thus it is not for “everyone”.