Facebook introduces automatic photo sync

Facebook has started rolling out a new photo sync featuring with the Facebook for iPhone app that allow users to choose to have all the photos they take with their iPhone automatically upload to their Facebook account, similar to what Google Plus already has in place. For those not interested in sharing every photo you take, don't fret, all you photos will automatically be set to private until you manually select which ones you want to share.

Today we’re excited to roll out photo sync, which makes it easier to share photos. With this feature, photos from your phone sync automatically to a private album on the web. When you want to share these photos, just pick and post your favorites.

When the feature becomes available to you, you'll see a banner at the top of the Facebook app that you can tap to set it up. Or you can deny the feature if you don't trust Facebook with your photos.

Speaking of trusting Facebook, I'm not too keen on the idea of automatically sharing all my photos even if they are set to private. In theory, it's a great secondary backup of your photos, but as an iPhone user, I have Photo Stream to serve that same purpose, so I will not be enabling this new photo sync feature from Facebook.

How about you?

Source: Facebook

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Leanna Lofte

Former app and photography editor at iMore, Leanna has since moved on to other endeavors. Mother, wife, mathamagician, even though she no longer writes for iMore you can still follow her on Twitter @llofte.

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Reader comments

Facebook introduces automatic photo sync


AKA: A way for Facebook to own the rights to every picture you take regardless of your privacy setting.

When is the world going to wake up and boycott this creepy company?

Some moron at Facemoron thinks this a good idea?

I can see the lawsuits coming, and the celebrities will be the first.

The beginning of the end for facemorons

Never had it, never will

Are there any concerns over additional data usage? I could see where uploading ALL of your photos could cause data usage problems for some.

After thinking about this product I'm not sure I understand what need or problem this is solving. Why would I ever want to do this? I don't see any benefit (to me).

Yeah, it's only "private" until Facebook decides to make it "public". Either on purpose or through a bug. Then you're screwed. Once the genie's out of the bottle, it never goes back in...

Good point. Facebook's lax privacy policy is why mobile FB chat is the only mobile part of FB I use on a regular basis, and that's to talk to people I actually know.

Yea. Thanks for making me aware of this so I could disable it. I have no need to upload any mobile pics to my facebook, and I particularly have no desire to AUTOMATICALLY upload any mobile pics from my phone (or iPad) to Facebook or anywhere else. I upload pics to my instagram and I don't do that "automatically" either.