Dropbox has started public beta testing of a new feature that would allow users to easily backup their photos and videos from a smartphone or a camera to their Dropbox account.
The feature is activated when the device is connected to the Dropbox enabled computer.
Dropbox has made it available to folks who are ready to test this functionality out.
There are a couple of known issues:
The photo import feature is not available on Mac 10.4 and Linux.
Devices on Mac 10.5 may register as read-only. Import will still work on 10.5, but device settings will not persist.
For Android devices, it’s best to use “Connect as Disk Drive”. HTC Sync will not work.
To import from iPhone, make sure to unlock your phone and enter your passcode before importing, otherwise it will claim to find no photos.
If importing from your iPhone on Mac gives an import error, try hard resetting it–hold down the power and the home button for 5 seconds. This will reboot the phone; it shouldn’t change your settings or delete data.
On Windows, this feature relies on Autoplay. Please enable Autoplay to use this feature if you have disabled it.
On XP and Vista, it relies on the Windows Image Acquisition Service. If this service is not started, please start the service and reinstall Dropbox to use this feature. On WIndows Server, you may have to install the Desktop Experience feature.
On Windows 7, newer devices that rely on Device Stage (in the Control Panel) will not show Dropbox as an import option until you select “Change Program” for the default.