Photo Syncing With Btsync For Mobile

Oct 21, 2013 privacysync

Today I decided to setup BitTorrent Sync on my Android phone to sync my camera photos. I'm so happy I did!

BTSync is software based on the BitTorrent protocol which keeps folders syncronized between multiple devices. It supports iOS/Android as well as PC/Mac/Linux, and works well with large files such as full-resolution images and videos.

By sharing the DCIM folder from my Android phone with my laptop, I can ensure that the photos I take on my phone are always backed up, without relying on a cloud sync solution such as those promoted by Google, Microsoft, and Apple. There are plenty of reasons to avoid putting your data on the corporate cloud, including:

  • Erosion of privacy and content rights
  • Difficulty getting full-resolution data out.
  • Storage space limits.
  • Reliance on systems which you don't control. Surprise, you've been screwed by a corporation!

BTSync doesn't have any of these problems, and is phenomenally robust (much moreso than any cloud solution).

Other use-cases for which BTSync is ideally suited:

  • Sending fresh tunes and movies to your phone from your laptop.
  • Sharing between a group of people, such as a team working on a website.
  • Maintaining a pool of media files between friends.

I'd recommend giving BTSync a try. It's going to be around for awhile.