Friday, April 27, 2012

Back Up Android Photos to the Cloud - 3 Solutions for Ubuntu users

Whether you take a lot of pictures using your Android phone or not, you might want to automate the process of backing up your photos so that you don't lose them in case of any disaster. There are a number of ways to back up your photos, like manually copying them to your PC or uploading them to a local file server, and there are also a number of cloud service apps for Android which automatically copy your photos to the cloud and sync them across your different devices, but this article is aimed at the three best cloud backup solutions that also work with Ubuntu.

Ubuntu One

Note: Ubuntu One has also got a Windows client and supports iPhone and iPad as well, so this is not limited to Ubuntu and Android only.

Ubuntu One is Canonical's cloud storage service, and it is nicely integrated into Ubuntu. In fact, Ubuntu, by default, comes with an Ubuntu One client which only requires you to feed in your credentials without needing to go through any geeky setups. The default folder used for synchronization named 'Ubuntu One' is located in your home directory.

Costs: Free up to 5 GB.
Pros: Your uploads will be automatically synced between all your devices and you'll always have a locally stored copy of your photos in full resolution.
Cons: Limited free space - however, you can go for a paid upgrade.

Website: http://one.ubuntu.com/

Ubuntu Setup

Simply open the Ubuntu One client by searching the Dash, or via the classic Gnome menu, and in the window that opens up, click 'Install'.


Once installed, sign in, or if you don't already have an account, choose the 'sign me up' option and create a new account.


Android Setup

You need to install the Ubuntu One Android app from the Google Play Store by either visiting this link:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubuntuone.android.files

Or by simply scanning this QR Code.

Once installed, open it up and sign in using your credentials. It might automatically present you with options to set up automatic uploads for your photos (I can't remember how it works for a newly created account). If it does, you can set up the frequency of your uploads and the upload directory right here. If it doesn't present you with such options, just press the 'Menu' soft-key and go to 'Settings > Configure auto-upload'. Enable 'Auto-upload photos' here and choose your 'Upload directory'. For the 'Auto-upload frequency', you can choose anything between 'Instantly' and 'Once a day'.


Now, your photos from your Android phone will be automatically uploaded to the cloud and then synced to all of your Ubuntu One devices.

Dropbox

Note: Dropbox has got Windows and Mac clients and supports iPhone, iPad and Blackberry also, so this is not limited to Ubuntu and Android only.

Dropbox is a proprietary cloud storage service, but it has got nice support for Linux and Ubuntu.

Cost: Free up to 2 GB (at the time of sign up, however, you can earn up to 16 GB with referrals).
Pros: Your uploads will be automatically synced between all your devices and you'll always have a locally stored copy of your photos in full resolution.
Cons: Limited free space - however, you can go for a paid upgrade.

Website: http://www.dropbox.com/

Ubuntu Setup

If you are using Ubuntu Oneiric or Precise, you can follow our recent post on how to install the Dropbox Ubuntu client:

http://www.tuxgarage.com/2012/04/install-dropbox-in-ubuntu-precise.html

If you are using Ubuntu Lucid or Natty, you can download the .deb packages from here:

https://www.dropbox.com/install?os=lnx

Android Setup

You need to install the Dropbox Android app from the Google Play Store by either visiting this link:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dropbox.android

Or by simply scanning this QR Code.

Once installed, open the Dropbox app on your Android phone and sign in using your credentials. It would offer you an extra 500 MB of space on your first camera upload. On the next screen, you can set up automatic uploads:


For accessing 'Camera Upload' settings at a later time, press the 'Menu' soft-key on your phone and go to 'Settings'.

Google+

Note: Google+ can be accessed from a web browser independently from the used OS and it has got an iPhone app also, so this is not limited to Ubuntu and Android only.

Google+ is by far my favorite photo storage service. Photos uploaded from the phone go to a private album called 'Photos from phone' and are obviously not available for public viewing unless you decide to share. It also backs up recorded videos automatically.

Cost: Free, unlimited storage.
Pros: Back up both photos and videos and share them to Circles, specific friends or to Public on Google+.
Cons: No locally stored copies, everything is stored in the cloud.

Website: http://plus.google.com/

Ubuntu Setup

No Ubuntu setup is needed at all. All you need is a Google account and a web browser.

Android Setup

You need to install the Google+ Android app from the Google Play Store by either visiting this link:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.plus

Or by simply scanning this QR Code.

Once installed, open up Google+ and chances are that you've already added a Google account to your Android phone to use the Google Play Store and such stuff. So you only need to choose if you want to use the same account for Goggle+ as well. If not, you can also add a different account and log in with that one. You'll automatically see this setup screen, where you can turn on automatic upload:


For accessing 'Instant Upload' settings at a later time, press the 'Menu' soft-key on your phone and go to 'Settings'.

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