For some unknown reason, Microsoft has not included “Automatically upload to SkyDrive” in their Android version of the SkyDrive app. Why they ignore the needs of so many users is a mystery, since such a function would drive more people to  using their service.

Here is a way to get around the problem using their competitor DropBox:

1. Install DropBox and SkyDrive on your computer.

2. Download the Dropbox app for Android and the SkyDrive app for Android.

3. In DropBox on your Android, go to Settings. Under “CAMERA UPLOAD”, you make sure this feature is turned on. This enables Dropbox to upload your photos automatically. Select only via Wi-Fi to save data and make it work quicker.

4. Download Goodsync or something similar. This software can sync files on your computer and connect it to a myriad of online services.

5. Set Goodsync to sync between the folder on Dropbox your camera uploads its images to, and the folder in SkyDrive where you want the images.

Now your Android photos will also be available in SkyDrive. Yes, it feels a bit stupid and unnecessary, but until Microsoft wakes up to the hundreds of millions of Android users, this is one way.

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Patrik Bergman
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Privately: Father, husband, vegetarian, and reader of Dostoyevsky. Professionally: Works as Communications Manager at www.haldex.com

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