Why doesn't android client upload existing pictures?

Any news about this feature?

Nope PR is still open and nobody foudn the time to push this forward, Sorry :frowning:

Your priorities are wrong. :expressionless:

Instead of beeing selfish, you may register on github and help developing a software you are using for free…

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Not all of the people who post here are developers and they should not try to fix it themselves. It is important to see what community wishes from the product and this forum is one way to show it.
And maybe I have misunderstood something but Nextcloud does offer paid services (hosted Nextcloud) so it is not just another poor open source project. They even have job listings on their webpage.

Speaking about the particular feature - it is such an important basic feature. Probably for a majority of casual users this is the most important feature they could wish for. If I can’t automatically upload all of my already taken photos from my mobile devices to Nextcloud right after installing the application - why would I even use it?

Nextcloud iOS application supports it and it works great. Not sure if the same feature on iOS was a community contribution and that is why it is missing on Android, or there simply is a lack of planning and each mobile version lives totally separate life without any coordination between the teams.


Photo upload works fine with my Android client? Even existing photos have uploaded without issue.

I know that what you are saying is false because the case is still open https://github.com/nextcloud/android/issues/285

I am new, here and to nextcloud.

I was disappointed, because there’s no way to make an initial sync from a client to the cloud. I don’t expect such basic property missing? To start with a cloud, you need to make a first sync from any device to the cloud - was my idea. After that, you continuosly sync.

In my case, I need to backup several mobile phones, with lot of communication and photos.

Some communication/chats are in a folder with hundrets of subfolders with some files per day. But it is also not possible to select complete folders and subfolders to upload, only files.
In order to back up i need to create hundrets of subfolders manually, and then copy the files in every subfolder one by one. Not practicable.

Then, in the photo dir, I have 15.000 photos. Here I could upload manually all of them, but the android app crashes, when trying to mark everything to copy. I could not evaluate the exact number, but something around 2.000 files seems to be the max limit. But it is impossible to mark one by one by hand and count the number of the files while that.

After buying a new Raspi and HDD for that cloud, I wonder now how to start, maybe WebDAV?

When syncing from a device to the cloud, did the app only compare local (in the device) a snapshot (filelist) from now (actual time) to filelist of last snapshot?
I mean comparing $this_snapshot(device) with $last_snapshot(device) results a numer of new files in $this_snapshot, so they are marked for uload to the cloud?
Because when you make a new snapshot just before syncing on the device and one snapshot in the cloud folder, the app would see there are lot of files not in the cloud, but on the device and mark them for upload.
$this_snapshot(device) comparing to $this_snapshot(cloud), then syncing one way or two way, as requested.

Sorry, my english is not so good :frowning:


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To all users who want this feature: Please donate through bountysource. 5$ is minimum. I sent 15$ and hope it will be realized in foreseeable time.

Your priorities are wrong.

@Janhouse How could you know that? I think that everyone that is using something for free can’t just complain like that judging the work of others!


2.5 years later still cannot sync existing files. This project is a joke. And for people who like to point out this is free etc. for Gods sake don’t you have pride in your work? I would be ashamed to release an app with such half baked core function, especially something so easy to implement. You better not be using this as a tactic to get paid because that would be just low.
I guess this will earn me a ban but someone had to come out and just say what everyone thinks. Take care.

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Installed NextCloudPi, configured it, I was very happy, the first time I used NextCloud. I’ve install nextcloud Android app. My old photos did not upload to the server. I’ve started searching on the internet about this problem. Found that it’s a problem from 2 year ago. So I uninstalled everything. Bye.

For some reason the uploading of even new photos is broken for me for the last couple of months.

Just my two cents…i am a dev myself, i also work in open source projects…i know its ‘tough’ if users keep ‘demanding’ stuff. nevertheless, i was looking for a solution to sync photos from my wife’s and my phone to our server at home. currently we use plex, but there it is a paid feature and we only use plex for that. thus i was searching for somekind of private cloud including a photo sync instead.

and guess what…the internet keeps saying that nextcloud would solve my problem and thats not true. as quite a lot of people alread pointed out, you shouldnt say you have a photo sync available, if it isnt able to do an inital sync …

also, pushing this even further…i would love to choose with a button press, when to start syncing again. nowadays you are making way more photos than you want to keep…people often clean them up on the phone…there is no need to sync it immediately.

but except for the photo sync stuff, its a really nice project. installation thanks to docker works like a charm, i also liked the ui…simplicity… :slight_smile: . sadly i need that photo sync pretty badly…so i will keep searching for another solution :slight_smile: .

Guys, this is a feature decission of the app dev team. If you want to sync old fotos and the app does not work for you, i suggest using the free version of foldersync, it does what you want in a highly configirable way. It has a free and a payed version, but as long as you only sync to one server, or intend to donate some money to the dev, you can use the free version without problems.

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I’m currently using foldersync and I was hoping that Nextcloud would replace that. But not being able to upload existing photos is annoying. Everything else is great.

newtcloud is compatible with other apps to upload old photos

Hi xavierl, can you provide an example of other apps?

I use Syncronize Ultimate for syncing. Seems more reliable to me. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.icecoldapps.synchronizeultimate&hl=en

Also, you can from another app, like a gallery or file exlorer, choose “Share with” and select Nextcloud. Then Nextcloud will upload those files.

The “share with” works great. But if you are trying to use the “share with” for many files (like 1000+) it wont work. I manually uploaded them and now everything works great with the auto upload feature. Thanks for the tip!