In this tutorial, we’re going to look at how to use Synology Photos.

I’m sure one of the big reasons you bought a Synology NAS was to be able to manage your photos better, but when your phone or camera has a super high volume of photos, don’t you also want a more efficient way of uploading them? Today we’re going to take a hands-on look at a few of the ways that many users on the forums have suggested for uploading photos to the Synology NAS. We’ll also give you a few tips on how to use the Synology Photos app to upload your photos. Whether your photos are in your mobil phone or on your camera, you can upload them to Synology NAS more efficiently and save time and effort.

Does Synology Photos support background backup?

If you’re a Synology user, you’ve heard of our popular photo management suite, Synology Photos, which is an integration of Synology Moments and Photos Station. Synlogy Photos has been installed and supported by over a million users worldwide. Both the former Photos Station Moments and the current Synology Photos have been receiving a lot of feedback from users. For example, some iPhone users on the forums have asked if DS photo supported background backups on their phones, but Moments did not. Does the new Synology Photos support background backup on mobile phones? Some users have also asked how to upload photos steadily in mobile background mode. The answer is that Synology Photos supports mobile background backup.

How can I back up photos on my phone in a stable way?

How do we back up our photos on our phone consistently? To back up your photos in the background, all you have to do is to connect the power cord and allow Photos to have notification permissions in iOS in your iPhone’s Settings, so that Synology Photos can be automatically called up in the background every hour to back up your photos.

Below we have tested the difference between with and without a power cord. We ran the test in the same WiFi environment, backing up the same 200 photos on the iPhone 13 Pro, and then comparing the difference between with and without the power cord in background mode. The results showed that backing up 200 photos without a charge took over an hour and a half, while backing up 200 photos with a charge took around 26 minutes. So with a background backup, the uploading efficiency will be more than three times faster with a charge than without.

How to efficiently back up a large number of photos from your phone?

What is the best kind of backup? It’s having all your photos backed up without you even knowing it, and having them available when you need them. Synology has heard from users that the first time we backed up a large number of photos to the NAS, we had to leave the phone on all the time and let it run, but with Synology Photos’ new Sleep Backup feature, you can wake up and have your photos backed up with just a few clicks of a button, no complicated settings required.

Here’s a demonstration of how to do it. Firstly, to maintain a stable backup environment, use a WiFi network and connect the charger to your phone. Tap “More” and tap to enable sleep time backup, the screen will automatically dim after 10 seconds of inactivity, do not lock the screen or close the app, you can tap to stop sleep time at any time to end the backup.

How do I upload photos from my camera at once?

Whether you are a photographer or a photo enthusiast, shooting a work project or travelling with friends and family, how do you efficiently upload hundreds of photos to your NAS at once if you are used to taking photos with your camera? Some users have asked this question on the forum. Many of them think that it is the fastest way to upload photos directly to the USB port of the NAS. We have also tested this conclusion.

Using the same 200 photos as an example, the same files were put into the external hard drive and the computer’s folder, comparing the speed of an external hard drive plugged into the NAS USB port versus a computer folder dragged and dropped and uploaded to the NAS. The actual test found that uploading with a card reader or external hard drive directly connected to the NAS USB port was about four times faster than uploading the photos to the computer folder first and then to the NAS. Most users’ claims were confirmed by the fact that USB 3.0 has a bandwidth of up to 625MB/s, which is slower than the theoretical value, but still faster than the usual direct drag-and-drop from computer to NAS, which relies on its own network solution. This is mainly because the current network is mostly 1GbE, which has a maximum bandwidth of about 125MB/s for actual transmission. Unless there is a special upgrade to a 10GbE network, a direct connection to the NAS UAB interface would be recommended for mass photo uploads.

How can I efficiently upload photos from my computer to my NAS?

If your photos are already stored on your computer, is there any more efficient way than manually dragging and dropping files to the NAS? Here we recommend the new Synology Drive 3.1. With Synology Drive Client, you can sync your computer folders to Synology Photos, even the folder structure can be synced together. You only need to organise your photos on your desktop and any changes to your desktop folders can be synchronised with Synology Photos, so you don’t need to organise them twice. This is ideal for users who are used to transferring photos to their computer first or who already have a bunch of photos on their computer and want to upload them to the NAS.

Conclusion – How To Use Synology Photos

After reading this tutorial, isn’t it now easy to manage your photos with Synology NAS? Even if you have thousands of files, Synology Photos can help you manage them easily. And all you need to do is install Synology Photos on your DSM 7.0 Synology NAS and you’re good to go. Then download the Synology Photos app from the Apple App Store or App Store to enable backups and save storage space on your phone.

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