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Photo Upload Widget for Android

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For those who take a lot of pictures for work, the Photo Upload Widget for Android can be a valuable addition to their tool kit. Photos taken with the widget are automatically uploaded to a folder on Egnyte, ensuring easy organization. If there is no internet connection, the widget will handle the uploads once connectivity is restored. Additionally, pictures taken through the widget are not stored locally on the phone, eliminating the need for later deletion.

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Installation

Settings

Change Folder

Change Internet Connections Allowed

Additional Settings

Installation

  1. To get started, install the latest version of the Egnyte app from the Google Play store or ensure the app is up to date.
  2. On most Android devices, long-pressing (i.e., tapping and holding) a blank space on the home screen will pull up additional options. Tap the Widgets option from the menu and locate the Egnyte widget.
    Photo upload widget - add a widget.jpg  photo upload widget - place and configure widget.jpg
  3. Long-press the widget to select it and then drag it to a suitable place on the home screen. If the screen does not have enough room for the widget, it may create an additional home screen.
  4. A setup window will appear after the widget is placed. Click Next.
    photo upload widget - config screen opens up.jpg
  5. This will open the location for the default Auto-Photo Uploads folder. To change the default destination, click Change Folder to select a different folder or create a new one.
    photo upload widget - change folder button.jpg  photo upload widget - select new folder.jpg
  6. After completing the setup, the widget can be used right away to take pictures by selecting the camera icon.
    photo upload widget -  widget functioning properly.jpg

    The first use of the widget may prompt a request to allow Egnyte to take pictures and record videos. Tapping Allow is necessary to enable widget functionality.

  7. After taking a photo and selecting OK to keep it, the upload will occur if an internet connection is available. If no internet connection is present, a No Internet connection message will be displayed until connectivity is restored.
    photo upload widget - no internet connection.jpg
    When the internet connection is regained, all the photos will sync. 

    To see all of the photos that are pending, tap anywhere on the widget (other than the camera icon) to get a list.

 

Settings

Change Folder

After setting up the widget, it’s possible to change the folder where photos are synced. This helps transition from a completed project to a new one while keeping photos organized in separate folders.

  1. Tap anywhere on the widget (other than the camera icon) and select the Settings icon.
    photo upload widget - access settings.jpg
  2. Tap the Target folder link to navigate to a different folder or to create a new one.
    photo upload widget - change folder location.jpg
  3. Once the folder is selected, all photos taken through the widget will automatically sync there.

 

Change Internet Connections Allowed

By default, the widget syncs photos only when connected to Wi-Fi to prevent data overages. For syncing photos while using mobile data, this setting can be adjusted within the widget.

  1. Tap anywhere on the widget (other than the camera icon) and select the Settings icon.
    photo upload widget - access settings.jpg
  2. Tap the box next to Sync photos using Wifi only to uncheck it.

    photo upload widget - sync photos using wifi only.jpg

  3. Once the box is unchecked, photos will be allowed to sync when connected to Wifi or mobile data.

 

Additional Settings

After opening the widget, the first screen displays a list of any pending photo uploads. Options include taking a new picture by tapping the shutter button or accessing the photo folder directly by tapping the cloud icon.
photo upload widget - click on cloud icon.jpg

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