Facebook Starts Testing Photo Sync Feature on iOS [PIC]


Facebook photosync

Facebook has started to roll out their Photo Sync feature for iOS users. What is Photo Sync? Here’s how Facebook describes the feature:

When you turn on photo syncing, your mobile photos will be saved to a private section of your Facebook Photos. You can easily share your synced photos on your timeline from desktop, mobile, or another device.

According to TechCrunch, there are a couple reasons why Facebook delayed this for iOS users. First, there were privacy issues Facebook had to deal with. Secondly, getting the feature right in iOS took some work; Facebook says they are using background uploading to make it all happen instead of using location APIs or iOS 6 integration.

You can try to turn on Photo Sync now in iOS, a per instructions via Facebook:

How do I start syncing my photos?

You can preview photo syncing by first making sure you have the latest version of the Facebook app installed on your phone. If you have an iPhone, you’ll need to be using iOS 6.

From the app:

  1. Go to your photos app in the left side navigation
  2. Tap Photos
  3. Tap Sync at the bottom of your photos section. Follow the step-by-step instructions.

Facebook ios photo sync screenshot techcrunch

Let us know if you see the ability to toggle on Photo Sync in Facebook for iOS. We haven’t seen anything yet over here.


  • mackman6151

    Yup. I have the option also. View your timeline, click photos then at the bottom there will be a sync tab.

  • Mark

    Sooooo, if you enable this, your photos will no longer instantly appear on your timeline? That sucks. Isn’t that the point of adding photos to facebook? If I wanted to archive photos that I didn’t necessarily want to share, I would upload them to flickr instead. I guess I best not enable that then. Or just use Instagram instead.

  • JH

    When did your photos ever automatically show up on your timeline? You always had to share it with facebook first and then wait for the photo(s) to upload. In this case, you could just go to Facebook and quickly select which photos to share on your timeline. The only difference is that you didn’t have to initiate the upload since it should upload automatically from your phone.

  • Kamal

    I don’t have that feature and my phone is running iOS 6 and my Facebook app is updates..

  • Mark

    I meant, once you share your photo to facebook, it’s on your timeline – which is far more convenient then having to open up facebook on your phone, and then dig down to the appropriate photos folder in facebook, then hunt around to find the photo(s) you want to share to your timeline, and then share them.

    Then again, Instagram is even easier than all of that.

  • Karl

    My Facebook app hasn’t worked since they released updates last week. Checking the reviews on iTunes shows I’m not the only one.