I've been using Dropbox camera upload to automatically sync my pictures to my PC using my data plan (this part is important, I can't use a wifi).

However, this autosync eats up the battery like crazy, so I'd like it to only sync when the phone is charging. I always connect my phone to its stand as soon as I'm home, so I'll still have the pictures synced to my PC merely a few minutes after getting home (without having to do anything manually).

Dropbox, unfortunately, doesn't offer this option (syncing only when charging).
Is there another photo-sync service/app that does? (picasa, g+, facebook, etc)

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    I'll bet there's a Tasker (or equivalent) recipe that could turn off your Dropbox syncing if on battery power.
    – ale
    Jan 27 '13 at 18:37

Google+ Instant Upload offers a setting to allow uploads only when the charger is connected.

Facebook's instant photo upload does not offer such an option.

The Gallery is linked to your Google Account and thus to Picasaweb. However, there's no option within the Gallery app to restrict data transfer only when the charger is connected.

Carbonite recently started offering a mobile app, and that includes backing up photos and videos. It offers an option to use battery or not for when uploading.

So Google+ or Carbonite Mobile are your choices. (At least from the photo auto-upload services I'm aware of.)


SugarSync is my photo syncing/cloud storage app of choice, and it provides such an option. Once installed, go into the app's settings and check the box labelled "External Power Only" to restrict the auto sync to only run when the device is plugged in.

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