On previous post i wrote about sending files or photos from android to PC using various medias, such as USB, Bluetooth, Email and etc. Today I’ve found one more easy way to sharing photo for Android, Bluestacks and PC. Photo sharing with dropbox.
It was based on my own question, how to sync photo from my Windows PC into Bluestacks. Every time i wanna share new photos to WhatsApp, firstly i have to restart Bluestacks. It will then scan for images on My Pictures Library to be placed on Bluestacks/WhatsApp gallery.
Even though WhatsApp still doesn’t immediately sync the photos on gallery after photo synchronized. We have to use export to apps button to manually export the image into WhatsApp. This way, we don’t need WhatsApp to sync the gallery anymore.
Dropbox is a file hosting that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, and client software. Dropbox allows users to create a special folder on each of their computers. Dropbox then synchronises so that it appears to be the same folder regardless of the computer it is viewed on. (wikipedia.org Dropbox)
Starting photo sharing android, bluestacks and PC is easy, all you need to do is register account on dropbox website and download dropbox application for windows. And then download android apps for both android phone/pc and bluestacks (also on other android apps player such as AndroVM). To make it easy, i’ll show you what I’ve done.
You can register in two ways, first directly register from website (Click Sign In -> Create New Account) or registering from client application. That’s mean you need to download the client first.
On Android go to Google play store and click search, or on Bluestacks main page click search icon and type dropbox. Download and install the first result.
You will be asked for account, simply register or sign in with account you have created before.
On the next step you can either select “WiFi only” or “WiFi or data plan”. The only different is on data plan huge data file such as video will not be uploaded. Check on upload existing photo and videos to enable immediately sync existing photos and videos. Your Android and Bluestacks now ready to start photo sharing.
For windows you can easily read a big blue button for Download on the website. On first install process you will be asked for account. If you are registered already then simple click the 2nd choice (I already have a Dropbox account) otherwise click the first one for register new account.
After selecting pricing terms choose Advanced so we can customize a folder for photo sharing on the next step. Before continue to the next step create a folder on disk to be set as a shared folder.
Next, On advanced setup select “i want to choose where …” and click change, and then choose the folder you’ve created before or you can create new folder by clicking “Make New Folder”. Click next and Install.
Firstly, try drag or copy and paste a photo into shared folder or sub-folder on Windows. You’ll notice a green check icons on the photo thumbnail. This mean the photo is uploaded to the sync server and ready to share with other devices.
Open dropbox app on Android or Bluestacks, you’ll see folders which is shared with windows. Open folder where you shared the photo (In my case “Photos” folder and “Camera Uploads”).
Open the photo and you will notice a menu bar above the photo contain 4 icons on the right menu. Tap or click on export icon (A box with arrow) and then choose WhatsApp and then choose contact. This will export the photo directly into the selected contact. Use Chain icon if you only want to share the photo links to others.
If you having problem downloading DropBox inside Bluestacks, please read here.