Facebook has started rolling out a Photo Sync feature for iOS users that uploads photos from the phone’s photo album directly to a private Facebook album. Users can see the synced photos album on Facebook later and select the ones they want to make public later. The feature can be activated from the photos menu on the Facebook for iOS app by clicking on the synced photos menu. Users get 2GB of storage space for photos. Photo Sync is already available on Android.
Users can choose to sync photos over Wi-Fi and cellular, Wi-Fi only or turn off sync all together. Over a cellular network, Facebook will shrink the photos to 100KB size and the upload the smaller version to save on data transfer costs. Photo Sync is currently under testing mode and might not be available to all users.
We find the feature quite useful, especially while traveling or attending a party or an event. Rather than individually adding photographs, it makes it simpler by uploading all photos in the background and the user can later select which ones to make public.
Having said that, there are already many auto-sync apps available for iOS for keeping a backup copy online and enabling share as well. Apple itself has a photo streaming feature in iOS and Dropbox too can backup photos automatically.