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Facebook testing new photo syncing feature for Android, rolling out to some users

Some Android users reported Facebook is testing a new feature that allows photos from their device to automatically upload to a private album in their Facebook account. It appears the feature started to roll out over the past couple of weeks, but more users reported noticing the feature, which is similar to the instant photo upload feature on Google+, yesterday and today. The Verge received confirmation from Facebook that it is indeed testing the new feature with a “really small” group of users. You will know if you have access to the feature if a “Sync” button is available from the Photos section in the Facebook for Android app. Facebook also already posted a help center document with information about photo syncing.

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With photo syncing, you can store your mobile photos privately, and choose which ones to share. Each new photo you take with your phone goes to a private section of your Facebook Photos.

From the app:

  • Go to your timeline
  • Tap Photos
  • Tap Sync at the bottom of your photos section. Follow the step-by-step instructions.

From your computer:

  • Go to your timeline
  • Click Photos
  • Click Synced From Phone at the top of your photos section. Follow the step-by-step instructions.

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Jordan writes about all things Apple as Senior Editor of 9to5Mac, & contributes to 9to5Google, 9to5Toys, & He also co-authors 9to5Mac’s weekly Logic Pros series and makes music as one half of Toronto-based Makamachine.