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How to Automatically Back up iPhone Photos to Synology NAS (Easy)

How to backup iPhone photos automatically to Synology NAS

You can use the Synology Moments app to organize and automatically backup your photos on your iPhone to your Synology network-attached storage (NAS).

Using Moments lets your iPhone work with any Synology device, including its entry-level devices like the Synology DS218+.

The Moments app offers an automated backup feature, but some individuals have had a tough time getting it to work without needing to open the Moments app, so the company also introduced its Shortcuts app for iOS 13.

Using the Shortcuts app lets you create simple automation that opens the app which starts the backup for you.

Here are the steps in a quick-to-follow format.

  1. Install the Moments app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Connect it to your NAS, which also has Moments installed.
  3. Turn on the Photo Backup option in Moments.
  4. Install the Shortcuts app.
  5. Select the Automation button in Shortcuts.
  6. Tap the plus sign in the upper right.
  7. Tap Create Personal Automation.
  8. Choose Charger from the list that appears.
  9. Select Is Connected from the next set of options.
  10. Tap Next.
  11. Tap Add Action.
  12. Select the Scripting option.
  13. Select Open App.
  14. Choose the Moments app from the offered list.
  15. Tap Next.
  16. Deselect the Ask Before Running button.
  17. Tap Done.

You can test that it worked by connecting your iPhone to your charger. Moments should launch and the photo backup should begin. Make sure you unlock your iPhone before attempting to update the Synology NAS backup.

Can you manually add photos from iPhone to Synology NAS?

You can manually add photos from your iPhone to the Synology NAS. Go to the DiskStation tab.

Browse to the destination folder on your NAS. Tap or double-click on the folder then chooses Upload. Select the photos and videos in your iOS albums that you want to upload.

Can you stop certain photos from automatically backing up to Synology?

You can designate what folders the NAS backs up. Anything you store in a different folder won’t back up.

Can you back up all your iPhone data into your Synology NAS?

You can back up all of your iPhone data into your Synology NAS. You can do this with an automated backup or a manual backup.

How do you remove pictures from an iPhone?

You can remove the pictures from an iPhone by deleting the albums.

Go to the Albums view in Photos. Locate the album you want to ditch. Tap or click on Select in the top right corner menu. To your left appear the words Select All. Tap or click on Select All.

Tap on the Trash Can icon. You will likely receive a prompt that warns you that you will delete your iCloud Photo library folder.

Tap or click on Delete to do this. Navigate to your Recently Deleted folder. Re-select the folder in the window. Tap or click Delete to completely remove it from your device and iCloud.

What are the differences between Synology’s Moments and Synology’s Photo Station?

Synology’s Moments is the latest of the company’s backup management software programs. It replaced the older program, Synology’s Photo Station.

Can I use Moments and Photo Station at the same time?

You would not likely have both Moments and Photo Station installed at the same time. Moments replaced Photo Station.

What are the photo management features in Synology?

Synology lets you organize your photos quickly with custom albums. You can create personalized photo collections and photo share from your cloud view of your photos. How you organize them in the NAS will also be their organization on your phone.

How fast does it take Synology to back up photos?

The typical backup time for Synology to back up photos ranges from half an hour to two hours. In some situations, it takes longer than that. If your device has been prompting you to delete data because the iPhone is full, you should delete unnecessary items first.

This can speed up the backup process. If you leave it completely full, it will take longer than two hours to back it up.

Should you still back up my media from my iPhone to an external hard drive?

You can make more than one backup of your media from your iPhone, including to an external hard drive. You do not need to do this, but you can if you want to do it.

Can you sync photos from Synology directly into a brand new iPhone?

You can share the photos you store on your Synology NAS with any person or device. You need to log in to the DSM first as an administrator.

You must have at least DSM 7.0 and Synology Photos installed. Navigate to the photos or albums that you want. Download them to the new iPhone.

Will backing up from iPhone to Synology include photos and videos as well?

You can back up all or some of the photos from your iPhone to Synology. You can choose the folders to back up when you set up the automation. You can choose to only include photos and videos or to back up everything.

Can you share photos and videos from your Synology?

You can share your photos and videos from your Synology by making them public or sharing them with an individual or group.

This process provides you with a URL to share with others, so they can access the photo or video. You can group edit the graphic after they receive the URL.

Where are Synology photos stored?

Synology photos are stored in the NAS you own. These large-scale storage devices provide you with many terabytes of data. You choose which remains private and which you share. You also choose who you share photo links with from the NAS.

Which is safer for storing data? Synology or an external hard drive?

Both options provide a safe way to store your data. The NAS provides a cross between cloud storage and an external hard drive. The convenience of being able to share a link to a photo or file makes it more convenient.

The fact that you essentially end up having two cloud storage locations for your data and photos makes your data safer. With an external hard drive, if the drive fails or breaks, you lose the data. Having it saved via a NAS saves you from this problem.

Since you already have everything stored in your iCloud, the second backup to the cloud makes your data more accessible for you and ensures you can’t lose your data.

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