How to integrate your Android camera with your social media

Instagram made it easy for iPhone users to stream their pics to social media sites, making some Android users envious. Lightbox makes it easy to send pictures wherever you want and keep up with your friends' photostreams. Learn how to use it in this blog post by Rob Lightner.

Instagram caught fire among iPhone users by making it simple to apply filters to pictures and then (more importantly) to share them across multiple social media sites. While the Android camera has  some neat sharing features , its camera replacement apps haven't captured the same ease of use. Lightbox aims to do just that, and Android users will no doubt start flooding the net with their own lovely filtered shots. Here's how you can get started: 

  1. Install and run the Lightbox app, then set up an account. 
  2. Choose which social networks you want to share pics with. Current options are Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Foursquare.
    Step 2: Choose social networks.
    Step 2: Choose social networks.
  3. Choose your options. Tap the menu button, then "Settings." From here, you can visit your public Lightbox album, connect or disconnect from social networks, set a profile photo, and set up sync options.
    Step 3: Choose Lightbox settings.
    Step 3: Choose Lightbox settings.
  4. Take pictures! The camera icon at the lower left brings up the camera tool, which has a dead-simple interface. Once you've got your shot, you can choose a filter from the column on the left, discard or save your pic.
    Step 4: Take pictures and choose filter (if any).
    Step 4: Take pictures and choose filter (if any).
  5. Save that shot. From here, you can add a caption and location, then choose where (if anywhere) you want to share it. Pics you don't share are still available on your device, of course.
    Step 5: Save and share your pic.
    Step 5: Save and share your pic.

That's how Lightbox works. It's still fairly new, so we can likely expect more networks and more filters to come in the future.

About the author

    Rob Lightner is a tech and gaming writer based in Seattle. He has reviewed games, gadgets, and technical manuals, written copy for space travel gear, and composed horoscopes for cats.


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