Facebook quietly tests Photo Syncing on Android, report says

The company's feature automatically takes snapped images from an Android device and uploads them to their Facebook profile in a private folder.

Facebook's Photo Syncing.
Facebook's Photo Syncing. Facebook

Facebook's Photo Syncing is being tested on Android-based devices, according to a new report.

The feature, which automatically uploads images that Android users snap with their devices to their Facebook profiles, is being tested on a small number of users, The Verge is reporting, citing comments from Facebook.

Upon snapping a photo with an Android-based handset, Facbeook's Photo Syncing automatically sends it to a private folder in the user's account. Those images can then be removed from Facebook or shared publicly, depending on the user's preference.

Photo Syncing isn't quite a secret. Facebook currently has a page on its Web site that describes the feature in detail and how it works on user devices. To get it up and running, according to Facebook, users must have the latest version of the social network's Android app and click the "Sync" option at the bottom of their Photos menu. A total of 2GB worth of photos can be stored from mobile devices.

It's not currently clear how many people have been able to use the feature, but The Verge apparently spoke to a Facebook spokesperson, who said testing is limited to a "really small" number of devices.

CNET has contacted Facebook for comment and will update this story when we have more information.

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