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Dropbox gives iOS users Camera Upload, free storage

Android users have had Dropbox's Camera Upload feature since February; now iOS users can join in the fun and earn some free storage space at the same time.

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Back in February, Dropbox released a beta version of its Android app, testing its Camera Upload feature and rewarding those testers with free space for helping out. Since then, the feature has been officially launched for the Android, Mac, and Windows platforms. iOS users were left behind -- until now.

Dropbox released version 1.5 of its iOS app last night, bringing Camera Upload to iOS devices. iOS users can now earn up to 3GB of free space for uploading photos and videos.

To get started, make sure you have the latest version of the Dropbox app installed on your iOS device.

The next time you launch the app you'll be greeted with the setup screen for Camera Upload. The feature, when enabled, will automatically upload photos and videos on your iOS device to your Dropbox account. Instead of it uploading in the background as it does on Android, you have to have the app open on your iDevice. This shouldn't be a surprise as Apple doesn't allow apps to run in the background.

During the setup process, you'll be able to set whether you want only new photos and videos to be uploaded, or if you want Dropbox to upload everything in your camera roll.

If you haven't already taken advantage of the free 3GB from using Camera Upload on another platform, you'll earn 500MB of additional Dropbox storage for every 500MB uploaded, capping off at 3GB. With that in mind, it may be a good idea to let it upload your entire camera roll to get the free space. Don't worry, you can delete everything you uploaded once it has finished, and you won't lose the free space.

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Should you change your mind, you can turn off Camera Upload under settings in the Dropbox app.

With Photo Stream, automatic upload for Google+, and many other ways to wirelessly sync your photos with your computer, is this something you'll use? Or is it simply a way of getting free Dropbox space?