How are you guys setting up Syncthing on Android? I guess my major confusion is the fact that a program like Dropbox just sorta works out of the box without configuring any specific run conditions and it does not trigger a persistent notification in Android telling you that it’s running. Install dropbox, log in, set it up on your desktop and it immediately uploads your camera photos from Android to your desktop as you take them. There is no persistent notification and dropbox does not kill your battery (I use the wifi only setting in Dropbox).
With Syncthing I either have to run it manually to get my camera to sync and then manually shut down the app when it’s done uploading to avoid high battery use. When the option to “always run in the background” is chosen, I add the filter to only run on Wifi, but Syncthing still runs even if I’m on mobile data (the persistent notification is still there, but shows that Syncthing is disabled). This is the only way I can make Syncthing achieve a “set and forget” run option, but it really does a number on my battery and the persistent notification drives me crazy.
What is Dropbox doing differently that eliminates the persistent notification and limits the battery usage? When Syncthing runs in the background, the battery use is much higher than with Dropbox. And shouldn’t Syncthing be fully disabled if “only run on wifi” is enabled? I can live with the notification when connected to wifi to let me know it’s running and active, but when on mobile data it should be gone.
How are you guys configuring your Android setups?