due to the upcomeing change of google photos to a pay service I am looking for an alternative. I have made some good experiences with syncthing for synchronizing documents for university so I thought maybe it is possible to use it for this purpose as well. I can imagine two possible ways to use it:
- Synchronize the photos folder of my smartphone with a folder on an external HDD on my laptop. Then thy syncing should only take place when the HDD is connected. I believe this works already even though I do not know how it will behave if I take a lot of pictures while the HDD is disconnected. However this has a major drawback: All photos have to be saved on my smartphone which is impossible. This brings me to the second variant:
- The HDD is connected to a raspberry pi which synchronizes photos from all my devices to it. However in order to see the photos on other devices as far as I know a new feature would be needed: The possibility to share a folder without downloading its content. It would need to work just like the dropbox app. Or better the ability to selectively download files (or folders) within a shared folder. Maybe this could work just like a network folder? Also I am wondering if it then possible to integrate the photos only accessable via network into popular gallery apps? I did notice that they get confused very quick, for example all the dates are messed up if you move photos from internal storage to SD card. Do you think this is doable?