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Uploading photos from Android tablet to Flickr

November 21, 2014

This post is for me in case I don’t remember how to do this in the future!

While I was in the US, I uploaded hundreds of photos to my Flickr account from my Sony Xperia (Android) tablet (after first uploading them to the tablet from my Panasonic Lumix camera), but it took some trial and error (and a few expletives!) to find a solution that allowed me to do what I wanted as simply as possible. So these instructions are for me. Yes, there’s an extra step of transferring the photos to the SD card, but I wanted to make sure I had the photos in a couple of places as I’ve lost photos before…

Prerequisites:

  • A decent internet connection and speed.
  • Log in to your Flickr account on the Flickr app.

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Transfer the photos from the camera to the SD card on the tablet

  1. Connect the camera to the tablet using the USB cable and USB adaptor.
  2. Turn on the camera and select the option to connect to the PC.
  3. On the tablet, open the File Commander app.
  4. Tap External USB Storage.
  5. Find the photos under the relevant folder.
  6. Long hold the first photo you want to select until it gets a lighter grey background.
  7. Tap on all other photos one by one that you want to transfer from the camera to the tablet.
  8. Once you’ve selected the photos, click Copy.
  9. Tap SD Card in the File Commander app.
  10. Navigate to the folder on the SD card where you want to store the photos.
  11. Tap Paste.
  12. Unmount and disconnect the USB storage medium (the camera), then turn the camera off.

Check the quality of the copied photos

  1. Open the Album app on the tablet and check the photos you’ve just copied.
  2. Delete any that are poor quality.
  3. Close the Album app.

Upload the photos to Flickr

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  1. Go back to the File Commander app.
  2. Find the photos under the relevant folder on the SD card.
  3. Long hold the first photo you want to select until it gets a lighter grey background.
  4. Tap on all other photos one by one that you want to transfer from the tablet to your Flickr account.
  5. Once you’ve selected the photos, turn the tablet into landscape orientation, then tap the More menu option.
  6. Tap Send Files.
  7. Select Flickr from the list.
  8. When you get the ‘Write a caption…’ window, decide if you want these photos to be private — if so, tap the padlock icon and set the permissions.
  9. Tap the file icon (lower left on this window), then select an existing Flickr album or create a new one, as required.
  10. Tap Done.
  11. Optional: If all the photos are from the same location/event etc., add a caption.
  12. Tap Share on the ‘Write a caption’ window.
  13. The photos will upload to Flickr. You can check the progress in the information bar at the top of the Android screen — the Flickr icon will be there while the photos are uploading; pull the information bar down to see how many have uploaded. Once the upload is finished, the Flickr icon disappears.

While this seems a lot of steps, once you’ve done it a couple of times, it’s quite simple. As it may be some months (or even years) before I’m reliant only on my tablet to do this (I usually use my PC to upload photos), I needed to write it down while it was still fresh in my memory ;-)

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