Auto-uploading photos

Configure unlimited auto-upload of media files to Yandex.Disk if you take a lot of photos with your phone or tablet. This way you won't lose your photos if something happens to your device.

With unlimited auto-uploads enabled, photos don't take up space on your Yandex.Disk. They are available on the service page and in the mobile application, under Photos. Auto-uploaded screenshots also go to Photos.

If you get disconnected from th internet during an upload, the process will continue automatically once your connection is re-established.

If you want to store your photos on your computer as well, you can download them on your computer using Yandex.Disk 3.0 (instructions for Windows, for macOS). To upload photos to the Camera Uploads folder and sync them with your computer, turn off unlimited upload.

Turn on unlimited auto-upload

When running the app for the fist time

A window asking if you would like to set up auto-uploads will be displayed the first time you open the app. Tap Enable. Auto-upload will start automatically. By default, the photos are uploaded only if there is Wi-Fi connection. To upload photos both over Wi-Fi and over the mobile network, turn off the Upload only over Wi-Fi option.

To configure auto-upload later, close the window.

From the app settings
  1. Open settings.
  2. Tap Photo and video auto-upload and enable the desired auto-upload options.

Choose which network to use to upload photos

The app can download photos over only Wi-Fi or any network (Wi-Fi, mobile internet). Select the appropriate option in the settings.

Attention. Mobile data charges may apply.

How do I enable unlimited auto-upload?

If you used auto-upload before (photos were uploaded to the Camera Uploads folder), you can switch to unlimited auto-upload:

  1. Update the Yandex.Disk mobile app to the latest version.
  2. Open settings.
  3. Tap Photo and video auto-uploads.
  4. Enable Unlimited.

Turn off unlimited auto-upload

  1. Open settings.
  2. Tap Photo and video auto-uploads.
  3. Disable Unlimited auto uploads.

Once you turn off unlimited auto-upload, photos are uploaded in the Camera folder. They will use space on your Disk.

Manage photos and

The same actions that are available for ordinary files are available for automatically uploaded photos: you can view, download, and share them. But once you copy a photo into another folder on the Disk, move it to Trash or edit it, it takes up space on your Disk.

What folder will my photos be in?

Automatically uploaded files will be displayed under Photos and Feed.

Automatically uploaded photos won't be saved in the Camera Uploads folder or synced with the desktop program. To sync photos, open Photos and copy the photos to the desired folder on your Yandex.Disk.

I disabled unlimited storage

Photos will be uploaded to the Camera Uploads folder, which is created automatically. In this case they will take up space on your Disk.

How do I make sure that unlimited storage is enabled?

  1. Check that auto-upload is turned on in the Yandex.Disk program settings.
  2. Take several photos on your phone
  3. Make sure that they are auto-uploaded on Disk.
  4. Make sure these photos are displayed in Photos and not Camera Uploads.

You can go to the mobile app settings and make sure that Unlimited uploads is enabled under Photo and video auto-uploads.

How do I know which photos have already been uploaded?

You can distinguish photos by the icons in their lower-right corner:

  • [no icon] — The photo was uploaded to Yandex.Disk manually or automatically.
  • — the photos was automatically uploaded to Yandex.Disk from your device.
  • — The photo was not uploaded to Yandex.Disk and is stored only on your device because auto-upload is disabled or suspended. This icon marks photos that were once automatically uploaded to Yandex.Disk but were then removed from Photos.

How do I select folders on my device to upload photos from?

Photos from the “Camera” folder are uploaded automatically. You can customize uploads from folders like “WhatsApp”, “Viber”, “Screenshots”:

  1. Open settings.
  2. Tap Photo and video auto-uploads.
  3. Tap Folders on your phone (or Folders on your tablet).
  4. Select the folders you want to automatically upload photos to Yandex.Disk from.

Photos are not uploading

If files are not uploading , make sure they are in one the following folders or subfolders (on the device or its storage card):

  • \Images
  • \DCIM
  • \DCIM\Camera
  • \DCIM\Photo
  • \DCIM\Video
  • \DCIM\100MEDIA\
  • \storage\extSdCard\dcim\Camera

Image quality has decreased

Images are stored on Yandex.Disk in their original quality. They are not compressed when uploaded. However, Yandex.Disk creates low-resolution previews for the website to reduce traffic and make working with Disk faster. To view an image in its original quality, download it to your mobile device.

Free up space on your phone or tablet

You can delete photos from your device that have already been uploaded to Yandex.Disk:

  1. Slide the screen to the right and select Clear space. Yandex.Disk automatically checks which images have been uploaded and can be deleted, as well as calculates how much space will be freed.
  2. Tap Clear.
    Note. By default, photos taken in the past month are not deleted. If you want to delete them along with the rest of the photos, disable Keep photos and videos from past month.

You can view all photos uploaded to Yandex.Disk under Photos.

If you are experiencing a problem with the Yandex.Disk app, please report the error using the feedback form in the app:

  1. Open settings.
  2. Select Help and feedback → Report a problem
  3. Select the relevant issue.
  4. Describe the problem in as much detail as possible.
Note. Please report problems related to the mobile app from the app itself and not these Help pages. This will ensure your message reaches the right specialists and is answered sooner. Additionally, when submitting from the app, our specialists get technical information that helps them sort out the problem.

If you can't write from the app because it crashes unexpectedly, send us a message about the error via the feedback form.