Facebook recently introduced a feature that automatically syncs photos that you capture on your smartphone to your Facebook account. If you have activated the option to automatically import the 20 most recent photos taken on your iOS or Android device, and are now having second thoughts, or if you have inadvertently activated the option, this tutorial shows you how to stop photo sync of mobile captures to Facebook.
Although the option to enable photo syncing is not activated by default, sometimes users end up enabling the service, and having their photos automatically posted to Facebook. Luckily, the images captured don’t get posted to your Timeline automatically, and require a manual submission. Still, with so much happening behind the scenes, we may feel tricked into exposing stuff we never had any intention of sharing with the world.
If you have activated this feature knowingly or unknowingly, there’s a quick fix for it. The steps will vary depending on the version of the operating system your smartphone is running on, but it should be fairly simple for you to figure it out.
How to Stop Photo Sync of Mobile Captures to Facebook
On your Android Device:
Open Facebook app. Navigate to Account >App Settings->Sync Photos->Don’t sync my photos.
On your iOS Device:
You can do this in one of two ways. Open the Facebook app. From the Facebook timeline, tap Photos->Sync. Next, tap the gear icon on the right-hand corner of the screen and choose Don’t sync my photos.
Alternatively, on your iPhone, navigate to Settings->Privacy->Photos and tap to turn off the feature.
So, if you find that you are unable to tear yourself away from Facebook despite its security and privacy slacks, you can constantly keep your Facebook options updated to prevent your personal stuff from getting exposed without your knowledge.