From the Tips Box: Syncing Android Folders to Dropbox, GPS Tagging Photos After the Fact, and Android/iPhone Clinometers

By Jason Fitzpatrick on May 3rd, 2012

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Once a week we round up some great reader tips and share them with everyone. This week we’re looking at syncing folders from Android to Dropbox, GPS tagging your photos, and using your Android or iOS device as a clinometer.

Sync Your Android Media with Dropbox

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Steve writes in with the following tip:

Hey guys! I saw your article about backing up your Android SMS/MMS messages to Gmail. On top of using that app to backup my messages regularly, I also have another layer of backup. I set up the program DropSync to sync the media folder my MMS message pictures and videos end up in with my Dropbox account. This way I have the messages and media backed up in Gmail and I have the media backup up in Gmail and Dropbox. Double backup all the way across the sky!

We’re all for redundant backups and you’ve certainly pulled it off here, Steve. Nice tip!

GPS Tag Your Photos After the Fact with GeoSetter

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Mark writes in with a photography trick:

While I know not everyone is down with embedding geo-location data into their photos, I’m a big fan of it. My new camera does it automatically but my old camera did not. To fix that, I’ve been using a program called GeoSetter. It only works if you know the location of the photos (since you have to tag them yourself) but it makes the process super easy. Since many of my photos were taken at the same time at various locations, it’s been pretty easy to go back and adjust it.

This is definitely a a time saver for those trying to retroactively tag their photos, Steve. Thanks for sharing.

Using Your Smart Phone as a Clinometer

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Grace writes in with the following tip:

I stumbled on this app while looking for a clinometer to help my son measure the angle of his kite strings (so he could calculate the elevation). It’s available for both Android phones and iPhones (the Android version is free the one for the iPhone is a buck).

Speaking of kites, if anyone knows any good Android-based apps related to kite flying, my son would be thrilled to hear about it!

And now we have the sudden urge to take the afternoon off and go fly some kites (maybe we’ll have some kites app to share with you as a result!)


Have a tip or trick to share? Shoot us an email at tips@howtogeek.com and look for your tip on the front page.

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 05/3/12
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