Geofencing option in iOS apps

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by Sonmi451, Nov 13, 2014.

  1. Sonmi451, Nov 13, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2014

    Sonmi451 Suspended

    Aug 28, 2014
    I am using an app that allows you to specify a geofence location. It's DS Photo app by synology. Basically it allows me to auto-upload my photos to my NAS at home. It allows me to set a specific geofence location so when I enter that area, it will auto upload my photos. It appears it will not auto-upload photos you take while in that location. You would have to leave, and come back or enter another specified geofence location.

    So my question...

    Dropbox also has a background upload option for backing up photos. What is the difference? Dropbox doesn't allow me to specify geofence areas. I believe iOS apps will time-out after 10 minutes of non-use.

    From what I have used of dropbox, it appears the app will time-out after a few minutes (10?) and you have to open the app again to continue uploading.

    According to dropbox website ( ) It will stop after a period of time, but auto-resume once iOS senses you have entered some other area of unknown distance away. I suppose this depends if you have cellular selected or Wi-Fi only.

  2. GreyOS macrumors 68040


    Apr 12, 2012
    I think they are just two similar approaches to the same problem: how to legitimately take advantage of background app refresh?

    They can't run constantly, scanning for changes to your photo library. For whatever reason background location has been chosen as a way to wake the app.

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