Understanding Syncing with Mylio


Keeping all of your devices in sync is easy with Mylio. Syncing allows each of your devices, whether it be computers, phones, tablets, or even external hard drives to always have the same information. Syncing also ensures that new photos added to one device are available on other devices, and edits, metadata, and organization changes made on one device are available on all of your devices.

How Syncing Works

Mylio syncs over a peer-to-peer connection to ensure that photos and videos are shared between your devices quickly, efficiently, and safely. Peer-to-peer means that your devices do not utilize the internet or the cloud to transfer your photos. Instead, Mylio uses a direct wireless connection between your devices to sync information. Mylio gains this direct connection by looking at your devices on a “network”. This network can be a home wireless network, a wired/wireless hybrid network, or even an open wifi network (restrictions apply). Even though Mylio utilizes a network, it does not require the internet, simply that your devices be connected to the same network.

What this means for you is that Mylio must meet three criteria in order to sync your devices…

  1. All devices must be logged into the same Mylio account
  2. All devices must be connected to the same network
  3. All devices must be running Mylio (Mylio must be in the foreground on mobile devices)

Trouble syncing? See our troubleshooting guide here.

When these three criteria are met Mylio will transfer your photos, videos, edits, metadata, and organization between all of your devices quickly and safely.

Mylio and Photo Quality

When setting up for the first time, Mylio will intelligently decide what quality of your photos should be synced to your device. This is decided on how much space is currently on the device and what type of device you are using. The default quality in which Mylio decides to sync your photos is called your device’s “Sync Policy”.

Sync policies can be made of three different photo qualities…

Thumbnails – A small version of your photos (20kb to 30kb) that is great for referencing your full library. Ideal for mobile devices. Does not allow editing.

Previews – Medium quality (approximately 1mb) that gives an accurate representation of your photos at a fraction of the space. Perfect for laptops. Fully editable.

Originals – Your full quality file (original file size). Great for desktops. RAW compatible. Fully editable.
By allowing Mylio to set a default sync policy you are ensuring that Mylio has the ability to sync all of your photos to your device.

Adjusting Sync Policies 

Though Mylio will intelligently decide what sync policy is best for your device, the storage on your device may change and you may need to adjust the sync policy accordingly. With Mylio, you can adjust sync policies in three ways…

  1. Adjust the device sync policy
  2. Allow Mylio to prefetch a higher quality photo or set of photos that meet certain criteria
  3. Sync higher quality photos on demand

Setting a new device sync policy means that your entire photo library will sync in a higher quality. Prefetching or syncing previews on demand, however, will sync individual photos at a higher resolution. This is useful if you are attempting to edit photos on a device that has a default sync policy of “thumbnails”, or if you want to show off your favorite photos in a higher quality on a device with limited storage.

External Drives and Sync Policies

Mylio allows for add any external devices to your account without having it affect your device limit. Adding an external drive to Mylio is a great way to protect your entire photo library to a single device.

When adding an external drive to Mylio, the external drive will automatically have a sync policy of “Originals”. This means all photos in their full quality, will be protected to the external drive.