When I take a photo using my phone, it is automatically uploaded to 'Camera Uploads' folder in my Dropbox.

But when I delete the photo from my phone, it is still in the Dropbox folder.

Is there any way that deleted files (in my phone) will be removed from my Dropbox folder automatically?

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    I don't think so, that would sort of defeat the purpose of dropbox a bit. Either way - what phone OS? Commented Sep 13, 2015 at 9:10
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    What type of phone? This is really a better question for Android Enthusiasts, Ask Different, or Windows Phone, since it's about the app on the phone, not the web app.
    – ale
    Commented Sep 13, 2015 at 14:03
  • Android 5.0, Samsung Galaxy S5
    – user67275
    Commented Sep 15, 2015 at 11:47

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The Dropbox "Camera Uploads" feature doesn't work that way. What it does is, when you take a photo, it copies the file to the "Camera Uploads" folder in Dropbox, which then syncs to your Dropbox account like any other file.

It's a way to backup your photos, so that if something were to happen to the photo on your phone you'd still have the Dropbox copy. Or, more likely, you can confidently clear the photos on your phone (maybe because you're low on storage) knowing that you have a copy of it safely in the cloud.

There's no way to automatically remove a photo from "Camera Uploads" if deleted from your camera roll. (This is something that's bitten me once or twice. I use Dropbox, Google Photos, and Facebook to automatically grab my photos. It makes it a bit of a challenge to get rid of those photos of the inside of a pocket.)

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