macOS Photos Custom Export to Dropbox


My wife and I share a joint dropbox account where we upload our individual photos from our different iPhones/iOS accounts. I had been using the dropbox app on iOS to upload photos automatically, but it also uploaded stuff from work and other things I don’t want to share (like gift ideas for Christmas).

Anyone know of a way/direction/guidance to automate:
A photo gets added to my “Family” album in apple photos. That photo gets exported to a dropbox folder as a jpg and renames it to the date the photo was taken in the format yyyy-mm-dd HH:mm:ss.jpg (which is the format that the Dropbox iOS app uses and my wife is accustomed to seeing)?

I have a headless Mac mini server running 24x7 to handle this task, but if there is an iOS way to do it I can try that as well.

I appreciate any suggestions.



I wonder if Hazel can help here? I don’t use Photos on my Mac so have no experience with automation in that arena.

Here is a simple example of an iOS Shortcut you could use for this. Albeit manual, it does support the general use case described.

Note, I had to use iCloud as the example file store due to a bug in Shortcuts that is preventing me from getting to Dropbox. Simply modify that step to point to your correct Dropbox folder.

Dropbox missing in Shortcuts after restoring iPhone from backup