Amazon Photos Synology

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Now you need to login your diskstation (1). Choose a folder in your server where you would like to load your videos and photos. Select if you want this to be done on wifi connections only. Amazon will discontinue access to Amazon Drive by Synology Cloud Sync and Hyper Backup starting on November 1st, 2020. Neither application will have access to Amazon Drive after November 1st, 2020, and the only way you will be able to access your stored content will be via Amazon Drive or Amazon Photos web, desktop, and mobile apps. Synology RackStation RS819 Compact Rack Mount NAS Server Bundle with Rail Kit, Realtek RTD1296 Quad-Core, 2GB DDR4 Synology SDRAM, 16TB SATA HDDs, Synology DSM Software 4.4 out of 5 stars 3 $1,249.00 $ 1,249. Amazon Photos is available across devices. View and manage your photos across your desktop, tablet and mobile devices. Access on the web or with apps for iOS and Android. Amazon Photos lets you back up, organise and share all of the photos and videos from your phone, computer and other devices. You can access all your photos on nearly any device and share them with family and friends.

[German]U.S. cloud provider Amazon adds the ability to run backups and synchronizations of Synology NAS drives with Synology programs in its consumer cloud drive service. As of November 1, 2020, Amazon will only allow its own apps to access these files and is discontinuing support for the third-party API.

Amazon Photos Synology

Amazon (Cloud) Drive

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Amazon Drive, also known as Amazon Cloud Drive, is a cloud storage application managed by Amazon. The service provides secure cloud storage, file backup, file sharing and photo printing. Using an Amazon account, files and folders can be transferred, synchronized and managed from multiple devices such as web browsers, desktop applications, cell phones and tablets. Amazon itself advertises ‘Digital content – securely stored, available anywhere.

Some users have taken advantage of this to store a backup of their Synology NAS drives encrypted on their Amazon Cloud Drive. This is now over as Amazon is discontinuing the API used by Synology, and NAS backups are no longer possible with Synology tools.

No more Synology NAS backup

Uploading encrypted NAS backups via Synology Cloud Sync or Hyper Backup to the Amazon cloud will be impossible after November 1, 2020. This is due to the fact that the required Amazon API will no longer be available to third-party users after this date. Amazon is currently informing its users via email that support for Synology Cloud Sync and Hyper Backup features will be discontinued as of November 1, 2020 without replacement. The following screenshot of the email is taken from this article.


From November 1, 2020, access to Amazon Drive files will only be possible via Amazon app. Amazon’s proposal is to use Amazon’s own apps such as Amazon Photos or Amazon Cloud Drive to make NAS backups (see also the Amazon Cloud Drive ad above). However, this has two disadvantages for the respective Synology NAS drive owners:

  • Synology’s Cloud Sync and Hyper Backup applications store the backups encrypted in Amazon Cloud. With the Amazon apps, the data is uploaded unencrypted. However, the Synology applications do not work anymore.
  • There are no Amazon apps available for Synology NAS backup that can even store and manage data it. German magazine Heise states that ‘Android emulation’ is possible as a stopgap solution – I can’t evaluate that at the moment.

So Amazon Cloud Drive has died in its previous form as a backup solution for owners of Synology NAS drives. Amazon AWS S3 buckets, which are used in commercial corporate environments, are not affected. This development has announced itself unnoticed for quite some time, because during research I came across the thread Amazon Cloud Drive Backup Discontinued from 9 months ago. At that time, with reference to this article, the question was already being asked whether the backup to Amazon Cloud Drive for Synology NAS backups was pending.


Further Information

The topic of encryption seems to have another aspect: The cloud providers can store file duplicates only once (deduplication) and refer to this file from the other storage locations. This saves storage space – which is probably why Amazon (as I read) offered unlimited storage space for photos, but not for other file types or encrypted photos. With encryption, this advantage can no longer be used when storing.

There are also other cloud providers (e.g. Backblaze B2), ) that could be used for backups. By the way, Synology is offering Amazon Drive users free access to their C2 cloud backup service until March 31, 2021 to ease the transition. Users must sign up for the offer by January 31, 2021 to take advantage of the free storage. Synology has also published a help page to assist customers in moving from the Amazon Drive.

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A few years ago, I decided to go all-in with iCloud Photos. My library was just over 1TB at the time, so I’ve been paying for the 2TB plan ever since (I’ve been collecting photos in my library since 2001 and while it could definitely use a bit of trimming, I don’t think there’s much I want to get rid of).

It’s super convenient to have all my photos everywhere at all times (what’s the point in taking them if you can’t enjoy them?), but I did want to find a way to have a secondary backup solution that doesn’t rely on Photos or iCloud.

I already have a Synology NAS for other backups and as a general storage system, so I wanted to find a way for it to always have an up-to-date copy of my Library.

Why back up the cloud?

So since I’m already paying Apple, why would I want another backup?

Well it basically boils down to wanting an independent backup: what if I lose access to my iCloud account? Or Apple loses my data somehow? Both unlikely, but it can happen.

Options considered

Direct backup

First I looked into ways to get the Synology to pull my photos down directly. Office chair 300 pounds. There are a few command line scripts that can talk directly to your iCloud account, but they all looked a bit fragile – I want a setup that is going to work reliably and doesn’t require maintenance.

Via Windows

The next option I tested was using a cheap miniPC running Windows 10 and Apple’s iCloud software to copy the files onto the mounted Synology drive.

In hindsight, I’m not sure what I was expecting: the cheap miniPC was temperamental, Windows never stopped updating and Apple iCloud for Windows seemed… well not their main focus, lets put it that way.

It sort of worked, but quickly felt like more hassle than it was worth.

Via a Mac

Ok so this is by far the easiest way of doing it, but it does require you have a desktop Mac or a MacBook that

a) has a full copy of your photos library


b) Is awake and connected to your network at regular intervals to run the backup

Since my MacBook is usually closed / not plugged in and doesn’t have a full copy of my photo library, I bought a used Mac Mini and hooked it up to an external 2 TB drive. Then I configured to store a full local copy of my library.

(Note: Why isn’t this enough backup? My concern is that if my photos are wiped on one device accidentally, the Mac Mini’s library would also be wiped)

Finally I installed Synology’s Cloud Station Backup Mac client on the Mac Mini and told it to monitor the photos directory and mirror those files to the Synology. It’s configured to only add files, not delete them. That way, if my library is ever accidentally wiped, it won’t also delete the files from the Synology backup.

Synology Cloud Sync Amazon

So now I have the following setup;

  • I take or import a picture on my iPhone
  • It gets uploaded to iCloud Photos
  • The Mac Mini downloads a copy to its Photos Library
  • The Synology app copies the photo into its backup

I’ve configured the Mac Mini and Synology to wake up for a few hours every day to do this and so far it’s working really well.

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