Screenshots can prove to be really useful when you need to show something about what’s going on with your smartphone or tablet, or you just want to flaunt your setup at online portals like XDA-Developers or MyColorScreen. In their early days, Android devices required third-party tools for grabbing screenshots but since ICS, you can do it with a quick button combination, for instance Power + Volume Down on Nexus devices (Samsung’s Galaxy devices have been using Power + Home for the function since pre-ICS times). But what good are screenshots when you can’t instantly upload them online to share with others? That’s where ShotDrop comes in. The app uses the power of Dropbox to automatically upload screenshots to the cloud the moment they are captured, and also copies their link to your clipboard for easy sharing.
Disclaimer: In the spirit of full disclosure, we’d like to mention here that this app has been developed by Muhammad Humayoun along with a member of our team, Awais Imran.
While the official Dropbox app itself has built-in capability of uploading all your captured pictures and screenshots to its cloud storage automatically, it doesn’t copy the link of a screenshot to your clipboard after it has been uploaded to the cloud, which means you’ll still need to manually retrieve its Dropbox link if you want to share it. ShotDrop takes care of that, and works independent of the official Dropbox app. So, if you have decided to disable automatic photo uploading in the Dropbox app but still want it to be enabled just for your screenshots, or don’t want to install the Dropbox app on your phone in the first place but want this functionality, ShotDrop can prove to be quite useful.
When launched for the first time, ShotDrop requires you to link your Dropbox account with it, so simply tap ‘Link with Dropbox’ followed by providing your email and password credentials and granting the appropriate permission. Once linked, the rest is done by ShotDrop itself, and you just have to sit back and capture screenshots. There are a few options that you can configure in the app’s Settings, and also easily unlink it from your Dropbox account in case you want to switch to another Dropbox account.
You can also temporary disable the service by using ‘Enable Dropbox’ toggle. The app also gives you an option to upload screenshots over Wi-Fi only, saving any additional mobile data cost. Furthermore, you can toggle the ‘Start on Boot up’, an option pretty much self-explanatory.
The usage of the app is dead simple; you just need to leave it running in the background, and it’ll do its job – no need to tinker with any controls or settings. When you capture the screen, ShotDrop begins uploading it to your Dropbox account. It also displays a notification when the screenshot has been successfully uploaded to the cloud. All the uploaded screenshots are saved under the ‘Screeshots (ShotDrop)’ folder in your Dropbox.
The free version displays in-app advertisements and is limited to 5 screenshots per day after you have taken your first 100 screenshots. The (currently $0.99) Pro variant is free of all these limitations.