Folder Sync: What's the point of the "User Voice" website if the devs are just going to ignore our suggestions?
So over a year ago I suggested a new feature for the OneDrive app.
The idea/suggestion got an overwhelming amount of votes: over 7,300 in a year, which means that quite a lot of users agreed with it and wanted the feature to be included in the OneDrive app.
After just a month, one of the admins responded "We understand the request and will think about it."
We were so excited! But then, after 10 months of waiting for such basic yet important feature to be implemented, we got the this response:
"Allow arbitrary syncing of non photo local folders to OneDrive storage locations, We have no plans to bring this type of capability to Android devices."
Like seriously? What's the point of the "User Voice" website if after an overwhelming amount of votes, the devs just gonna ignore it? Like really? A top voted idea just ignored?
Currently, the OneDrive app is basically a dumb photo backup app. Why would we use an app that just backup photos when we have several others that do a better job at it: for example Photos by Google. You can upload an unlimited amount of high quality photos and videos without worrying about the cloud storage. And if you want upload HD pictures and videos, you get 15 GB for free instead of the 5 GB offered by OneDrive.
The feature I suggested would add something that would make the OneDrive app even more useful and would make it standout above all other cloud storage apps. So instead of just being another photo backup app that is inferior to Dropbox, Google Photos/Drive and many more, it would add an extra functionality that would push your competitors to play catch up with OneDrive. But you decided to ignore it...
Adding the ability to automatically backup ALL types of files (not just photos) within a folder would be huge because it would work exactly as the Desktop version of the app, where it automatically syncs all files you put in the OneDrive folder, not just photos.
There are literally over a million users who are PAYING third party devs to be able to have this feature with OneDrive, DropBox and Google Drive because none of them offer it. I'M NOT KIDDING, MILLIONS. Want to confirm it?
Just check the download count of the following apps:
If you did the math correctly, over 2.1 million users have downloaded those 4 apps that just have one purpose: sync all type of files in a folder selected by the user. And yeah, you need the paid version of those apps if you have more than X amount of files, otherwise it won't work.
So if over 2.1 million users are paying for the feature I suggested and over 7,300 users here voted for this feature, why push it away? Why ignore the suggestion if it's clear that your users want it? Please think about it and stop ignoring your users.
We appreciate the feedback and engagement on this one. Instead of closing this, I’ll mark it as not right now. We understand the feature request, but candidly this isn’t on our road map for the foreseeable future.
Specifically I’m talking about allowing arbitrary syncing of non photo local folders to OneDrive storage locations.
I’m not saying we’ll never do this, but it’s not happening soon.
Rocky choudhary commented
Why not right now? You don't need to make any of them working like automatically upload photos etc. You just need to make an app like folderSync for OneDrive only account. And yes you provide it as separate app and sell it around 140-150Rs. I think your all cost , time and hard work in making this app will be recovered by selling it. Provide feature one way sync , two way sync and sync .
But you are very greedy bunch of team you keep this feature for subscription purpose only. Your all other restrictions like folder download only possible if you have subscribed it. Etc many more. You all are very con and this is very wrong. Don't worry if sync.com make this app than you. Than everyone gonna be sign up there. I came here just to post this feature but you all are very smart already.
I use this application for Android if that can help you :
I'd add to the above comment, but there's nothing more to say. That was spot on! We really need this feature.
I also want this feature
Franklin Ferreira de Lima commented