PicApport Android App Guide

The PicApport Android app is a comfortable and optional front-end to a PicApport server.
It will turn your Android tablet / smartphone into a dynamic electronic picture frame.

Advantages of the app:

  • The app offers a screen saver mode, so you can use any of your Android devices as a digital picture frame
  • It allows you to easily manage multiple servers
  • Store your logon credentials for each managed server in the app
  • Requirements
    • Server
    • App
  • Installation
    • Required permissions
  • Functions
    • Enter server location
    • Change user 
    • Upload pictures
    • App-Settings
    • Screensaver configuration
      • Screensaver/Daydream -Settings
  • Version history



To use the PicApport app, you need a PicApport server that is accessible on the network. This can, for example, be in your home network.

For more information to setup a PicApport server see: PicApport Installation Guide


The app supports all Android versions from 4.1 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and higher. A complete list of all versions is available here:https://source.android.com/source/build-numbers.html

In order to download and install the APK-File, about 4MB of memory is needed, but we recommend at least 30MB of free space to allow enough space for caching images.


Download the PicApport app from Googles PlayStore and follow the instructions.

Required permissions

PicApport requires some permissions that you grant through the installation, as described below.


These permissions are required to communicate with the PicApport serverThe network and Wifi status of your system are used to optimize the queries.


You can upload images directly from your smartphone to the server. For this, the read and write permission is required


Sessions are automatically built in the background to save the user from annoying logon routines. These are executed when the system is started to inform you of new photos, etc. without having to start the app.


Enter server location

The PicApport Android app is designed to interact with multiple PicApport servers. To add a new server click on „Manage servers“ and then click on the „plus“ button. In the following dialog, enter a meaningful name and the address to the desired server.

Change user 

Select a server instance from the side menu. The PicApport user interface is loading. If you do not see a registration form, click on the button on the right-hand side of the screen and select „Logoff“. Now log on with another user id. After a successful logon you should see the username in the upper right corner.

Upload pictures

Upload photos directly from your smartphone to the server. To do so, open the „Upload photos“ window and click on  „Add“. Android now asks where to take the photos from. You can either take pictures directly with the camera or select existing images. After you have taken an image or selected it, it will appear under the option „Upload photos“. Start the upload with the „Start“ button.


On the side menu, click on Settings to configure the app to your preference.

  • Keep Screen sctive in slideshow: If set, your screen remains on as long as you are in a slideshow.
  • Screen orientation: Specify whether your screen should rotate automatically or a specific orientation is desired
  • Fullscreen: If „default“ is selected the app will attempt to switch to full-screen mode automatically in Slideshows . This means that all the system’s own GUI elements, such as the status bar and the navigation buttons will be hidden.
  • Override system font size: If set  the  system font size setting is ignored

Screensaver configuration

The PicApport Android App offers a Screensaver function (under Android sometimes called Daydream).
You can access this via Settings -> Display & lights -> Screensaver / Daydream. Select PicApport and then click on the gear icon to switch to the settings.

Screensaver/Daydream -Settings

General information about screen saver under Android can be found here: https://support.google.com/nexus/answer/2818748

In the PicApport Screensaver settings you can define which slideshow should be displayed.

  • My servers: wählen Sie einen Ihrer Server
  • Sorting: bestimmen sie nach was die sortiert werden sollen
  • Query: die Abfrage bestimmt welche Bilder angezeigt werden sollen
    • Custom:
      • rated by min N stars: Show all photos with a certain rating and above
      • Photos after: Photos should have been taken after
      • Photos before: Photos should have been taken before  this year
    • Advanced:

After you have finished the configuration, a slideshow is presented to you when the device is docked or when loading.

Version history