# Selective Synchronisation
Selective sync feature adds a possibility to not download specified files on other devices in the synchronisation process. These files are only stored on the creator's device and server and can be accessed on Mergin Maps web or QGIS desktop. Other collaborators on different devices will not receive these files during synchronisation.
Selective sync is useful mainly when a project contains a lot of data (for example photos) and these data do not necessarily need to be stored on all devices. Another advantage is a significant reduction of synchronisation time.
If you want to use large files (e.g. background maps) in your Mergin Maps project without synchronisation, see How to work with very large files.
See the example in the picture below. Two surveyors Jim and Susan are capturing features in the field. When it comes to synchronisation, Jim hits the arrow icon to synchronise his changes. Features together with photos are now stored on the server. When Susan synchronises the project, synchronisation first downloads Jim's changes (including photos) and after that uploads Susan's changes to the server. However, selective sync can exclude photos from being downloaded.
Features and other data are still being downloaded and both Jim and Susan will see them, only photos will be missing.
# How to set up selective sync
Selective sync can be set using Mergin Maps plugin for QGIS.
Open your project in QGIS and go to Project > Properties
In Mergin Maps tab check the Enable selective sync for Input
Optionally, you can fill out Only apply for folder, if you want to use selective sync on a subfolder.
Do you want to set up a folder like this? Go to How to set up a custom folder for storing photos.
If Selective sync option is inactive in project properties, make sure you are working with a Mergin Maps project.