How to Sync Selected Folders Between Smartphone and PC via Cloud Storage Apps
By now most smartphone users out there have heard of the could storage solutions for their ever increasing need of space on mobile devices. While you may have a terabyte hard drive in your home computer filled with exciting and wonderful things for your smartphone, you will certainly have less than that on your mobile device. This means that in order to completely benefit from all the space you have at home you will need some means of transporting the applications and files between your two devices, and this is where cloud storage solutions like Dropbox, Sugar Sync and so on come in handy.
The only problem with these apps is that you can only sync their default folders and you have to use their file system in order to benefit the most for the apps. This is all about to change thanks to a nifty app called FolderSync. This Android app comes as an assistant that will help you specify which folders you want to be synced from the ones that are already on your device. So far, the FolderSync app offers support for SkyDrive, Dropbox, Ubuntu One, Box.net, SugarSync, HiDrive, Google Docs, NetDocuments and Amazon S3. Support for the popular Google Drive is coming in the next version of the application.
This article will present a way to set up your FolderSync app and correctly use it so that you can back up your music, pictures and whatever other information you have on your smartphone effortlessly.
As always, you must first download and install the FolderSync app on your Android device. You can do this in two ways: either searching for the app from within the Google Play market on your device or downloading it from this Google Play Store link.
After you have successfully installed the app on your device a prompt with the end user license agreement should appear the first time you open the app, and you will have to agree with the terms there to be able to use proceed further.
The next screen that will be loaded will be the FolderSync Lite home screen, which has six options: Accounts, Folderpairs, File manager, Sync status and Settings. You did not read wrong, we said FolderSync Lite as this is the free version of this app.
From here on you sill start using the app by making an account from the Accounts tab. Once you have pressed the Accounts button, on the next screen you will have to select the Manage accounts option and then select the Create New Account option.
Once in the Account creation wizard you will have to provide FolderSync Lite with an account name of your choice and then select the desired cloud storage provider: SkyDrive, Dropbox, Ubuntu One, Box.net, SugarSync, HiDrive, Google Docs, NetDocument and Google Drive. When you are done with this part please click the Save button.
Once the save button has been clicked, you will be prompted to enter the access token, and once that part is done your cloud storage solution will be linked with the FolderSync app. We have made an example with the Dropbox cloud storage solution as it is the oldest and mose used one on the Android platform.
The only downside of the Lite version of FolderSync is that it only allows one account, so you will be limited to using only one cloud storage provider. The good thing is that if you have a relatively new phone you should not need any more than one cloud storage provider, as the newest Android smartphones come with over 20 GB of free storage.
Now, the last step of this guide is all about customizing the FolderSync Lite app to your preferences and needs. The easiest way to access the settings tab in FolderSync Lite is to press the top right options button and select the Settings menu. From there you can choose between a wide variety of settings including: disabling notifications, choosing a temporary folder, backing up the database, scheduling syncing operations, disabling file size checks and so on.
And this is the end of the setting up part of our guide. As we have mentioned earlier, you can download the FolderSync Lite application from your Android smartphone via its inbuilt Play Store, or from the desktop version of the Google Play store that can be found here. Alternatively, we will also provide a link to download the app from the Android App Labs, where you can go with your Android browser and install it with a couple of clicks. Another fancy way of downloading the app will be scanning the below barcode and just clicking the download button.
In conclusion we would like to add that although we are not huge fans of cloud storage, as it implies either free Wi Fi access or a hefty data plan, we do see the reason and utility of the FolderSync app for the people who fancy the latest storage technology. The only downside of the Lite version of the app has been mentioned before, and if you are willing to live with it you can simply start using the app right away. On the other hand, if you really a data storage freak, you can purchase the Pro version of the FolderSync app and use it to sync multiple accoutns at once.