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Mobile Synchronicity: Sharing Files Between Your Android Device and Your Computer


Let’s say you want to share files between your Android device and your computer. It seems like it should be such an easy thing to do, but it isn’t – at least not out of the box. You have to do some configuration. But, after the initial setup, you should be able to mimic what your Apple friends do natively.

Use USB Cables

USB cables are a simple solution for transferring data between your computer and your phone, or vice versa. The cables are cheap and it’s really a plug-and-play affair. Once you’ve connected the USB cables, you should be able to transfer files directly from your mobile device to your computer.

Uploading Music

If you want to transfer music from one device to another, there’s no good way to do this with a cable. Music files are just too darned large. An easier option is to use Google’s Music Manager, which allows you to upload a copy of your music file to Google’s servers for free. Then, you can use the Music app to listen to everything you’ve uploaded.

Set Up Your Torrent Client

If you love torrents, you’ve probably already discovered the Vuze Android app. It’s the mobile version of Vuze’s desktop client. But, many users are confused as to how to get the torrent files back to their computer. Here’s how. Click on the “tools” menu, and then select “options,” and then “files.” Finally, select “completion moving.”

In the right pane, make sure you check the “move completed files after download” option. Tell your Droid where you want the files moved to (i.e. your computer), and you’re done. If you want to seed the file once it’s downloaded, leave the “move.torrent” option checked.

Set Up Wireless Transfers

The easiest way to wirelessly transfer files is to use AiDroid. Once installed, you can access your phone from a web browser and copy files back and forth between your phone, tablet, and computer. Oh, you can also set up Windows networking too or create an FTP server so you can upload photos, videos, or anything else to a web server or just access your laptop’s HDD.

Use Cloud Storage

The easiest way to sync all of your files is to use a cloud storage solution like DropBox. Of course, you don’t have to use that particular company. There’s lots of services out there offering cloud storage – OneDrive, Box, and Google Drive are three examples of solid companies offering good cloud solutions.

You can also make your own cloud by buying something like Synology’s Diskstation. The Diskstation is a network attached storage device (NAS). It connects to your home’s wi-fi and allows you to access its contents from anywhere – even when you’re not at home. Drop files into the drive, and they’re accessible on your mobile device. It’s pretty cool.

It’s also the one solution you have total control over.

Syncing Your Browser’s Data

There’s nothing cooler than moving from your computer to your phone and retaining the browser data. Here’s how to do that. First, download a browser that allows syncing, like Chrome, Firefox, or Opera. Then, make sure the sync option is enabled in you browser. Next, install the appropriate browser on your phone and activate the sync option there too.

Like magic, your data will sync between the two.

Anna Jude is a technical guru with a passion for teaching foundational computing skills to the masses. Whether discussing innovative software, file management, or internet search tips, she loves blogging about the ins and outs of maximizing your technology for the modern world.