We often advocate uploading your files to the cloud, so you can access them from anywhere on any device, in the knowledge that all of the changes you make will be automatically synced. But while that works well, there will be occasions when you want actual copies of files so they’re always at hand, even when you’re offline. In this post, we’ll look at the best ways of physically moving your files between devices, not just streaming them.
Transfer photos and videos
PhotoSync sends photos and videos directly between devices over Wi-Fi without uploading to the cloud first, so transfers are very quick. Images are sent at full size by default, although you can opt to resize them. You can choose between Full, Large (2,048 x 2,048 pixels), Medium (1,280 x 1,280 pixels) and Small (800 x 800 pixels) resolutions.
The apps offer a Quick Transfer mode, which automatically transfers photos and videos to your preferred device when you press and hold the Sync button.
There’s also an Autotransfer option, which backs up files to a target computer, phone or tablet whenever you are at a specified destination – at home, for example.
PhotoSync is highly configurable and offers loads of options. As well as transferring files between devices, it can copy them to a wide range of web services including Dropbox, Flickr, Facebook, OneDrive, Google Drive and Box. You can configure the services you want to use in PhotoSync’s settings. We’ll show you how to get started in our Mini Workshop, below.
Manage your music
You can copy your songs from your PC to an Apple device, copy music from your iPad to your computer, move songs from iTunes to Android, transfer tracks from an iPhone to an Android handset, and so on. It doesn’t require you to install any apps on your mobile devices, you just install the program on your computer, and then connect your smartphone or tablet via USB.
The program is very easy to set up and use,and offers some powerful features, including a built-in music player, playlist tools, a duplicate finder and a tag editor.
OTHER TOOLS FOR SHARING FILES
OTK (One Time Key) and QR code will be generated. Use this to receive the file on another device. There are no size or file format restrictions to worry about.
Fast File Transfer
Go to Wi-Fi on your other device and connect it to your phone using the password you entered. The process is straightforward and transfers are speedy. You can also use QR codes to skip entering the password.
Transfer photos between devices using PhotoSync
Step 1: Install PhotoSync Companion on a computer, then install the mobile app and open it. It will display a grid containing all the photos and videos on your device. To transfer items elsewhere, tap to select them, (1-1) tap the Sync button (1-2) and choose Selected (1-3).
Step 2: Tell PhotoSync where you want to send the photos. The app will scan your network and display a list of compatible devices it can see. (2-1) Make sure your target device is on and not locked. You can also add a destination manually (2-2) by entering its IP address. Tap the device and the photos will be transferred instantly.
Step 3: Transferring photos or videos from PC to mobile is just as simple. Drag the items onto the box. (3-1) The Select Device window will open. Choose where you want to send the items to (3-2) or add a device manually and click the Send button. You can configure the settings through the icon in the notification area.
Download files from cloud services
Step 1: If you have iTunes installed, PhonTunes detects it and makes your songs available. Playlists appear on the left, (1-1) songs in the centre (1-2) and connected devices on the right. (1-3) Hook up your phone or tablet and, if necessary, make sure it is in USB mode. This example is a Samsung Galaxy S (1-4)
Step 2: Select the songs to transfer (2-1) and then click the To Device button. (2-2) A confirmation window opens, (2-3) telling you how many files you’ve selected, the total file size, and where the music is being copied from and sent to. Click Start (2-4) to begin the transfer process
Step 3: To copy songs from a phone or tablet to a PC, connect the device and browse its contents on the right. (3-1) Select the tracks you want to copy and click the To PC button. (3-2) To create a new playlist, right-click the iTunes link. (3-3) You can also check for duplicate files from here.