Best apps for syncing content between devices

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File transferring is one of those things that should be easier than it is. Sure, there’s ways to send documents, photos, videos, and other files, but they often take some time, which isn’t always helpful when you need something urgently. There’s just nothing worse than creating something on your computer and needing it on your phone or tablet for a meeting, but you can’t seem to get it to upload.

That’s why we’ve put together this list of some of the best Android apps for syncing between devices, to help take the stress out of syncing. Even if something isn’t necessarily urgent, you can rest easy knowing you don’t have to go in and try to fix upload errors and so on. Here’s our top picks for Android.

Pushbullet

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Syncing everything from texts, messages, and files from your phone to your computer, Pushbullet will make sure that even when you stay off your phone at work, you won’t miss a beat. You can say goodbye to hopping between your devices to keep up with important texts or messages, because they’re all easily funneled to your computer.

Once you connect Pushbullet to your computer, not only will you be able to receive regular texts, but also messages from Facebook, Kik, and WhatsApp. The best part is, you’ll be able to reply straight from your computer, too. You’ll also get all of your notifications, too, and you’ll even be notified of phone calls for when your phone is on silent.

Download it now: Google Play

AirDroid

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Similar to Pushbullet, with AirDroid you’ll be able to receive all your notifications from you phone on your desktop, and reply to all of texts and messages from there as well. You’ll also be able to seamlessly transfer files from your phone to your computer in seconds. What’s not to love? But wait—there’s more.

What really sets AirDroid a part is the amazing extra features it has. For example, if your phone is lost, you’ll be able to locate it from your computer. Another feature that kind of goes hand-in-hand with this (especially if you suspect your phone was stolen), is the ability to, in seconds, have the view of your front and back phone camera up on your desktop screen. Other awesome features include things like speed boosting, contact management, and even being able to type on your phone from your desktop keyboard.

Download it now: Google Play

Infinit

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Specifically geared towards sharing files or sending them to your other devices, Infinit will never let you down. On your phone or tablet, you’ll simply have to choose a contact to send a photo, video, or file to, select the file you want to share, and send it off! Getting things done fast and efficiently has never been so easy.

From your desktop, the file sharing is just as easy. After locating exactly what you want to send, all you’ll need to do is drag and drop. Need to send something to another one of your own devices? That’s no problem, either. You can install Infinit on all your devices, which will make transferring anything from one device to another a pinch.

Download it now: Google Play

SuperBeam

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Another app that is extremely efficient is SuperBeam. With SuperBeam, there’s two different ways you can share your files between devices. The first one is NFC, and the second one is through a QR code, where you’ll be able to select your files and almost immediately get a QR code created to scan on your other device. But what really makes SuperBeam so fast is the fact that it uses WiFi direct, so whether you have access to your standard WiFi or not, SuperBeam has it’s own set up that takes all of the wait time out of file sharing.

And if you find that you really like SuperBeam, the pro version is available for just under $2 in the app store. With the pro version, SuperBeam will not only be free of ads, but you’ll also be able to get your computer involved in the sharing, plus a ton of other fantastic features.

Download it now: Google Play

Portal

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One of the most easy-to-use file sharing apps out there for Android is Portal (by the makers of Pushbullet). While the interface is relevant and really nice looking, you’ll be able to get a hang of using Portal in no time, because it’s just that simple. In mere seconds, you can have any of your desktop files transferred to your phone without jumping through any hoops or even having to figure out a bunch of steps.

Once you have the Portal app installed on your device, you’ll open it up and go to the webpage on your desktop. Once here, you’ll use the Portal app on your device to scan the QR code on the desktop, and that’s it! Your computer and phone are now connected, so all you do is select the files from your computer, and almost instantly, they’ll be uploading to your phone. And the beat part is, Portal keeps your order of files, so when your files hit your phone, there’s no need to reorganize them.

Download it now: Google Play

BitTorrent Sync

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More than just a file syncing app, BitTorrent Sync can be a lifesaver when it comes to backing up all of your important stuff, including your photos. With BitTorrent Sync, you’ll be able to seamlessly share files between your phone, computer, and NAS. You can also have photos, and other files, immediately back up to your personal BitTorrent Sync cloud whenever they’re created on a certain device, so you don’t have to worry about deleting something on your phone and losing it.

The best part? BitTorrent Sync has no storage limit. Where you’ll often soon run out with other popular syncing apps, BitTorrent just keeps going, and going, and going. Another awesome feature is when you share a file with someone else, they’ll always have the most updated version. So even if you go in and add or alter some things, BitTorrent will synchronize across all ends, even theirs. That’s pretty awesome, especially when you’re working on collaborative projects or delegating at work.

Download it now: Google Play

Closing

Whatever your need is for syncing apps, whether it’s just to get things done at home, or to stay on top of things at work, there’s something on this list for everyone, and we hope you got a few new app ideas for your search.


About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.


  • gopadge

    With PushBullet you can also setup friends and send files to them as well.