HOW TO: Sync Your Android Phone Without Plugging It In

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There’s still no true untethered option to back up your smartphone to your computer.Luckily, Dropbox allows apps to access the service, and developers have come up with clever uses to make the file sharing service work with mobile devices.

Addictive Tips found the free Android app DropSpace that links to your Dropbox account and will regularly back up your music, photos, contacts, and anything else you can store on your phone.

Before getting started, make sure you have a Dropbox account. You can learn how to use it with our step-by-step guide. Next, download DropSpace for free here.

Here’s how it works:

  • Open DropSpace and log in with your DropBox account.
  • Android MarketFrom the main menu tap Add directories/files to sync list and tap the folders you want to back up to Dropbox.
  • Select the folder in your Dropbox that you want your phone synced with. We suggest creating a new folder in Dropbox for this. 
  • If you want, you can set regular back ups by checking the box next to Run as service from the main menu. Beneath that you can select how often you want to back up between every one and 168 hours.
  • Check Sync back files if server has new one so your phone syncs if you change a file on your computer.
  • Check Sync only wifi so your phone will only sync when it’s connected to wifi. This will make syncing faster and keep your data usage low.
  • You can manually sync whenever you want by tapping Sync Now from the main menu.

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