Today the good folks behind BitTorrent released Sync version 1.4, and I gotta tell you – it’s a fantastic way to sync your phone with a desktop computer. For example, if you have a Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, Note or anything else that normally uses Samsung’s proprietary Kies application, you can dump it immediately and get better results with BitTorrent.
Here’s how you do it.
Install BitTorrent on your Phone and Computer
- BitTorrent Sync for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or Later
- BitTorrent Sync for Windows XP SP3
- BitTorrent Sync for Windows 7 or Later
- BitTorrent Sync for Android
- BitTorrent Sync for iOS
- BitTorrent Sync for Windows Phone
- BitTorrent Sync for Linux
- BitTorrent Sync for QNAP
Create a New Backup on Your Phone
This brings up a selection window that allows you to choose from several preset directories, or you can manually choose a folder. For example, I save all of my images to an SD card in my camera, so I choose to sync that folder with my computer.
This will trigger you to send an email that you can use to launch BitTorrent Sync on your PC or Mac to add your Backup folder. Launch the app via the link in your email and it will add the directory.
The final step is to return to your app and from the Sync menu select APPROVALS and finish approving the sync.
That’s it! You are now sharing your folder with your Mac or PC… or as many of them as you like! As you can see from this screen capture, my phone was syncing a 1.5Gb directory. Of course, I also told it to only sync over WiFi since I didn’t want it using up all my data plan.
Share a Desktop Folder with a Mobile Device
You can also go the opposite direction with your sharing. So if you have a folder on your computer that you want to make available on your phone or tablet, you can choose to “Add Folder” from the desktop app.
After selecting a folder to share it will come back with a various options including the ability to copy a sharing link, email it, or grab a QR code reader that you can scan with your mobile device to instantly share the directory.
Other BitTorrent Copy Goodies
Another interesting side benefit is the ability to share and replicate your photos between your various mobile devices. For example, I configured my phone to sync the Photos directory with my laptop, and I then added my iPad Mini to the share. This resulted in all three devices syncing together.
Also keep in mind that if you happen to own a QNAP, you can install the app and use your QNAP as your own personal Dropbox-like server! No more public cloud storage when you can do it all on your own box at home or office – or both!
So, now you know how to do it! Sync all your devices without needing a third party hosted service! Give it a try and let me know how you like it!