Technology is an incredible thing...especially the world of mobility. With your handheld device you can work on the go, knowing all your data will be synced to your cloud account. But what happens when you want to do a local sync to a computer on the same WiFi network as your smartphone?
You turn to Daemonsync.
With this incredible app/server combination, you can easily sync your photos and videos (as well as custom folders) without having to use a middleman to get those files from the cloud to your PC. What's best, you can even set Daemonsync to auto-sync as soon as it is on the same WiFi as the server.
The Daemonsync app can be installed on either Android or iOS devices. The server can be installed on Windows, Mac, or Linux PCs. You must install both pieces to this puzzle and both pieces must be on the same WiFi network in order to function properly.
Let's first install the App on an Android device. Here are the steps:
- Open the Google Play Store on your Android device
- Search for daemon sync
- Locate and tap the entry by Disc Soft Ltd
- Tap Install
- Read the permissions listing
- If the permissions listing is acceptable, tap Accept
- Allow the installation to complete
Now it's time to install the server. The installation steps will vary, depending upon your platform. I will demonstrate on Unbuntu Linux. Here are the steps:
- Download the server (according to your distribution and architecture)
- Open up a terminal window and change into the directory housing the downloaded file
- Issue the command sudo dpkg -i daemonsync_XXX_i386.deb (where XXX is the release number)
- Type your sudo password and hit enter
- Allow the installation to error out (it will)
- Issue the command sudo apt-get install -f to install the remaining dependencies
At this point you should see an icon on your desktop. This is actually important, but all it does is open up your browser to http://127.0.0.1:8084. This page (Figure A) serves as the control panel for the Daemonsync server.
The Daemonsync control panel.
Once the server is up and running, you'll be presented with a four-digit code to use for authentication between app and server. Open the app on your smartphone and it will automatically search for and find the server. Select the found server (Figure B) and then, when it prompts you for the four-digit code, enter it and tap OK.
The found daemonsync server ready to connect.
Once the app and server authenticate, you will find yourself on the Daemon Sync Settings window (Figure C). Set the app to perfectly fit your needs, tap OK, and then, when prompted) tap SYNC.
The Daemon Sync Settings window.
By default, Daemon Sync is set up to only sync photos and videos. If you want to add a custom folder, you must add it manually from within Settings. From the Settings window, tap Custom folders and then tap the + button to add a new location. You can add as many locations as necessary.
The sync will begin and, once complete, you'll find all your photos/movies on the server. Where the server stores your files will depend upon the platform. From the server control panel you can click Settings and then find out where the files are stored (or change the location, should you need).
Daemon Sync is one of fastest methods of syncing your photos, movies, and custom folders from your smartphone to your PC. The only caveat to using this is that you should only consider it a backup for data, not for the device as a whole.
Have you found a better way to sync your device to your PC? If so, what is your method?
Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen.com.