If you work with the cloud on your mobile device, you probably feel inundated, especially if you're using more than one cloud service. You might have duplicate files hiding in those cloud accounts; you might want to see what files were modified at a specific time; you might even want to include a more powerful search tool to find a file. If that's you, do yourself a favor and install Unclouded immediately.With Unclouded you can work with these cloud services:
- Google Drive
You can include multiple accounts and, from the Dashboard, get a quick glimpse as to how your cloud storage space is being used.
- Open the Google Play Store on your Android device.
- Search for unclouded.
- Locate and tap the entry by Christian Göllner.
- Tap Install.
- Read the permissions listing carefully.
- If the permissions are acceptable, tap Install.
- Allow the installation to complete.
Once installed, you'll find a launcher for the app on your home screen, in your App Drawer, or in both spots. Tap the launcher to start the app.
Walk through (or skip) the welcome screen intro, tap GET STARTED, and you'll find yourself on the Choose A Service screen (Figure A).
Running Unclouded on a Verizon-branded Motorola Droid Turbo.
Tap the first cloud service you want to add and walk through the process of connecting to your account. If you set up Google Drive, you'll only have to select which Drive account to use — you won't have to authenticate to said account, as the device is already signed in. Once the account has connected, you'll see the Overview for that account (Figure B).
The Unclouded overview of my Google Drive account.
To add another cloud account, swipe right from the left edge of the screen and tap the account drop-down near the top of the left sidebar. Tap Add New Account (Figure C) and walk through the process of setting up the next account.
Adding new accounts to Unclouded is simple.
In order to work with each cloud account, you open the left sidebar and select the account from the account drop-down. From the account sidebar, you can gain access to the Overview, File Manager, Categories, Duplicate Checker, All Files, Trash, and Settings (Figure D).
The account sidebar in action.
Finding duplicate files on an account
The duplicates tool alone is worth the (free) price of admission. With this tool you can check each cloud account (one at a time, of course) for all duplicate files, and then take action against the files (e.g., deleting them). This is an outstanding feature, especially if your cloud account is short on space.
To make use of the duplicates tool, change to the account you want to use, open the sidebar, tap Duplicates and, if any duplicates are found, long press the file, and then tap the trash icon (Figure E).
Once the duplicates have been found, you can filter them by tapping the filter icon near the top right:
- Large to small
- Small to large
- Most to less
- Less to most
- A to Z
- Z to A
- Old to new
- New to old
The cloud manager you've been looking for
If you've been searching for a single app to manage your cloud services, look no further than Unclouded. When it comes to keeping track of what's on your cloud when you're on the go, this app will save your sanity.
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