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Ask Slashdot: Local Sync Options For Android Mobile To PC?

Unknown Lamer posted about 2 months ago | from the rsync-of-course dept.

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Bucc5062 writes "A previous mobile phone of mine, a Motorola Razr, had a very nice program call Motocast. With it any pictures and videos would be automatically uploaded to a local/home PC running something akin to a 'cloud' service. This was great tool for I did not want to store files in the greater 'cloud'. the Razr moved on and I currently have two phones at home, neither of which have the same ability to push files to a local PC automatically. I did some research and did not find any good substitute for local cloud type backup so I am putting this out to one of the most diverse crowds I know, Slashdot readers. Zumocast did not look like it did the trick (I don't want streaming to my mobile device) and Delite studios had local cloud, but they make no reference to automatically pushing files to the server. I have people at home who are not tech savvy and would never remember to do it manually. Rolling my one is a long term option though it would require me learning the APIs for Android and I guess Windows. Is there something out that that works as good as Motocast?" ownCloud seems like a reasonable contender (installation on Debian, at least in the case of a few users and sqlite, is pretty easy). Their Android app has an option to automatically sync videos and photos as they are taken. But are there other options that are easier to install for folks uncomfortable with the idea of running Apache and an SQL server?

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Google Plus (2, Insightful)

sanosuke001 (640243) | about 2 months ago | (#46230093)

You can have Google Plus keep your photos/videos updated in your plus account as private. Then, you can download them to your pc if you need to. It does mean that google has your stuff but don't they anyway with it on your phone? If this bothers you, stop using your phone.

Re:Google Plus (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46230237)

Google+ sucks

Re:Google Plus (1, Insightful)

sanosuke001 (640243) | about 2 months ago | (#46230391)

Except he is using an Android phone which probably came with it pre-installed. He doesn't need to use it for social networking; just use it as a media sync.

Re:Google Plus (1, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | about 2 months ago | (#46230481)

Based on... what?
G+ is the best social media tool I have ever used.
Easy to organize, easy to filter, easy to read specific people, and isn't full of crap.

Re:Google Plus (1, Troll)

Mr. Slippery (47854) | about 2 months ago | (#46230677)

G+ is the best social media tool I have ever used. Easy to organize, easy to filter, easy to read specific people, and isn't full of crap.

Isn't full of crap because it's not full of content. And a social media platform run by a corporation whose business model is to spy on you to produce a profile that allows them you target ads to you all over the net...unwise to use. At least FB only is pitching you ads on its own site.

Re:Google Plus (1)

rwa2 (4391) | about 2 months ago | (#46230841)

Eh, I'm enjoying it. The Photo album thing is the best I've seen yet, finally better than running album or gallery on my own box, and much nicer than my forays into flickr or twitpic or whatever. Public images and albums are straightforward to share with a URL, and it doesn't bug those people to log in. The fullscreen slideshow and overview features work great, though sometimes I get lost in the navigation and I'm occasionally frustrated when they dump you into the album "highights" view (a random sampling of your full album). Not even mentioning the autoawesome filters are neat and only slightly tacky, but entirely optional at your discretion.

Sure, I don't have many people in my circles, but Wil Wheaton is enough to keep the feed entertaining. Besides, people suck.

Re:Google Plus (1)

thechemic (1329333) | about 2 months ago | (#46230355)

I would recommend ownCloud (ownCloud.org). It works on multiple platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, Mobile. It also syncs, slices, dices, and it's easy to use!

Re:Google Plus (1)

sanosuke001 (640243) | about 2 months ago | (#46230401)

As the summary stated, something other than that as it requires an apache/mysql setup that is open to the internets

Re:Google Plus (1)

Wookact (2804191) | about 2 months ago | (#46230513)

Perhaps I am mistaken but couldn't you just set it up so it is not routable outside of the LAN and just wait until you get home and your phone connects to the LAN to sync the files?

Re: Google Plus (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46231325)

No, it doesn't. As the summary also stated, if you don't want to deal with MySQL you also have the option of using owncloud with a sqlite backend. It installs very easily on Debian, and if you're worried about the WAN HTTP connection, don't expose it - instead just let the phone automatically pick up the server IP when it's connected to home wifi and sync then.

Re:Google Plus (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46230497)

Google Play music actually has a desktop application which you can install that will sync your music automatically, though everything is ultimately stored on the cloud as well as downloaded to your machine.

Re:Google Plus (1)

icebike (68054) | about 2 months ago | (#46230621)

You can have Google Plus keep your photos/videos updated in your plus account as private. Then, you can download them to your pc if you need to. It does mean that google has your stuff but don't they anyway with it on your phone? If this bothers you, stop using your phone.

Similar Idea (but without the Plus) is Dropbox. (at least for photos). It has an option uploads every photo you take.
These will then automatically download to the dropbox folder on any machine(s) you have designated.

However, I'm Not sure either of these is exactly what was asked for here.

Re: G+ (1)

Sable Drakon (831800) | about 2 months ago | (#46230913)

Dropbox will also do videos by default along with WiFi only sync. I wouldn't recommend video backup with Cellular data, takes far too long and clogs up your 3G/4G connection with ease. It's perfect for photos though.

Yep (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46231365)

Yeah, dropbox really works great for this; I just don't put anything important there out of paranoia. I guess you could use something like EDS on Android to keep stuff in a Truecrypt container which would get synced via dropbox if you're doing anything security critical.

But I don't know of a way to do this purely locally, which is not to say it can't be done!

re: google has your stuff (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46230999)

It does mean that google has your stuff but don't they anyway with it on your phone?

No they don't, you gullible FUD-spreading clown. Google has no way to read the contents of your sdcard remotely, and it's entirely under your control whether/what you choose to sync to their cloud.

Re:Google Plus (2)

Lenbok (22992) | about 2 months ago | (#46231151)

I'm not sure why the parent got modded up as it does not meet the OP needs -- they explicitly said they wanted a local solution. For many people with data caps on their cellular and or home internet connection, syncing videos to your PC via the internet is not viable as you use double the bandwidth.

G+ is also monster for eating your cellular data -- even after telling it to sync photos etc via wifi only it still destroyed my data cap one day, I assume this was in some attempt to download an "autoawesome" video that had been generated but didn't obey the wifi-only preference.

To answer the local sync question, I use FolderSync, as another poster below mentioned already.

Re:Google Plus (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46231257)

What the submitter needs is the USB cable that came with his phone

Re:Google Plus (1)

master5o1 (1068594) | about 2 months ago | (#46232027)

Well, almost any storage service with an app can do that. I prefer the Mega one. It isn't related to a social network and, afaik, they're encrypted from everyone else.

BitTorrent Sync (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46230107)

BitTorrent Sync is what you are looking for.

Re:BitTorrent Sync (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46230321)

Yeah, BitTorrent Sync is what I use, but both devices that are syncing need to be on at the same time of course since there is no central server (cloud-based or otherwise). Then again, all other options that don't rely on the cloud based providers will require a personal server to stay on at all times, so that's not really any different, is it.

Re:BitTorrent Sync (2)

pr0nbot (313417) | about 2 months ago | (#46231099)

I think you meant that both sync devices need to be on at the same time IF you want the sync to be immediate. Otherwise, BTSync will happily sync at the point where the missing device come online.

Re:BitTorrent Sync (1)

Dreyden (1039296) | about 2 months ago | (#46230323)

I have been using for a while to sync ebooks and logs. Not a single issue. You can disable their tracker and go by DHT if you want.

Re:BitTorrent Sync (1)

micksam7 (1026240) | about 2 months ago | (#46230339)

+1 for BitTorrent Sync. Works pretty much flawlessly with syncing between android devices and desktops.

Re:BitTorrent Sync (1)

axllent (220868) | about 2 months ago | (#46231011)

I agree, btsync has been great, syncing between my Linux computers, making remote backups of my parent's Windows computers (My Documents), as well as syncing photos between our phones and tablet. Personally I'm not entirely happy that it's not open source (I know they say it's private but heck... are you really ever sure?), so I'd probably make the switch when someone comes out with an open source alternative. In the meantime however, I'm really happy with it!

Duh? (3, Informative)

Keruo (771880) | about 2 months ago | (#46230121)

Isn't it obvious to use rsync+ssh [google.com] for syncing unix to unix?
I don't use that one myself, just first result from google which is free.

Re:Duh? (1)

RightSaidFred99 (874576) | about 2 months ago | (#46230381)

Lol. No. A phone is not a server or desktop and using rsync+ssh under Android natively would be silly when there are apps that do it right.

Re:Duh? (2)

xaxa (988988) | about 2 months ago | (#46232151)

I use the rsync app linked above. I already had a server (low-power ARM thing), so it took a few minutes to create a username and public key. The app has a list of defined rsync commands, I run it every so often.

FolderSync app (3, Insightful)

Fencepost (107992) | about 2 months ago | (#46230155)

I'd look at the FolderSync [google.com] app, ~$3. It supports a huge number of backend connection types including FTP/SFTP, SMB/CIFS and WebDAV to cover most of your local server needs. It also covers most of the major and many minor cloud storage providers. You can set it up to sync only on specified wifi networks, to sync on schedules or when files change, etc.

There's also a "lite" version, which only allows 2 accounts, no Tasker support and no sync filters (which I've never fiddled with anyway, so may not be that important).

Re:FolderSync app (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46230445)

Syncplicity

Re:FolderSync app (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46231077)

I also use this app. It's configured to sync the entire sdcard to my local server daily. No muss, no fuss.

Re:FolderSync app (1)

CCarrot (1562079) | about 2 months ago | (#46231123)

I'd look at the FolderSync [google.com] app, ~$3. It supports a huge number of backend connection types including FTP/SFTP, SMB/CIFS and WebDAV to cover most of your local server needs. It also covers most of the major and many minor cloud storage providers. You can set it up to sync only on specified wifi networks, to sync on schedules or when files change, etc.

There's also a "lite" version, which only allows 2 accounts, no Tasker support and no sync filters (which I've never fiddled with anyway, so may not be that important).

Came here specifically to recommend this one too, so +1.

Have been using it, in conjunction with SuperBackup* [google.com] to back up photos, contacts, texts, calendars, etc. to personal FTP storage for years, and it looks like it'll support a network share drive as a backup site (haven't tested that yet). It's a bit resource intensive on first run (naturally), but once it's caught up it's light and unintrusive...and it just works. One of the nicer features is that you can specify whether to wait until you're plugged in to sync, so you're much less likely to wind up with a dead phone after taking a bunch of photos at an event (not an issue, I guess, if you only sync to network drives at home...)

* Superbackup also has a lite version that's ad-supported, so you can try before you buy.

Re:FolderSync app (1)

CCarrot (1562079) | about 2 months ago | (#46231321)

And, an anecdote in support of the tech-challenged: I installed FolderSync on a friend's Galaxy for her, and when she 'upgraded' to apple (bah, but I must agree more suited to her), we restored her contacts, photos, etc right up to the day before she got her new iPhone...she said she never really noticed it running, but it had everything neatly backed up for her nonetheless.

Re:FolderSync app (1)

MobyDisk (75490) | about 2 months ago | (#46231887)

That's great to know! Why is it that commercial photo / music management tools include options like "upload to facebook" and "upload to dropbox" but not "upload to SFTP/SCP server" which should work with anything? Is there some recent abhorrence to using standard protocols?

buy a photo program (1)

alen (225700) | about 2 months ago | (#46230159)

i use iphoto on a Macbook with my galaxy note 3. imports photos when i plug it in and open iphoto
adobe has a cheapo $80 range program as well, can't remember the name. for $120 i think they will sell you the photo and video editing apps together

Titanium Backup (0)

blackraven14250 (902843) | about 2 months ago | (#46230179)

You didn't manage to find Titanium Backup Pro + (Dropbox | Box | Google Drive)? You clearly didn't look very hard.

Re:Titanium Backup (2)

Shados (741919) | about 2 months ago | (#46230243)

Well, one of the primary requirements in the summary is to not use the public cloud in favor of a private one (so stuff goes straight to your PC without touching dropbox/google drive/whatever).

While I think that's kind of a waste of time, it was pretty clear.

Re:Titanium Backup (2)

mlts (1038732) | about 2 months ago | (#46230301)

I use Titanium Media Sync for the files and Titanium Backup for everything else. If one is afraid of Dropbox or a cloud service, then that is one issue. However, if one is just backing up apps, Titanium Backup has very good encryption (encrypting, it uses a public key, decrypting, it prompts and unlocks a private key.)

Of course, Dropbox's app does a good job for saving photos to its storage.

If one needs encryption, there are always programs that use EncFS that remote sync to cloud providers. This allows files to be stored on Dropbox, et. al. encrypted completely.

BitSync (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46230185)

BitSync

It enables everything you want and more. Available for Android and apple. But the android version lets you back up anything.

use dropbox or google drive or icloud (1)

alen (225700) | about 2 months ago | (#46230197)

i believe dropbox has an auto upload feature that you can limit to wifi. set up a client on the PC and it will sync the photos there. then just copy them to another folder on the hard drive. google drive should do the same

evil apple has photo sync where you can set up icloud on a PC and have it sync photos as well. very easy to use. just set up icloud on your iphone and the icloud PC client. if you have a macbook then iphoto will just grab your photos out of icloud when you open it up

Re:use dropbox or google drive or icloud (1)

khellendros1984 (792761) | about 2 months ago | (#46230525)

*Looks at phone* Yes, Dropbox has an option to allow upload only over a wifi connection, instead of the phone's data plan. The problem is that it still goes up to Dropbox's server before going to the PC's folder, and subby said that they don't like that.

Sweet Home app (4, Informative)

werelnon (864688) | about 2 months ago | (#46230239)

Syncs images and videos to a SMB share whenever you are connected to your LAN:

https://play.google.com/store/... [google.com]

Simple and works for me.

Re:Sweet Home app (1)

gauauu (649169) | about 2 months ago | (#46231675)

Syncs images and videos to a SMB share whenever you are connected to your LAN:

https://play.google.com/store/... [google.com]

Simple and works for me.

This used to be great. But it doesn't work quite right on Jelly Bean and up*, and the author has stopped updating and supporting it. I used to highly recommend it, but not any longer.

* You can still sort of make it work, but it always complains that it's not connected to wifi, and you can't manually start syncs.

BTSync (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46230249)

I've had trouble with MTP on Linux, and BTSync (http://getsync.com/) has been perfect for any file transfers I need from my phone to my Linux laptop or my Windows 8 desktop. One would just need to set up the picture folder and the video folder for synchronization.

Dropbox (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46230313)

I've been happy with them.

https://www.dropbox.com/

anti-cloud (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46230333)

i'm as anti-cloud as it gets ... and i have the perfect setup for your problem, i use a free app called "Samba Network Fileshare" available on playstore, it basically turns the internal storage of your phone into a Windows Networked computer... and it only turns on when my phone is on my local wi-fi.

i then run a batch file every night on my PC using Robocopy to download the entire content and back it up on a server... robocopy only takes the new files or changed files... so every night, i have a full backup of my phone's pictures, apps, etc etc.

Re:anti-cloud (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46230849)

That's the worst idea I've ever heard. It utterly fails the requirements of being automatic and not rolling your own.

Re:anti-cloud (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46231071)

?? this is fully automated ... the script runs automatically every night and extracts all the files and folders from the phone onto a local machine at home...

maybe i wasnt explaining it right... but this is fully automated... the software on the phone launches when its on my home wifi... so its always on when the phone is home, at 3AM the script on the local computer is automatically executed, it browses every single file on my phone and downloads them on my computer. so the backup on my PC is always an image of my phone ... yeah its not instantaneous, (i could loose a day of pictures if my phone crashes before the nightly backup) ... but its simple and effective.

Syncness (1)

calmond (1284812) | about 2 months ago | (#46230353)

A good friend of mine wrote an app called Syncness that will sync music between a windows file share and an android phone. You can use it for other stuff beyond just MP3's though. I'd recommend giving it a try!

Check Out ownCloud (1)

thechemic (1329333) | about 2 months ago | (#46230367)

ownCloud is a cloud solution that you have control over yourself. It can sync across multiple platforms: windows, Linux, mac, mobile, etc.

The answer you are looking for is Dropbox (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46230379)

Dropbox. I take a photo on my device, I see the notification in my system tray that it was downloaded to my pc - usually within 15 seconds.

... and then have it moved after that (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46230795)

I'm not sure if his concern about having stuff in the cloud is because Big Brother is always watching or because Big Brother can tap into the contents of your cloud storage for nefarious purposes.

If it's the latter, then you can easily create a program that will move the contents of your Dropbox folder into another folder in your PC. This way, as soon as a file is synced from your phone to the cloud and then to your PC, your little utility program (set on a timer or on a FileSystemWatcher) will move it, effectively signaling DropBox to delete it from its cloud storage.

Sure, the file may exist on the cloud for a few seconds, but it's a good, easy way to keep your stuff private in the long term.

AeroFS is another option. (1)

RightSaidFred99 (874576) | about 2 months ago | (#46230399)

I was looking into similar options - came across BTSync, OwnCloud, and AeroFS as options but haven't really played with any of them yet.

Polkast (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46230411)

I have yet to try it but polkast might be what you are after
http://www.polkast.com

Eye-Fi (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46230429)

Consider using Eye-Fi. They have an Android app and Windows software that will move all pictures from your phone to your computer across your local WiFi. It can be configured to use their servers or you can keep it only on your local network. The set up and maintenance is pretty painless. It's intended purpose is to pull photos and videos from your digital camera to Android, but the same app pulls photos and videos taken by the phone.

I have the following configuration working with no manual interaction:
DLSR and Point-n-shoot cameras send to my Android phone. Phone sends these photos to PC along with photos taken by phone. Wife's phone sends photos to PC. They all get automatically organized into directories by date and imported into Picasa.

Too bad the Republicans... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46230449)

won't allow the already existing good options to be distributed in the US. My friends in Europe have so many more options than the Republicans here allow us to have. Just as they're keeping us from having usable Internet access (less than 1Mbps here in downtown Seattle), they're also preventing us from having good software options. They force us to buy Microsoft garbage. With Microsoft's strong ties to those racists, we're stuck suffering.

well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46230473)

you can always sell it for enough money to get gas to go by an iPhone and have something that works out of the box.

Wireless sync to your own computer built right in.

Dropbox (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46230493)

Similar to Google Plus, the android dropbox app has a setting to automatically upload all your photos/videos on dropbox.

BitTorrent Sync (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46230509)

BitTorrent Sync may be able to accomplish what you'd like. See here:
http://www.bittorrent.com/sync/get-started/mobile
You can pick any folder on the phone to sync to other computers running BitTorrent Sync. I've used it on iPhone, Mac OS X, and Linux with much success.

Re:BitTorrent Sync (1)

Eric Bacus (2942717) | about 2 months ago | (#46230741)

Not sure why you were modded down. Came here to recommend BTSync. Works flawlessly across all my devices.

aiCloud (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46230567)

aiCloud from Asus.
All you need is a wifi router and a USB drive.
Has Android and iphone apps.

Pogoplug (1)

galloog1 (3433335) | about 2 months ago | (#46230571)

Even if it has a clunky interface, I enjoy Pogoplug for this reason exactly. It is local storage but it acts as your own personal cloud.

Synology NAS (4, Informative)

Scutter (18425) | about 2 months ago | (#46230579)

This may be overkill for your needs, but I have a Synology NAS that does this. It's got a Dropbox-like app called Cloud Sync to sync all your devices with your NAS (and will sync WiFi-only for your Android if you want). It also has a separate photo app that will auto-upload your photos to your NAS. It includes many other apps that might interest you as well.

Re: Synology NAS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46231593)

Agree 100% except for the overkill bit. This is the best solution. The apps are the best thing about synology and they are no effort to set up.

I normally don't question the question (0)

fermion (181285) | about 2 months ago | (#46230589)

But in this case if you are uploading a picture through the mobile service, then there is no reason to believe that the NSA or whoever does not have it. A picture does not have to be permanently stored 'in the cloud' for it to be vulnerable. As long as the telco has it for a minute, and it has to if the picture is moved from the phone to the computer through their network, then there is a copy of it somewhere at least for a little while, and privacy is an issue. I have heard that current case law says that if it is transmitted through a third party then no warrant is needed.

The only secure way is use a USB cable or your home network to connect the phone to the computer.

I know that one issue, at least with Apple, was that photos could not be deleted from the service. This meant all picture were public always. Now the only issue is if the picture is still in a backup somewhere.

Try these (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46230607)

Dropsync, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ttxapps.dropsync&hl=en
Cheetah Sync, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jrtstudio.SyncFolders&hl=en

BotSync or Dropbox (1)

almitydave (2452422) | about 2 months ago | (#46230627)

There's a very simple app called BotSync [botsync.com] that can be set to sync a folder either up or down manually or at an interval. It uses SFTP, so no special software is required on your Linux PC. It's pretty barebones, but brain-dead simple.

Other than that, Dropbox is probably the way to go if you want them synced as soon as they're taken. Ubuntu one also has a similar solution [ubuntu.com] that may work for your needs (and do other nifty things as well).

SSH + AndFtp (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46230703)

Any Linux box with ssh on one side. AndFtp Pro on the Android side. Sync function works like a charm. Secure. Ubiquitous. Take as many points as you like for not being 100% FOSS...

Kies? (1)

RivenAleem (1590553) | about 2 months ago | (#46230667)

If you have a Samsung (which I do) you have have it sync using their Kies software. I don't think you can sync remotely, but you can definitely do it locally over the same wifi network. You can set it to automatically connect and backup when you join the wifi network.

Easiest Solution (1)

teadrop (1151099) | about 2 months ago | (#46230669)

There isn't any good local solution (all of them are buggy or too complicated) but there are plenty of cloud based solution. The Vanilla Dropbox in Android automatically sync photo and videos from phone (you just need to enable the option). Same as SkyDrive (a little buggy). These options are easy to setup and needs no attention from users. If you want to sync some none video/photo folders, you need to buy an app call DropSync Pro ($5), it sync your Android folders just like your Dropbox on PC. The added advantage is you don't need to be at home to sync all these stuffs. I was fixated on using a LAN solution for a long time but finally gave up. The world had moved on and we might as well... Security wise I don't see any particular issues. Most of the cloud storage have no high profile security breach so far. If you have very slow Internet at home it may be an issue, but DropBox is very efficient, it update the files incrementally instead of uploading everything new.

Copy.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46230701)

I would suggest Copy.com since unlike Dropbox they don't claim ownership of your files. I realize that the original poster wanted a local fix, but if you want easy the Android client works. If you haven't heard of Copy, it is basically a Dropbox service that is giving away 15GB free for signing up (20 GB if you use a referral link like this one [copy.com]https://copy.com?r=EOFh2o [copy.com]

Idiots all around (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46230737)

Bucc5062: "This was great tool for I did not want to store files in the greater 'cloud'."

This is a great sentence for you like to write like an awkward half-literate.

Unknown lamer: "But are there other options that are easier to install for folks uncomfortable with the idea of running Apache and an SQL server?"

Apparently unfamiliar with the pronunciation of "SQL." Even more likely, simply too stupid to know that the use of "a" or "an" is dependant on sound, not letter and NEVER acronym.

captcha: FUCKBETA

This should help (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46230827)

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bittorrent.sync&referrer=utm_source%3Dbittorrent%26utm_medium%3Ddownloads%26utm_campaign%3Dhome
http://getsync.com/downloads

Syncme Wireless (1)

Barbarian (9467) | about 2 months ago | (#46230837)

I have had good success with Syncme Wireless. Only works with smb shares, but does the job well.

andFTP for android has a pay version (1)

Marrow (195242) | about 2 months ago | (#46230865)

The pay version unlocks features that allow periodic syncing of files to a ssh server. I have never tried these features , so I dont know how well they work.

Re:andFTP for android has a pay version (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46231281)

AndSMB works on my Samsung S4 since Samsung fubar'd their MTP stack in Android 4.3. Bastards! Hey, my Nexus7 MTP's just fine so there's no excuse!

I'm using the nagware version now, tho I may consider payment even tho paying for something based on already [GPL Ver3] free software (SAMBA) is mildly annoying.

OWNCLOUD (1)

Victor Tramp (5336) | about 2 months ago | (#46230895)

it's been said a couple times by now i'm sure.. but i use an instance of owncloud to host/backup/share my

contacts - via CardDav
calendar - via CalDav
pictures/files - via webDav
browser history/bookmarks/addons/prefs - via mozilla_sync (an own cloud app)

i host it on my own hardware, it's basically php+apache (could be nginx or whatever, i happen to be using apache) postgres (could be mysql, whatever else)..

i sync it with thunderbird/lightning (but it'll sync with anything really)

I can't understand why most people aren't doing it.

i don't rely on google, motocast, or any third party for hosting/storing/sharing my data. it's mine own. on my own cloud.

and hell, that's only about a quarter of the functionailty.. owncloud also replaces dropbox, sharepoint, and is slowly replacing googledocs

you can also link owncloud to dropbox/ubuntuone/otherclouddiskprovider and transfer all your junk outta their servers int your servers. you can even link it to other ownCloud instances.

and if you REALLY wanna get fancy, you can even use openswift (the OpenStack storage backend) as your storage underneath..

and since the whole thing's GPL'd i don't feel like a corporate shill for pimping it so hard.

US$0.02++

Re:OWNCLOUD (1)

Victor Tramp (5336) | about 2 months ago | (#46230929)

additionally,

ownlcould also has android and iOS clients.

there's no excuse for putting your personal data in anyone else's cloud but your own.

Buy an iPhone (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46230927)

Buy an iPhone and use iTunes/iCloud. This problem was solved 6 years ago.

Re:Buy an iPhone (1)

naris (830549) | about 2 months ago | (#46231193)

iTunes/iCloud is NOT a valid solution since it resides in the 'cloud' and Bucc5062 specifically stated that "I did not want to store files in the greater 'cloud'"!

Re:Buy an iPhone (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46231541)

Sync to Itunes. Without cloud.

Re:Buy an iPhone (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | about 2 months ago | (#46231777)

iTunes/iCloud is NOT a valid solution since it resides in the 'cloud' and Bucc5062 specifically stated that "I did not want to store files in the greater 'cloud'"!

iTunes is a valid solution. You can disable iCloud. Turn on WiFi sync and the moment you plug in your iPhone, it'll connect to to WiFi to your PC running iTunes and sync/backup.

iTunes and iCloud are separate products. You can turn off iCloud completely and it won't sync at all, nor backup to the cloud, but instead to the local iTunes PC.

The only downside is well, iTunes. But WiFI sync works and is fairly transparent. Though some people I know have issues, and if your WiFI is spotty, it can also fail.

All of the current options disappoint me (1)

alucardX (734977) | about 2 months ago | (#46230979)

I was just looking into this myself so the timing of this /. artical is funny to me. None the less, I find all of the options to be inadequate. I think the idea of syncing to servers is nice and suits some people, whether it is your own server or someone elses but whatever happended to being able to just sync to the one or two computers that you use on a daily basis? Nothing I know of really seems to do that with an Android phone. Even Apple iThings have that capability!!!!! Why can't someone roll(google, I'm looking at you) a decent way for this to be done with a stock Android phone. Even if they just wrote a spec that all Android releases would conform to then that would give third parties the ability to write programs to interact with the phone in that way. There would no doubt be useful programs written that were both Free/Libre software and non-free. As of now though, my vote is to roll my own server to sync to for now. I don't want google/dropbox/RandomCompanyThatIsTheNext"BIG"Thing to have my data whenever they want it. I think there are some real privacy concerns with that idea in general. Not to mention to gives incentive to companies to take the user's control away from them just for the sake of maintaining subscriptions.

Re:All of the current options disappoint me (1)

Yosho (135835) | about 2 months ago | (#46231195)

What functionality does ownCloud not have that you would want?

Android App (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46231021)

I used to have an app that would do this called Phone To Computer. I have delisted that app though and I am currently writing a new one. It will sync any files you want and store all your files on your computer from your device the moment it connects to the same wifi network as your computer. It isn't done yet, but shoot me an email at razs.apps@gmail.com and I'll let you get early access to it when it is ready.

BTSync (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46231037)

I use bittorrent sync. It works amazingly.

PogoPlug (1)

naris (830549) | about 2 months ago | (#46231293)

You could try Pogo Plug [pogoplug.com]'s Private Cloud, a $50 box you can plug a USB hard drive into and use as your own 'private' cloud. There is sync/streaming/backup software for Andriod and iDevices and backup/management software for Windows and Mac.

//also the PogoPlug is a small linux box that can be modified to do whatever you want.

WD My Cloud (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46231375)

The Western Digital Cloud enabled NAS drives to exactly this. http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=1140

MEGA does this beautifully for free (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46231409)

MEGA has an android app in the Play store now that will auto-upload pics and videos (and my Camscanner pics, I notice). It allows granular control of whether you want to upload over 4G or only over wifi, whether to upload when on battery power, whether to auto-upload at all, etc. Just to rehash for the uninitiated; it's 50G of fully encrypted cloud storage for free, and there is a Dropbox-like auto-folder-sync app for Windows (thus automagically syncing your Android photo uploads to a folder on your Windows machine as well as the cloud) and promised Mac and Linux apps on the way. I've been using MEGA on my Android for a couple of weeks and can't recommend it highly enough.

Have you looked at Dropbox? (1)

Perry Pederson (3535133) | about 2 months ago | (#46231659)

I run Dropbox on my Nexus 10 tablet and Galaxy III phone. It seamlessly uploads pictures and videos taken with either device to the 'cloud', where they are downloaded into each other's "dropbox folders", as well as my work and home PC's. It's been trivial to set up and use it like this; recommended.

BitTorrent Sync (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46231959)

You might want to take a look at BitTorrent Sync: http://getsync.com/

Does Security Matter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46232107)

Disclaimer: Posting anonymously as I have an interest in this product and company. A company I never heard of until last year called Intermedia put out a file sync product called SecuriSync [intermedia.net]. It's Light, and works well. I like it primarily because it's encrypted on the client and never stored unencrypted on their servers. It does everything that Dropbox does and then some, with better security (end to end encryption). There are clients for IOS, MacOS, Windows, and Android. There have been rumors of a Linux client for a while, but nothing yet for Debian or Redhat.

Currently it's a small company and a good product, which if you are security conscience is a good position to be in. I personally don't trust Google, and have had poor experiences with Dropbox support.

I'd like to take this opportunity to pimp my app (1)

ravnous (301936) | about 2 months ago | (#46232155)

PhotoSync - https://play.google.com/store/... [google.com]

In the app, you specify an SMB share. Any time you take a picture or video, the app will be notified. The next time you're on the same wifi network as your PC, the app will copy the new pictures/videos to the share. Optionally, you can have the app delete the pictures/videos off your phone after a user-defined amount of time after they've been synced, so that you don't run out of space on your phone (unless you set this time threshold longer than it takes to fill up your phone).

Manual (but super easy) Airdroid (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46232221)

Airdroid will not automatically synch, but it is a super easy way to install apks and manually transfer files between Android and a browser.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sand.airdroid

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