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Smartphones always will have the limitations of storage and daily usage of the phone starts to accumulate data. There are a few ways that one can ensure that this data is safely backed up and easily retrievable. We shall discuss some tips on how to share data between your phone and computer via different medium

Android does not provide a feature like the iTunes desktop program to sync all the data off your phone to the desktop. If you are using Android phone there are many options to sync or store all your data onto your computer like the one discussed below.

Transfer Files Manually to Your Phone

Most of the people prefer to transfer the data in an ideal or traditional way like copy all the files and paste it directly on your Android phone. If you need to copy music, videos and files like photos and other people copy all the data and paste it in desired folder.

  • USB Cables: Connection by this medium is really very simple and most preferred by the users, you need to connect your phone with a computer with the help of USB and your phone will appear on PC and you can directly communicate with PC, if your connection is not established to then enable the USB storage option from the settings of your phone and then connect your phone.
  • Wireless File Transfers: In recent days wireless connectivity is preferred and most of the users are opting for this method. If you need to transfer the files from your phone to PC, then you can make use of AirDroid which is the most convenient way of transfer of the data. With this app you would be able to access your phone from web browser which gives you the function of copying the files from your phone to PC and vice-versa.
  • Cloud Storage: This method is now growing and becoming as an chosen method to transfer the data. Now make use of Cloud space to transfer the small size data to your phone. If you need to transfer big sized data then you need to make use of a USB cable and get it done but if you are making the transfer of the files which is smaller then the cloud storage service is the best, there are many storage services like Drop box, Google drive and SkyDrive so you can save the data on this space and can access this data anywhere anytime on your phone.

Sync Your Browser Data

You can also sync all your browser data like of bookmarks and history settings etc, you can get it on your phone. Enable the sync option in your browser and install the same browser on your phone and start Auto sync.

  • Google Chrome: If you are using this browser then you need to login to this browser and with the same login account to a Google account and browser and you will find you can sync your PC browser data on your phone.
  • Mozilla Firefox: On Firefox browser you need to just enable the sync option on your computer and then you can make use of Firefox on your Android phone.

Other browsers do not provide with sync solution so if you are using another browser then you need to make use of other sync apps.

Use Online Services

Online services are the best reliable source to save your all data or sync your data from there. If you are using an Android phone then your contact, calendar events are synced automatically with the Google account like Gmail contacts and Google calendar and you can make use of this data by logging in to the same account on your computer and get those data on PC.

All this is the method to sync the data off your phone to computer and vice-versa, this is really needed because you may need all this anytime if you are not in reach with your phone or computer. Evernote and Google Keep are the apps which keep your notes safely within Google account.

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As with the advancement in the OS and interface of the phone, transfer of the file has become the most important part between phone and other device. We will discuss about some tips for the transfer of the data in simple terms, but this is not possible as different Smartphones uses different ways to transfer. Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone all have their own ways to send files and they don’t like talking to each other.


NFC technology was introduced in the file transfer process application, so any Android phone operating 4.1 or later with NFC enabled can send the files with the help of Android beam. NFC chip is installed in the Smartphone and with the help of this chip transfer is done. If you are sending data like pictures and videos then this is handled smoothly by NFC but to send the data like files and other data it is still not available with NFC, so there is a limitation in this application that you cannot send every file.

Major issue with this NFC is of compatibility as iPhones do not posses NFC hardware and Windows and BlackBerry phones have NFC enabled but the problem is that Android beam cannot communicate with those devices.

Bluetooth File Transfers

Bluetooth was one of the greatest inventions and is proving a boon for the Smartphones as this application provides you with the communication with each and every device. Bluetooth is a hardware which is installed in the device and communication is possible if the other device is also enabled with that hardware. If you have Android or Windows or BlackBerry devices then you can communicate with each other without any issue.

With the Bluetooth you can generally transfer all the media files and each and every Smartphones has their own settings for the Bluetooth and in Android it depends upon the OS version. So set up the Bluetooth on your device and get connected to all the other devices.

Windows 7 and older BlackBerry were able to communicate friendly like of Nokia’s Symbian and Android phone, but now on Windows 8 and latest BlackBerry phone it was made possible to get connected with any device enabled with Bluetooth.

Share Over Dropbox or Other Service

Hardware based transfer does have issues and some time requires special software to transfer files from one device to another. To overcome such tricky situation , the Dropbox application, is a valuable alternative,this application is an online storage for your data. You are provided with the account to login to your Dropbox and upload the files you need to and you can also provide links to your friends so that they can download the required data from your Dropbox account.

This is an effective means of data transfer as you can get the link and download it from anywhere.

Email the File

One of the primitive ways of transferring the data is email the data. Email is now available on every cell phone so it is the most effective and convenient way to transfer the file. All you have to do is upload the file and receiver need to download that file from his email server.

You do not need any other app to download for this transfer of the file and emailing the file is a lot easier now so make use of this method of transfer. Email can be sent to anyone and anywhere in the world and with any type of data, so we can say that Email is still the best and convenient method of data transfer.