Previously, we’ve shown you how to transfer files over Wifi/3G to your computer. But sometimes (and in case you are a power user, all of the time), you need to transfer more than just the one file, and that method can become really tiresome. The Android developer community responded with an Android Wifi sync app that promises to ease the process.
The app, called My Sync Center comes as a Windows-Android Wifi sync combo, with support for Mac in the pipeline. The app is available in both free and paid variants, and it’s good enough for regular use for you to shell out your hard-earned cash. The Windows desktop client can be downloaded from the developer’s website and is a meager 10 MB download. Once you have it installed, you need to make sure that you install either the free or paid version of the app from the Android Market.
Setting up Android Wifi sync
On launching the Android app, you are greeted with a welcome screen and asked to download the Windows desktop client from the developer’s website. You’ll also be provided with a link, or just click here to download it now.
The next step is setting up the details of the Android Wifi sync process, and you’ll be asked to select the content you want to sync wirelessly from your Android to your computer. The options range from pictures to notification sounds and selecting basically involves checking each one. You can provide more fine-grained control on the app on your computer (more on that later).
Finally, you need to pair your phone with a computer. This will generate a PIN that you’ll need to enter at the Windows end of things. After that, it’s a simple matter of hitting the Sync button on your phone to initiate the Android wireless sync process with your computer.
The Windows end of the Android wireless sync process
The Windows desktop client manages all the sync settings on your computer. Post install, you’ll be asked to point the app to a folder where you want to store your synchronized data.
Once you’re done with that, you’ll need to select the network adapter you want it to use. We used our Wireless Adapter for the purposes of this demo, and because it’s simply very convenient, and mainly the point of the exercise.
After the pairing with your device, you’ll be taken to a summary screen where you can see what will be synced between your device and your computer. In the bottom half of the screen, you can add custom folders which you want to sync irrespective of what other content is being synced. The app even supports the synchronization of iTunes playlists between the phone and the device, and that makes it even easier to use.
The great thing about an Android Wifi sync solution like My Sync Center is that it can be really easy to forget. After the initial configuration, all you need to do is keep your computer connected to your preferred Wifi network. The moment your phone also connects to the same network, it will automatically sync your Android over Wifi. It’s really elegant and almost like magic.
Let us know in the comments how My Sync Center works out for you or if you have a different solution.