Synchronization in the Android phone. what is it, how to enable
Today’s smartphones have features that not only improve the quality of communication, but also increase the usability of apps and the entire phone. Today you can transfer material from one phone to another in a few seconds or simply place it in the cloud storage automatically. This allows you not to worry about the safety of data if your gadget breaks, is lost or stolen. Also you can not be afraid to delete a file. All this is possible thanks to synchronization. This material will explain in detail what synchronization in the Android phone and how to enable synchronization on Android.
Synchronization should be understood as a process of copying information from your phone to the remote storage. The copy of data provides quick access to the information on the other device, and also facilitates the process of data recovery in case of loss or damage of the mobile device.
The process is carried out in a manual or automatic mode. In the first case synchronization is activated on demand. In the second one, the data is copied without the user’s participation. The settings allow you to select the type of data that will be transmitted to the server. It is worth noting that synchronization consumes a certain amount of battery and Internet traffic, which is why users often disable the function in order to save money.
Creating an account on your Android smartphone
On your smartphone, go to Settings. Accounts and synchronization:
In the “Accounts and sync” menu, find and click “Add account”:
Next, you have to choose whether to enter the existing Google account or create a new one:
Since you already have a Google mailbox, enter it:
You now have an account on your phone, which allows you to sync your contacts.
How to enable syncing between Android devices through your Google account
Absolutely all users of Android phones have a Google account. It is the one that can speed up the process of data exchange between smartphones in many ways. How to synchronize two androids with each other? To do this you just need to find an account in the settings and select Google account. Next, you need to mark all the data to be transferred. Then you should press the “Synchronize” button. Your data is now in the cloud.
How to synchronize Android with your computer
Next you need to create a backup copy. This is sometimes set up by default, but you can also turn it on manually.
Important! Before you back up, make sure that all data (contacts, messages, apps, photos, and notes) have been saved to your account.
To set up a backup, you must:
- Open the settings and in the “System” section select “Advanced settings”.
- In the window that opens you should click on “Make a backup”. You also need to make sure the “Upload to Google Drive” switch is activated, and you have the correct email address.
- Then you only need to confirm the action with the “Continue” button.
The way of synchronization through the Google account
Now you can safely put away the old smartphone and proceed to set up the new one. To do this you should activate your device. In the settings under “Accounts” you need to add the mail from the old phone. It might be necessary to enter a password to confirm the action. Then in the same place in the section “Accounts”, you should choose the necessary one and forcibly switch on the synchronization. After the process stops, the new smartphone will have all the data from the old smartphone.
The contact list and contacts can also be synchronized separately from other applications. To do this, it is necessary:
- In settings choose Google account.
- Through settings to choose the necessary mail address.
- Among all the options you need to tick the “Contacts” line.
All you have to do is confirm the action and then wait for the process to finish.
This extension helps you to transfer data between two devices quickly. First you need to connect the wireless Internet, so you do not waste mobile bandwidth. Next, it is necessary that both devices must be linked to the same Google account. Then you need to run the extension on two smartphones at once.
Note! Sometimes a window may appear in which you need to allow the application to access the files.
You will see a window with the autoloaded data. The action will need to be confirmed. With this app, only frames taken with the camera will be transferred. To transfer the rest of the files, you need to configure this separately.
If your smartphone does not have the Google Photos app, you will need to download it via Play Market.
You can transfer photos, video files in several ways, for example, via Bluetooth or using cloud storage (Yandex.Disk”, etc. д.).
Synchronizing Android apps is also accessible thanks to a simple instruction:
- You must first enable “Backup” and then synchronize all data.
- On your new phone, you need to restore the backup from your old device.
If there is a need to transfer only apps, you can do it via Google Play. It has a “My apps” section. All apps that were previously installed on the old device will be saved here.
Please note! To copy an app, you need to go to the same account on both devices in Play Market.
Synchronizing apps via playmarket
Many smartphones, such as Samsung or Honor, support cloud storage. You can also use it to transfer all data via devices.
Control your tablet from your smartphone
Another interesting reason for connecting the phone to the tablet may be the user’s desire to turn the smartphone into a remote control or a gamepad. What it looks like?
Start a game or a movie on your tablet, get comfortable, pick up your smartphone and use it to control what happens on your tablet screen.
Of course, to make this available you’ll need to configure your hardware first, which you can do with the free Tablet Remote app.
- Download Tablet Remote from Play Market on both your tablet and phone.Launch the app on both devices.
- Go to “Setup” in the app on your smartphone and make sure that both of the options there are disabled. If everything is correct, your phone already represents a remote keyboard (gamepad).
- Tap on “Connection” on your phone to search for available devices. It’s important that the app is enabled on the tablet, otherwise you won’t be able to detect it and make the connection.
- Once the tablet is detected, click on it to connect the phone to the tablet. Subsequently, you will no longer have to pair your devices, as it will happen automatically when you start Tablet Remote,
What is synchronization on your phone and how does it work??
To explain what synchronization in the phone is and how it works, let’s take a situation where you have two separate smartphones. On both devices the same contact list is stored, and you need to change something in it (for example, a phone number or e-mail address). If smartphones are not synchronized, you should make changes twice, separately in each list. But if they are synchronized, it is enough to change the contact in one smartphone and it will immediately change in the other one. The characteristic icon for synchronization, which often marks the corresponding application, illustrates this process well.
Choose “Accounts and archiving” or “Cloud and accounts. If there is no such option, go to the next step.
Select your account, and in this example, select Google Account. If you have more than one account, select the one you want to sync with.
If you don’t have an account on your device, register it (if you haven’t created one yet) or sign in (if you’ve already created one).
Select Synchronize account if you have one. If there isn’t one, go to the next step.
You’ll see a list of information that will sync with your account. Synchronize your data the way you want it to be synchronized. If you don’t use any of the items in this list, deactivate them.
Syncing your Android smartphone with your Google Account is a great feature. Why? Some data is stored on the server of the Internet giant Google, so if necessary you’ll be able to restore them without much trouble. this also applies to contacts tied to your account. That’s why we strongly recommend to enable data synchronization.
The first thing you need to do is to turn on the Internet. Wi-Fi or mobile, it’s up to you. The main thing is to have a stable connection.
Among the available accounts you choose the Google account. If you don’t already have one, follow these instructions to create one.
What’s next? If you see that the switches are in “On” position, you can do nothing, synchronization is enabled. If the switches are in the “Off” position, synchronization is disabled and you need to turn it on. Move the switches against the desired items to the “On” position. It does not have to be all items: you can choose what to sync.
When you connect to the network, the data are synchronized automatically.
If you changed some data and want them to be synchronized with the server right now, for example, press the button in the form of three dots.
The menu will appear, and you will see the “Synchronize” line, tap on it.
Data is synchronized, as evidenced by the corresponding icons.
It is possible that in the settings are disabled some settings because of which there is no synchronization.
Android syncing with Google
Now we will tell you how to sync Android with Google. To do this, do the following.
- Go to Settings again. Accounts and synchronization.
- Click on your Google account.
- You will be taken to the sync menu, where you select what you want to sync:
Synchronizing Android contacts with Google
Synchronization of Android contacts is described in detail in this article.
Android sync notes
In order to synchronize the notes on your smartphone and PC just need to do a couple of simple manipulations. All you need to do is install Google Keep on your Android device and add the app of the same name to your Google Chrome, through the Chrome Web Store. After you install the application, all your notes will be automatically synchronized. You will be able to write notes on your computer and then read them on your smartphone or vice versa. Very handy thing.
Handy Chrome app launcher for syncing with Android
Google added an app launcher button to its Chrome browser. This button is a kind of “start” button in Windows. The taskbar button is indispensable for easy use of Android data synchronization with PC. It will be installed automatically when you install Google Chrome, or you can install it manually by going to Start. All Apps. Google Chrome and dragging “Chrome launcher” icon to taskbar.
Sync Android Calendar
Everything you write in your Google calendar is automatically synced with the Google cloud. Syncing Android with Google lets you add your calendar events from your smartphone to your computer by installing the Chrome extension of the same name.
Synchronizing Photos on Android
Synchronization of Android and Google accounts involves more than just contacts. You can do the same with photos and video files. How do I sync my Android photos with Google??
You can also create a schedule for the synchronization procedure, as well as specify the size of photos during uploads and applications, the photos from which will also get into the storage.
Now your photos and videos will be automatically uploaded to Google and synced with those stored on your device.
Note: Photos of resolution less than 2048×2048 pixels won’t take up any space in the cloud storage. Free storage is limited to 15GB for photos of higher resolution. If you want more space, you’ll have to pay.
If you want to disable autosync, just set the switch “Autosync” to “Off”.
Please note: with the “Autosync” option enabled, deleting photos on your smartphone also deletes the photo on Google!
Why do users disable backups?
It’s impossible to say definitively whether or not you should turn them off. Let’s understand what the disadvantages are when backups are enabled. In fact, they are not so much, but they are significant:
- The main disadvantage is the traffic consumption. As soon as you connect to the Wi-Fi network, the smartphone starts uploading everything to the Google cloud to create another copy. This not only slows down the smartphone itself, but also reduces internet speed. Fortunately in the system, you can disable backups when you connect via mobile Internet to save traffic;
- Your smartphone will run out of power much faster while backing up. Although this will often happen at home, but it is still sometimes very critical, and if you use Wi-Fi in a public place, it will create extremely big problems;
- Your data won’t be completely protected. If your account gets hacked, the attacker will have access to all of your contacts, photos, files, and other documents. That’s why it’s better to set a double authentication and pick a complex password.
If you are ready that sometimes your smartphone will consume a lot of traffic, you will be insufficiently protected and sometimes your smartphone will run out of power too quickly when connected to the network, you can leave the backup on, because this technology has a lot of positive points. But there is an alternative method, which we have informed you about below.
If you don’t want the backup to work every time you connect to a Wi-Fi network, but you really need this technology for cloud storage, there is a way out. You can turn off the backup system, but do the same backup manually through the settings. To do this, go to the menu with backups in your Google account and manually sync all your data, and do the same in the “Synchronize Data” tab on Google Drive.
How to set up synchronization for Google
Let’s move on to the settings of the main Android account.
Note! For the example used Meizu M5 with the Flyme shell. On other devices, the location of the items may be different.
- Go to Settings → Other Accounts.
- Open Gmail profile.
- Check the required items.
- Your device will automatically synchronize your data.
Please note! Use Google Photo for syncing photos and video, and Google Drive for synchronizing files.
To disable it is enough to uncheck the corresponding items.
Turn on the backup function
Some users under synchronization mean data backup, that is, copying information from Google branded applications to the cloud storage. If your task is to back up your app data, address book, messages, photos, videos and settings, then follow these steps:
- Open Settings on your gadget and go to System. On mobile devices with Android 7 or later, you will first need to select “About phone” or “About tablet,” depending on what you are using.
Find the “Backup” item (may also be called “Restore and reset”) and go to it.
Note: On mobile devices with older versions of Android, the “Backup” and/or “Restore and reset” items may be right in the general settings section.
Check the “Upload to Google Drive” radio button, or check the “Backup data” and “Autorun” checkboxes. The former is specific to smartphones and tablets on the latest version of the OS, the latter to earlier versions.
After completing these simple steps, your data will not only be synchronized with your Google account, but also saved in the cloud storage, from where it can always be recovered.
Common problems and solutions
In some cases, synchronization of data with your Google account stops working. There are several reasons for this problem, but it is easy to identify them and fix.
Trouble connecting to the network
Check the quality and stability of your internet connection. Obviously, if your mobile device does not have access to the network, the function we are considering will not work. Check the connection and, if necessary, connect to stable Wi-Fi or find an area with better cellular coverage.