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Fun and Easy Ways To Sync Your Android To Windows 10

Fun and Easy Ways To Sync Your Android To Windows 10

Continually plugging in your phone to your computer in order to move files can be daunting and time-consuming, to say the least.

However, if you use an Android device (as well as Windows 10), I’ve got good news for you.

You can easily connect your Android devices to your Windows 10 computer without having to physically plug it in!

How? By syncing.

Here is a simple guide to setting it up:

1. Cortana

Cortana is an intelligent personal digital assistant for Windows 10 that uses voice command to perform basic tasks such as getting information, saving things and a lot more.

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    Windows 10 comes with Cortana by default. At the time of writing, Cortana is only available to Android users as a beta product.

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    The Cortana app on Android extends Cortana’s functionality across Android devices. It operates with the same data sources as Windows Cortana which means it can do most of the things Cortana does on Windows PC and phones.

    Cortana has a “Notebook” feature where personal information such as reminders, location data, contacts and interests are stored. This feature makes syncing between your phone and your PC a breeze!

    All the things you put into your Cortana Notebook on Windows 10 will be available for use in the Android version of the app.

    For instance, if you have Cortana set up to monitor the web for available job postings in your industry or to deliver flight information, those options will be immediately available to you use across all your devices!

    2. File Explorer

    If you want to transfer files (photos, documents, videos, songs etc.) between your Android and Windows 10, syncing your mobile device and the Windows 10 File Explorer will help you do this easily.

    To do this though, you’d need a USB cable.

    Here’s how to go about it:

    Get a micro-USB cable or a USB Type C cable. Once plugged in, open the File Explorer in your computer.

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    Have in mind that you may have to change the USB connection on your phone to allow Windows to access it.

    To do that, simply look for “MTP” or “Computer transfer” in your phone. The name may vary here based on the type of phone you’re using, but it’s always obvious.

    After activating your phone to allow Windows to access its storage and after you’ve opened File Explorer, go over to “This PC” and open it. In the “This PC” section, you’ll find your phone there.

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      By syncing your Android device and Windows 10 this way, you’d be able to easily access the files stored in your phone and move things around as you want.

      3. DropBox

      DropBox is a cloud storage service for your photos, videos, docs, and files.

      The service starts with 2GB of free storage space. If you want more space, you can always get 1TB for $9.99 a month; or if you want more free extra space, there are couple of opportunities for that.

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        Windows 10 comes with a useful DropBox app that allows you to save, access, view, and move files around in the storage space.

        The Windows 10 version of the app also has an auto camera-upload which can be very useful on the mobile front (and yeah, it works pretty well with Android).

        Anything you add to DropBox will automatically show up on all your computers and phones, including your Windows 10 and Android devices. This allows anywhere-anytime accessibility.

        4. Google Drive

        Over the past few years, Microsoft has integrated some of their apps and services with Android.

        For instance, you can find app and services such as Office, OneNote and OneDrive in the Android system. Cortana has also been made available on Android.

        The integration has given Microsoft the opportunity to expand their reach and horizon.

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          On Windows 10, there’s integrated Google Drive functionality which allows syncing once you download and add Google Drive into your file structure.

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          The syncing works much like OneDrive with folders and files in it.

          5. OneDrive

          For those who don’t know, OneDrive is a Microsoft owned cloud storage service. OneDrive works much like DropBox and Google Drive and also allow anywhere-anytime accessibility.

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            OneDrive offers users free storage space of about 15GB. What’s more, users can get more space as follow:

            • 500MB for referring a friend
            • 100GB for a mere $1.99 per month
            • 1TB (plus Office 365) for $6.99 per month

            Good thing is, some new Android devices now come with OneDrive by default as some Android manufacturers have began to include the service in their phones.

            The Bottom Line

            If you use Android and Windows 10, life can become easier, faster and more enjoyable if you sync things up versus physically plugging them in every now and then.

            So, go ahead, apply the information shared above and create an awesome user experience for yourself.

            Happy syncing!

            Featured photo credit: Perspective Of Man Working On Laptop With Coffee And Smartphone via stokpic.com

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            Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

            Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

            Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

            So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

            Joe’s Goals

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              Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

              Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

              Daytum

                Daytum

                is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                Excel or Numbers

                  If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                  What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                  Evernote

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                    I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                    Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                    Access or Bento

                      If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                      Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                      You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                      Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                      All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                      Conclusion

                      I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                      What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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