It’s likely you have more than one device, whether it’s for work or personal use. Although each device typically serves a specific function, sometimes it can be inconvenient when something you need is on a different device. Luckily, there are plenty of free and inexpensive options to make sure you keep all your devices connected and synced.
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One of the most efficient ways to keep all your devices connected is to use a cloud-based storage system and make sure all your devices are connected to it. Dropbox is just one of many online storage systems that can seamlessly connect to all your devices. You can even provide access to friends or family so you can share or upload photos, videos, or documents.
Many of these cloud-based storage systems are free to use up to a certain storage amount. Once you’ve reached your free limit, you typically will need to pay a small fee for more storage space. Cloud-based storage options are also useful if you have limited storage space on your devices. Instead of clogging your phone or tablet with photos or videos, you can send them to the cloud and access them from anywhere with an internet connection.
Software with Apps
You might also consider downloading specific software to your computer that also has apps available for your tablet or mobile phone. Although many cloud-based storage options also offer free apps, many aren’t accessible when you are offline. By having software on your computer and apps on your tablets or phones, you can still sync all your devices.
You can also choose what items you would like to have downloaded to your phone, tablet, or computer, and what items you would like to keep in the cloud. That way you can still manage your storage on your devices, but access the things you need handy even when you don’t have an internet connection.
Built-In Device Management
Depending on your operating system, your devices likely have a built-in function to help keep all your devices connected. Apple devices have Apple ID, which allows you to connect any device to your Apple account, and Android and Blackberry devices have similar functions already installed to make sure that all your devices can be connected.
It may be necessary to download other storage options if you have an android phone and a Mac computer, because it’s typically not possible to connect these devices without separate software. However, if all your devices are the same brand, their built-in systems can help make sure all your devices stay connected seamlessly. One of the best examples is Samsung, which can connect any of their products, even appliances and printers. For instance, with the easy sync on Samsung phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S6, you are able to sync with any other Samsung device or appliance. It’s convenient for things such as remote control or sharing photos, videos, and music.
As long as you don’t misplace things easily, a USB drive can help to keep at least some of your devices connected. If you don’t want to use cloud technology, or you just like your important documents tangible, a USB drive is a secure way to keep them available and accessible anywhere you go. Of course, you must have a compatible USB port, and many smartphones and tablets do not.
A USB drive is more relevant if you have separate computers for work, home, or school. You can also use one if you need to take large documents or photos to specialty print shops. It’s also useful if you have a lot of large documents on your computer that are slowing it down, and want to store them outside of that device.
It may be necessary to use more than one of these options, depending on what you need access to. It’s always a good idea to have back up as well, even though most of these alternatives are secure and safe. Whether you only want to connect two devices, or you need to sync all your business’s or family’s devices, one or more of these connectivity ideas should work for you.