The magical application to have a premium cloud without paying: FolderSync is free and essential for me

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At this point in the movie, not paying for a cloud service means that you either opt for local storage on your phone and download to other physical devices (perhaps a hard drive or computer) or resort to simultaneous different free clouds (with limited space). In my case it is the second option, but this implies that you do not have a single service or a single account that can save everything, simply because it does not fit: the 15GB that Google offers for free per account is not enough, nor are the 2GB of Dropbox or the 5GB of iCloud. For this mission I have found an ally in the form of an application: it is called FolderSync, it is free and has become essential for managing my clouds and important data.

The idea is this: if I had a paid cloud service with enough available size, I would dump my important folders into it without worrying about anything else, but it doesn’t fit. FolderSync solves it synchronizing information from certain folders to different cloud services (can also be done with an SD card) automatically once you establish the routes. Thus, it connects the cloud services of your choice to a certain folder on your device, so it is necessary to configure exactly which folder goes where.

Simply put, FolderSync is a kind of file manager to manage your data locally and in the cloud, allowing you to copy, move and delete files from the phone. It is possible to save information such as music, photographs, videos, documents… and it allows protocols such as FTP, FTPS, FTPES, SFTP, Samba1/CIFS/Windows Share, SMB2, WebDAV.

Compatibility is not a problem. So, you can synchronize it with the main cloud services: It has worked for me for Google Drive, Dropbox or OneDrive from Microsoft, but the list is long (Amazon S3 Simple Storage Service, Box, CloudMe, Dropbox, Google Drive, HiDrive, Livedrive Premium, luckycloud, MEGA, MyDrive.ch, MyKolab, NetDocuments, OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, OwnCloud, pCloud, Storegate, SugarSync, WEB.DE, Yandex Disk.

The version I have used is the free one, available on Google Play Store, which has been sufficient for these tasks, although sometimes the ads are a bit annoying, as they appear in full configuration, so you have to be careful not to press them by mistake. Once we have made the presentations we will see how it works.

How FolderSync works

Once you download and install it on the device, it is essential give you permissions to manage files, since you will need to be able to access them in order to synchronize them. After these concessions, it’s time to give it a tryAdd Account‘ to configure the cloud services where we want to save our folders and information. Here it will be necessary to select the service and add your account with its respective credentials.

Notice that you can use several Google Drives from different accounts, something that, for example, I use to have my WhatsApp backup in a specific account so that it doesn’t take up space in the main one. If you are going to have several accounts, it is worth giving them identifying names to differentiate them at a glance. As you add each account, save for the changes to take effect.

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Then you will have to choose which folders to sync and where you want them to go. He taps on the folder icon in the bottom menu and selects ‘Create a pair of folders’. Now you will have to enter the name (as before, it is better that it is easily identifiable and clear), choose how you want the synchronization and the source and destination folder (the one in the cloud). When finished, tap on ‘Save Settings’.

Afterwards, it is worth taking a look at the main screen to view history or schedule synchronizations, or go to the settings (the three lines icon) to configure a PIN or notifications.

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