How to sync an Android via WiFi only

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How to sync an Android via WiFi only
Your sync options will depend on your phone's PC software capabilities. (Courtesy of Android)

Whether of not you'll be able to sync your Android smartphone with your computer wirelessly will largely depend on the version of Google's mobile operating system your handset's running and the capabilities of your phone maker's sync software. If you can't use your device manufacturer's software to sync your Android phone with your PC, you may be able use a third-party sync app from the Google Play store.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Mini USB cable

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  1. 1

    Download your hardware maker's PC sync software to your computer. Companies that use Android to power their devices such as Samsung, HTC and Sony supply users with programs that allow them to sync data and files between their phones and PCs. Google doesn't supply a universal sync solution for its mobile OS.

  2. 2

    Read through your PC sync software's user guide or help section to find out if it supports wireless syncing. If wireless syncing is available, you'll need to find out if your handset is supported. You may not be able to sync devices running older versions of Android over the air. If you can't find this information in your software's user guide, check your hardware maker's online support pages.

  3. 3

    Configure your phone to connect wirelessly to your PC sync software. As the method may vary depending on the make of your handset, check your sync software's user guide for instructions. You may need to connect your device physically using a mini USB cable for the first time or enter a password in your software sent to your device during the Wi-Fi set-up process.

  4. 4

    Manage data and files between your phone and PC wirelessly once you're up and running. You can back up files you've downloaded on your phone to your PC, or transfer content from your computer to your handset to use while you're out and about.

Tips and warnings

  • If your phone maker's PC software doesn't support wireless syncing, head over to Google Play on your handset and download a third-party sync app such as SyncMe Wireless, AirSync or My PCSync. These programs may not work with all Android handsets, so read their product descriptions before downloading.

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