GoodSync Explorer for Android
GoodSync Explorer for Android has two main components:
Server makes your device discoverable from any other device running GoodSync Connect.
App registers your device in GoodSync Connect network and serves file from your device to GoodSync Connect desktops and devices.
Explorer allows you to Explore of any remote computer running GoodSync Connect.
Explorer can copy (download / upload) files and folders between local device and remote device.
Install and Configure
- In Google Play search for GoodSync and install GoodSync Server on your device.
- Install GoodSync on your desktop or laptop computer, it can be on Windows or Mac OS.
- In GoodSync or GoodSync Explorer (on your desktop) setup GoodSync Connect account. It is done when you install GoodSync, or from Tools -> GoodSync Connect Setup.
- Start GoodSync Server on Android device and provide your GoodSync Connect credentials to it. Same GoodSync Connect UserID and Password must be used on all your desktops and all Android devices, so that your GoodSync on desktop can locate GoodSync Server on your Android device and connect to it. (Learn more about GoodSync Connect).
- In desktop GoodSync click Browse, go to GoodSync Connect, click Servers button and it will list your GoodSync Connect computers, among them your Android device.
- You can now sync with it, download files from it and upload files to it. You can also rename, delete and copy files and folders.
External SD Cards in Android 5.0
In Android 4.4.x Google made External SD cards read-only for all applications.
In Android 5.0 writeability of External SD cards has returned (kind of),
with additional steps required by OS, lower speed and some limitations.
How to setup External SD card to become writable by GS Server:
* Start GS Server for Android, and Login to your GS Connect account.
* Click menu icon and select 'Pick writable folder'.
* Choose SD Card folder to be made writable.
* Now GS Server will show this folder in 'User selected folder' under 'Home folder'.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How much does it cost?
A: GoodSync Server for Android is free for personal or non-profit use on your Android device. In order to connect to it, you will need GoodSync for Windows or Mac, either the Free or Pro version.
Q: Do I really need a GoodSync Connect account?
A: Yes, you do. GoodSync client can find GoodSync server only when they belong to the same account, for security reasons.
Q: Do you sync files via server or locally?
A: If both your desktop and your Android device are on the same local network (they are if they are connected to the same WiFi router) then all files are synced via your local network and they never go to any outside server. GoodSync Mediator server only helps in locating your device, it does not perform any actual file transfer.
Q: Will it consume expensive cellular bandwidth?
A: It will happen only if you are connected to a cellular data network and your desktop is not on the same local network as your Android device. In this case traffic will be routed via cellular network and you will be charged for using your cellular data plan by your wireless provider. Run GoodSync Server only when you are connected to via WiFi router or other local network means.
Q: Will I be able to access multiple SD cards?
A: Yes, you will. Starting with version 1.18, GoodSync Server shows all SD cards it can find. However, if your card cannot be found, consider using Root File System mode, see below.
Q: How can I see the entire file system of Android device, starting from the root?
A: GoodSync Server deliberately hides root file system, so that it is more difficult for you to accidentally damage it and this make your device unusable. However, you can see the entire file system of the device this way: - Logoff (Stop) GoodSync Server on Android. - Go to Preferences in Context menu. - Check Root File System mode. - Start GoodSync Server, and you will see the root file system.
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