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Syncing your smartphone, tablet and laptop

 
If you're the proud owner of a phone, tablet and laptop, it needn't be a complex mission syncing everything on all devices. 
 
The varying systems and apps can easily be accessed on all devices at any time with the right software. So you can be writing a document on your home PC, then head out and edit in on your smartphone as you catch the train, without having to email yourself, use a cable or a removable device.
  
Accessing documents you've saved on one device from another:
 
The simplest way to do this is with a cloud-based app. This allows you to back up, store, sync and share all your stuff in a secure, online database. Access your documents and media from anywhere, on any device, as long as you have an internet connection. There are plenty of cloud-based solutions available for almost every device, browse your app store to see which one best suits your syncing requirements. Before you buy, consider how you'll share documents and over which devices.
 
Additionally, if you don't want to store your stuff online, there are services available which use private networks, rather than the internet. You can schedule your syncing so it's done at certain times, across all devices.
  
Syncing browsers:
 
When you're shopping online, you need a variety of different usernames and passwords and often you'll be asked if you want your device to remember these next time you log in. Syncing your browsers mean the things you asked one device to remember, can be recalled across all devices - including all your passwords, browsing preferences and history. To do this on Android devices, use Google Chrome as your internet browser and just ensure you've registered for a Gmail login, then the changes will sync automatically.
 
On other browsers or across mixed browsers (such as if you're using a Windows phone and an Android tablet) you can save all the websites you've visited with bookmarking websites. Register for an account and add all your favourite sites, then once you log into your account, you can access them instantly.
 
Accessing photos, calendars and contacts across all devices:
 
If you're using Windows devices, the SkyDrive app allows you to sync all your system requirements and for Apple devices, the iCloud app does this automatically. Not every Android device offers this service, although many newer devices include Dropbox or SkyDrive built-in. If your device doesn't have these preinstalled, you'll need an app that does this for you, search the Play Store for "syncing content across all Android devices".
  
Syncing notes:
 
If you use your device as a personal planner and are constantly writing notes, you'll want to be able to access them anywhere. The easiest way to sync your notes is by using one of the free note-taking apps. Since these are held in a safe online location, they can be accessed anywhere via your login details. Search your app store for "note taking app".
  
You can also share files over Bluetooth:
 
You can also move files from one device to another, using Bluetooth. To do this simply ensure that Bluetooth on both devices is connected, then send the document you want as instructed on the device.
 

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