You know what has changed in recent years? Sync. Remember the original iPod? It synchronized to the Mac (and, later, Windows PCs). That’s how we managed and moved our music and playlists back in the day. What about now?
Sync has changed. I do not remember the last time I plugged my iPhone into the Mac to sync. Once a year when a new iPhone arrives and the old one needs to be backed up, but even this year I didn’t do that. Sync just isn’t what it used to be thanks to information stored in the cloud.
What if you have devices that are not Apple? How do you keep files and data synchronized between devices? There are ways but it’s more cumbersome. Where I work as a private school system administrator we have about every device you can imagine and different tools for different folks, including the ever popular SyncMate utility; a veritable Swiss army knife of sync. Here’s how it starts. Look at all the options.
SyncMate is a multi-directional sync utility– sync files from Mac to other devices or other cloud serves, including iCloud. Set up a specific device and sync parameters. SyncMate works in the background so you can use your Mac for other tasks.
What gets synchronized to other Macs or other devices? All the basics, including folders, iTunes, Photos, and music, plus details that Apple backs up into iCloud– Calendar, Contacts, SMS text messages, Safari bookmarks, and even your call history.
The value here is that SyncMate isn’t just a Mac to iPhone or Mac to Mac sync utility. SyncMate automatically handles syncing files to Google or Dropbox and other cloud services, plus sync can be handled between devices using USB, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, even Bluetooth.
What devices? Think Windows services including Outlook and Office 365 Home and Business, as well as Android devices up to and including Oreo.
Considering so many different devices and services are supported, SyncMate is relatively painless to use. Open the app, select a device, service, or account, select the files to sync to and from, and you’re good to go. SyncMate does its deeds in the background and can manage multiple devices and services at the same time.
SyncMate is a very good way to move some of Apple’s content on Mac, iPhone, and iPad to Android devices or other online services; to sync or store. That’s why it’s a popular sync solution in our school where we deal with dozens of different device types. A free version will get you started on the basics, but there’s an Expert version with more options and a price tag.