Truly Sync Your Android Device With Dropbox Via Dropsync [Android 2.0+]

Jessica Cam Wong 31-01-2012

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Dropbox may or may not implement this feature soon, but in the meantime, Dropsync does a superb job of uploading and downloading files in real-time (Pro version), or other intervals if you so prefer. If you use Dropbox, this app might just make your mobile life easier.

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There are two versions of Dropsync, free and pro. The version I’m testing here is the pro version that’s available for $5.99 on the Android Market.

Syncing SD Card Folders With Dropbox Folders

When you download and launch Dropsync, there’s not much to see beyond the status and preferences screens. The first screen shows the status of your syncs, how much has been transferred to your device or to Dropbox’s servers, as you can see in the next cropped screenshot.
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If you tap on Settings, that’s where it gets a bit more interesting.
Truly Sync Your Android Device With Dropbox Via Dropsync [Android 2.0+] dropsync settings
You can choose which SD card folder to sync with which Dropbox folder in the Settings.


Truly Sync Your Android Device With Dropbox Via Dropsync [Android 2.0+] dropsync selectlocalIf you’re using this on a mobile phone and need to set limits on how much data you’re consuming with this app, you can set file size limits for all the files you’re transferring whether they going from or to your Android device.

Truly Sync Your Android Device With Dropbox Via Dropsync [Android 2.0+] dropsync sizeIf you’re watching your limits, it’s probably good to uncheck the Instant Upload option, which uploads and downloads changes in any modified files in real-time (pro version only). You can also set Dropsync to sync every 15 minutes, 1 hour to once a day.
Truly Sync Your Android Device With Dropbox Via Dropsync [Android 2.0+] dropsync interval
This app is not optimized for tablets. In fact, you’ll notice it allows you to set whether transfers occur via Wi-Fi or your mobile data connection.
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Other options include whether to offer notifications on each sync. I’ve used this app for a semester and would recommend to uncheck that option as it gets tiring to have to clear that message on a tablet, where there’s no “Clear All” button, at least not on my tablet as far as I know.

Differences Between Free And Pro Versions

There are several differences between the free and the pro version. First, as I’ve mentioned, real-time syncing is only available for users with the pro key.
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There are also more size limits you can pick from so only files up to a certain file size are allowed to be transferred, which is handy especially if you’re on a data plan with caps.
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Apart from having no ads, the last benefit of the pro version is that you can sync more than one pair of folders, which for me was the main reason I needed to purchase this version. Having relied on this pro version for over a semester, I think it just allowed for fewer headaches and more efficiency.

There are a number of similar apps that can sync your Android device with your computer. Which are the applications  you prefer? Let us know in the comments section below.


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  1. Anonymous
    August 4, 2015 at 9:43 am

    I have found an app called TotalSyncer it has all the features that dropsync has to offer and its free

  2. anonymous
    April 16, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    I can't get it to do anything. After I get past the "select local folder" and then to Select a dropbox folder, it won't even respond. Can't type it in, can't paste from clipboard. Have new Samsung Tab 10.1 and don't have a problem with anything else. Really irritating.

    • Anonymous
      August 4, 2015 at 9:46 am

      try totalsyncer, its pretty good

  3. Anonymous
    March 26, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    What is the file name for the calendar on the android telephone to sync with this?

  4. F12
    March 1, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Hi, would just like to ask about this app. Well basically I want a 'desktop' like version of dropbox on my android phone which can 2way sync so I can always have all my updated critical files with me.

    1. can it download my whole dropbox folder and store it on my phone instead of assigning a folder to be uploaded to dropbox?
    2. can it store it inside the phone's internal storage and not on an SD card? (SD cards have a rather high failure rate the more you access and write to is based on my experience)

    3. to save on mobile bandwidth; i want it to sync (both ways) automatically only over wifi.
    4. ability to manual upload and download files over 3G if the need arises.

    if yes to all; then I'm sold!

    • Jessica Cam W.
      March 4, 2012 at 10:46 am

      2. It cannot store inside phone's internal storage. I tried browsing through system folders and the app would not let me choose those system folders to sync with Dropbox. It can only sync with SD card folders.

      Aside from that, points 1, 3 and 4 are covered by this app's Pro version. I checked that the Pro version can in fact select the whole Dropbox to sync with an SD card folder, and it also has a Wifi sync only option in the Pro version (but can also use mobile data to sync).

      • Christo IsOstrich
        June 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm

        I know I'm a bit late commenting, but the Pro version (IMHO!) is worth it for that last bit alone... If you set your Excludes to avoid syncing folders that you know you'd never need on your phone/tablet, it's nice to have an otherwise complete backup of your whole Dropbox folder! :)

        Also, could you explain the "2-way sync" limitation?

        • Jessica Cam Wong
          June 4, 2012 at 3:10 am

          The 2-way sync limitation lies with the Dropbox mobile apps. The apps themselves are simply places for you to download files from your Dropbox. That's why I use this third-party app Dropsync so that it will sync your phone's SD card with my Dropbox folders just as if it was syncing a laptop computer with my Dropbox folders.

        • Christo IsOstrich
          June 4, 2012 at 3:13 am

          Ah, okay, makes sense. I've been using Dropsync so I didn't even realize that the Dropbox app itself had that limitation. Thanks!

    • Anonymous
      August 4, 2015 at 9:47 am

      try totalsyncer, it does all of these

  5. Karkala Nayak
    January 31, 2012 at 4:52 am

    File size should have been a little bit more for the free version "<5MB" is really small amount of memory.They should have atleast kept up to 20MB (File size Limit) in the free version. That wouldn't have affected as they are offering "no limit" in the pro version

    • Jessica Cam W.
      February 1, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      The Pro version is worth it for that and the instant upload option!

    • Anonymous
      August 4, 2015 at 9:54 am

      Total Syncer has a limit of 100MB for the free version

  6. How Do i Use Android?
    January 31, 2012 at 1:07 am

    It amazes me that Dropbox for Android still doesn't have two way sync at this point.

    • Jessica Cam W.
      February 1, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      Yeap, I'm still waiting for the day Dropbox will offer true two-way sync on their mobile apps.