DataSync allows you to transfer and share data between your devices. Syncing multiple devices has never been this fast. The only drawback is that it kills your battery. Before figuring out how to prevent DataSync from draining your battery, let’s understand how DataSync works.
An overview of DataSync
DataSync offers you a very easy way to sync your contacts, documents, music and apps with all your Android devices. This makes it easier for you to have access to all your data, regardless of the device you choose to use. DataSync is designed to work over WiFi networks, Dropbox, Box, and Drive. Should you decide to use cloud storage like Dropbox, you’ll have access to your data/files no matter where you go.
Syncing your devices
The setup is pretty quick. You have to first install DataSync on your device. One thing to note is that your device has to be rooted so that you get the most out of this app. If you install the free version of DataSync you’ll have to manually select the apps you’d like to sync. But if you opt for the DataSync+ version, you’ll automatically have the opportunity to use AutoSync.
To configure Dropbox, Box or Drive:
- After installing DataSync, select the Menu Key and hit Settings.
- Scroll until you find Box, Dropbox or Drive and select the one you’d like to use
- Upon selection you’ll be redirected to the service’s page
- Login to your account and press Allow to sync
Dropbox Authorization Page
Syncing your files with DataSync via Dropbox:
- Click on the drop-down menu on the top left corner of the App and select ‘Individual’.
Setting up DataSync
- Select the app you want to sync
- Next, click the double-arrow button (sync button). You should see the Dropbox icon under cloud services.
Configuring cloud settings for DataSync
- Select Dropbox and then choose a sync direction. You’ll see 3 options: Automatic Two Way, Force Upload and Force Download. In this case we’ll choose upload because we want to transfer data from our apps to Dropbox.
Selecting the Sync direction
- After the sync is complete, you’ll be able to login to your Dropbox account from another browser to determine whether your uploads were successful.
DataSync and your battery
If you set DataSync to AutoSync, the good news is that you’ll be able to receive constant updates or messages from your accounts. So whether you’re using Facebook, Twitter, Gmail or Yahoo, you’ll receive frequent notifications as and when updates occur. Updates generally happen every 5 minutes. If you have a data control widget for your device, you can increase this time from 5 minutes to 30 minutes or more.
The bad news is that AutoSync sucks up battery power. There’s no denying it. If you do however, set your apps to sync less often, you’ll almost double your battery life. Another thing to keep in mind is to turn AutoSync off if you’ve got limited data usage. Manually sync instead, when you want to upload and download data to all other devices.
Improving battery performance
Apart from manually syncing data, you can adjust the brightness on your device to help your battery last longer. Also try to avoid leaving your device plugged in after it has been charged 100%. If you don’t it could have a negative impact on the device.
Lastly, look at your device’s display settings. It will help you identify how much power is being used for the screen and the backlight.