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You can spend the whole day jumping from your laptop or PC to your Samsung Galaxy phone or tablet, or you can connect them together using Samsung SideSync. This free and simple Samsung utility will let you put your mobile device and your PC or laptop in connection with each other so that you can use your phone from your computer just as if it were one more of your apps.
The first step is to install SideSync on the two devices you want to pair. Once you’ve launched both apps, you’ll find that there are two ways you can connect your Samsung Galaxy device to your computer – via Wi-Fi or using a USB cable. Both options are equally straightforward, and both have pros and cons. Wi-Fi connections tend to be unstable, which usually results in occasional disconnections that can become annoying after a while, especially when you’re sharing information between devices. On the pros side, you can use your phone from your computer much more discreetly. If discretion is not an issue, connecting your tablet or phone to your PC via USB will, first of all, prevent your mobile device from running out of battery. Secondly, you won’t have to worry about broken connections and communication errors.
Once connected, you’ll be presented with a small menu that, among other things, may take you straight to your mobile device’s files, music, and gallery sections with just one click. A notifications panel will also tell you if there are any recent messages waiting for you on your phone. You can use these, or simply click on the “Phone screen” button and start using your tablet or smart phone with your keyboard and mouse just as if you had just opened another app. It is that simple, and that straightforward. You can now make phone calls using your mouse, move files between devices using drag-and-drop, manage your contacts, install apps on your mobile phone, write long e-mails or messages in WhatsApp using your keyboard, you name it. Incoming calls and messages will be discreetly displayed on the app’s menu on your computer, allowing you to read them and manage them without touching your phone.
How useful a tool like SideSync may be for you will depend on your expectations and the use you make of your phone or tablet. Do not expect to find specific tools to back up and restore your phone, to unlock your SIM, or to root your device. SideSync will merely put it in contact with your PC or laptop, allowing you to use your phone discreetly from your computer’s display and to move files backwards and forwards using your mouse. Some may say that they never needed a tool like SideSync to copy their photos and audio files to the PC and vice versa, and they are right. But apart from the fact that this app will let them now do that also via Wi-Fi, it will give them the possibility of being fully connected to their mobile devices without anyone noticing it. If it is discretion you’re after, then you need SideSync.
To avoid any frustrations, you’re advised to check the program’s specifications beforehand, especially those related to minimum requirements and recommended operating systems on both sides. Note also that, regrettably, SideSync is not available for all Samsung tablets and smartphones.
- Connects via Wi-Fi and USB cable
- File sharing between devices
- Make phone calls and send messages from your PC
- Controls your devices via keyboard and mouse
- Back up the files on your tablet or smartphone to PC
- Straightforward connectivity
- Not available for all device models
- High phone battery consumption
- Occasional disconnections on Wi-Fi