The way I consume music and other media is a little unusual. I share a Google Play Music and a Hulu subscription with a friend, as well as my own Netflix account. I have a rule when it comes to music; I will buy an MP3 of a song or album if I listen to it more than three times within a week. I maintain a Plex server on my home desktop to help wit this. There are some shows and movies I enjoy that streaming services don't carry, but a much bigger part is that I'm a bit obsessive when it comes to the media I consume.
My most used application on any device is the music player. I listen to music at almost every hour, from a few minutes in the shower every morning to a playlist of specific songs I listen to when I sleep. I'm really picky about the way my music player looks and operates, and there are a few things about the Google Play Music app that bug me enough that I don't want to use it.
I'm not in love with the idea of manually plugging my phone into my computer to transfer music because we're not in 2009 anymore, so I was happy to find a way where I could easily get my music on any device — while still being able to use any music player I choose. That magical solution is an app called FolderSync.
FolderSync works by connecting to your cloud service of choice — Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox and a bunch more — and connecting to a given folder on your phone. You get to choose exactly which folders on your cloud storage sync to your phone, giving you the freedom to use whatever cloud storage and music player you use. CloudPlayer is a music player that also connects to cloud storage, but pulls in every MP3 file in your drive. This is a deal breaker for me, because it means my personal recordings get pulled in with my music library.
Here's how to set up FolderSync to synchronize your music and other files!
- FolderSync at Google Play (Free with ads) (opens in new tab)
- FolderSync Pro at Google Play ($2.99) (opens in new tab)
Connecting your cloud storage
- Launch FolderSync. You will need to allow the app access to your storage so it can properly synchronize your files.
- Tap Accounts.
- Tap the + button in the lower right corner of the screen, and select your cloud storage provider.
- Name the account whatever you'd like — I just name mine Google Drive since that's the service I use — and tap the Authenticate Account button.
- Your default web browser will launch, and you'll be asked to sign into the cloud service you selected.
- After you authenticate the account, tap Save in the lower right corner.
Sync to your phone
The next step is choosing which folders to synchronize, and where you want those files to go on your phone.
- Tap Create New Sync on FolderSync's main page.
- Since you can have more than one synchronization set up, you'll need to enter a unique name for each sync. I have mine labeled "Music."
- Select which cloud service you want to use for this synchronization.
- Choose the sync type. The files can sync to the local folder, to the remote (cloud) folder and both ways.
- Select the cloud and local folders you would like to synchronize from or to.
- Set up a schedule to decide when the files synchronize. The schedule can be as often as every five minutes, or as seldom as every month — if you want a schedule at all. You can always choose to manually synchronize as well. With that done, your files will begin syncing!
I use this to sync my music between a folder on my Google Drive and the "Music" folder on my phone,, but it can be used for literally any type of file: photos, application files, voice memos, and more. If you need to keep your files moving between your phone and the cloud, give FolderSync a shot!
How often do you backup important files? Let us know down below!
Unfortunately, this thing either deteriorated in the last 6-9 months or didn't keep up with Oreo. End result being that it could not determine connection type any more, so it either doesn't sync on WiFi or uses up unhealthy chunks of my cellular data allowance. I was very happy with it on 7.1.1, though. Maybe towards the end of the calendar year, I will give it another try. I am using paid version.
I'm also using the paid version, and it's been working fine for me on Oreo. It even worked on the OnePlus open betas when those first got Oreo.
On the 7.1.1 I was able to limit sync to WiFi only and further by specific SSID(s) -- right before I finally uninstalled it about three weeks ago, unless I had "Ignore network state" knob on nothing would sync. With the knob on it would eat few hundred megabytes of the cellular data by the time I am done driving to the office.
This said, it did work fine for me on the Oreo betas (last August) and throughout 8.0 release. I think, 8.1 is what finally killed it.
I'm sorry to hear that. I'm not that granular with my connection settings, which is probably why I don't encounter that issue.
I guess, to reinforce what you have said in the article -- flexibility of this product is second to none, but if you are one of those ten people who are on 8.1, try before you buy.
Can it stream from your cloud?
Nope, just synchronization.
So why not just run Google Music Manager on your Plex server? And use Google Music on your phone?
Because I hate the Play Music application. This lets me use whatever music app I want (currently DoubleTwist).
Thank you for an article that thinks outside the typical streaming mentality a bit.
I started to set this up just now, and Google is telling me that "this app hasn't been verified by Google yet". What's up with that?
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