Author Topic: Wirelessly Sync Music to Android Device  (Read 810 times)

EnduringGuerila

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This tutorial uses the Android App SMBSync2

Directions:
If you know how or already have your files shared on the network, SKIP TO STEP 7


1. To start, you must share your music over the local network
    Open Windows Settings,
    Network & Internet,
    On the left panel click either Wifi or Ethernet based on how you are connected to your router,
    Click the name of the network you are connected to,
    make sure Network Profile is set to Private not Public



2. Most likely you will need to enable SMB, follow THIS GUIDE (click here)


3. Open Advanced Sharing Settings (you can just type 'sharing' into the windows start menu to find this quickly)
    Under the Private section [should say "(current profile)" next to Private now]
    Turn on 'Network Discovery' and 'File and Printer Sharing'



4. Under All Networks section
    Turn on 'Public Folder Sharing' and I prefer to turn off 'Password Protected Sharing' since I trust everyone with access to my network and it makes sharing much easier




5. Next you're going to start sharing your folders over the network
    In Windows File Explorer, right click the music folder you wish to share and click 'Properties'
    Navigate to the Sharing tab and click 'Advanced Sharing'



6. Mark the checkbox next to 'Share this folder'
    Set the 'Share Name:' to whatever you want
    Click Permissions at the bottom left
    Make sure 'Everyone' is set to allow Read but NOT allow "Change" or "Full Control"
    Next you can add your username and grant yourself Full Control permissions when you remotely connect
    

(sorry the gif is a little fast, gyazo limited the size so I had to rush haha)


Now onto your Android Device





edit: I made a Pastebin here of my task backup which can be imported into your SMBSync2 if you want to attempt to save a little time. Just save as a .txt file anywhere on your phone, click the 3 dots at the top right of SMBSync2 to open the menu, click 'Import task list' and select the .txt file. This is not going to just work right out of the box so you'll have to follow the guide anyway.


7. Open SMBSync2 on your Android Device
    Add a new Task at the bottom left
    set 'Sync Type' to 'Mirror'
    click the field below 'Master Folder'
    set 'Folder Type' to 'SMB Server'

7A. click 'Search SMB Server'
      if you know your local ip, you can just type it here to make the search quicker, if not just leave .1-.254 click Search at the bottom right
      I set my router to use 192.168.53.XXX but for most of you it will be 192.168.0.XXX or 192.168.1.XXX

7B. Select your PC, I recommend clicking the Domain name instead of the IP address since most router assign local IP addresses randomly and the IP will change based on the routers setting for when IPs expire. I manually set a static IP for a few of my devices

7C. If you set your username on the Windows Folder share to have Full Control Read/Write Permissions this is where you type your PC login info

7D. Click 'List Share' to select the Folder/Drive from your PC

7E. I have an entire drive being shared as 'I-Music' but you can just select the folder you shared

7F. If you want to only sync subfolders of the root folder you shared from your PC, this is where you select the folder. As stated before, I am sharing my entire drive so I select the music folder here

7G. The folder I am syncing
Skip 7F and 7G if you are syncing the entire directory you selected in the 'SMB Share'

If you encounter any issues connecting to your PC, try switching the SMB Protocol between SMBv1, SMBv2.01 and SMBv2.11
      


8. Click the field below 'Target Folder'
    Navigate to where you want the music to be saved on your Android device
    Most of you will probably save to your SD card, I have the 512GB Note 9 so I am saving to my internal storage

9. Here are my settings:

I have this setup to make a perfect copy of my music folder. Anything that changes on my PC is updated on my phone.
If I change something on my phone and rerun the sync, it'll just be overwritten and the change will be undone since it wasn't changed on my PC. You can check 'Do not overwrite destination file if newer than source file if you do not want the same
I recommend using temp files (as unchecked at the very bottom) because partial files are annoying and I constantly stop the sync in the middle of a transfer. This also helps with really large syncs that might fail in the middle.




10. You can modify some of the settings as you see fit and even setup an automatic sync to go every night or something and tell the task not to run if your phone isn't charging. I highly recommend setting 'Wifi Status' to 'Access Point List' and selecting your wifi name so the sync will not attempt to run when you are not connected to your home wifi where your PC is...

I just sync manually when I get new music or modify any of my existing music


Tasks can also be made to backup other files like your pictures from your phone to your PC or whatever else you can imagine wirelessly transferring can be done similarly.


Let me know if I missed any steps or need to explain anything better in the post.
Feel free to ask any questions you have, I'll try my best to help

Last Edit: March 21, 2019, 01:17:11 AM by EnduringGuerila
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