Alright, control freaks (otherwise known as "my people"), this one's for you. FolderSync is a fantastic little app we've just discovered that lets users sync folders between local storage and a number of online storage services. The app supports one- or two-way sync and provides a host of settings to tweak the app to all your sync needs.

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Sync can be done on a schedule or when a folder changes. The user can also control how the app handles overwriting old files, whether to delete missing files, syncing of subfolders, and even to utilize MD5 checksums when syncing. The app works over 3G/4G, although this is disabled by default to preserve your precious geebees.

FolderSync supports the following online storage services and protocols:

  • Dropbox
  • SkyDrive
  • SugarSync
  • Ubuntu One
  • Box.net
  • LiveDrive
  • HiDrive
  • Google Docs
  • NetDocuments
  • Amazon S3
  • FTP
  • FTPS
  • SFTP
  • WebDAV
  • Windows share (Samba/CIFS) accounts

The free version only allows one account type to be used for syncing, but the paid version allows an unlimited number of cloud services to be used, as well as enabling support for sync filters and Tasker integration. Here's a more complete list of all the features of the full and free versions:

  • Instant (full version)
  • Multiple accounts (full version)
  • File manager - manage your cloud files
  • Amazon S3 Client Side Encryption support
  • Tasker/locale support (full version)
  • User defined sync filters (full version)
  • Sync to and from you selected provider
  • Two-way sync with support for deletions
  • Backup/restore settings
  • User specified sync interval or specific sync times
  • Choose connection types for each sync item
  • Support for syncing of subfolders
  • Sync of hidden files can be disabled
  • No ads (full version)

This app might be overkill for some users, but if you have a need to augment your phone's storage, manage very particular backup schemes, or just want a powerful app to sync your media, we've never found one more powerful than this. Free and paid versions are available via their respective widgets below.

Oh, FolderSync. Where have you been all my life?

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • Abhishek Saharawat

    I would love to 're-echo' the last line like this :p
    Oh, FolderSync, Thanks for coming in my life ! :)

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  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I was looking for a good way to sync music, and ran into this one today, then shared with Eric to share with everyone here.

    happens rarely - but this app does exactly what I wanted it to do, in
    exactly the way I wanted it to do it. It's functional and powerful.

    I looked for an app like this after seeing how shitty Airsync is.

    The beauty of FolderSync is how it handles sync setup:
    Lists of paired accounts with a ton of services supported: multiple
    SkyDrive, Dropbox, SugarSync, Ubuntu One, Box.net, LiveDrive,
    HiDrive, Google Drive, Google Docs, NetDocuments, Amazon S3, FTP, FTPS,
    SFTP, WebDAV or windows share (Samba/CIFS)
    2. Folder pairs - each
    folder pair can have its own settings such as sync filters (exclude or
    include, with a number of powerful ways of specifying them), list of
    allowed WiFi SSIDs, sync schedules, etc.
    3. Automatic schedule support, including intervals, custom days of the week and times. It's just awesome.
    4. Tasker integration.
    5. One-way or two-way sync, including deletions if you specify so.

    This app is amazing. It's what I've been missing all along. 

    • sssgadget

      Exactly! I have been using this app for 3 months and it works great. All my TBu and CWM backups are in the cloud.

    • ga_st

      glad you got this gem on here finally! i even suggested it to you back when gDrive came out and you were pissed because titanium was not working with box. this app is really something.

  • Wayne Randall

    best cloud app EVER!  who cares about keeping all those other cloud apps installed (one for Box, one sugarsync, one for dropbox, et al) when this does everything you could ever dream of.. this app deserves eleven stars and one thousand virgins to the dev.  and the Tasker/Locale/Llama plugin!! ahh, heaven.

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  • ga_st

    foldersync it's awesome! using it since it's out. fully configurable,it perfectly does what i want: one way sync of custom android folders to box. awesome.

  • Robert Oliveira

    Sounds cool, but why does the app icon look like an angel? The developer might want to rethink that one. :D

    • ga_st

      well,not only that one ;D but the app it's amazing! go get pro you won't regret it.

    • Dan

       An angel?  What are you talking about?  That icon is clearly a squirrel wearing a batman cape.  Sheesh.

    • fonseca898

       It's obviously a crab claw.  Or some sort of alien.

  • Martin Nilsson

    Recently bought the paid version of Dropsync which works like a dream. This sounds almost even better and I will sure check it out. Thanks for the tips! 

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I'm still a big fan of Dropsync for instant sync, and it's worked really well so far. I'm not sure FolderSync can detect changes instantly like that, though I haven't explored this yet.

    • http://twitter.com/perfecto Perfecto

      Dropsync is better than Foldersync on the battery and on memory. This is the consistent result of my parallel tests.

  • http://www.geekchoice.com/ Richard Short

    I must be getting old or something I have completely missed this one Holy S what a tool.

  • BKPhil

    Started using this a few weeks ago, and it's the best app I've ever used. 

    UI is super intuitive, features are stellar, and price is right. 

    Once I had this up and running, I was able to get rid specialized apps that actually worked less well than this all-in-one tool does box, dropbox, sugarsync, airsync; and I hardly ever use ES File Explorer or Astro any more.