There are a myriad of ways to move data between your Android device and computer, but the new app Scatter promises to do it better. Scatter uses peer-to-peer data syncing to send files and text from one device to the other. It's in beta, but the functionality is impressive.

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To get started, just install the app on your phone, and the desktop client on your PC. You'll have to make an account to associate your devices and keep everything in sync. From there, it's pretty easy. You can add files from the Android device, and they show up on the PC. On the PC, you can drag files into the client, and they are pushed down to the phone or tablet. I'm seeing some issues with the drag-and-drop on the PC side, but again, beta.


The other clever thing going on here is automatic clipboard sync. You can choose a size limit between 10KB and 10GB in the settings, then everything you copy to the clipboard on either end under that limit will be sent to the other device without any further intervention. The app uses local WiFi when available, but also works over the internet. All transfers are encrypted, as well.

Scatter is free, but it's still a beta. I wouldn't be surprised to see a paid version happen later.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play.

  • ins0mn1a

    no client for linux? and it sounded so good. also, "The iOS client is not yet publicly avaiblable due to Apple restrictions". now, you know what OS has virtually no restrictions?

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

      They said a Linux client is planned, but it's indeed not yet available. Windows and Android only.

      • ins0mn1a

        well that's somewhat comforting. i hope they get to it faster than google drive desktop client developers.

  • Matthew Merrick

    +100 to the person who named their PC "Deep Thought"

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    • Cherokee4Life

      it's probably "Dennis" :)

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    • mechapathy

      I think you mean +42...

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    Samsung lawsuit in 3...2...1...

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      Why are people down voting? I'm taking about the logo...

  • Matthew Fry

    No file limits? Device to device? Something on my wifi or something blocks everything I've tried to send files back and forth between my devices so maybe this will work!

  • http://visionaforethought.wordpress.com/ Oflife

    Am confused by this: a) They shows a MacBook Pro on their home page (perhaps just poorly chosen clip art?), but I cannot find any reference to a Mac client. b) Still not sure how this works. How does it differ from EverNote, Google's own Keep, DropBox, GoogleDrive etc?

  • Nathan Fellman

    How is this different from Dropsync (besides not using Dropbox)?

    • Hans Kratz

      Differences from Dropsync/Dropbox:
      - Scatter does not require an internet connection after the initial registration.
      - Scatter uses the fast local (Wifi) network for data transfer if possible.
      - Data is only stored on your devices, not anywhere "in the cloud"
      - Data is automatically imported from the clipboard as well
      - Data is automatically organized and tagged by source, type, date, ... and presented in a stream.

  • iav

    how to keep in sync 2 folders on a filesystem of my mobile devices?