SideSync

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  • Last update: 9 months ago
  • Version: 4.7.1.6
  • Compatibility: 4.4 and up
  • Author: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
  • Content rating: Rated for 3+
  • Package name: com.sec.android.sidesync30
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SideSync software allows Samsung users to mirror their screens on a PC and control everything that happens on the phone by mouse or keyboard without interrupting a workflow.

Samsung's SideSync is not something innovative or breakthrough. However, developers keep working on this app and improving it. This program with an automated backup, remote desktop and file transfer system doesn’t have any analogs or competitors in the enormous Android universe. So this app worth to be developed and expanded.

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SideSync software allows Samsung users to mirror their screens on a PC and control everything that happens on the phone by mouse or keyboard without interrupting a workflow.

Samsung's SideSync is not something innovative or breakthrough. However, developers keep working on this app and improving it. This program with an automated backup, remote desktop and file transfer system doesn’t have any analogs or competitors in the enormous Android universe. So this app worth to be developed and expanded.

Functionality 5/5

SideSync's main feature is the ability to mirror a phone when it's connected through USB or over Wi-Fi to your PC. An image of the phone appears as a resizeable window on the screen, so you can open any app or look through various content. Through SideSync you can also access apps that aren't available on a computer such as WhatsApp. In addition, phone's notification center helps you to keep an eye on things all the time and manage your communication from a single window.

An extra feature for Tab S allows you to edit documents with a second person in a real time. You simply need to connect tablets to the same network and start using it. SideSync also lets users drag-and-drop files between the phone and your computer, copy or paste text, type on the phone using the PC's keyboard.

It also has a call-forwarding option which lets you answer phone calls right on your computer if you're already using it, rather than searching for your phone.

An interesting function is that the program can automatically backup files on your phone to the PC without being asked. I lost some important files a long time ago simply because I forgot to back them up. So if you have a portable hard drive or cloud service, you can easily avoid such problem. In the case when you have a full hard drive already, just turn off the function and it’ll not take any free space on your disk.

Design 4.5/5

Right after the connection with your PC, a control panel shows up with few icons on it and a notification center from where you can directly dismiss any alert. You can also make a full-screen mirror on your computer.

If you get a notification and click on it, your phone’s screen will launch in a separate window and automatically open the corresponding app. From here, you can use the mouse and keyboard to control your phone and take action upon the notification as needed.

Positions of icons can be customized; you can add any app to the list of shortcuts and easily launch them on your phone or bring them up to the desktop screen automatically.

Usability 4.5/5

SideSync is one of the most necessary add-on programs that Samsung makes. It can be extra useful for you everywhere. For instance, you need to send a text message urgently, but don’t want your boss to see you with the phone in your hands or just don’t want to be attracted accidently by other apps. So you just open SideSync icon without taking your hands off the keyboard or interrupting yourself from work. With the SideSync enabled feature, you can always switch any window, you have opened to your on-screen phone.

Despite the SideSync’s extended functionality, a call-forwarding option can lag sometimes or not work at all on some older Samsung devices. The call-syncing function works perfectly with the Galaxy S5 for instance; there is no drop in sound quality. But users of Galaxy Note 4 won’t admit the same. Fortunately, Samsung planned to expand this function on all gadgets.

Cross-platform use 3.5/5

Before recent time, SideSync had only worked with Samsung ATIV laptops and desktops which decreased its attractiveness for users. But the version 3.0 for the software adds compatibility with any PC. As long as you have a Galaxy phone with the latest version of SideSync installed, you can easily download and run the Windows or Mac client from Samsung's website.

Unfortunately, for users of non-Samsung Android phones, there are no alternatives to SideSync. But at least Galaxy users are happy, they no longer need a matching Samsung laptop to take all advantages of this program.

In-app purchases

Sidesync offers no in-app purchases at the time. Therefore, it's a totally free app that can be used by anyone with a Samsung Android tablet or mobile device.

Conclusion

You can spend the whole day running from your laptop or PC to your Samsung Galaxy phone or tablet, or you can use Samsung SideSync.

It’s not a special tool to backup, restore your phone or unlock the SIM. SideSync will only connect your PC or laptop to the mobile gadget and allow you to use the phone directly from your computer’s display by the keyboard and mouse.

As before, you can copy any files to your laptop manually and manage your phone separately from it. Or be fully connected through the Wi-Fi to your mobile gadget without anyone noticing it.

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Conclusion

SideSync is a must-have app for people on the go.


Pros : secure connection via Wi-Fi or USB cable;
simplified file sharing between devices;
managing with keyboard and mouse;
backup option from your tablet or smartphone to PC;

Cons : available with Samsung smartphones only;
WiFi connections gets errors;
high battery consumption;


Functionality 5.0

Design 4.5

Usability 4.5

Cross-platform use 3.5


Average : 4.4


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SideSync Version History


  • SideSync v.4.6.5.8 for Android 4.4+ Oct. 26, 2016
  • SideSync v.4.6.1.3 for Android 4.4+ Oct. 13, 2016
  • SideSync v.4.1.1.3 for Android 4.4+ Nov. 10, 2015
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