Keep Your Data Synced Across Operating Systems

Mobile operating systems are quickly overtaking desktop systems in terms of usage and Internet access. In fact, a recent study from a web analytics company suggests that Android accounts for a larger share of Internet usage Windows. This has been the case for Apple for some time, with iOS accounting for more Internet usage than Mac OS. With more of us relying on mobile devices, keeping data synced across devices has become increasingly important. So how do you do that? Here are a few tools I’ve found to help me keep everything accessible:

 

Office 365

For some people, the transition between the perpetual software license and a subscription model for Microsoft Office has been a little rocky. Many don’t understand the benefits of the subscription and feel that they’re simply paying more for a piece of software they were used to purchasing outright. While the perpetual license is still available, I strongly urge anyone who works across a number of devices to consider the subscription model.

 

With Office 365, you not only gain access to a web version of all the Office software but you can also download it in the form of mobile apps. This means you can access Office software on pretty well any device in your arsenal, including iOS and Android phones and tablets. Thanks to OneDrive, you can store your documents and files on the cloud and access them seamlessly on mobile.

 

Evernote

Evernote is another great tool when it comes to syncing across devices since it’s available for all major platforms. Evernote stores your files in the cloud and automatically syncs them across all the devices where you have the app installed and are signed into your personal account. While Evernote started simply as a note-taking app, its robust features have made it an essential app for me. The ability to organize, search, and sync everything I throw into this app is well worth the cost of the premium plan.

 

Google Photos

If you’re anything like me, you have photos on every one of your devices. If you have a family and you’re all taking photos, that’s a lot of devices and photos to manage! Unfortunately, if you don’t do a good job of managing and backing up all of these photos, you run the risk of losing them. All it takes is an accident or malfunction that causes irreparable damage to your device and all those memories are gone! For this reason, I recommend using a backup service for photos, like Google Photos. Google Photos automatically organizes photos, makes them searchable and offers unlimited cloud storage. Best of all, you can access your Google Photos account across all your devices.

 

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