Smartphones and tablets are becoming a commonplace in every household. Everyone nowadays owns a powerful smartphone along with a tablet, so that they can couch surf when they are relaxing. However, majority of the people use their smartphone or tablet for playing games than compared to work, emails or browsing.
With insanely addictive games like Subway Surfer, Angry Birds, Bad Piggies, Temple Run and more being added to the Play Store daily, it can be tough to resist playing games on your devices.
The only problem with playing games on smartphones or tablets is that you are stuck to that device. What if I start playing a game on my smartphone, but later on, want to play it on my tablet that has a much bigger screen? Sadly, Android and iOS both lack any kind of cloud based app or game data-syncing between devices. While iOS users will need to wait until Apple implements such a feature for the iOS ecosystem, an app in the Play Store — DataSync — will allow Android users to sync their app data between two different Android devices.
How To Sync App Data Between Two Different Android Devices
Before you proceed further, please note that you need root access on both the devices for this method to work. As of now, there is no other way to sync Android apps data between two devices without root access.
Step 1: Download DataSync from the Play Store. The first screen of the app will look something like this -:
Basically, DataSync wants you to create a list of apps and files whose data you want to sync across multiple devices, frequently. If you only want to sync only an individual app’s data, tap the ‘List-Based’ option at the top and select ‘Individual’ from the drop-down list.
If you want to sync the app data of a bunch of apps, I will recommend you to use the ‘List-based’ option in the app.
Step 2: To create a list, tap the ‘+’ symbol located at the top-right corner of the app. Select all the apps whose app data you want to backup from the list, and then enter a name for the list at the bottom and click on the Save icon.
Step 3: Once you create a list, DataSync will prompt you asking for root access. You need to provide root access to the app for it to work, so tap Yes on the SuperUser dialog box.
Step 4: To sync the app-data of your newly prepared list, click on the Sync button at the top. At this point, DataSync will ask you if you want to sync the app-data with any other Android device or a cloud-based storage service like Dropbox.
Step 5: If you want to sync the app-data with another Android device, make sure that it is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your primary device and has DataSync open.
If everything is fine, DataSync will automatically detect the other Android device on your network and will give you the option to sync the app-data with it.
If you don’t have access to a Wi-Fi network, you can use Bluetooth to transfer the app-data as well. Click on the Bluetooth icon at the bottom-right of the synchronization dialog box to transfer files via Bluetooth.
To backup your app-data to the cloud, click on the ‘No Cloud Configured’ option and then tap the ‘Settings’ option from the dialog box that pops-up. Then, depending on the Cloud service you use, link your Box or Dropbox to DataSync. You can even backup your app-data on a FTP server.
Step 6: Once you have everything configured, select the device or the cloud service that you want to sync the app-data to. DataSync will then ask you whether you want to do an upward sync or a downward one. An upward sync means the app-data from your current device will be backed up to the cloud or synced with another device. A downward sync means the app data from another device will be downloaded to your device.
Keep in mind that you will need to manually specify for each app in your list whether you want an upward sync or downward sync.
While setting up DataSync for the first time can be a bit tedious, the effort is absolutely worth it. The ability to sync your app-data without any hassle among different Android devices or to back them up in the cloud will make the life of a lot of Android users out there much easier. The paid version of DataSync will also allow users to automatically sync app-data at a defined time or interval.