When I connect my Android phone using a data cable (in USB mode), I see it mounted as an external storage device. To which I can make any changes that I want (cut/copy/paste/save files from my computer).

Is there any app which lets me do this (sync the file system), without a data cable (through WiFi)?

I am looking for something similar to Dropbox, but for the entire Android file system (including SD card) not just a single folder.

Is there any app out there which fulfills these requirements?

I would like the desktop app to be cross platform, but windows only is fine too.

P.S. I am aware of Airdroid and others like it which let me access the file system from the browser. But I would prefer to have the Android filesystem as a folder on my HDD, not inside a browser.

  • You cannot have it both ways if you want it to display as a folder in HDD then by definition it must be mounted. Dropbox merely syncs a local folder in your PC & Phone while your Android Filesystem is a different matter altogether which cannot & should not be synced as you are asking. Apr 1, 2014 at 8:34
  • I use mounted in the loosest sense of the word. Dropbox like syncing will suffice.
    – Shayan RC
    Apr 1, 2014 at 8:37
  • So am I correct in assuming you are looking for a shared folder which in this case is your entire android filesystem where you make changes & it gets reflected on device? Apr 1, 2014 at 8:42
  • @RamGAthreya Yes. If not all of the filesystem then atleast most of it (leaving out hidden/system folders if required)
    – Shayan RC
    Apr 1, 2014 at 8:44
  • What OS(es) do you want to access your device from? Apr 1, 2014 at 15:22

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GoodSync desktop and GoodSync Android App is your answer.

Provides a variety of options and available on multiple platforms. It has many features (some need the paid pro version which I haven't tried ) but I only used a few personally.

Main features:

  1. Synchronize Files
  2. Backup Files
  3. Direct P2P Sync
  4. Not forgetting, all is wireless.

GoodSync syncs files between your computer, mobile devices, FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, Google Drive, SkyDrive, WebDAV, Azure

GoodSync backs up files to portable drives, mobile devices and to FTP, S3, GDocs, SkyDrive, DAV or another computer.

GoodSync is very fast and syncs files on your command, periodically, by a schedule or in real time (on file change).

Available on:

  • Windows + 2Go USB version
  • Mac + 2Go USB version
  • Android
  • IOS
  • Unix/Linux

I used it mainly to sync between my Windows PC and a remote FTP server (or another pc). I don't have that much experience with the mobile version, I tried it before and it worked exactly the same as if I was syncing between two desktops.

Here, I just made those screenshots, it should give you an idea.

You select a Left Side device: Here you can see it managed to explore my phone device and showed both memories, phone memory and external memory. Once you expand, all of your personal files will appear. enter image description here

You select a Right Side device:

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Then both will appear:

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From syncing settings, you can choose whether you want to make a backup operation, Left to Right/Right to Left, or sync in both ways. You can add more filtering settings e.g. files end with .mp4. enter image description here

Here I tried to do a left side sync for one of the folders from my phone memory S0 to my pc:

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After running an analysis;

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After running Sync: enter image description here

Here is the fin la result, the whole directory has been copied to my pc:

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GoodSync Desktop's price: 30-40 USD.

  • +1 for providing a cross platform solution. But I was looking for a simple dropbox like solution... I guess this will work.
    – Shayan RC
    Apr 3, 2014 at 18:56
  • I'm not sure, but IMO I think having a dropbox-like app to monitor your whole device (internal and external memory) for changes might be a resource hog. Even for PC, dropbox only monitors one single main directory. Indexing such enormous number of files takes time. Apr 4, 2014 at 0:52

Seems like I found what you are looking for : Samba Filesharing

  • Only works for windows though.
  • Can be accessed as a share folder in your windows PC.
  • Allows drag & drop
  • Can Access External Storage ie SD Card

Requires rooting of Android Device but I think that is understood.

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