Syncthing setup part 1

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Sycnthing is a file sharing and syncing tool that allows to sync files across several devices running different systems, for more information check my previous article that explains the matter more.

In this guide, I will install synching on 2 devices. A computer running Windows 10, and an Android phone. You can have as much devices as you want.

We will start by downloading Syncthing from the website, its available on several platforms. You can consult the website and download the package compatible with your Operating System.

Syncthing on Windows:

First let’s see how to install it on windows.

After downloading the package, we run it, it will open on the web browser. In the process, it will ask to be allowed in the firewall so you can authorize it.

The overview in your web browser should look like so.

Syncthing install on Android Phone

First research the app on your respective store, and install it.

After downloading and installing the app, we now exchange the devices IDs, so the devices can share data with each other, note that when the devices are on the same LAN the transfer and syncing is much faster since the data doesn’t leave the LAN, and if they are in different networks, your data will go through internet to reach the device you want to sync with. No need to get alarmed the data in encrypted, so it is quite secure.

To see and share your device’s ID click on EDIT and Show ID as follow

Mutually adding devices IDs on the phone and the computer.
The phone’s ID

Add it on the computer


Successfully added! Now the two devices can share files.

After adding the devices syncthing will recommend you to restart, it is not requested by the system you should do it anyway, to make sure everything is set properly.

The rest of this guide will be added in a second article called Synthing setup part 2, i couldn’t put the whole guide in one article due to some website restrictions. Make sure to check out the rest, the Part 1 is not enough.