How to Manage Your Mobile Devices

Nowadays, most of us own at least one mobile device: a Smartphone, a Tablet, a laptop or all of the above. If you have multiple devices, keeping track of them can be tricky. Even transferring a single file from a Tablet to your Smartphone can be a headache if the two devices aren’t in sync. And working on the go is impossible when you can’t seamlessly switch between your mobile devices.

But you can learn how to sync important information across every piece of tech you use. When your data is always at your fingertips, you’ll save time instead of wasting it. Follow these tips, and managing your mobile devices will be a breeze.

Get networked

To manage your mobile devices effectively, you need a Wi-Fi network with a strong signal. Make sure every device you’re using at home or work is connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Additionally, you should know how to sync all your devices together via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. If your phone or Tablet is having trouble connecting to Bluetooth accessories, troubleshoot by ensuring both devices are within range, switched on and in Bluetooth pairing mode when applicable. If you still can’t connect, turning both devices off and back on will often do the trick.

E-mail on the go

Ever try to pull up an e-mail or contact on your phone and come up short because it’s on another device? If you work on more than one mobile device (or if you just need to check your work e-mail on your Smartphone), you need a syncing strategy that allows you to access your data anywhere, from any device.

When you’re setting up e-mail on a new phone or Tablet, your web or e-mail host will often allow you to choose between POP and IMAP protocols for accessing e-mail. IMAP is the easiest system for multi-device access, as it keeps e-mails on the server so you can access them from anywhere. If you use POP, many programs still have a setting that stores messages on the server, though you’ll have to select it manually.

Sync your files

If you need more than e-mail, cloud-based solutions are a popular way to manage files on mobile devices. Cloud systems like Dropbox, Apple’s iCloud, Google Docs and Microsoft’s Live Mesh save your files online and allow you to access them from any device.

Many Smartphones and Tablets also come with their own syncing software that will pair your device with your laptop or desktop computer. If all else fails, you can back up files onto a portable external hard drive or USB thumb drive and connect it to the device of your choice.

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