By Lily / Last update November 10, 2021

About Automatic Sync

File sync is a great function to help you keep your folders or files stay the same in two locations. It can be regarded as a kind of file backup. If you change data in the source location, you can have the changes happen in the destination location as well through file sync. It could be very useful if you want to copy your work files home or transfer files from PC to PC.

However, we may forget to do file sync sometimes. When that happens, it would cause a big trouble. Imagine that you plan to finish the work at home after the working time, but you forget to sync them. What a damn thing it is! You cannot finish the job, and the work progress is delayed. 

But, if you setup automatic syncing before, the files could be updated automatically. Thus, you can finish your job in time. Besides, auto sync is the easiest and most efficient way to make sure that you won’t miss the files or folders you want to synchronize.

Automatic File Sync in Windows Computer

Before Windows 7, it may be difficult for users to sync files. Users must setup sync by a system administrator, which could be so complex for average users. However, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, and Windows 10 are built in a tool called Sync Center, which makes things go much easier. That’s because there are no server settings to worry about, and people can sync files by themselves. You can run automatic file sync in Windows 10/8/7 with the following steps.

Note: You can only sync files on the network drive to local using Sync Center.

1. Open Sync Center.

  • In Windows 10/8, type mobsync in the search box on taskbar and press Enter.

  • In Windows 7, click Start button -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Sync Center.

2. In the pop-up window, click Manage offline files on the left pane.

Manage Offline Files

3. In the next window, click Enable offline files and OK. Then, restart your computer to make changes take effect.

Enable Offline Files

4. Search “\\IP address” or “\\hostname” from Start to open network drive. All shared folders will be displayed. Right click on the folder or file you want to sync and select Always available offline.

5. After the process is done, go to Sync Center again.  Click View sync partnerships in the left pane, and then double click the network drive. Select the folder you want to sync automatically, and then pitch on Schedule button on the menu bar. At last, follow the prompt to finish configuring auto sync.

But, there are some shortages in Sync Center. As mentioned above, it can’t sync local folders to another place. What’s more, when doing automatic sync, it will get an error if you won’t change the password. Thus, you can use some third party software to help you. Here, we recommend AOMEI Backupper to you, for its wide functions and simple interface.

How to sync files automatically in Windows 11/10/8/7 via AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper provides the Sync feature to help you synchronize files/folders automatically with a schedule (daily, weekly, or monthly). The operations are easier than Windows Sync Center and it supports various source and destination locations, including local and external hard drives as well as network locations.

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard, which is free. Install and launch it.

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Step 2. To automatically sync files, here you need to click Basic Sync under the Sync tab to open the file sync interface.

File Sync

Tip: Basic Sync performs one-way sync (from the source location to the destination location). If you want to do two-way sync, please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper higher editions. You can also enjoy the Real-time Sync and Mirror Sync feature in the advanced versions.

Step 3. Click Add Folder to select the folders that you want to sync regularly. Then, click the column below to select a destination path to hold the synced folders.

Add Folder

Step 4. Click Schedule and select daily, weekly, or monthly in the pop-out window. Then, click OK to exit.

Sync Automatically

Step 5. Click Start Sync > Add the schedule and start sync now to begin the process. When the process reaches 100%, click Finish. Congratulations, you have done automatic sync successfully.

Start Sync

Tip: Versatile sync settings are available in Options, such as:

  • Comments: write a comment for your current operation.
  • Email notification: set up email notification so that you can receive timely notifications about task results.
  • Sync the deletions in the source directory to the destination: when files are deleted from the source directory, the same files in the destination directory will also be deleted.

Conclusion

There are two ways offered on this page to help you run automatic sync in Windows. Compared to Sync Center, the operations in AOMEI Backupper are much easier and it allows you to sync folders on local/external/network drives to another location as well as sync a laptop and a desktop. Moreover, you can do the backup, restore, and clone jobs with AOMEI Backupper. Don’t hesitate to give it a try!