By Lena / Last update April 25, 2022

Why sync files between computers without cloud?

Nowadays, more and more people own two or more computers at the same time, like a desktop and a laptop. You may often use the home computer when you are at home and use the portable laptop outside. Sometimes, you may want to keep files in sync between computers. Then you can access the files on each device.

The cloud storage services such as Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive have made it easy for users to sync data between computers. These cloud storage services let you upload files to cloud and keep them synchronized among your devices. However, the cloud hosting service still has its disadvantages.

  • Most of the services offer limited free storage space and you need to pay for additional storage space.

  • The cloud storage service may not syncing while syncing files and folders. You may encountered Dropbox not syncing, or Google Drive not syncing issues, it may disturb you.

With these two reasons, you want to sync files between computers without cloud and prefer a safer way to sync data without anyone snooping on them.

How to sync folders between computers without cloud for free

In fact, you can easily sync files between computers on home network by creating shared folders. And these folders can be accessed by any computer on the network that has permission. You can take full control of the shared files.

In addition, there’s one third-party file synchronization software that can also help you sync files between computers easily. It provides you the scheduled sync to automatically sync files between two computers. If you are interested in, please refer to Solution 2 to get it.

Now let’s start to see how to sync files between computers without cloud.

Solution 1. Share files over the network

Windows offers a sharing feature that allows anyone in the same network to access the shared folders. If you want to sync files between computers without cloud, then it’s one of the solutions. It also lets you set custom permissions and other advanced options.

On the source computer

Step 1. Navigate to the folder that you want to share.

Step 2. Right-click the folder and choose Properties.

Step 3. Click the Sharing tab and click the Advanced Sharing... option.

Click Sharing

Step 4. Check the Share this folder option > Click Permissions to customize the permissions for a specific user or group.

Click Permissions

Step 5. You can click Add button to decide the user you want to share the files with by typing its name. The Read permission is checked by default, you can check other permissions as per your needs. Finally, click OK to confirm.

Click Ok

Then you will find the shared folders or files on other computers within the same network.

Sync folders between computers without cloud even the source computer powered off, here is the detailed steps to sync files:

1. On the source computer (assuming Windows 10), input mobsync in Windows 10 search box, and hit Enter.

2. Click Manage offline files on the left side, and then press Enable offline files, and click OK.

Enable Offline Files

3. Restart your computer to make the settings take effect.

On the target Computer

Input IP address of the computer that contains the shared folders, like \\, type the credentials to get into the shared folders, right click the shared folder, and then choose Always available offline.

Always Available Offline Windows 10

All the selected shared folder will be synced to the Windows 10 computer.

Besides this traditional way, there’s another method that can also help you sync files to your network. It can help you finish the job in an easier way.

Solution 2. Best way to sync files between two computers

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a free backup software, which is designed for Windows users. It helps you sync files between computers without cloud.

  • It allows you to sync folders to network or other different storage devices, such as internal hard drive, external hard drive or a USB flash drive.

  • It enables you to set an automatic sync task, and then it will sync the files daily/weekly/monthly.

  • Its Real-time Sync feature can help you keep two folders on different locations synchronized immediately when change happens. (Available in Pro or higher version.)

Next, we will show you how to sync files to the network with this file sync tool. Then you can access the files on all your computers anytime. First download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard on your computer.

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Step 1. Click Sync option and then choose Basic Sync.

File Sync

Step 2. Name the task > Click Add Folder to choose the folder you need.

Add Folder

Step 3. Select destination path and you can choose Share/NAS.

Select Share

Step 4. Click Add Network Location> Fill the blanks with accurate information and click OK to continue > Choose the destination path and click OK to confirm.

Add Network Location

Step 5. Click Schedule to create the scheduled task. You can choose to make a backup daily/weekly/monthly. (You can upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Pro to use Event triggers and USB plug in.)


Step 6. Finally, click Start Sync to make it.

Start Sync To Nas


1. You can click Options to write a comment for the sync task and also enable email notification to tell you the execution result.

2. You’d better not rename the source folder after doing the sync. Otherwise, the synchronization task will fail.

After syncing, you could use the shared folders and files in network on other computers. Click Start menu and type Network > click Network > find the source computer’s name and double click it to access the shared folders.

If you prefer to sync changed files from the source directory to the destination directory in real time, please try Real-Time Sync feature in advanced editions.


Now you know how to sync files between computers without cloud. Both two ways can help you make it. And AOMEI Backupper Standard can help you more besides the file sync. It can help you backup your system, disks, partitions, and files to anywhere you want.

For IT technicians, and server users, please try AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus to safeguard your data.