Why I hate the Android App

(mc) #42

As I am usually complaining about something I thought I would take this chance to dis-complain and add another data-point to the discussion.

The android app works well for me: I run it on a 6P running standard Android 7.1.1 and on a rooted HTC M8 running Cyanogen 11- M12 and multiple Linux/ Kubuntu 14.04 machines.

I have 2 different configuration points to @totoba:

  1. I always start it manually - not on bootup.
  2. I don’t try to sync external sd cards. (I have given up on external sdcards on Android, so many apps don’t work with them).
  3. I don’t sync thousands of files, but I do sync hundreds. Some directories are 4gb of 50-750mb map files.

That said, I don’t really get any crashes (or maybe so few that I don’t notice them). I do sometimes get high cpu and a hot phone but that happens even without Syncthing running. (Still can’t find the cause).

Sometimes I do need to go into the web gui - but I don’t really find it painful. Maybe I’m just used to more pain that @Antony Male :wink:

(totoba) #43

I think that you are not having much issues becsuse your sync is relatively low. I am wishing that the devs try at least synching 20k/20+ GB files when they have time

(Nero Burner) #44

I’m using syncthing-android on my samsung s3 with Android 6. I’ve put my files to sync on my SD card in the subfolder Android/com.nutomic/syncthingandroid/files. There the App has full read write access. My Music App and Gallery app only need read access in my case. Syncthing runs stable for me

(Lemerre) #45


Personnaly I am totally satisfied with the android SyncThing client. My phone is a Sony Z5 Compact (Android 6.0.1). My synchronized data (1200 files, 84 folders, 7 GB)are stored on a external 32GB SD Card. No problem so far :slight_smile:

Thanks a lot for these products, server and client.

(Richard Zsemberi) #46

Someone with Android 7.0 here…i have problems with it…do you?

(Ben Shepherd) #47

The app works nicely for me too (1st gen Moto E, Marshmallow), I have it syncing only when charging to save my battery, and I only sync a folder of 100 images (for wallpaper), so I’m a fairly light user. My gripes are:

  • Have to disable ‘run conditions’ to get into the app (as OP said)
  • No native access to SD card

The data page says there are only 8 Android users (in the last 24h). I guess most of us must be represented here then!

(Antony Male) #48

Google play says that there are 50,000 - 100,000 installs, and that’s ignoring F-Droid. I think the issue is more that Android users aren’t prompted by the usage statistics window (since that’s part of the Web UI which most android users don’t visit), so they aren’t represented on data.syncthing.net. (see below)

(Felix Ableitner) #49

The Android app also has a prompt for usage tracking. The reason for the low number there is because we have Linux as compile target, instead of Android, due to problems with the Go compiler. However, you can recognize Google Play versions by the builder (felix@P50). I’m not sure what the builder for F-Droid is though.