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This article describes the configuration of transfer modes for folders. A transfer mode controls how the local device synchronizes changes with other devices. Combining the right transfer modes is the key to make the client work as you want. The transfer mode can be set differently on every device, sharing the same folder. When the Expert Mode is enabled, you can choose the transfer mode when setting up a new folder, or when joining an existing folder. It can later be changed via the settings tab of a folder.

Useful combinations include:

  • Auto Sync on all devices: To sync all changes between multiple devices.
  • Share/Send and Auto Download: Send files from one device to others.
  • Backup Source and Backup Target: For backing up data from one to another device.
  • Other setups for common or advanced scenarios.

(lightbulb) Configuring Transfer Modes requires the Advanced Mode to be enabled!

Overview:

 

Comparison of pre-defines transfer modes


Transfer Mode NameChange DetectionDownloadUploadComments
Auto Sync
  • Instant change detection

 

  • Synchronizes new/changed files
  • Synchronizes deletions
  • Synchronizes new/changed files
  • Synchronizes deletions
(tick) Recommended for mirroring folders on two or more devices.
(info) Additionally scan for changes every 10 minutes.
Manual Sync
  • Manual change detection when pressing the sync button
  • Synchronizes new/changed files
  • Synchronizes deletions
  • Synchronizes new/changed files
  • Synchronizes deletions
 
Backup Source
  • Instant changes detection
  • Never synchronizes new/changes
  • Never synchronizes deletions
  • Synchronizes new/changed files
  • Synchronizes deletions
(tick) Recommended for backing up folders.
(info) Remote clients should use the Backup Target transfer mode.
Backup Target
  • No change detection / sychronization triggered by remote devices
  • Synchronizes new/changed files
  • Synchronizes deletions
  • Never synchronizes new/changes
  • Never synchronizes deletions
(tick) Recommended when backup up folders from remote devices.
(info) Remote clients should use the Backup Source transfer mode. 
Auto Download
  • Every 5 minutes
  • Synchronizes new/changed files
  • Synchronizes deletions
  • Never synchronizes new/changes
  • Never synchronizes deletions
 
Share/Send
  • Every 30 minutes
  • Never synchronizes new/changes
  • Never synchronizes deletions
  • Manual synchronization required
  • Synchronizes new/changed files
  • Synchronizes deletions
(tick) Recommended for selecting files to download from the internal file browser on demand.


Creating a custom transfer mode

To create a custom transfer mode:

  1. Enable the Expert Mode.
  2. Click on the folder for which you want to create a custom transfer mode.
  3. Click on the Settings tab.
  4. Click on the edit icon  icon next to the transfer mode selection drop-down.
  5. Enter a new name for the transfer mode and customize it to your needs.
  6. Click on Save.
  7. (tick) Done. The client will immediately use the custom transfer mode for the folder you've created it for.
    (info) The custom transfer mode can be selected for other folders as well, once it has been created.


Scanning intervals

PowerFolder scans local folders for changes when starting the client as well as after a specified time intervals while the program is running (default: every minute). A scan and synchronization on local and remote devices can also be forced by pressing the sync button in the folder information tab.

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