Tablets can be synchronized with computers either through online Cloud services or by plugging the tablet into the computer. Most modern tablets utilize USB technology to sync with their computer counterparts.
Tablets operating on both Android and iOS utilize Cloud services to sync documents, contacts and applications with other devices. This can be done by downloading a cloud application and uploading files to the Cloud. Users can then download these to a computer, tablet or smartphone. Both Google and Apple offer free cloud services, in addition to cellular network carriers, such as Verizon and AT&T.
Using a cloud service to synchronize a tablet and computer confers two main advantages. First, if a user downloads a file on their computer, it immediately synchronizes to the tablet without the user having to do anything. Second, cloud services make it simple to send files to other people.
Alternatively, users can use a USB cord to synchronize a tablet with a computer. This route requires specific drivers and software on the computer. For example, users must have a media library installed to facilitate synchronization. A common example of a media library is iTunes. Media library programs let users select the files they want synchronized with their tablet.