Is there a quick way to do a sync now?

The long way is to go into Settings, then Accounts, then tap the account name then tap the three dot menu and choose Sync now, but this is a bit long winded. It would be nice if there was a one tap option to sync now direct from the launcher home page.

I ask because I use Keep for transferring text between my PC and the phone and vice versa, but Keep is sometimes a bit slow about syncing changes to notes and I need to do a sync now to make it transfer the changes immediately.

If it makes a difference I'm using a Nexus 5 with Marshmallow.

  • I don't have Android 6 so can't verify, however, in Android 5.0 there is an activity named com.android.settings.Settings$AccountSyncSettingsActivity that does the job of the Sync I presume. See if QuickShortcutMaker works in Android 6. If it does, use it to find the Sync activity under Settings app and make a shortcut from there.
    – Firelord
    Commented Nov 13, 2015 at 9:50
  • @Firelord: thanks. Creating a shortcut to Settings$AccountSyncSettingsActivity doesn't do anything, but creating a shortcut to Accounts does work and that's a few less taps. Do you want to post your comment as an answer? If no-one can do any better I'll accept it. Commented Nov 13, 2015 at 10:37

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Note: This answer is not tested on Android Marshmallow.

In Android 5.0, one can create shortcut for sync using the activity com.android.settings.Settings.$AccountSyncSettingsActivity (since I've only one account in the whole device, the activity may do nothing for multiple accounts without passing specific parameters).

Anyhow, attempt to create the shortcut for sync using an app like QuickShortcutMaker or Activity Launcher or even an automation tool like .

As per OP, it has come to my notice that sync shortcut does nothing in Marshmallow. OP also mentioned that the activity for Accounts works well. So for the time being, settle with Accounts activity (com.android.settings.Settings$AccountSettingsActivity). The shortcut can be created using the aforesaid apps.

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