Control Your Android Device from Your Computer!

If you have an Android phone or tablet, you will love what I have to share today!

I’ve found a way to control your Android device from your computer! The best part is, you can even use your computer to send SMS through your Android phone! Double bonus!

All you need is to simply download the app onto your Android device. You don’t even have to install anything on your computer! How easy is that?

And this works for Mac OS X, Windows, and even Linux! How cool is that?

So here’s how you do it!

Step 1: Download and install AirDroid (from the Google Play Store or from http://www.airdroid.com/)

Step 2: Make sure that both your Android device and your computer are connected to the SAME WIFI NETWORK.

At this time, they are still beta-testing the ability to connect both devices on different networks. If you’re interested, browse around on the AirDroid website for more information. I’ll just cover the basics here.

Step 3: Open AirDroid on your Android device.

If you look at the picture below, you’d notice that you are given two web addresses. Don’t worry too much about it.

2013-02-09-10-34-45

Step 4: On your computer, open up your browser (Firefox, Safari, Chrome, or *gasp* Internet Explorer – why do you still use IE?! Stop it!), and go to http://web.airdroid.com/

Alternatively, you can go to the other web address. I find the first one easier to type.

You’ll see this on your computer:

screen-shot-2013-02-09-at-10-51-23-am

Step 5: To connect your computer to your Android device, you have two options.

Option 1: Type in the password that’s displayed on your Android device, and click login.

Option 2: On your Android device, tap on the button with the camera picture and scan the QR code like so:

screen-shot-2013-02-09-at-10-55-20-am 2013-02-09-10-51-58

Once you’ve done that, AirDroid will connect the two devices together!

And you’re done!

You’ll see this on your computer:

screen-shot-2013-02-09-at-10-55-20-am

So… What can you do?

You can also organise your files on your Android device: moving, copying and pasting, or even deleting them! Look at the photo below. It’s a file manager with the standard file management features. There’s also an “Upload” button where you can transfer files (documents, music, videos, photos, basically anything under the sun) between your Android device and your computer over your Wifi network!

screen-shot-2013-02-09-at-10-56-55-am
If you double click on the Music or Video or Photos button on the “desktop”, you can listen to your music, videos, and/or view your photos on your computer browser. You don’t even have to transfer the files to your computer to do that!

The best part is, you can even send and receive SMSes from your phone, tablet, or phablet (half phone, half tablet – stupid name, I know)!

screen-shot-2013-02-09-at-10-56-36-am1

It’ll even access your Android device’s address book to make your life easier.

Oh… There’s also a clipboard function available, so that you can transfer text from your computer to your Android device (let’s say you want to write/paste something on some app, but it was too tedious to copy or type it on your phone/tablet/phablet).

Pretty cool, yeah? I use this a lot to transfer my media files. It really makes life a whole lot easier.