AirDroid is one of those apps that I just can’t seem to go without these days. It’s incredibly useful, and everyone I show it to also seems to want to use it. In very broad terms, AirDroid basically acts like a interface between your Android device and your computer, all through a web browser. What this means is that you are able to remotely interact with your Android smartphone or tablet, as long as the Android device and the computer are connected to the same network. It sounds a bit complicated, but believe me, nothing could be simpler.
The application has a ton of uses, but the most useful features for me are the ability to read and send text messages and transfer files without even needing to touch my phone. No more fumbling around for the USB cable to transfer the pictures I took to my PC, now all it takes is opening a link and selecting the pictures I want. I’ll be going through the major features of AirDroid, but chances are that you’ll find something useful to you.
1. How to install
You can head over to the official website by clicking here, or you can get it on the Play Store directly through this link. After downloading, install the app and execute it. You should see the following screen:
Just keep pressing “Next” and then tap the “Start” button at the last screen.You’ll see this screen next:
Doesn’t look like much, huh? You can swipe to the right or tap the “Tools” button at the top to see some useful features, but as you’ll soon find out, that’s not really the point of this app. Go back to the first screen.
2. Exploring AirDroid
Now, to use this app on your PC, all you have to do is visit one of the two addresses mentioned in “Step 1” (remember, the Android device and the PC must be on the same network). Just write one of them on the address bar of your web browser of choice, and press Enter. You’ll see the following website:
It’s pretty self-explanatory. Just type the code seen under “Step 2 ” on the app’s main screen into the box and press the “Login” button. If you see a error, just press the button that allows you to continue. The app in your device should reflect to let you know you connected successfully. You should then be faced with the following screen:
This is where the real meat and bones of the app is. You can see the “Messages” icon showing the number of unread messages so far, and it also allows me to check my received messages and even send one from the website, without even needing to touch my phone! You can see battery and signal info on the bottom bar, as well. The “Music” icon allows you to listen to music from your phone directly on your PC, and lets you download and transfer new tracks between devices as well.
The “Contacts” icon will show you all your contacts along with their info, and you can message them directly as well. The “Apps” icon will show you all your installed applications and allow you to uninstall them remotely, as well as uploading a new app file to install. The rest of the icons are pretty self-explanatory, and work pretty much the same way, allowing you to download and upload images, ringtones, video and so on.
3. Using AirDroid to transfer files remotely
Now, I’ll be explaining in detail how to use this function in particular, as I find it the one I use the best uses of the app, and I bet a lot of you will also find it the most useful. Well, to begin, just like before, click the “Files” icon. You will see this screen:
You can see all your files listed in here, in this case, defaulting to showing all the files on my SD card. You can double click on a folder to open it, and also double click on a file to see it’s contents (as long as it is a valid file, like an image). You can also explore your System partition or any other storage medium if you’re feeling particularly adventurous:
Now, back to transferring files. Simply locate the file you are interested in downloading to your PC and select it by clicking on it. The icon will have a shade of blue around it, indicating it is properly selected. Then, simply press the “Download” button at the top of the window, and you’ll receive the file instantaneously. Pretty handy, huh? But what if you want to transfer a file to your phone, instead? Well, in that case just press the “Upload” button, and you’ll see this screen:
Just drag the file you want to transfer into the window if you have it handy, or use the “Select Files/Folder” buttons to locate it, and press “Open” to select it, and AirDroid will transfer it to your device. It will save to the SD card by default, so you can easily locate it even using AirDroid. And that’s about it for this lesson, I hope it comes in handy and, as always, let us know if you need some help!