There are a couple of ways you can control your Android device from your PC. However, in this post, I’ll be sharing with us one of my favourite apps doing this. It’s called Air Droid.
Air Droid is a free app on PlayStore that enables you to communicate with your phone through your computer over a network replacing the USB cable connection mode. It functions as a web server, allowing your Android device and your computer to communicate over the network. But first it needs a couple of requirements:
- Your phone needs to be rooted. (Click here to know how to root your phone)
- You need to register with Air Droid to use the service.
- Your phone and PC needs to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network or rather over the internet.
How Can You Control Your Android Device
Ensure you download the app on your phone from Google PlayStore. Sign up with Air Droid and log in with the details on your phone through the app.
After signing in with Air Droid, a dialog box displays allowing you to enable the feature that allows you to view all app and system notifications from your phone on your PC in real time. To turn on the feature now, tap “Enable”. You can also turn on the feature later in the settings.
If you tapped “Enable”, the “Notification access” screen displays. Tap on the “AirDroid Notification Mirror Service” check box. If you tapped “Later”, you can skip the next two steps.
A confirmation dialog box displays. Tap “OK”.
There should be a check mark in the “AirDroid Notification Mirror Service” check box indicating the service is on. Press the “Back” button on your device to return to the AirDroid app.
In the AirDroid app, a web address displays.
Open your browser and go to the URL. The main AirDroid web interface displays and a dialog box opens, allowing you to sign in if you signed up for a free account. To connect to your PC with your device, tap the QR code in the AirDroid app on the device, as shown above. The camera is activated. Aim the camera at the QR code on the PC screen under “Scan QR code”, as shown below. Your device will automatically read the QR code and connect to the PC.
If you’re connected through the same network, the AirDroid app connects using the “Local Connection Mode”.
NOTE: If your Android device and your PC aren’t connected to the same local network but both are connected to the Internet, AirDroid will connect in Remote Connection Mode.
Once you’ve connected, you’ll see AirDroid’s main page, which contains links and statistics about your device. At the bottom right corner, you’ll see the Wi-Fi connection strength, bars of cellular coverage and battery level of your Android device.
You can see more details about your phone by clicking the “Detail” button in the upper-right corner of the screen. This displays more information about your device’s storage and the files it contains.
Now that you are connected, you control your android phone via your PC; transfer files to your device and from your PC, respond to SMS and chats, access your contacts list and even play music and video files from your phone. And most of all, you can manage apps from AirDroid on your PC. You can choose to install and uninstall apps from your desktop only by confirming on your phone.
AirDroid Desktop App
There is also a desktop app for AirDroid. You can download it and perform the same functions as explained above. Sign in with the same details and you’re on to doing away with your USB cable and even get more value for it.