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How to transfer files from Android to PC or Mac remotely

AirDroid is a simple and effective solution to control your Android smartphone or tablet remotely via your computer, either a PC or a Mac. The app is great because you can transfer files to your computer or vice versa, as well as screencast if you have root access. Here’s how to get started using this cool tool that is one of the prized jeweled apps of the Android OS.

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We gave it a whirl on the Nexus 7, where it worked fluidly, thanks in part to a solid connection. AirDroid has 3 functions: file transfer, remote control and screencasting (screen mirroring), the latter works as long as your phone is rooted. There are also additional features with the paid version.

First you’ll want to install AirDroid, which is available for free in the Play Store.

AirDroid: Remote access & File Install on Google Play

Once installed, you can choose to create an account or continue without signing up. If you connect to AirDroid outside of the same network, you will likely be asked to create an account and login again. To connect your smartphone to your computer, it couldn’t be simpler: just open the app on your Android device and open the AirDroid URL on your PC or MAC. Here, you will find the information to login, or you can simply scan the QR code from the AirDroid app.

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Setting up AirDroid is easily done, plus you don't even need to set up an account, just scan the QR code. © AndroidPIT

If you want to use AirDroid for screen mirroring, which means that your smartphone screen will show up on your PC screen, you must have rooted your Android device beforehand. If this is the case, when launching the screen casting, you’ll get asked for permissions via SuperSU.

Once connected, you can access files that you have on your Android device, copy and transfer them back and forth your computer. The premium version allows you to transfer files larger than 100 MB, but that is about it. On the other hand though, the standard version allows you to use the camera of your Android.

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You can transfer files to and from your PC from your Android, it's super useful! © AndroidPIT

In addition, the app gives you an overview of the storage and memory status of your device, as well as shortcuts to share and transfer files between PC (or MAC) to manage things like music files, videos, missed calls etc. Another extra from the premium version is the you can make calls directly from your PC.

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And, you'll see details about your internal storage and memory on your PC screen. © AndroidPIT

In summary, AirDroid is pretty darn simple, and it has a lot of potential. The interface is intuitive, and the fact that you can make calls with the premium version is a nice addition, in addition to a few extras like some system settings, like a tethering toggle. I use AirDroid to install APKS from my computer just by scanning the QR code.

Did you give it a try? What do you think?

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  • Android Manager tools offer two options to transfer files including both USB and WiFi. If you have USB cable in hand, then you can connect your phone with PC via USB and then transfer your files. If you havn't, just scan the code on the program and transfer your file to PC wirelessly. You can get the detail information here:
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    https://goo.gl/lvNDMI

  • rttra 3 months ago Link to comment

    The android device data transfer was a long question, i think it's very convenient to use a mobile phone file transfer and backup app to help. Just few simple steps to transfer everything from your phone to computer. http://www.android-file-manager.com/

  • Gajjmki 6 months ago Link to comment

    Use some android assistant program( http://tinyurl.com/android-file-transfer-windows ) .You can transfer files from your device to a computer.Transfer photos, music, and other files between your phone and computer easily using a USB cable.

  • Emi Chang 10 months ago Link to comment

    Thanks for sharing, i'll try this. And i know some mobile phone transfer app could also help.

  • zxcv qwer 11 months ago Link to comment

    Thanks for sharing, yes, a mobile file Transfer could help, and there're many this kind of app, google it to know more.

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    Gallky 11 months ago Link to comment

    Use some android assistant program(http://tinyurl.com/android-file-transfer-windows) .You can transfer files from your device to a computer.Transfer photos, music, and other files between your phone and computer easily using a USB cable.

  • Hilko R. Jul 16, 2014 Link to comment

    I am personally a fan of Pushbullet. works for messages/text/links/pics/files and it's even possible to sync notifications as popups to Chrome with a plugin.
    best. app. ever.

  • Cool, thanks for the guide.

  • try ES File Explorer and Windows File Sharing, it's super easy and you have your entire hard drive on your phone. Another option is using ES File Explorer as FTP Server so you can create a shortcut on your desktop and access your entire phone storage as easy as pie, like your local hard drive, ALL OVER WIRELESS and without any additional process... :)

    • My1 Jul 11, 2014 Link to comment

      I have my XAMPP and Solid explorer does the connections on the phone side, so I can "download" my videos from my PC.

  • My1 Jul 11, 2014 Link to comment

    well I like airdroid from before 2.0 as you can set a predefined password which simply works, so I dont have to grab the phone from the other end of my Wifi...

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