Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Control Your Android from a Browser in your computer

With AirDroid for Android, you can control your Android phone with your web browser. You can do all sort of activities like transfer of files to and fro, sending text messages, Playing music, managing applications, viewing photos … all without installing anything on your computer.

AirDroid is completely free; it doesn’t even contain ads. It functions as a web server, allowing your Android device and your computer to communicate over the network.
AirDroid is available for free from the Android Market. It supports Android 2.1 and later. Android 4.0 isn’t as well supported at the moment.

Launch the AirDroid app once it’s installed and tap Start to start the AirDroid server.
AirDroid  shows you the IP address to enter into your web browser’s address bar.
You’ll see a login page. Use the code from your Android to log in. This prevents unauthorized access to your device.

Make sure both your Android and computer are on the same network. If you don’t see a login page, your Android device and computer are probably on different networks. If your computer is connected via a wired connection, it is possible the Wi-Fi network and wired network are isolated from each other.

AirDroid’s Home Screen

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.

Clicking on the Detail link, more information about your device’s storage and the files are displayed.

You can perform various Actions using the buttons available on the home screen like below:

Managing Files: Click Files to view the contents of your SD card. If you want to clean out your file system, deleting files from here is quicker than going through a file manager on your Android. Use the right-click menu to manage files — Delete deletes them permanently, while Export downloads them to your computer. Export as ZIP downloads several files or directories to your computer as a single file.

Use the Import button to add files to your device over the air, without lifting that USB cable.

For Sending Text Messages: Using the Message panel you can send SMS right from your browser/computer. No need to pick up your Android and type messages in; participate in a conversation right from your web browser. The Contacts and Call Logs panels allow you to browse your Android’s contacts and view its call history.

For Playing Music: Using the Music panel, you can search for the music and play — you’ll get a widget that stays on AirDroid’s home screen.
The same Export and Import options allow you to transfer music files to and from your device. To manage Ring tones use the Ringtones panel

To View Photos: Using the Photos panel, browse your photos to view on bigger screen.

To Manage Apps: Using the Photos panel, you can view your device’s installed apps. You can search for specific apps, or sort them by their size or installation date.
Use the Uninstall button to remove an app or the Export button to download it as an APK file to your computer. If you want to install an app from an APK file, use the Install App button to upload it to your device and install it. To install apps from the Android Market, click the Market icon. You’ll have to confirm each app removal and installation by tapping the option on your Android’s screen.

Using the Clipboard: If you want to copy and paste between your computer and your Android, use the Clipboard option. The From Device button copies the clipboard from your device into the clipboard box. The To Device button sends the text in the box to the Android clipboard.

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