AirDroid provides an easy way to manage apps, files, contacts, ringtones, media and much more
Android is designed as a completely standalone product able to function without the need for a desktop companion app. This is a good thing. Yet there are times when being able to connect your phone to the desktop is a good thing. Being able to get at your pictures or other media, without necessarily even needing to take your phone out of your pocket, is undeniably convenient. This is the proposition presented by AirDroid, one of the most powerful phone-browser extensions currently available. It enables you to connect your phone to the web browser on any desktop and view its contents in real time. With AirDroid you can quickly and easily copy files between your desktop and phone, and it all happens wirelessly – you don’t even need to plug the phone in. In this tutorial we will take a look at the best features in AirDroid, and show you how to get started with this essential tool. The tool is compatible with any modern Android device running 2.1 and up.
Install the app
Find the AirDroid app in Google Play and install it. Upon launch, you’ll need to select the Google account you wish to use, then give permission for the app to perform various tasks. In your browser, open http://web.airdroid.comand sign in with the same Google account.
Your browser window should display icons for native Android features such as Photos, Contacts and Call Logs. Each of these – and more – can be accessed from the browser, where you can also stream MP3, capture screenshots and upload data to your Android device.
Various data transfer options are available using AirDroid. Among these is the ability to wirelessly upload and download video, music and photos from your phone to your PC. AirDroid also offers streaming of music and video (the latter requiring QuickTime) to your browser.
Data, URLs, whatever’s on your computer clipboard and even APK files can be uploaded to your Android device via AirDroid, which essentially enables you to sync data without the need for a USB cable. Use the Toolbox to browse, or drag data from your desktop.
You can even take screen grabs of your phone’s display with AirDroid using the Screenshot tool. Once launched, this requires root permission to be given. The Screenshot window displays whatever is running on your smartphone. Click the camera button to capture a screenshot.