Connecting Your Droid to Your Computer with AirDroid
There are two reasons that I absolutely love this app. The first reason is that it provides a simple way for me to transfer pictures and video from my phone to my computer…without data cords. The second reason is that I can text message my friends from my computer. I love multi-tasking and having to stop what I am doing on the computer to pick up my phone and text someone can get annoying. With AirDroid I can leave it open in a browser tab and switch back and forth easily. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but it’s cool. The app also allows you to browse your SD card and file system and you can clean all kinds of junk out of there. It’s also much easier to do on a large computer screen 🙂
The only requirement for it to work is you have to be on a wireless network. Unfortunately it doesn’t work over your phone’s data connection. So, now that prerequisites are out of the way let me show you this wonderful app.
Step #1 – Download AirDroid
Simply go to the Google Play Store on your phone and do a search for “AirDroid”. You should see it pop up fairly quickly. Oh, look at that. It’s free! Go ahead and download it.
Step #2 – Getting Started
When you first open the app you will this screen. If you feel like reading through all the help tips, just click “Next”. If you want to start immediately, click “Start”.
Step #3 – Establish a Connection
Once you finish looking at the help tips and get to the start screen, getting connected is very simple. You should see the following screen.
To connect you simply open up your favorite Internet browser. You can see there are two different URLs. You can type either one of them in to the address bar of your browser and you will be connected. I always type the IP address. Once that initial connection is made, you will hear your phone’s notification sound and you will be prompted to login. Simply enter the code listed, in this case it’s “4DD140” or you can scan the QR code with your phone’s camera that is being displayed on your computer screen. Once you have logged in, you will hear another notification sound and then you will see your phone’s “desktop”.
That’s it. Your phone is now connected to your computer. Feel free to download or transfer pictures, videos, music or anything else you want. Opening the Messages app will allow you to send and receive text messages. Everything is pretty intuitive since it all works just like your phone, so there is nothing to learn! It’s just like using your phone, except you’re on a bigger screen! Now tell me that isn’t cool.
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