Since its launch there by the year 2011, AirDroid has become the quintessential Android mobile remote control tool. The people at Sand Studio have been almost allowing us to forget all the cables and drivers at the time of connect our devices to the computer and transfer files between both computers, or control our terminal directly from the PC.
However, there are those who are not yet familiar with this tool, which today accumulates more than 10 million installations on Google Play. In this guide we will explain everything you need to learn how to use AirDroid, and incidentally comment on all the advantages of this utility, the best alternatives that exist and many more secrets about one of the most useful tools that can be used.
What is AirDroid and how does it work?
Roughly, AirDroid is a tool that allows you to access and manage any Android device from a Windows or Mac computer No wires needed and totally free. The application
To work, the application is based on the Wi-Fi connection. Therefore, our Android device must be connected to the same network as the computer. However, if you have a subscription Premium AirDroid – paid – it is possible to control the device remotely without having the mobile connected to the same network.
One of the great advantages of this tool with respect to other alternatives is its Easy to use. It has a simple and intuitive interface that emulate a desktop operating system, with mens and icons that make the control intuitive. In addition, it offers the possibility of installing the application on the computer, as well as access AirDroid from the browser, something useful when we need to control the device on a computer that is not ours.
What can you use AirDroid for?
Since AirDroid allows access the Android device directly from the computer, the tool hides great potential. These are some of the functions for which the service can be used:
Transfer files between Android device and computer without wires.
Access to the device and remote control without the need for root or cables.
Receiving and sending SMS from the computer.
Control of mobile notifications from the computer.
Reply messages from applications like WhatsApp, Telegram or Facebook Messenger from the computer.
Make or answer voice calls from the computer.
Control the device camera from the computer.
Uninstall apps from the device from the computer or transfer APK files.
Make full backup copies of the Android device on your computer.
Clipboard synchronized between mobile and computer.
Search for lost or stolen Android device.
Access to the applications and multimedia content of the Android device from the computer.
How to use AirDroid step by step
Now that we have seen everything that can be done with AirDroid, it is time to learn how to use the tool. First, be necessary download the application on the Android device, either through Google Play or Downloading the APK file of AirDroid that the developer company offers on its official website.
Once the application has been installed on the device, It is necessary to create an account if you do not have a. However, the platform also offers the possibility of logging in with our Google or Facebook account. In any case, it will be necessary to configure a password to add an extra layer of security. And if we don't want to register, AirDroid allows use the tool without a user account.
It is now when the time comes to configure the desktop tool. To do this, there are two options: the first, download the full version of AirDroid for free, available on both Windows and Mac, or Access AirDroid from the browser using the web version.
Now, there are two ways to associate the Android device to start using it through AirDroid. If an account has been created, the device should appear in the list of compatible terminals – keep in mind that you can only have two devices associated with a free account. Otherwise, a QR code that you will have to scan through the AirDroid application from your mobile to perform the configuration.
And that's it. When the configuration is done, if possible access and use the different utilities offered by AirDroid, such as the file explorer, the music player or the galley.
Therefore, now is the time to get the most out of the tool. In case of wanting move files between both devices, we are offered the toolbox, from which be able to move content from the computer to the mobile quickly. Just choose what type of content you want to send, drag it to the Toolbox window, and it will appear in the inbox of the AirDroid app on the Android device.
If, on the other hand, it is desired send a message from the computer, simply access the AirDroid "Messages" application, select the recipient and compose the message before sending it. And the same with the call application.
For remotely control the mobile, view notifications on the computer or locate the phone, it is necessary to access the AirDroid settings on the mobile and, in the section Security and remote features, activate the corresponding options. Depending on the function, we may be asked to grant access to certain permissions.
A detail to keep in mind is that to control the mobile from the computer remotely with AirMirror root permissions are required. However, the application offers the possibility of using this utility without being superuser. To do this, just follow a few simple steps:
- Activate USB debugging on your mobile and connect it to the computer by cable by selecting the option “Only charge”.
- If you use the desktop version: Open AirDroid and enter the AirMirror section (icon with binoculars)
- If you use the web version: in Chrome, touch the AirMirror icon and install the AirMirror Plugin extension.
In this way, you begin to see the screen of the Android device in a small window of your computer, and you can control it with the keyboard and mouse.
AirDroid and AirMirror, how are they different?
If you have started using AirDroid to use your remote control function, you will have noticed that This function is not available on the platform's home screen. This is because, in order to operate the device from the computer, you need to install an extra application called AirMirror, Available totally free on Google Play.
AirMirror is based on the same technology as AirDroid, and in fact be necessary Sign in with our AirDroid account to be able to do it. In addition, it is also intended to perform remote assistance operations – for example, to troubleshoot a relative or friend's device. In the latter case, it will be necessary to have the AirDroid Remote Support application installed on the device to be controlled, and the association will be carried out through a 9-digit number code.
The best alternatives to AirDroid for remote control of the mobile from the PC
Although this is the most popular and veteran tool, AirDroid is not the remote control and synchronization application that exists on Android. You can use other alternatives that, in some cases, have functions that we did not find in the application developed by Sand Studio, and these are the best:
Created and maintained by the ClockworkMod team, one of the most famous modified recovery platforms, Vysor is one of the most popular alternatives to AirDroid. The application can be downloaded for free, although it is a trial version and it is necessary to checkout to continue using the tool.
Vysor offers the possibility of view and control the device screen from the computer, to run apps or games using the keyboard and mouse. In addition to cable, the possibility of connecting wirelessly via Wi-Fi is included.
Another popular remote control tool for Android devices is Teamviewer. It is a multiplatform service, mainly intended for remote assistance, which as Vysor offers the possibility of controlling the device from a computer. An interesting aspect of this app that does not exist in AirDroid, is the fact that it can control the computer from the mobile.