AirDroid – Send SMS, Share Links, Transfer Files & More [Android 2.1+]

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airdroid app reviewIn the past, we have reviewed many apps that could make your Android phone even more spectacular – MightyText & MobiTexter to let you send text messages from your browser, Auto SMS to schedule and automate text message replies, Site To Phone to share links and text to your smartphone, FTP Droid to transfer files to your device and many more. We do, in fact, have a great list of the best 100 Android apps we have encountered up to now, if you’re interested.

Today, I will take a look at another extremely useful Android app by the name of AirDroid, which was featured in Chris’ 6 Ways To Take Screenshots On Android and can do many of the things I have previously mentioned, plus a few more. Not only is it capable of many functions that could be achieved with additional third-party apps, but it also looks extremely slick. I say this because the website and the Android app itself, the “desktop” interface with which you manage your phone, all look like they were made by an Apple web designer or something.

No Desktop Programs To Download – Just Visit One Website

One of the cooler parts of using AirDroid is the way you hook up your computer to your phone. When you launch the app in your Android device, you are given an IP address and a URL (web.airdroid.com) which you will then visit on your computer (which must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network that your phone is on).

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Once you are at either the IP address or web.airdroid.com on your computer, you will see two tabs, Express and Secure on the right.

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If you are at home or at your office, you can use the Express tab, while the Secure tab can be for settings such as a coffee shop, the airport, etc. You can now type in the passcode that is displayed on your Android phone’s screen, though you can also make up your own passcode in the AirDroid Android app settings if you typed the IP address. Or you can tap on the camera icon in the same screen of the phone app to scan the QR code on your computer screen.

I definitely recommend the latter method as it makes the connection much faster of course. Once you scan the QR code, it will take a few seconds to show you the beautiful “desktop” where you can see your phone’s memory and free space, manage your phone’s files, share URLs and more.

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Send Text Messages, URLs & Files From Your Computer

One of the other features I definitely enjoy is AirDroid’s messaging feature. Just click the Messages icon or the New Message icon in the top Google Play search bar that has AirDroid’s logo. You can read, delete and even send text messages, all from your computer and with the comfort of a full-size keyboard.

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If you are away on other web browser tabs but keep AirDroid’s web app open, the AirDroid tab will even flash notifications when you receive new text messages.

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Transferring files is another feature I absolutely keep coming back to AirDroid for.

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It is seamless – just open the Files icon on the desktop interface and upload files from your computer. Or better yet, drag and drop files to the Files window.

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You can also explore, download (in .apk) and uninstall your phone apps from the web interface.

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There is also a clipboard widget where you can see the text that you copied on your Android phone, and a URL widget where you can paste links to open up in your Android phone’s browser.

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The AirDroid web app also has four desktops (with calendar and weather widgets) so you can easily organize and separate your tasks.

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Take Screenshots Wirelessly

If your phone is rooted (it’s really not that difficult – it just takes some time to read all the guides), you can even take screenshots of your phone and potentially record screencasts as well, though these are experimental features. Back when I didn’t dare to root my phone for fear of bricking it, I had relied on the Android SDK’s Dalvik Debug Monitor tool as well as AShot to take screenshots, both of which worked well, but involved finding and plugging a USB cable between the computer and the phone.

Now that I have the AirDroid app, I can take screenshots wirelessly and effortlessly. Just click on the Screenshot widget on the AirDroid web app, accept the root permission prompt on your phone that asks you to authorize AirDroid and screencapture away.

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New screens on your Android phone will update in real-time on the Screenshot widget on the website with virtually no delay, which is a delight to work with if you frequently blog about Android apps.

Manage Phone Memory, Kill Tasks & More

In the Tools tab of its Android app, AirDroid has a few more utilities that you may find handy.

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You can open up Tasks to view a list of currently running processes, which you can even stop or kill.

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With the Device tool, you can see a detailed view of your phone’s stats, including read-only memory, SD card space, and battery temperature.

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Basically, You Won’t Regret Downloading AirDroid One Bit

The AirDroid’s web app is fast becoming one of my most visited sites on my computer for many reasons. AirDroid allows me to take screenshots easily, transfer and organize my files, uninstall apps, use my keyboard to type SMS’s instead of having to reach my phone for every new message, and more. If you have an Android phone, you will find AirDroid indispensable.

Download the app from Google Play or scan the QR code, which you can also find on AirDroid’s website.

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How do you manage your phone? What do you recommend to wirelessly manage your Android phone? We would love to read your comments and suggestions below.

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Chris Hoffman

AirDroid is really amazing. Really, really amazing. I can’t express how awesome it is!

Jessica Cam Wong

Chris, I totally agree on the superlatives! The interface is gorgeous as well.

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samilux

awesome ..cool thanks

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Garey Boone

This is an app that should come installed right out of the box it’s easily one of my most used apps.

Jessica Cam Wong

Same here! I use it mostly for the SMS feature so I can type from my computer keyboard, which is always better than a phone’s touchscreen keyboard.

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Tanguy Djokovic

wow this looks like an app I’m going to take a look at :) thanks for that

Jessica Cam Wong

Let us know what you think of it!

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Tanguy Djokovic

do you know if it would work on a tablet? would we be able to send and receive text though the tablet?

Tablet – Phone
Tablet – PC

woud those combination work?

Kelly Buchanan

I don’t believe it has tablet-phone capabilities but I use it wit h my (Xoom) tablet-pc and it works great!

Jessica Cam Wong

I agree with Kelly. I use AirDroid with my Acer A500 tablet and I can confirm tablet-PC connection works perfectly. I guess you could try connecting your tablet to your phone via Bluetooth.

Syd M

While I’ve never tried it myself, Tablet – Phone connection via AirDroid should technically be possible. As long as both the tablet and phone are connected to the same network, you should be able to manage your phone via the tablet by opening AirDroid’s interface on the tablet’s web browser. I don’t know if vice versa is also possible, but it can’t hurt to also give it a shot. :)

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Kelly Buchanan

I love this app. I use it all the time. I’m glad it’s getting some press!

Jessica Cam Wong

I absolutely love it as well. I’m glad to hear that so many people are AirDroid fans.

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Yudono Ra

this apps is so cool, thanks for sharing :)

Jessica Cam Wong

You’re welcome!

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Allen Barnett

I have used this app for quite some time. It is totally awesome. Thanks for putting it out there for all to check out.

Jessica Cam Wong

You’re welcome! For me, it’s truly a pleasure for me to talk about apps I love.

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Becky Bowman

My phone was stolen on Sunday. Would this app have helped me recover some files that weren’t backed up?

Jessica Cam Wong

Sorry to hear about your phone. Unfortunately, I don’t think that’s going to work because I’m guessing this app was not installed on your phone before being stolen. Plus, you need to have both the phone and the computer with you in order to see the passcode or scan the QR code.

Perhaps you can look at some of the questions on stolen phones posted on our MakeUseOf Answers site by users who are on the same situation as you: http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/tag/stolen-phone/.

You could also check out Evan’s article about 2 Ways To Recover A Lost Or Stolen Phone (http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/2-easy-ways-recover-lost-stolen-android-phone/).

Good luck, Becky!

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Vampie C.

THis is one of the greatest apps that are out there.

Everybody who want to make a connection between the phone and then PC, sould use this. :-)

Jessica Cam Wong

I concur!

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Sameer N

Thanks for sharing. Was looking for something like this.
I was trying for the Samsung app Kies Air which says it does the similar thing, but it don’t connect properly and is also not compatible with all Samsung phones.

Jessica Cam Wong

Well, there you go! Plus, I’m 99.9% certain this app works with all Android phones, Samsung-branded or not.

Let us know if it works out for you!

Sameer N

Worked well for me. And it is very fast and got a nice interface. Awesome. Loving it :)

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Edgar Meixueiro

This is a great app. You can do many many things wirelessly.

Jessica Cam Wong

I absolutely agree!

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shimmy

LACKS USB CONNECTION SUPPORT

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jen

I like the idea of it, but for me it goes SO SLOW! Takes literally hours to transfer photos to or from phone!
Is it just me?

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Paul Nockolds

Is this very similar to MyPhoneExplorer which works brilliantly on my HTC phone as the HTC syncing software is useless

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Nohl Lyons

I fricken love this app! It’s up there with Evernote and Pulse.

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Nohl Lyons

one cool trick is that you can view running tasks, see one you don’t recognize and copy the text for a google search.

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