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manage android phone from pcOur Android devices have plenty of information on them that sometimes we’d like to transfer over to our computers so that we can manipulate that information, use it with our computer’s programs, or simply save as a backup location for your phone’s information.

However, after all these years I’ve never really heard of any software that can do this. At most, I’ve heard about Android notifications that can be displayed on your computer, but that’s about it.  Thankfully, that is about to change.

About Moborobo

Moborobo is the perfect management companion to Android devices. Virtually all devices are supported, but you can check to make sure by going to this page. Moborobo is an all-in-one solution to manage just about anything on your phone, directly from your computer.

Installation

Installation is pretty easy. Simply head over to this page to download Moborobo for your Windows computer, and run through the setup wizard. Once you launch the application, you’ll need to connect your Android device to your computer via USB cable. Make sure that you have “USB debugging enabled” before you plug in your device. Moborobo will then try to download and install an Android driver so that it can communicate your phone.

This may work sometimes, but in case it doesn’t (which happened to me), you’ll need to install a “Mobo Daemon” onto your Android device (which you can install by following this link on your device) so that the software on your computer can communicate with the device via Wi-Fi. Once the daemon finishes installing, launch it to get your verification code. Enter the code into the software, and the computer and Android device should pair up provided they are connected to the same WiFi network.

Home Tab

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Once the pairing is complete, you’ll be presented with a lot of statistics and other information about your device. This includes everything from the firmware and battery level to storage space and data statistics. It’s very nice to have a well-designed overview of your device’s information.

Data Tab

manage android phone from computer

In the next tab, you’ll find plenty of data that is stored on your phone and otherwise hard to back up via computer. This includes your text messages, call log data, and contact information. While contacts are backed up to your Google account, it may be helpful to have another copy of that information on your computer for other uses. You can find the backup and restore button for all of these among the top panel.

The great thing about the Data tab is that, for text messages, you can receive notifications, read, and respond to messages directly from Moborobo. At the time of writing there is a bug with the timestamps when sending out messages from Moborobo directly, but I’m sure that it’ll get fixed soon, and overall it’s a great feature to have.

Apps Tab

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In the Apps tab, you can look at all the apps that are currently installed on your device, as well as install a few more if you wish. Moborobo also makes some suggestions of its own, but these apps aren’t found in the Google Play Store.

Tunes, Images, & Videos Tabs

manage android phone from computer

In the Tunes, Images, and Videos tabs, you’ll be able to look through those respective types of data directly from your computer. You can also play music and videos by simply clicking on them. You can also choose to sync music, images, and videos from your computer to your device if you so desire.

Themes Tab

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Last but not least, Moborobo offers some themes that you can apply to your device. Just be aware that these themes are intended for the Mobo Launcher, a replacement to whichever home launcher you currently use. If you would like to try them out, you’ll need to click on Mobo Launcher in the left panel to install it to your device.

Conclusion

Moborobo is a fantastic way to get quick and easy access to your Android device’s data straight from your computer. Its WiFi connection works astonishingly well, and thanks to the verification code it is also safe, so there aren’t any concerns about other people reading the data from your Android device. If you work on your computer a lot and want everything to run through it so you don’t have to constantly check your device, give Moborobo a try!

Is an all-in-one management tool for Android devices on a computer necessary in your opinion? What do you do to manage your device? Let us know in the comments!

  1. Kannon Y
    September 3, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    This is a really great find, Danny. Thanks a million!

  2. Kelly Buchanan
    June 28, 2012 at 1:54 am

    I like Airdroid but I will have to try this out!

  3. Ben
    June 19, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    I did not know this kind of software existed!

  4. Christopher Hayden
    June 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Sounds like a good app im going to try it out

  5. e
    June 15, 2012 at 7:54 am

    So this app is great and all, but isn't there anything out there where you can actually connect to the computer and adjust the panes of apps on the phone....I mean come on I have like 100 apps on my Gs2 and I have to arrange all of them by trying to move the phone around while holding onto the icon..gimme a break...my gs2 broke and I just got the replacement today and have to reinstall all of the apps, not to mention arrange them......I want a simple interface for use on a computer like you get when you plug an iphone into your computer and you can, for the most part, manage your phone and the layout, folders and panes for apps......

    Someone save me from this madness

    • Danny Stieben
      June 15, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      I'm not quite sure what you mean. Are you talking about the phone's home screen launcher?

      • e
        June 21, 2012 at 5:28 am

        OK have you ever used itunes to connect to an iphone or ipod? If so it brings up the phone interface on the computer so that you can arrange your apps on the pages you want, to create folders, etc...it is so much easier to manage your apps because you can use a mouse instead of this holding and turning crap that you have to do to arrange your apps on the phone itself....come on...some one on here knows what I'm talking about, this app Moborobo does not give you any interface to arrange your apps into folders and specify which page on your phone it will be placed, it only gives you a list of apps, what good is that?

        • Danny Stieben
          June 21, 2012 at 10:45 pm

          Oh I see what you're saying. Well I think it's not really a feature most Android users desire as (for what I know) they're content with rearranging them on the phone itself. Plus there are a good number of launchers that can be installed from the Play Store, so it's impossible to program such a feature into Moborobo because each launcher is different. It's not the same launcher for all devices like with iOS.

          I also doubt AirDroid offers the ability to rearrange the icons.

        • Train
          September 30, 2012 at 6:32 pm

          Seriously? I think you better think before you decide to speak for others. Arranging icons on an Android phone is the most annoying and difficult feature I have ever delt with on any device. If others are content then it is due to the fact they have no other choice.

  6. Hasitha Chaturanga
    June 15, 2012 at 2:52 am

    this is cool does it work for all versions of android

    • Danny Stieben
      June 15, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      It should work with all Android phones with a certain Android version or higher. I can't find what Android version is the minimum, but I'd assume that you should be fine if you have 2.1 or higher.

  7. Shehan Nirmal
    June 7, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    This would be so helpful to one of my teachers....

    • Danny Stieben
      June 15, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      That's great! I'm happy to hear about how apps like these could help people. :)

  8. John Smith
    June 6, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Just got on Moborobo and its a beast, have most of the functions I need and it quick as transferring videos too. I totally love the theme and sms function. Personally I would say AirDroid is pretty good abit unstable and shit with lousy internet, Moborobo is more stable but they can improve on the overall design....

  9. John Smith
    June 6, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Personally AirDroid is pretty good, but it gets pretty annoying with shitty internet and it takes ages to transfer one lousy video clip of 28mb....this application is pretty good pretty stable pretty decent transferring speed and I just love the SMS function and the file library. Still testing it out but so far so good. But they could update the design alittle bit...

    • Danny Stieben
      June 15, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      I'm glad you're enjoying it! I do believe Moborobo is fairly well equipped with its features.

  10. Bouke Versteegh
    June 6, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Havent checked the above app yet, but ive been
    using aidroid so far, and like it very much.

  11. Pawe? Wilkos
    June 5, 2012 at 10:45 am

    +1 for AirDroid.

    I haven't tested Moborobo but it seems AirDroid has all the Moborobo's features. And you don't have to install anything on your computer(assuming you have supported browser).

    • Chris Hoffman
      June 10, 2012 at 8:41 am

      AirDroid is definitely awesome. I love how it works over wifi without any USB cables or computer software installation. Probably one of my favorite Android apps.

    • Danny Stieben
      June 15, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      As I mentioned in an above comment, I'll have to thoroughly try out AirDroid.

  12. Graham
    June 5, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Not sure about 'the best' tag TBH. Check out MyPhoneExplorer. You can actually operate your phone from your pc/laptop and sync Outlook etc.

    • Danny Stieben
      June 15, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      I'll have to check MyPhoneExplorer out! Thanks for the tip, Graham!

  13. Vipul Jain
    June 5, 2012 at 5:15 am

    A TeamViewer vice versa, looks interesting.

  14. Jon Smith
    June 4, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    are there any for iphone? I looked up CopyTrans but WOT gave it red so Im doubtful of that one

    • Danny Stieben
      June 12, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Sorry, but not that I know of. That would be a good question to send to MUO Answers!

  15. ByteTraveler
    June 4, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Gave it a try, and while nifty, I fail to see the point. Everything it offers is already a native feature of Android.

    About the only thing I spotted that's not available natively in Android is backup of SMS messages, but my provider already does that, so again... I'm missing the point.

    • Danny Stieben
      June 15, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      Your provider does that? Would you mind sharing which provider that is?

  16. Nikolay Kolev
    June 4, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    How is this better than AirDroid?! How can you claim it to be "the best" without comparisons?

  17. Henree Arriola de Garcia
    June 4, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I'm an AirDroid fan... but this one looks amazing!

    • Danny Stieben
      June 15, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      Great to hear! :)

    • Edgar Meixueiro
      July 8, 2012 at 11:52 pm

      I agree!

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