How Do I Manage My Android From My PC? Meet AirDroid 3

Mihir Patkar 01-01-2015

This isn’t the first time we’re writing about AirDroid. It was and is a great web-based client to manage your Android phone from your computer AirDroid - Send SMS, Share Links, Transfer Files & More [Android 2.1+] In the past, we have reviewed many apps that could make your Android phone even more spectacular. We do, in fact, have a great list of the best 100 Android apps we have encountered up... Read More . AirDroid 3 takes things to a new level though, and if you aren’t already using it, it has got enough to tilt you in its favour.


Apart from the web app, AirDroid 3 now also has desktop clients for Windows and Mac, which brings all Android notifications to your desktop and, more importantly, lets you mirror your phone or tablet’s screen on your PC and interact with it using a keyboard and mouse.

What Does AirDroid 3 Do?

AirDroid works best when the phone and PC are connected on the same Wi-Fi network, but it can also work through a remote connection (for example, connecting your phone while you’re out to your home PC). It’s packed full of features:





How Do I Get My Android Screen On My Computer?

The big new feature in AirDroid 3 is called AirMirroring, which basically mirrors your phone’s screen on your Windows or Mac. This only works with the desktop clients, and needs both devices to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Also, you will need a rooted Android device running Android 4.0 and upwards (5.0 Lollipop is not supported at the moment, but should be soon). Learn how to root any Android phone The Complete Guide to Rooting Your Android Phone or Tablet So, you want to root your Android device? Here's everything you need to know. Read More .

We’ve tried plenty of mirroring solutions, but nothing has worked as well, as consistently, and as well as AirDroid. This alone is a game-changer feature and makes the app worth it. And yes, it’s available for free, without needing a premium account. Check out our AirMirroring experience in this quick video:

As you can see, there is still a slight lag between an action on your phone and what you see on your PC screen. You’ll also notice that scrolling and transitions are not as smooth on the PC. But those are small sacrifices for a feature that just works.

AirMirroring lets you do plenty of cool actions, like open your WhatsApp and chat with people directly from your PC, using your keyboard. You can also control your phone with your mouse.


What Are The Problems With AirDroid?


While it’s the best desktop and web client for Android, it’s not yet perfect. The desktop client still doesn’t support a shared clipboard, and the web app’s clipboard is good but not great. While AirDroid is great, I don’t see it entirely replacing Pushbullet yet for this reason alone. Plus, Pushbullet’s cross-platform support for iOS and browsers makes it the best app to transfer data between devices Pushbullet Puts Your Android And PC On The Same Wavelength Find out how you can keep your Android perfectly synced with your PC -- push your phone's notifications to your desktop, share files, and much more! Read More , especially with the universal copy-paste feature.


Payment is a big issue with AirDroid. The rates are actually reasonable, at $20 for a year or $2 per month. But you can only pay with PayPal. No Google Play Store, no Google Wallet. And this is on an app made for Android, to be used with a Google account. So you better learn how to set up a PayPal account How To Set Up a Paypal Account To Pay For Anything I have to admit that Paypal has become my own vehicle of choice for conducting business online. It has become the most common vehicle that clients prefer for sending in payments for work. This makes... Read More . It’s annoying and quite ridiculous.


Should You Get AirDroid?

Yes! A resounding yes! Those two problems aside, it’s still the best Android client for PC, Mac, or Web. And the free version is eminently usable, to a point where you might not even need the premium account.

Download: AirDroid for Android

Download: AirDroid Client for Windows or Mac OS X

Visit: AirDroid


Does AirDroid make it a clear win for Android?

The Android versus  iOS war has been going on for a long time now, but is this the killer software that finally tilts the scales firmly in Android’s favour? As an Android user, would you show this off to your iPhone-toting friends?

As an iOS user, would you consider switching to Android for AirDroid and AirMirror? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Related topics: File Management, Mirroring, Wireless Sync.

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  1. RKBKirin
    November 23, 2016 at 5:08 am

    This functionality is exactly why I gave up my iPhone and switched back to Android. I thought I'd try an iPhone to see what it was like and after all that type with iOS I've had enough of their garbage.
    It's going to be so nice going back to a operation system not designed by engineers instead of the marketing department.

  2. Dean
    June 30, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    What about privacy?

  3. Joe
    May 18, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Do you guys know that a new app called AirMore comes out last week. It can be found in Google play. I've tried it. Not bad. Allows me to manage my phone data on web just like Airdroid does. I especially adore its clean and comfortable interface, like a simple but beautiful drawing. I figure that it may be a good AirDroid alternative in the near future.

  4. indrasen
    February 11, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    can u explain me how does mirroring ??
    And how does it works?

  5. Ari Shrum
    January 6, 2015 at 1:28 am

    I think he meant a real "brick and mortar" Apple STORE.

  6. Coolmemesforever
    January 3, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Nah. Still staying with iPhone. the App Store is better, I can use reflector to monitor and I can go to an APPLE STORE if I need help.

    • Mihir Patkar
      January 5, 2015 at 9:40 am

      Mirroring is just one aspect though. AirDroid is more about a "complete desktop solution" to your Android, which I haven't yet seen for iOS.

      And umm, I'll just politely disagree about the App Store being better :D I don't think it's inferior either, I just think the Play Store and App Store are on par now, one isn't better than the other.

  7. Aj
    January 3, 2015 at 4:55 am

    Was using AirDroid until I stumbled upon Mobizen. Though the site states that bluetooth connection is supported, am unable to and I connect using USB. The advantages being:
    a) Perfect mirroring (and not an emulation like the previous version of AirDroid) and am able to attend to calls/sms without picking my phone
    b) Skip WiFi (3G/LTE pairing) saves battery juice
    c) Secure connection with user based password and two step verification
    d) No rooting required
    e) Its free :-)

    I used to own a Win mobile and Mobiler used to work like a charm with it. Mobiler was light weight, connection was via BT and moreover was able to access the mobile while it was in sleep mode. Am still looking for an desktop app with these features.

    • Mihir Patkar
      January 5, 2015 at 9:39 am

      I've used MobiZen too and I'd agree with you if we were talking about AirDroid 2. But AirDroid 3 is a clear winner, imo.

  8. Ed
    January 3, 2015 at 1:25 am

    So does version 3 now require an account for the web browser app?

    It didn't require an account in lower versions.
    I would like to know.

    • Mihir Patkar
      January 5, 2015 at 9:36 am

      Yup, it does. But your Google account will do.

  9. Ranjan
    January 2, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Teamviewer works better for me. I use it on my PC (Win 7 and Linux), S5 and Nexus 7 (2012). I can jump back and forth between them. It works really well if I need to access a client's machine.

    I'm not wild about transferring files back and forth, and given where I live (Caribbean) it is not always possible.

    The one thing that AirDroid does have going for it is the price. $20/year compared to $700+/year for TeamViewer! It wins hands down in that department.

    • Mihir Patkar
      January 5, 2015 at 9:37 am

      I like TeamViewer, but it's very different from AirDroid, imo. And yeah, the price does help :)

  10. Stoner
    January 2, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    No, we are definitively NOT interested about what i-diots are thinking or believing!

    • Mihir Patkar
      January 5, 2015 at 9:37 am

      Come on, dismissing opinions entirely isn't the way to go either.