The future is wireless and the trend is now being carried over by android phones too . These days a very few people actually prefer to use USB cables for transferring files between their PC’s and their phones / tablets . The reason being transferring files wirelessly is very convenient than transferring files through a USB cable and adding to the advantages, you don’t have to wait beside your PC until the transfers complete. While your files are being transferred to your phone you can carry on with your other works. While many people think that for transferring files wirelessly, you need to have a Wifi card in your PC or Laptop. Well then, sorry to say, but you have actually been leaving in a cave.
There are many apps on the Android store that can help you to transfer files wirelessly between your PC and Android phones . Among these apps, some come with bare and basic features like simply transferring files over WiFi and some add many more exciting features apart from the basic file transferring feature. For me, when it comes to features, I believe in the more the merrier. So in this guide I will make use of an feature packed app to transfer files between a PC and an android phone .
AirDroid is one such popular and feature packed free android app which I use primarily use to transfer files wirelessly across my phone and PC. The app can be used to both receive and send files wirelessly between your PC and android phone. Airdroid is basically an android app which helps to manage your android phone from your PC’s web browser. The web interface of the app is very neat and the usability is the best among all the apps in its class. All in all its simple, beautiful and highly effective .
Usually while transferring files using AirDroid , I always get transfer speeds in excess of 5.5 Mbps, which is pretty much good.
Apart from the file transferring feature, the app has many more useful features like :
- You can view photos from your phone
- You can send send SMS messages from PC
- You can play music / videos from your phone
- You can use your phone’s camera on your PC
- You can take screenshots of your Phone
- You can backup app as apk on your PC
All of this and more can be performed from AirDroid’s PC interface itself . Now lets move ahead and find out how we can use airdroid to transfer files wirelessly between your PC and Android phone over a WiFi network .
What is AirDroid?
AirDroid is a free and fast Android device manager app that allows you to access Android phone/tablet from computer remotely and securely. Manage SMS, files, photos and videos, WhatsApp, Line, WeChat and more on computer.
To start using AirDroid, you first need to install AirDroid on your Android phone or tablet. There is no need to install any software or drivers on your PC/Mac though – an existing web browser (Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari) is enough.
To install AirDroid to your Android device, simply open Google Play Store, search for “AirDroid” and install it.
If you don’t have Google Play Store installed on your Android device, or if Google Play Store says your device is incompatible, you can download the app’s apk file directly from their website: AirDroid.apk.
Quick Guide of AirDroid
To start using AirDroid, you just need to install AirDroid on your Android device, and then open a supported desktop web browser (Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, IE) to access the web address given by AirDroid.
When you open AirDroid on your Android device, you should see something like the screenshot below:
Click on Start to begin the Synchronization process.
There are two web addresses:
http://web.airdroid.com and something like http://192.168.xxx.xxx:8888. You can use either one of them. There’s also a Scan QR Code button at the bottom. It can also be used to sign in to AirDroid.
Let’s review different sign in options.
1. Using AirDroid account:
1)Open AirDroid on your Android device. Click User icon and sign in with your AirDroid account.
2)Open a web browser, and visit web.airdroid.com, sign in with the same AirDroid account, and you’ll connect to your Android device instantly.
2. Using QR code:
1)Open a web browser, and visit web.airdroid.com, you should see a black QR code on the right side.
2)Go to AirDroid on your Android device, and press the Scan QR Code button at the bottom, and point your Android device’s camera at the QR code to scan it. And you should be then be able to sign in.
3. Using IP address
You can also use the IP address like http://192.168.xxx.xxx:8888. For example, my own address displayed in AirDroid is http://192.168.0.102:8888. Your address should be a little different. Enter the address in a web browser, and your Android device will instantly get a connection request as below:
Press Accept, and you’ll sign in to AirDroid.
“AirDroid just made my life much more easier and at the end, Bye USB cables!”