Free App that Lets Your Devices Wirelessly Interact
AirDroid Desktop is an Android app that allows you to manage your phone's files, text messages, and incoming calls from any computer. You can also control your device remotely using the service and all you originally needed for this is a web browser, but this is the free and downloadable desktop version and works just as well as the browser version.
You don’t need a USB cable to connect your Android device to your computer for transferring files anymore. You might have lost or damaged your cable and are having trouble at the moment, and that’s still fine. AirDroid Desktop helps you access your Android and even your Apple devices by using the internet. It’s mostly similar to how AirDrop from Apple works: a wireless connection forms between your devices and you can freely control your other device on your PC. You can do file transfers, get text messages and reply to them on your computer, move your game apps and play on your PC instead, and even remote-control your phone’s camera to see what’s happening around it. Your device doesn’t even have to be nearby, like with Bluetooth—you can still check out your Android device even if you’re miles away. Unfortunately, this means that AirDroid heavily relies on the internet to work, and if you don’t have any connection, you might as well go back to using a cable or Bluetooth.
All for One
The best thing about AirDroid, when compared to its rivals, is that it’s compatible with several different platforms, even when they have different operating systems from Android. AirDroid is free to a certain point, but it still doesn’t skimp out on you and will let you have the convenience of wirelessly transferring files or texting back without touching your phone. The freedom of cross-platform service can always be felt when you have devices from different brands. You could own a Microsoft PC and an Apple tablet and AirDroid can still help you sync the two so you could transfer photos between them. However, the problems with this wide access once again come from the need of web connection. Compared to the syncing of a Mac laptop and an iPhone via AirDrop, AirDroid may turn out to be slower if you sync one of the two with another device different in OS. There’s also the ever-present risk of getting viruses from the internet.
There’s Always a Price
AirDroid and its desktop client offer increased productivity even if you don’t pick up your phone or tablet. It’s easy to use and highly convenient if you’re in a pinch. AirDroid’s premium offer only improves your usage of the app and adds more tempting incentives atop its already-generous free offer. Unfortunately, it won’t always be secure since it uses the internet as its pathway to your devices, and you should always have your antivirus programs ready, just in case.