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How to manage your Android device via a computer

One of the most powerful desktop managers (Windows only), Moborobo works with both Android & iOS (iOS 7) devices.

Jun 08, 2015, 08.00 AM IST
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One of the most powerful desktop managers (Windows only), Moborobo works with both Android & iOS (iOS 7) devices
One of the most powerful desktop managers (Windows only), Moborobo works with both Android & iOS (iOS 7) devices
Managing contacts, messages and files on the smartphone can be tedious. Karan Bajaj and Hitesh Raj Bhagat list the free tools that let you manage your Android device from a PC.

AIRDROID: FILE & NOTIFICATIONS

One of our favourite apps when it comes to managing an Android device from the PC. You get access to your entire phone using a browser window, so it works with any desktop operating system. It works even if the android device and PC are not on the same WiFi network.

You can read and send messages on SMS or Whatsapp, reject incoming calls, manage contacts, transfer files, push URL links to the phone, install and remove apps, create ringtones and even locate your phone.

MOBOGENIE

Available only for Windows, Mobogenie has a clean user interface with large icons. You can access your phone’s storage to manage media and files, manage contacts and SMS as well as send messages to multiple recipients.

The app manager uses your desktop’s internet connection to download apps and then installs them on your phone — saving you data charges. You can also backup your entire Android phone to the PC and restore it in case of software issues or when switching to a new device.

MOBOROBO

One of the most powerful desktop managers (Windows only), Moborobo works with both Android & iOS (iOS 7) devices. You can view and manage your contacts, SMS, apps as well as multimedia files on your device through the main window.

The interface also displays details on battery level, firmware and available storage. Using the software you can send and reply to SMS, install and remove apps as well as easily switch data between multiple devices. There’s also a backup feature to save everything from your phone to the PC.

SNAPPEA

This Android desktop management tool works on Windows and also has a chrome extension called SnapPea Photos to view and manage your photos from the browser. For either, you will have to install the free app on the phone and then connect the phone over WiFi.

You can install and remove apps, view and edit phone contacts, send and receive SMS as well as transfer files between the smartphone and PC. Additionally, SnapPea can also import music from your ITunes library and sync it with the Android smartphone seamlessly.

QTADB

This open source Android management software is available for Windows, MAC as well as Linux. It has a very basic interface but it provides similar features to the other desktop managers. You can manage contacts, read/ send messages, take a screenshot of your device’s display, transfer data and even install or remove apps on your phone from the PC.

What makes this one stand out is that it offers the option to flash custom roms to your device. You can wipe, root, load a custom rom and boot into recovery mode on a connected Android device (limited devices supported).

MIGHTYTEXT

If all you want to do is send and receive text messages from your computer then MightyText is the simplest way. You have to install the app on your phone and then install the MightyText browser extension (Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Internet Explorer).

Once you sync your phone and computer, you can send and receive messages. You can also view notifications, transfer photos and videos to the computer, get battery alerts and even push maps, photos to the phone from the PC. A Powerview option enables splitting of browser display area to multi task.



ONLY NOTIFICATIONS

If you don’t need to manage your device from a PC, you can choose to get notifications.

For instance, a pop-up on your PC when your phone receives a call, an SMS or when the battery is running low. What you need is Remote Notifier — a small download on your computer (http://code.google.com/p/android-notifier) available for both Windows and MAC OS X. On your smartphone you need to install the corresponding free app called Remote Notifier from the Play Store. The notifications are sent from your device to the PC using WiFi or Bluetooth.
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