I shouldn't be telling you, but your smartphone memory is about to burst! You've saved so many photos, apps, and videos that you can't do anything if you don't do a little 'cleaning' and tidy up your phone first. How do you say? Have you already tried to reorganize the files on your smartphone but the difficulties of interacting with the touch-screen and the too small size of the screen made you give up? No problem, you can manage and organize the contents of your smartphone directly from your PC. All you have to do is take the USB cable that came with your phone and use it to connect your smartphone to your computer. This way you will be able to access the device folders and "clean" all unnecessary files.
In addition, you can install software for the management of Android from the PC (many of which developed by the same manufacturers of smartphones and tablets) and create backup copies of your data, import and export contacts, manage messages, update the firmware of the phone and much more. Just think, some solutions even work wirelessly, that is, without the need to physically connect the smartphone to the computer: to establish communication between the two devices, they just need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
In short, there are so many solutions at your disposal, all very easy to implement. You can know what you are waiting for to get to work and find out how to manage android from pc? Find all the information you need right below. Whatever model of smartphone or tablet you have, I assure you that you will be able to reach your goal in no time at all.
Programs to Manage Android from the PC
If you need a complete solution for manage Android from PC, which allows you to create backups of your smartphone / tablet, update the firmware and import / export data with ease, I can only recommend the official software released by the manufacturer of your device.
For example, if you have a smartphone Samsung, you can download Samsung SmartSwitch that allows you to manage the data on your phone, create backups, import / export contacts, messages, multimedia contents and much more (I told you about it in more detail in my tutorial on how to connect Samsung mobile to PC ). If you have a terminal Huawei, you can use HiSuite which allows you to manage photos, videos, messages, music, etc., create backups and update the smartphone firmware. Again, if you have a phone Motorola you can use Motorola Device Manager, if you have HTC phone you can use HTC Sync Manager, and so on.
In short, as you can see, every company has its own management software that allows you to control Android from your PC in a very simple way. All you have to do is find the one that best suits your device and install it immediately on your computer, I assure you that you will not encounter any difficulties in succeeding.
The installation procedure varies from software to software, in any case usually just opening a file .exe o . MSI and always click on Next o forward to complete the setup.
Manage Android Files from PC
If you do not need a complete solution for managing Android but, so to speak, you are satisfied with accessing the files on your smartphone memory to be able to organize them better, take the USB cable that was provided to you with the device and use it to connect it to the PC. Windows should automatically download the drivers needed to communicate with the smartphone.
To check that everything went well, wait a couple of minutes, open theFile Explorer (the yellow folder icon located at the bottom left of the taskbar) and went to Computer / This PC selecting the appropriate icon from the left sidebar. You should find your Android smartphone among the devices connected to the computer and, by double clicking on its icon, you should be able to access the files on its memory.
If you don't know how to navigate the device folders, know that in DCIM there are photos taken with the camera, in Pictures screenshots, in Download the files downloaded from the Internet and in the folders with the names of the various apps, the files related to the latter. Please, edit and delete only files that you are sure you can edit or delete!
If you're having trouble, try expanding the notification menu on your Android device (just swipe your finger from the top of the screen to the bottom), “tap” on the entry for the connection USB and, in the screen that opens, put the check mark next to the item File Transfer (MTP). This way, your computer will see your smartphone as a USB memory drive and will allow you to access the files on its memory (or on the SD card, if set as main memory).
In the unfortunate event that this method doesn't work either, go to Google, search USB driver [name of your smartphone / tablet] and download the USB drivers for your device. However, I recommend that you only download drivers from reliable sites (e.g. the official site of the device manufacturer).
The driver installation procedure is similar to that of the software for managing Android from the PC. At the end of the download, if they are included in zip archives, they must be extracted. Then you have to start the executable in .exe o. MSI and follow the on-screen instructions. Usually just click on always Next o forward. A system restart may be required at the end of the setup.
Access Android Files Wirelessly
Another way to access Android files directly from your PC is to activate a FTP server on your phone (or tablet) and access the device memory wirelessly. To do this you need ES File Manager, an excellent free file manager for Android and one Wifi connection to connect both the smartphone / tablet and the PC. To be more precise, the procedure you need to follow is this.
- Install ES File Manager on your Android smartphone or tablet;
- Start ES File Manager, press the icon ≡ located at the top left and selects the items Network> Remote Control Manager from the bar that appears on the side;
- Pajamas icon (...) located at the top right of the screen that has opened and select the item Settings from the box that opens;
- Select the root path, that is the folder that must be used as the main access point to the smartphone once the connection with the PC has been established, by “tapping” on the appropriate item. By default, the main memory of the device or the microSD should be selected, if set as primary memory;
- Select the item Set up management account and set a username and password combination to authorize access to the phone wirelessly;
- Go back to the menu Network> Remote Control Manager of ES File Manager and presses the button Start to activate the FTP server and then allow the communication between Android and the computer wirelessly.
Well, now you just have to open theFile Explorer Windows, type the FTP address displayed in ES File Manager (ex. ftp://10.0.1.9:3721) in the address bar and press the key Submit on the PC keyboard. After entering the username and password to access the FTP server (the ones you previously set in ES File Manager), you will have full access to the files on the memory of your smartphone / tablet with the ability to copy them to your PC, move them, reorder them and delete them.
Once you have finished the "cleaning" on the memory of your smartphone or your Android tablet, open again ES File Manager, go to the menu Network> Remote Control Manager application and close the FTP server by pressing the appropriate button.
Manage Android Files from Mac
If you have one Poppy, to access the files on your Android smartphone or tablet you need Android File Transfer. It is a small free application that allows you to view, edit and delete the files on smartphones and tablets equipped with Android (which cannot be done with the Finder available "standard" in macOS).
To download Android File Transfer on your computer, connected to the official website of the application and click on the button Download Now. A download complete, apri il dmg package which contains Android File Transfer, take the software icon and drag it to the macOS folder.
At this point, start the application Android File Transfer you just installed on your Mac, connect your smartphone or tablet to your computer and you should be able to view the files on the device memory. After that, Android File Transfer will start automatically as soon as you connect your phone or tablet to the computer.
If you want to access Android files wirelessly, configure ES File Manager as I explained to you in the previous chapter of this tutorial and use the free Cyberduck application to connect to the Android FTP server from macOS.
Manage Android from PC with AirDroid
Another solution that I highly recommend you try is AirDroid. This is a free application that allows you to integrate many smartphone functions into your computer. You can use it to receive Android notifications on your PC, send SMS from your computer, exchange files between PC and smartphone wirelessly and control Android applications from your computer. It's free in its basic version (which limits file transfers to 200MB per month and doesn't include advanced features, such as remote camera control) and is available for Windows and Mac.
For manage Android from PC with AirDroid, download the program on your computer by connecting to its official website and clicking on the button Download located at the top right. Next, open the installation package named AirDroid_Desktop_Client_xx.exe and complete the setup by clicking on the buttons in sequence Yes, OK, forward, Accept, yet forward e end. If you are asked to install Microsoft's .Net Framework, accept by clicking on the button Download and install this feature.
If you are using a Mac, to install AirDroid all you have to do is open the dmg package downloaded from the Internet and drag the software icon to the folder Applications say macOS.
Now you need to create a free account for using AirDroid. Then start the program, click on the item Sign up which is located at the bottom right, fill out the form that is proposed to you: just provide a valid email address and type the password you want to use to access the service.
When the operation is completed, confirm your identity by clicking on the verification link you received via email, install the AirDroid application on your smartphone and log in to it by pressing the button Log in or register. After logging into the app, enable sharing of notifications from Android to your computer by pressing the button Attivaby activating the lever next to the icon AirDroid (in the screen that opens) and pressing the button Allow.
Now you can start managing your smartphone from Windows using the AirDroid client, which is really very intuitive. Find everything in the left sidebar: the icon of sheet allows you to exchange files between PC and phone; that of comic allows you to read SMS on your smartphone and send new ones (via Android); clicking on handset you can view the call history; pressing the icon oflittle man you can consult the phone book while the icon of the Bell allows you to access recent notifications from Android (which you will also see on your PC in the form of real notifications).
If you have rooted your smartphone or tablet, you can also control Android directly from your PC using the function AirMirror by AirDroid. To activate the latter, select the icon sheet from the program sidebar and first click on your name device and then on the board AirMirror (top right). Then click on the button AirMirror and authorizes remote control on the smartphone.
Ah, I almost forgot… if you want, you can also use AirDroid directly from the Internet without installing programs on your computer. All you have to do is connect to this web page using any of the supported browsers and log into your AirDroid account!