Airdroid 3 is a very handy app that allows you to manage your Android device remotely by connecting it to the desktop of your PC or Mac.
I’ve been using Airdroid for about a year after a friend described it as the “best Android app he’s ever used.”
If you’re not familiar with Airdroid, it’s an app, web and now desktop combo that allows users to control their Android device (tablet or phone) from any Mac or Windows PC. The simple yet highly effective app is downloaded onto the Android device which then connects to the web browser or desktop app wirelessly.
You can use any web browser and once connected users can send and receive messages, view notifications, browse and organise files, install apps, capture videos and answer calls, all from your desktop.
Airdroid is from Sand Studio who have just recently released the latest version, Airdroid 3.
Getting started with Airdroid 3
To start, visit Airdroid and create a new account. Download the mobile and desktop apps or access via a web browser by following the on screen prompts.
The image below shows me logged into my Airdroid 3 account via my web browser.
You’ll see that Airdroid 3 offers a very nice user interface which I can tell you is super easy to use.
From here I can instantly see how much storage space I have left in my device, among a host of other things.
If I want to transfer files from my PC to my phone, I can easily drag and drop via the Airdroid interface. I can manage my contacts, easily download photos and videos to my PC and I can also see which files are taking up the most space on my device.
Now, of course you can do all this from within you Android device, but I find that by using Airdroid, it’s much easier to keep your device organised and clear out unwanted files and apps which could be taking up valuable storage space and draining the system resources of the device.
Notifications, phone calls and texts
Aside from being an excellent way to keep up with a bit of internal housekeeping of whatever is stored on your phone, for me, the main reason why Airdroid 3 is so useful is they way in which it allows you to view notifications, phone calls and texts from your desktop.
For example, when I’m sat at my computer, the first thing I do is make sure my phone and PC are connected via Airdroid. The reason being that as I’m inundated with notifications, calls and texts throughout the day, I can pretty much manage them all from my desktop, without having to pick up my phone, which is great for when I’m busy working in the office.
In the case of text messages, although I receive less now than when I started using Airdroid, because of using free messaging apps such as LINE and Whatsapp, I can still easily reply to any SMS I receive from my desktop, which is really convenient.
In the case of calls, admittedly Airdroid 3 isn’t quite at the level of the Continuity feature which is available on Mac with iOS8 and Yosemite, which allows users to answer calls to their iPhone through their Mac.
However, Airdroid 3 does allow you to answer calls but then you need to pick up your phone in order to speak to the person on the other end.
With regards to calls, Airdroid 3 allows you to reject incoming calls via a pop alert which appears on your desktop.
You can even send an automated SMS response to the person calling, explaining why you can’t take the call, which is very handy and I have to say one of the features I use the most!
Air Mirror feature
One of the new features in Airdroid 3 which is currently in BETA and which I’m only just starting to use is called Air Mirror.
Air Mirror mirrors the screen of the Android device to the desktop it’s connected to.
Using Air Mirror means you can control apps on the device from your desktop.
For example, say you get a message via Whatsapp, the message is pushed to your desktop in real time, where you can then click on the notification. From here, Air Mirror will mirror the screen from your phone to your desktop, launching Whatsapp within the Airdroid interface enabling you to respond to the Whatsapp message from your desktop.
All of the data which is sent between the Airdroid mobile app and Airdroid desktop is encrypted with EE2E encryption.
Airdroid is free to use, although a premium subscription service is available which offers unlimited data transfer, with prices starting from $1.99 per month.
If you think you Airdroid 3 might be something you’d be interested in, download it from the Play Store and on the web and let me know how you get.
If you’re an existing user, I’d love to hear your thoughts on Airdroid 3 in the comments section below.
Jonathan is our Google Nexus and Android enthusiast. He is also fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. In addition to writing about tech, Jonathan has a passion for fitness and nutrition and has previously written for one the UK’s leading watch and horology websites.