Android is by far the most widely used operating system in the world, the operating system is based on Linux and it’s developed by the Tech giant Google. The major advantage of the Android operating system over the competition is that it’s free and open source, so you can use it to build on top of it and that’s what Facebook had done with their Facebook Home launcher.
In this article we’re going to give you a step by step tutorial on how to control your android device from your personal computer. Well, you might be wondering why you would need such a feature; one of the very interesting usages would be to use an old Android device as a security camera at home, you can send and receive SMS from your PC, watch videos and listening to music. The possibilities are endless and we shall leave it up to your imagination what you will do with these new found powers.
Step 1: Your first step is to install a free app called AirDroid from Google Play.
Step 2: Now there’re two type of connection wireless “using WiFi” and wired using tethering.
Step 3: To connect your computer to your Android device using WiFi, simply open AirDroid on your device and open this link (http://web.airdroid.com/) on your PC browser, you’ll be prompted by a QR code that you should scan using your Android device’s camera.
Step 4: You’ll be authenticated and both devices would be connected.
Step 5: To connected without WiFi and using tethering follow the following steps:
Step 6: Activate the tethering on your android device by going to Settings → Wireless & Networks → More → Tethering & Portable Hotspot and check the box in front of USB tethering.
Step 7: Connect your device to your computer using USB.
Step 8: Open AirDroid and go to the tools tab at the top of the screen.
Step 9: In the tools section tab on the tethering icon as seen below.
Step 10: Jolt down the IP address and port number that is displayed in AirDroid as seen below.
Step 11: In your computer browser type that IP number and the port number in the address bar in this case “192.168.1.104:8888” and press enter. Now you shall find that both devices are connected.
Now, you know how to connect your computer to your Android device and enjoy the unlimited potential of this process. Now, it’s time to unleash your mind and use this trick in limitless ways.