Stop and think about it for a sec. You probably already own multiple connected devices: smartphone, tablet, computer, laptop… even a smartwatch, perhaps?
When your apps and your data are spread through multiple devices, a dilemma arises: how to access and share your content regardless of the device you are using.
There are tools to help you unravel that dilemma seamlessly. And when I say tools, I mean mobile apps.
The Appszoom editorial team has curated this list of apps that make it easy and painless to share content across your connected devices. Try ‘em out and tell us what you think!
Wirelessly access files located on your Android from your computer
AirDroid allows you to manage your smartphone or tablet from a web browser.
It generates a URL and a password at launch. You just need to go to the URL in your desktop browser and type the password. Voilà! You are within the guts of your mobile device. What you’ll see is a desktop interface with shortcuts to access messages, call logs, music, photos, files, and apps on your smartphone or tablet. It isn’t just a device explorer: you can even compose and send messages, uninstall apps, and manage contacts from your computer browser.
In addition, it displays some system details, such as storage, brand, model and Android version.
Imagine you are surfing the web on your desktop PC and you find an interesting pic you’d love to share from your phone using your favorite messaging app. What would you do? You’d have to e-mail the picture to yourself or upload it to Dropbox, right? Inefficient! Clumsy! Begone with you!
If you need to share simple text notes, To-Do lists, pics, links, or files between desktop and mobile devices (or between your tablet and your smartphone), push them with Pushbullet. A notification will show up immediately, and you’ll be able to access the resource from any device (including a desktop using a Chrome browser extension).
Pocket is one of those tools that sets a milestone in your life.
The premise is as simple as it is powerful. How many times have you sent articles, memes, videos, and other content to your e-mail in order to watch/read it later? I did that thousands of times… until I discovered Pocket.
Formerly Read It Later, Pocket is a “bookmarking” content tool. You can push any link to your Pocket account and it will always be there, ready to be consumed whenever you feel ready from desktop, browser, and mobile devices.
AllCast makes it easier to share media located on your Android device with your TV. Right after pairing your tablet or smartphone with your Chromecast, you’ll realize just how easy AllCast is. Select the type of media you want to share: video, photos, or content from a media server. Navigate through your own directories, and select the media you want to cast. It will take just a few seconds to load.
You can play it as a slideshow, play from the SD card, or from your Dropbox/Google Drive accounts. A neat and seamless interface makes it one of the best apps to cast content from your Android device to your Chromecast or capable TV.
Dropbox isn’t just a must-have app but a must-have service. As claimed, it simplifies your life by fulfilling two needs at once. First, it allows you to backup photos and other files on the cloud both manually and automatically. This way, you can always recover them, even if your mobile device gets lost or stolen.
Secondly, it gives you access to your files regardless of where you are or what device you’re using. Since there are desktop and mobile versions of Dropbox, you can be sure your files will be always accessible and within arm’s reach. Dropbox also makes it easier to share folders and files with friends and colleagues.
Along with Dropbox, Google Drive is a cloud-storage service. But Drive includes an interesting additional feature: a collaborative content-creation tool. Formerly named Google Docs, Drive allows you to create and edit text documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms, and drawings, all collaboratively and simultaneously with your contacts.
You can access your stored files and the content editing tool from your smartphone, tablet or desktop browser. Content creation on-the-go? Of course!