The cameras on our mobiles and tablets get better with every single model debuting on the market. We're talking more megapixels, image stabilization, HD video (or even up to 4K capabilities), and so forth. These cutting-edge characteristics make our photos and videos incredibly high-quality... which means they eat up the space on our SD card like whoa.
Despite manufacturers' attempts at increasing the storage capacity of our smartphones, we always end up needing to do some spring cleaning at one time or another, whether for security purposes or just to free up enough space for the device to keep working like it did the first day. Until recently, however, it was a huge pain in the butt to transfer your files from your mobile to your PC. You had to manually connect the two via USB cable, then search for the photo directory, copy the archives, and organize the folders by hand. Seriously, super annoying.
Lucky for us, this modern age brings us much simpler, more comfortable methods. You can auto-synchronize your files with cloud storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive, or Box. Alternatively, you can try the AirDroid app, which allows you to transfer files from your mobile device to your PC using Wi-Fi and a browser - no USB cable required. It also lets you control your mobile from your computer, including sending messages, receiving call notifications, managing and opening apps, and even directly casting what your mobile camera sees to the screen.
2. Open the browser in your desktop or laptop computer (AirDroid includes support for Mac, Linux, Windows, and Chromebooks). Navigate to the URL: http://web.airdroid.com
3. To connect the two devices, just capture the QR code that appears on the screen with the in-app scanner - or register with AirDroid so you never have to repeat this step.
4. Voilà! Your mobile (or tablet) and your computer are now connected.
5. Navigate through the various folders and begin the file transfer from one device to the other (in either direction).
6. Check out all the other functions: install apps from your computer, open links, copy texts from a shared clipboard, find out where your device is (in case it gets lost or stolen)... and way more!
Were you aware that apps like this existed that allow you to make your mobile sing and dance with your PC, cable-free? Know any great alternatives to AirDroid? Leave us your suggestions in the Comments below.