Recently, whilst having problems transfering files to/from my phone via MTP, I came across this little gem of an app. AirDroid allows you to manage your Android phone from your browser over a wireless connection, provided you are on the same wireless network as your phone are running Android 2.1 or later.
After installing the app, on first startup you will be given a quick tour of the features, after which the app will start up for real. The opening screen provides you with a web address and dynamic passcode. Just browse to the web address using your favourite broswer (as of writing this AirDroid supports IE 8 or later, Chrome 12 or later, Firefox 3.6 or later, Safari 5.0 or later) on your desktop. You will be presented with a login page where you need to enter the passcode, you can also select the option to encrypt your connection to the phone if you require additional security. The required passcode changes everytime you start up AirDriod, however, should you wish, you can choose to set a static password within the application settings. Once you are logged in, you will see a desktop like the one shown below, from which you can manage your phone.
Probably AirDroid’s most handy feature is the way it lets you manage files on your phone just as easily as you would on your desktop. The interface is pretty slick and responsive and the file browser allows you to drag and drop files between your PC and phone. As well as transfering files, you can easily perform many other standard tasks such as copy, paste, move, delete or rename files, download folders as zip archives or create new folders.
AirDroid doesn’t stop at file management though, you can play videos and listen to music stored on your phone, manage your images view your call logs and manage your contacts. I must say that although most features worked pretty well, I was unable to play back video, however that may have been down to a weak wireless signal as opposed to a flaw in the app. As well as all this, you can send and recieve text messages and take screenshots and also manage your installed applications or even search the play store and install new apps. Finally, another handy little feature allows you to input a URL and have it load in the browser on your phone – similar to Chrome to Phone but without the need to install any extensions in your browser.
If you are an Android user and are in need of an app which will let you easily manage files on your phone, then AirDroid is certainly worth a look – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sand.airdroid