(This article appeared in the Hindu Business Line)
The ease of transferring files between an Android phone and your computer could depend on what computer (or operating system) you are using. Though Microsoft’s Windows smartphones compete with Android, the Windows in your system will have no problem in recognising your Android. The same goes for Linux. The problem arises if you have a Mac. If you connect an iPhone, Mac will automatically open iTunes, but when it detects that a rival – Android – phone is being connected, it will refuse to connect and throw up errors.
This is where Android File Connect comes to your rescue. You have to download the Android File Connect utility from http://androidcom/filetransfer. After file is downloaded, double-click the file (androidfiletransfer.dmg). In the Installer window, drag Android File Transfer to Applications.When you connect your Android mobile for the first time, you have to open the application manually, but you never have to do it again.
You can now copy files between the Android mobile and the Mac using the utility.
If this sounds too complicated, there are apps such as AirDroid and Kies Air. These apps are cross platform and can be used with any operating system. AirDroid has a nice interface and connecting, transferring files or installing apps are so easy that you will wonder how you were managing without it.
.Open the AirDroid app in your phone, and key in the password at web.airdroid.com
.Or instead of keying in the password, you can scan the QR code in web.airdroid.com.
Once connected, you can transfer files between your mobile and the computer, manage contacts, view photos and videos that are in your phone. You can even install apps downloaded to the computer by using AirDroid.