The more smart devices are included in our daily lives, the more ways appear to interact with them. In this article, we will discuss one of these methods, namely, how to exercise Android remote control from your computer.
If your device has a root, then it fundamentally changes the situation, because there are a lot more complex, but at the same time, more convenient ways of implementation of the above action, using administrator privileges. However, our article will describe simple methods of Android remote control from your computer, as well as those requiring root rights.
Despite the seeming irrelevance, the described opportunity can be useful in many cases. For example, you are an Android developer and you need to test the functionality of your program without directly interacting with the device. Or for the presentation of the same application you need to show the device screen through a projector for presentations. There may be a lot of different situations.
So, the easiest and fastest way to organize a remote control of the tablet and smartphone with your computer via USB will require you only to install Chrome browser on your PC and to get ready a standard USB cable in order to connect your device to your computer.
Android Developer Koushik Dutta has recently developed the program “Vysor”, which allows you to get the graphics broadcast of the used device on a stationary device, running MacOS, Linux or any versions of Windows. The mentioned Internet browser is necessary for view of the fact that the above program is an installed addition to Chrome.
First, you will need to do the following:
Next, if everything is ready, let’s move on to the most interesting part:
Now everything is ready! Manage your device using the mouse and keyboard: you have absolutely all functions, originally available in the device, at your disposal.
Managing your smartphone with your computer via USB, we have 4 main advantages:
The popularity of Android OS has now reached its climax and massively used in a huge number of mobile devices worldwide. Therefore, continuing our theme of remote control of smartphones and tablets, we should also address the security of this kind of interaction. Putting it more accurately – using the remote control in order to ensure the security of data residing on the Android device.
After all, the potential possibility to lose important confidential information under current conditions is very, very substantial. Therefore, there rises a reasonable question of how to control data leakage in the event of loss of the used Android device. You must make sure that no important information is available to anyone except its owner.
An excellent option that is quite capable of coping with the above tasks is the mobile program Avast Anti-Theft. This is a so-called anti-theft application, which is perfect for finding the lost tablets and Android phones.
The main feature of this application is the remote access function, which allows you to control your device even when it is lost. Anti-theft is installed separately on request through the antivirus, and it can be downloaded separatelyas well.
Google Play provides 2 versions of Avast Anti-Theft: one for devices with activated root rights and the second – for devices without root rights. If you have not yet decided to root the phone (or did not provide administrator privileges to the program), then the standard version of Avast Anti-Theft will be used. Otherwise, you can additionally use a firewall, for which you will need root rights.
When you launch the program, it asks you to create a fictitious name and choose a dummy icon. This is to ensure that a malicious user cannot locate the described software. After the procedure, you will be able to enter your user name and password, which will be used to provide authentication of all remote commands and security in general.
In the advanced settings of Avast Anti-Theft, you can customize the behavior of the phone in case of theft or loss. You will have at your disposal screen lock, as well as the ability to manage both USB debugging settings and GPS behavior. Root users can activate additional items, among them a complete erasing and reset of all settings. Also, a user with administrator privileges will be able to install the program to the system partition.
For remote control of your Android smartphone or tablet, you don’t need special skills. Everything is very simple: the control is executed by using SMS commands (control via Internet browser has also become available now).
Avast Anti-Theft has a rather long list of SMS commands for Android remote control. Thanks to their simple structure, they are quite easy to remember. The structure has the following form: first is your chosen password (created when you initially set up your application), and then it is accompanied by clear English words type LOST, FOUND, etc. You can find all SMS commands on the official page of Avast Anti-Theft under the heading “Anti-Theft Controls.
You can remove the application in several ways:
In addition, the program has the ability to disable it via SMS-message with a trusted phone number with the following code: “xxxx SET PROTECTION 0”, where “xxxx” is your Avast PIN-code (replace it with your own PIN-code), SET PROTECTION is a special keyword, 0 — disables the Avast Anti-Theft (1 — enables).
Each method of control Android from your computer has its own characteristics – good and not very good. Therefore, if you don’t want to romp with a USB cable or do not need the safe option of control, do not get upset. There is already a proven method Android remote control – the program AirDroid.
This software allows you to access the device on Android and control android from your computer via OS such as Windows and Mac, as well as via Internet browser, absolutely free.
Main features of AirDroid:
Let’s consider the most simple version of Android remote control with a computer, namely via the Internet browser. In order to get started, you will need the appropriate executive .apk file for your Android device. The next thing you will need to do is register on the website by entering your registration details or sign in using an existing profile in Google.
The synchronization of smartphone and computer is also simplified to the maximum and will require the minimum amount of actions from you. You will need to run AirDroid mobile client and enter your credentials in the fields in order to register on the program website. And, of course, do not forget to enable WiFi on your Android device.
By following the steps above, you can go to the direct management of your smartphone or tablet via the browser installed on your computer. And the device itself, it can be put aside for a while -you won’t be required to interact with it in any way.
Of course, AirDroid did not omit monetization: the application has some premium features. For example, here is one of the most notable premium features: the smartphone camera takes a picture of an intruder who enters an incorrect password trying to unlock the device.
In addition to using your Web browser, the thoughtful developers have added the ability to use stationary Windows or Mac application. Due to the large range of existing hardware platforms, it will be more convenient for some of you to use a full-fledged program instead of the browser, in order to control Android from your computer.
Let’s find out how to work with AirDroid through a separate program designed for Windows. You can download it directly from the official website of the developers by clicking on the Windows icon under “Get AirDroid”.
After you finish installing the program, a special window with fields for user authentication should appear. As a result of the successful authorization, you will get to the main screen with options to control your smartphone. Also, a small informative widget about calls, messages, and alerts will appear on your desktop.
The functionality of this program is somewhat limited when compared with its Web version. However, you can also use the function AirMirror, which is similar to the program Vysor described above. To activate it you need to go to the program options and choose “Notifications mirroring service” there. In the window that opens, you must activate the described function, as shown below.
If you have root access, then a new window will open, the contents of which would duplicate the screen of your smartphone or tablet. Managing this virtual device, you will be able to interact with all the basic functions of the real devices, currently connected to the program.
There is another interesting program allowing to control Android from your computer – BBQScreen Android Client Beta, which will allow you to see the screen of your device in real time.
The main features of BBQScreen Android Client Beta:
In order to learn more about Android remote control from your computer using the BBQScreen Android Client Beta, watch the recap video below.
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