What’s the fastest way to transfer files from your Android device to your Mac or PC? AirDroid.
If you have an Android phone or tablet and a Mac or PC and you like to transfer music, movies, TV shows and photos between them, chances are you’ve tried the USB method and been frustrated beyond belief with Android File Transfer or a other program that prompts you to connect the device.
If you’d rather do everything wirelessly, consider AirDroid.
What does AirDroid do?
AirDroid is an app available for Android, Mac, PC and on the web that allows you to transfer your data, such as photos, music and more, wirelessly. You just need to install the app on your Android device, install the desktop client on your Mac or PC (or visit AirDroid on the web ), log in on both devices and that’s it.
It’s not even limited to file transfers; you can also use AirDroid to send SMS (text messages), make and receive calls and receive app notifications right on your Mac or PC so that you stay productive.
All you have to do is create an account with your email address.
There has been a lot of debate during AirDroid’s life as to how safe it really is. For a while no, he wasn’t sure. Mobile security company Zimperium has found vulnerabilities in its security, which would allow hackers to hijack the connection between your phone and computer if you were on the same Wi-Fi network.
That said, AirDroid took that to heart and created a patch to close those holes, change the communication channels to https, and update the encryption. So, is AirDroid safe now? Yes, it’s as secure as any other device-to-device connection on the internet.
It is always a good practice to encrypt as much data as possible and make sure you are on a secure network before transferring sensitive content. So just like with any other service, use caution and be smart about it.
What is the cost?
Nothing. AirDroid is completely free. Since there is no storage or anything like that, AirDroid really only provides the app and vehicle you transfer your data with. It doesn’t host any of your stuff for you.
Is this the only option to transfer data from my Android phone to my computer?
Absolutely not, but it is the most convenient. As mentioned, there is Android File Transfer for Mac, which requires you to connect your phone or tablet via USB. It’s pretty hit and miss, especially as more and more phones implement greater security against outside forces that steal content.
There are also some proprietary programs, such as Samsung Smart Switch , which work with specific devices. There are other wireless transfer apps as well, but some haven’t been updated in years, so their safety is dubious at best.