How to Connect Your Android Smartphone to PC?
There might be various reasons to connect your Android smartphone to PC. From transferring photos, videos, music to USB tethering all can be done very easily if your smartphone is connected to your PC. However, we also understand the fact that not everyone is tech-savvy. However, to do this tasks you don’t need to be tech-savvy at all. You can just follow our guide mentioned below to connect your Android smartphone to PC. Here is how to do it.
3 Ways to Connect Android Smartphone to PC
You can connect your Android smartphone to PC using various methods. Either you can go for the USB cables or you can do it wirelessly using an application. Here are three ways using which you can connect both devices easily. Let’s start with the wired way.
1. Using USB Cables
This is probably the easiest and fastest way to transfer files between your smartphone and PC. There is not much work to do here. You just need to grab the Micro USB/USB Type-C to USB cable that came with your smartphone and then connect the small end (USB Type-C/Micro USB) with your smartphone and the larger end with your PC. Once you connect both the ends correctly you should see a notification on your Android smartphone. It might ask for permission to share data between two of your devices. If you want to share data between your PC and smartphone allow that and your smartphone will show up on your PC. On your Windows laptop or desktop, just open ‘This PC’ and there will be your smartphone.
However, if you want to do USB tethering then you can choose that from the notification of your smartphone as well. In order to share the internet connection of your smartphone to PC, you will need to also turn on the mobile data. As soon as you do that, your PC will notify you about a new ethernet connection and might ask you to select the network type. Just choose ‘Home Network’ if prompted and then continue using the internet from your phone to the PC. USB tethering can come very handy while you are traveling as in most places Ethernet or WiFi internet might not be available. Other than USB tethering or data transfer, you can also choose to just charge your phone. Again, from the notification on your Android device select ‘Charging’ and it will just charge your phone.
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2. Using Shareit
This one is an easy process as well. If you hate a lot of wires or just need to transfer a small file you can connect wirelessly using Shareit. Shareit is a cross-platform app available for Android, iOS, Windows, and MacOS. You’ll need to download Shareit on both your Windows PC as well as Android device. Once downloaded, install the application and open it on both devices.
Now the app might ask for permission to use the location sensor on your phone, allow that. Next, tap on Connect to PC. The app might ask you to turn on WiFi on your phone, do that. Next, it will search for your PC. Once found, click on your PC and your PC will be connected to your smartphone. Now select the files you want to send and the transfer will begin. This process is easy to use and it is best for small file transfers. However, to connect your Android smartphone to PC using Shareit your PC must have a WiFi modem. Otherwise, this process will not work.
Shareit is free across all platforms. You can also use apps like Airdroid which has more features like screen mirroring and more. But for those apps, you will have to take a monthly or yearly subscription.
3. Your Phone on Windows 10
If you are using a Window 10 PC and an Android device then you can also try the Your Phone app. Your Phone app is developed by Microsoft and it helps to connect your Android smartphone to PC wirelessly. Using Your Phone you can send text messages through your PC also you will be able to browse through the gallery of your phone directly on your PC. To start using the Your Phone app make sure you have updated Windows on your PC. Now download the Your Phone companion app from PlayStore and wait till it installs.
Open the companion app on your phone and follow the instructions. Allow the permissions required to run the application and sign in with your Microsoft account. Once everything is done on your Android device, run the Your Phone app on your PC. Before doing that make sure you have logged in with the same Microsoft account on Windows. If not, then go to Settings > Accounts > Emails and Accounts and sign in with the same Microsoft account you used on the companion app.
Once done open the Your Phone app on your PC once again. Follow the instructions mentioned on the screen and it should attempt to connect to your smartphone. Wait for it to detect your phone. Once done you’ll be able to read the text messages of your phone on your PC. Also, you can reply to the texts or just create a new message. Moreover, you’ll also be able to browse the gallery of your Android device on your PC.
Again like Shareit Your Phone is also free on Android and comes preinstalled with Windows 10. More features like screen mirroring will be coming to the Your Phone app with future Windows updates.
So, these were the 3 ways to connect your Android smartphone to your PC. Which one of these do you prefer and why? Let us know in the comments below.