How to Access Android Phone from PC?

How to Access Android Phone from PC?

Last updated on October 17, 2014 by

Nowadays, people are obsessed with Android smartphones. people spend time tweaking with their Android in many occasions including walk with it, sit with it, eat with it and toilet with it. It sounds to be exaggerated, but the fact is that we use smartphones to take selfie, listen to music, watch videos, play games and etc. By accessing Android from PC, you can manage the files stored on your phone more efficiently. But how? Just plug the USB cable in the computer? Definitely not. Here are three ways to help you get this done.

However, you may have learnt about USB debug mode on your phone which is the most common means to connect to computer. USB debug mode is a function for Android developer in the early times which allows them to control Android through the PC. Android has open source code, which means users can free access to open USB debug mode whenever they want now. You can activate the USB debug mode by using a cable, let’s check for it in the first method.

Access Android phone from PC in three ways

Method one:

The first way is to access Android files from PC via USB cable without other tools.

First, open the USB debug mode and plug in the USB cable.

  • If you want to manage files in the SD card, change the connection mode to USB storage.
  • If you want to manage the files in the internal memory, switch the connection mode to PTP.

Second, after successfully connecting, you will find your Android device appears as a portable device in “My computer”.

Direct plug in

Pros: Access Android device from PC without installing any software.
Cons: You cannot preview the files or to manage them efficiently like working with a software. Sometimes, it is hard for some Android phones to connect to PC.

Method two:

The second method is using the phone driver which the smartphone enterprise or Third-party provides, such as Samsung and HTC driver. The driver will help you access files on Android from PC. Here I take Samsung Kies and HTC Sync Manager as examples to talk through the instructions.

  • Samsung Kies

1. Visit Samsung official website to download Kies.
2. Install and launch it
3. Open the USB debug mode of your phone and then plug in the USB cable to access Android phone from PC.

Samsung Kies

  • HTC Sync Manager

1. Navigate to the official website of HTC, find the mobile driver and download it. The driver would be in the Support Center.
2. Install it and then launch the driver.
3. Open USB debug mode on your Android. Plug in the USB cable to access Android from PC.

HTC driver

Pro: Provide professional service to a certain kind of Android phone.
Cons: Complicated to use. Slow connecting speed.

As you can see, there’re special drivers for corresponding models. But you have to install two drivers for transferring files between two Android devices in different brands. Some of the drivers are glitchy, it occurs to me that the connection sometimes fails due to unknown reasons.

Method three:

Apowersoft Phone Manager is a one-stop management tool which allows you to access Android from PC so that you can manage phone pictures, music, videos, apps, etc. Follow the guide below to learn how to operate.

  1. Download and install.
  2. Download

  3. Open the USB debug mode and plug the USB cable in the computer. Remember to change the USB connection mode to MTP or PTP. At this time, a prompt will pop up at the lower right corner of your computer saying “Installing device driver software”. Wait until the installation finishes.
  4. Launch the phone manager to connect your Android to your PC. Then you can access Android files from PC.

Management Options

Tips: Apowersoft Phone Manager not only can access Android from PC via USB cable, but also via Wi-Fi. For Wi-Fi connection, you should install an app on your Android first. Then you can scan the QR code or enter the verification code to build a connection. Moreover, as it is a one-stop management tool, it possesses lots of management functions, like contacts, messages, screenshots, backup and restore.

Pros: One-stop management. Fast connecting speed. Support variety kinds of Android phones. Simple interface and easy operation.
Cons: The trial version only available for three days.

Comparing with three methods above, the method of using Apowersoft Phone Manager is highly recommended. The reason is that the phone driver only compatible to certain kind of Android phones and the second method cannot access to the Android files in the internal memory and SD card at the same time.

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Posted by:Ada Reed on toMobile Manager, Follow me on Twitter. Last updated on October 17, 2014

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  • avatar
    The following phrases are incomprehensible to me."open the USB debug mode". "*change the connection mode to USB storage" "switch the connection mode to PTP"
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      Hi, they mean that you need to open "USB debugging" under "Developer Options" on your Android, then connect your Android to PC via USB cable, choose PTP or MTP mode instead of "Charge only" or other options so that the computer can read your phone data. Thank you!
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