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How to Access Android like Samsung from PC?

Updated on September 1, 2016

Whenever people want to upgrade their device or root it, they will need to access their Android phone and restore their data to PC first. But how to connect Android to PC? The most normal way is using USB cable to connect them both with the debugging mode turning on; but if you don’t have the cable at hand, that would be a different story-- to download Airdrop App or other apps on your mobile phone and it will let you remotely control the Android device.

Part 1. Connect Android device to PC via USB cable

The default debugging mode is currently disabled by the manufacturers to avoid unintentional modifications on your device. To enable the mode, you have to manually toggle on the developer option for further development process. The configuration to turn it on vary from the lower Android versions to the higher versions. Namely, the “Developer Option” will be displayed differently. When you turn on the mode, please use USB cable to connect your device with the computer. After the device gets recognized, you can open the files of your device, and you will see various types of files inside the device. The phone data now can be copied and pasted to your personal PC at your will.

Below is the ways of different versions to open debugging mode on the Android devices.

For Android 2.3 or earlier:

Enter "Settings"> Click "Applications"> Click "Development"> Check "USB debugging"

For Android 3.0 to 4.1:

Enter "Settings"> Click "Developer options"> Check "USB debugging"

For Android 4.2 or newer:

If you have a device with Android 4.2 or higher, you will find “Developer Option” missing under Settings. Actually it is merely hidden by default, and it will not be removed as long as Android is an open source environment.

Enter "Settings"> Click "About Phone"> Tap "Build number" for several times (generally seven times) until you get a message that says "You are under developer mode". Then go back to "Settings"> Click "Developer options"> Check "USB debugging".

If you have a Samsung Galaxy S4, Tab 3 or any other Galaxy device with 4.2, open Settings> More tab> About> Tap "Build number".

If you have Galaxy Note 3 or any Galaxy device with 4.3, enter Settings> General> About and tap the Build version 7 times.

Part 2. Access Android device from PC with Airdrop App

If you don’t have USB cable and want to connect the Android phone to PC, you may download Airdrop app.

After you hit the start button of Airdrop app on your personal computer, you will see a Wifi address and the password; then open a browser on your PC and enter the Wifi address there, and type in the same password as it shows on the Android device. Voila, finally you can access almost any files on your Android device from the computer.


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