Lately I’ve been using the free AirDroid app.
Pretty easy to use:
- Install via “Google Play Store”.
- Start AirDroid on phone.
- The app displays a web address you open in a Browser on the PC or laptop that has the files you want.
- Enter the displayed Dynamic Passcode (I also select the secured connection).
- Now you have a “desktop” of the Android on your browser.
This works over wifi connection.
To upload music (from PC to phone), just click the Music icon, then click ‘Upload’. On FireFox, you can drag&drop files in the resulting dialog. The advantage of using AirDroid compared to a dedicated file transfer app is that you can do more with AirDroid, like send SMS messages from your browser, etc.
Is it secure? Who knows? You investigate all these apps and you find conflicting data. I think in today’s age we are the product, as FaceBook epitomizes.
Kies Air works similarly.
On Samsung Galaxy 2, mp3 files stored on the SD card are not being recognized by Google Play Music app. Solution.
I tried some ideas found on Android forums, even uninstalling and reinstalling the app. Nothing worked.
BTW, There is some weird caching that is not shown in the system. Anyway, this is what I did:
- I copied everything on the sd card to a a folder on a Kies Air attached PC.
- Deleted the files from the sd card.
- Powered down the phone.
- Turned it back on.
- Ran the Play Music app.
- It said there is no music on device.
- Copied all the music from the folder on the PC (from step 1).
- Powered down and back up.
- Ran the app again.
- Says it is scanning for media.
- Finds it.
- Give the phone back to it’s owner. Yuck.
All the steps are probably not necessary, but this worked for me.
March 2, 2013: It started happening again. Maybe its time to update to Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich version.
How to transfer files from PC to Samsung Galaxy II Skyrocket
How do you transfer files from PC to the smart phone?
A family member got the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. Awesome! I’m stuck with the original IPhone 3G. Time to save my pennies for a real phone.
Anyway, there is a web page with the info here (http://androidbeast.com/229/import-mp3-files-to-samsung-galaxy-s2-via-kies/). The manual as usual is useless in this topic.
Not to criticize that web page’s content, but the instructions are not too clear. My family member was stumped on the very first step. When I get time I will try to explain it for the non-tech user.
- The Skyrocket comes with a built-in app called KIES.
- You run that,
- connect your phone to the PC with the USB cable, or just wireless
- then on the PC you open a browser to a specific address that the KIES app is listening on. KIES will indicate the URL.
- After that, you get this user interface on the PC’s browser with a bunch of stuff so that you can pick what you want to transfer to the smartphone. KIES gives you access to much more, btw.
I guess it is ok. I’m an old school nerd, let me see the file system, and I’ll copy stuff, thank you, never mind with those straight jackets like iTunes, Microsoft Live, etc. Grumble, grumble. [Update: On my Samsung Galaxy Note, I just connected the USB cable and viola, had access to the Notes file system. Maybe this is possible on the Samsung Galaxy II, but it didn’t work for me.]
An alternative is to use the sync capabilities that most mobile devices have. Good luck with that. My problem with Sync on mobile devices is that they are too intrusive and invariably slow everything down.
A tall tale
I once had a USB stick who’s sync wanted to sync everything, and I mean everything; it was pulling my soul right out of my body, I could see the ectoplasm pouring out. Luckily it was to a Windows PC, that ran out of memory and crashed. If not I would not be typing this post.
* Kies Air Overview on a Samsung Galaxy Note™: AT&T How to Video Series
* Import MP3 Files To Samsung Galaxy S2 Via KIES
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