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9 ways to make the most of your Android device

JR Raphael | June 2, 2015
Your Android device is a mighty computer -- so isn't it time you start tapping into its PC-like powers?

If you want to send files the other way, from your computer to your Android device, all you have to do is click on the browser extension to initiate the process.

3. Access your computer's files remotely from any Android device

We've all been there: out somewhere in the physical world and wishing we could pull up a file from our desktop at home. It's actually quite easy to do with Google's free Chrome Remote Desktop app, which allows you to access all the data on your computer from any Android phone or tablet.

Simply install the app, then snag the companion extension for your computer's Chrome browser (available for Windows, Mac, or Linux). Once you set it up, you can securely view your computer's desktop right on your Android device and run programs, browse files, or move items around as you wish.

4. Grant yourself access to your Android device's file system

At this point, most of us use our smartphones as stand-alone devices -- a contrast to the initial paradigm of phones serving as frequently tethered computer companions. What happens when you want to manage files on your phone without a PC around?

Simple: Download a file manager for your Android device, and you'll be able to browse its storage and manipulate files as if it were a desktop system. There are tons of commendable options in Google's Play Store, but if I were to pick only one to recommend, it'd be Cabinet. The app is attractive and intuitive, conforming to Google's latest Material Design standards, and it has all the tools most folks will need for browsing through their device's storage system and performing things like copying, pasting, renaming, and sharing files. It can even link up to remote FTP servers using secure SSH connections.

And it's completely free to use.

5. Streamline your cloud storage setup

Cloud storage services are a dime a dozen these days, and I know I'm not the only one who splits data between a couple different providers. If you use more than one cloud storage service and wish you had a centralized place to view and manage all of your files together, Unclouded is the tool for you.

Unclouded lets you sign into cloud storage accounts from Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, and OneDrive, then access your stuff from all of those places within a single, nicely designed UI. You can toggle between services with a couple quick taps, then browse your data, upload or download files, and even move files from one service to another.

Unclouded has advanced features for managing your cloud storage, too, such as the ability to see what types of data are eating up the most space and to search for duplicate files across your various providers. The main app is free, though you'll probably want to pay $2.49 for an in-app upgrade to the "premium" version, which provides unlimited account linking and the ability to protect the app with a PIN or password.

 

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