Love at First Sight: How To Connect Android Phone To PC

Do you want to transfer files between your PC and your Android device? Do you want to connect your Android device to your PC in order to copy your photos? Do you want to keep your Android device in sync with your PC?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then keep on reading to find out how you can easily connect your Android device to your PC in just a couple of minutes.

Learning how to connect Android phone to PC can help you perform various functions and it’s a necessity for most Android users. There are several instances where you would want to set up a connection between your PC and your Android device:

  • To transfer files between your Android device and your PC (the most common need)
  • To update your Android device using your manufacturer’s PC  software
  • To flash custom ROMs and mods
  • To edit, modify or manage files and folders on your Android device using your PC
  • To manage your Android device from your PC using a third party device manager

Using this guide, you’ll be able to do all of the above mentioned tasks as we’ll show you different methods for connecting your Android device to your PC. We will not only focus on a wired connection between your Android device and your PC, but we’ll also show you how you can set up a wireless connection between the two.

Method 1: USB Connection

This is possibly the easiest and most used method for connecting Android devices to PCs. Not only is it easy, but its also one of the most effective methods. Using a USB connection, you can do things like file transfers between your PC and update your device’s software version. Also, most third party Android managers and other apps require a USB connection, meaning that this method should work for nearly all your connection needs.

While this method is quick and reliable, it’s a wired connection and you’ll need to keep your Android device connected to your PC using the wire for the entire time while you’re performing a task. That being said, USB cables are shipped with Android devices so you won’t need to purchase anything from the market. This method might not be exactly the same for different Android devices due to differences in software versions and models, but the steps mentioned below should give you a general guideline on how to set up and enable a USB connection

Step 1

Open the Settings app on your Android device, tap on Wireless and network and select USB utilities.

USB Utilities Android

Step 2

Tap on Connect storage to PC.

Connect Storage Android

Step 3

Connect your Android device to your PC using a micro USB cable.

Step 4

Your Android device should now display a USB connected screen. Tap on Connect USB storage to start transferring files between your PC  and your Android device. You should now get an AutoPlay popup on your PC.

Android Connect USB

Step 5

Tap on Open folder to view files in the AutoPlay popup on your PC.

AutoPlay Android

Step 6

You can now start transferring files between your PC and your Android device.

Transfer Files Android

Step 7

If you want to update your Android device or flash custom ROMs, open your Android manager or any other third party app on your PC, such as Sony’s PC Companion for Xperia smartphones. Your device should now appear as connected in the software and you can perform your desired function.

Method 2: AirDroid

While connecting your Android device to your PC via a micro USB cable is certainly effective, you might eventually get frustrated and annoyed by wiring up your device whenever you want to connect it to your PC. If this is the case, then this method is probably your best option for connecting wirelessly to your PC. AirDroid is probably the best app available on the Play Store that lets you perform various different functions on your Android device wirelessly through your PC.

Unlike other wireless connectivity options, AirDroid doesn’t require any driver installation nor do you need to install any third party app on your PC.  The way this works is that your Android device is connected to your PC using your local WiFi connection and you can perform various tasks using your PC’s web browser. Currently, the app supports sending and receiving text messages, importing and exporting apk files, taking screenshots, managing music, photos & videos, transferring files and editing contacts.

Step 1

Download and install AirDroid on your Android device. You can get the app through the Google Play button below.


Step 2

Open the app and tap on Sign in or Register.

AirDroid Register

Step 3

Sign in with your AirDroid account details and press the Sign in button. If you don’t have an AirDroid account, you can create one by tapping on the Register button. After logging in, a Find Phone popup should appear. Tap on Later to go to the app’s main screen or press the Turn on now button to activate the phone finding feature.

AirDroid Login

Step 4

Connect your Android device to your local WiFi. Make sure that your PC is connected to the same WiFi network.

Step 5

You should now get a screen displaying your IP address and port number. Take a note of this number.

AirDroid IP

Step 6

Open your PC’s web browser and enter the IP address and port number that you noted down earlier. Alternatively, you can enter this link in your web browser and login with your AirDroid account details.

AirDroid Browser Login

Step 7

You should now get a popup on your Android device asking for access. Tap on Accept. That’s it! You have successfully connected your Android device to your PC wirelessly. Your web browser should now load up the AirDroid homepage with your device connected.

AirDroid Accept

Step 8

On the AirDroid homepage in your web browser, click on whatever function that you want to perform, such as setting ringtones, sending messages and managing music. For transfer files, tap on File under Toolbox and drag & drop the files that you want to transfer.

AirDroid Homescreen


Setting up a connection between your Android device and your PC is essential for performing various tasks on your Android device. It is a necessity for most Android users and without it, you won’t be utilizing the maximum potential of your Android device. Connecting your Android device to a PC is a prerequisite for functions like updating your device or installing third party ROMs and mods. Most Android device manufacturers do have their own PC app for allowing users to manage their Android devices from their PCs.

Sony’s PC Companion and Samsung’s Kies are two of the most popular Android manager apps available for PCs and you can easily use them by a simple connection to your PC. Using Method 1 will probably be the choice for most Android users due to its ease and simplicity. Also, most third part apps require a connection using only a micro USB cable. Despite its benefits, setting up a USB connection every time that you want to do something could be hectic and in that case, you can use Method 2 for setting up a wireless connection. Whichever method you choose, make sure that you follow all the instructions on how to connect Android phone to PC, and feel free to shoot any questions below.


Comments (4)

  1. Abbish on

    Hi! Great article. Is it possible to flash a custom ROM to an android tablet using Airdroid? If yes, what would I do? My computer won’t recognize the USB connection

    • Judy on

      Hi Abbish,
      Thank you for your kind words and I am glad that you liked the article. No, it is not possible to flash a ROM using Airdroid, it doesn´t have those kind of features. If your computer won´t recognize your USB, have you tried the following:

      1. Try using a different USB
      2. Try to connect to another PC just to make sure the PC ports are not faulty

      Please let me know if this helps. =-)

  2. Sunil on

    My internet connection consists of wired connection from the modem to the router to the PC. My android phone is connected to the same router using WiFi. Will the AirDroid work in connecting my phone to my PC in this setup?? Because the PC is not connected using WiFi, it is directly wired to the router which is wired to the modem.

    • Judy on

      Hi Sunil,
      Airdroid should work just fine; I use it all the time with different set-ups too. AirDroid just needs and Internet connection, but the set-up doesn´t matter. Hope this helps and thanks for commenting. =-)

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