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Background: I'm looking for an app that lets me control my Android device from my computer.

Sadly, any attempt at Googling this, only yields results for using the Android device as a remote control.

I've been using Pushbullet for some time, which lets me see Android notifications as popups on my computer. It also lets me do some basic stuff like reply to text messages when they pop up, but this is very limited.

Additional info:

I'm perfectly OK with using a web interface to access the phone. I'm also familiar with VNC if that's an option.

Huge bonus for any app that lets me control the device using the computer's mouse to simulate taps and swipes.

Android version: 4.4.2

Price range: Any

Security: Any commonly accepted encryption. For VNC alternatives, this is probably a non-issue.

EDIT: What I'm looking for is full remote access. That is, seeing the full screen of my phone, with mouse simulating touch.

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    If it is not full remote you are looking for but an app that lets you read/write messages, get notified if someone calls, find your phone etc. AirDroid might be an option. – jojo Feb 18 '15 at 9:36
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Teamviewer also features remote control of your phone. You'll need Teamviewer Quicksupport on your phone and the ordinary Teamviewer application on your computer. It allows full control as well as direct access to various settings like WLan profile, app-manager, file exchange and more. Some won't like that it needs to contact a server hosted and owned by the company behind Teamviewer negotiating the connection. Once the connection is established data is only exchanged between your computer and your phone. Of course it also offers the other way round (control computer with phone).

Edit: I've just noticed that it is necessary for some of the other solutions to have your device at hand to get the connection details. The partnerlist of Teamviewer also works for Quickconnect devices. If your mobile is listed on the partnerlist and runs the Quickconnect app you can connect via doubleclick without having to know the devices ID or some URL etc.

  • That's pretty useful. I didn't know TeamViewer worked both ways. +1 sir, and welcome to SoftwareRecs – Tymric Feb 18 '15 at 14:15
  • +1 Nice to know! I somehow never thought to go from pc to android, just the other way around :) – jojo Feb 18 '15 at 14:59
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    Does that solution require the Android device to opt in manually (each time) with a user acknowledging the remote connection that is being made/requested? I wouldn't mind a one time acknowledgement on install of app. But having a user acknowledge on device each time defeats being able to autonomously remotely manage "test" devices. – David Dec 5 '15 at 3:20
  • The new version 11 promotes that feature, see https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/currentversion.aspx – Cdr. Powell Jan 7 '16 at 13:27
  • Is it possible to access Android from another Android device using Teamviewer? If yes, how? – Tomin Jacob Mar 21 '16 at 5:31
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Blame Google for not finding my site (but first make sure it really didn't :)

For a list of candidates, I might refer you to Full remote device management. Most likely candidates matching your request (which I have personally used) include:

Airdroid

This is probably the most famous candidate. It requires an app to be installed on your Android device. Start that app and its service, and it presents you with the data needed to connect it. These you enter in your web browser, and will be presented with a "remote desktop":

Airdroid App Airdroid Desktop
Airdroid app (left) and desktop (right); source: cio.com/t3n; click images for larger variants

As the screenshots show, you'll get real desktop feeling – and access to many details including call logs, files, create screenshots, see device stats, and have a shared clipboard. For more details, please refer to the linked articles (and the app's page on Play, of course). Moreover, the first mentioned page (on my site) links to additional material.

3CX DroidDesktop

This app is pretty similar to above described Airdroid: You'll need to install an app, and get a "remote desktop":

3CX App 3CX Desktop
3CX DroidDesktop app and desktop (source: Google Play; click images for larger variants)

Features are, as indicated, pretty much comparable – so it's mainly a question of preference which of the two to chose; provided of course that's matching your wishes. Again, for alternative candidates, let me refer you to my site – where you hopefully also find matching candidates for your other needs. Other than most market sites, this uses "real life categories", and links additional information to each app whenever possible.

  • AirDroid seems great at first glance. I purchased a month of premium, so hopefully it'll suit my needs. Thanks! – Alec Feb 18 '15 at 10:16
  • Glad I was able to help! Just remembered that you've also mentioned VNC. When interested in that kind of solution, you might also wish to take a look at another one of my lists, Remote Droid 2: Control your Droid from your Computer :) But Airdroid is pretty easy to deal with – and has the big advantage of not requiring a specific desktop software, any browser suffices – so it can be used wherever you are. – Izzy Feb 18 '15 at 10:20
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    Is it possible to access Android from another Android device using AirDroid or 3CX? If yes, how? – Tomin Jacob Mar 21 '16 at 5:32
  • @TominJacob Different question. As you've left this comment on other answers as well, I'd suggest asking a separate question on this topic. But basically: As AirDroid runs a web server to deal with access from the outside, I don't see why you couldn't use another Android device with a web browser to access it. – Izzy Mar 21 '16 at 7:07
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mobizen

Completely control your Android from computer, anywhere!, Either plugged in via USB or wirelessly over WiFi or your mobile data carrier

Mobizen unleashes this awesomeness! There’s plenty more goodies here like recording the screen without root

  • Completely mirror your Android to computer screen to PC or Mac over Mobile Data, WiFi or USB!
  • Completely control every aspect of your phone or tablet remotely!
  • Screen record without root!
  • Transfer files with ease!
  • Easy to setup!

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Just see this video : - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdepDY3ynxg


Note : IMO,To completely mirror your android this one is the best

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    Just tried it for 5 minutes, and it seems to be exactly what I'm looking for. – Alec Feb 23 '15 at 7:11
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    That was exactly what I was looking for. Works perfectly and zero-cost. Thanks! – Alexandre Schmidt Oct 6 '15 at 14:29
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    Is it possible to access Android from another Android device using Mobizen? If yes, how? – Tomin Jacob Mar 21 '16 at 5:32
  • It was claimed this is free, but the Mobizen service costs $3/month or $24 per year, maybe that service isn't essential to run it? play.google says the app is incompatible with my device (Samsung S6 running Android 7.0) when it is suppose to support Android >=4.0 So not sure what my phone is missing? – Hamish_Fernsby Mar 3 '18 at 12:52
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    /\ clarification: The free version only provides local tethered use. for use on external networks the pro version for $3/month or $24 per year is required. Also for Samsung owners the Samsung specific version must be found on play.google – Hamish_Fernsby Mar 3 '18 at 13:31
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Androidscreencast allows you to see, and to a certain level control, your Android device.

  • View your Android device's screen
  • Use your mouse to "touch" the screen (rooted devices only)
  • Use your keyboard to type (rooted devices only)

It can be installed on any Java-capable platform (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc). You will need ADB for this to work. Help on that on our sister site for Android Enthusiasts: Is there a minimal installation of ADB?

It is open source.

Androidscreencast

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I have three android TV PCs at home. I use them as thin clients against a windows server machine, and they work excellent! But, how do I remote into the android devices to keep them updated and backed up? I spent a lot of time finding a good solution for this. I also remote into my galaxy Note 3 sometimes.

What I use on each android device is vnc_server https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.schumi.vncs . It has some issues, but for the most part works very well. I give each android device a static IP address either through wifi or ethernet. There are others similar. Each seems to be made from the same code base that was made public a few years back. Install this, work through the issues, and it will do what you want.

On the PC side to get into the android devices I use UltraVNC http://www.uvnc.com/downloads/ultravnc.html . I had to do trial and error to get everything right, but it does do what I want. I tried several VNC software packages until I settled on this one.

Another piece of software I put on the android devices is Webkey https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.webkey . This gives me an alternate means of control should vnc_server get hammed up. It has good functionality and is very reliable. The android device is accessed via web browser. Depending on what you want to do, Webkey itself may be enough. The way the menu overlays the display is a little cheesy, but other than it's good.

I tried Airdroid but ultimately could not find much use for it and was disappointed. I paid for it, too!

I love TeamViewer. There's a TeamViewer client for android I use to see my work machine, and it's like I'm sitting right there! Excellent piece of software. For thin client in my house I use Microsoft Remote Desktop Beta. But there is no TeamViewer compliment allowing you to get into the android device. I had TeamViewer Quicksupport on the android devices, but uninstalled it.

Where you say:

Sadly, any attempt at Googling this, only yields results for using the Android device as a remote control.

This is very true and was extremely frustrating. But I did finally get what I want.

  • The VNC server app disappeared from Playstore it seems. Some alternatives are in my list of VNC-Server. Unfortunately, most are either outdated or expensive … And Webkey nowadays only works via Cloud :( – Izzy May 28 '16 at 22:21
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I recommend for you SideSync it use VNC feature .it also have a nice theme and style and more easier to use but the problems: _You can't ring your phone with media and system sounds but with sonneries like in clock alarm and sound settings _You must open sydesinc in your phone first then you can connect your pc and the phone https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sec.android.sidesync30

  • I tried SideSync, I thought maybe if Samsung developed it, it would be well designed... but it only works if the mobile device is tethered by USB or on the same wifi network. I don't really understand why you would want a remote access app which only works in the same building, bit pointless ?? – Hamish_Fernsby Mar 3 '18 at 13:06
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For those looking to remotely support or control Android at scale, perhaps as part of a service team:

Check out Bomgar. It supports remote viewing and file for most Android and iOS devices, and it has remote control for Samsung, HTC, and Dell hardware.

The appliance can be hosted on premise so it's great from a security / compliance perspective. Not cheap, but it's a critical component of our support infrastructure.

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