The Magic of AirDroid – Transferring Files/Music To An Adroid Phone – Ubuntu 12.10

So, as far as a lack of actual coding is concerned – my excuse is that I have finals soon…with that in mind, I am limiting myself (painfully) to nothing other than gaining a bit of fluency using Ubuntu 12.10.

Today I decided to add some music to my cell phone and in true ‘sod’s-law’ fashion, my system failed to recognize it. Do we blame Ubuntu? No, we don’t (shame on you). After all, this software is open source and free for our use, so I set out to find an elegant method for transferring files…and it was glorious.

*UPDATE* – Scroll to the bottom for a possible quick fix to this issue – this will only work with older versions of Android not running ICS or Jelly Bean.

Introducing AirDroid (found on your phone’s GooglePlay store) .

Screenshot from 2013-04-15 22:13:19

I’ve never heard of this app before, but had used tethering once before with some success and gave it a go. I can’t detail any cons about this application just yet as its worked like a charm for me – in fact…AirDroid is incredibly easy to use, offers me the ability to delete content on my phone that I was unable to remove on my previous windows system (that power can go to your trigger-happy head, so watch out), the GUI is clean and attractive and my personal favourite – it’s free!

Quick walkthrough of how to use AirDroid:

1. Simply access GooglePlay on your Android cellular device and search “AirDroid”. It should appear instantly and so install and make sure your phone is connected to your PC.

2. Make sure that you have the option for “USB tethering” checked in your phone’s system settings. Mine is located under Wireless and Networks >> Tethering >> USB Tethering.

3. Open the AirDroid application, shuffle through the starting guide and you should be presented with a screen that looks like this (the red box is an assigned IP address):


4. Your system should recognize your phone as a “wired connection”, indicated by this icon in the upper right hand corner of your screen.

Screenshot from 2013-04-15 22:31:41

5. Type the assigned IP address into a new browser and have fun moving files around! (and ignore the scary lack of memory on my phone ha!)

Screenshot from 2013-04-15 22:34:22





Not running ICS or Jelly Bean?

1. Access your phone’s connectivity settings and you should see an option to connect in either ‘Media Transfer Mode’ or as a ‘Mass Storage Device’. Select this option.

2. Connect the your phone to the computer via the USB cable and locate the “Tethering” option from your phone’s wireless networks menu.

3. Enable “USB Tethering” from this menu.

4. Restart your PC and reconnect your phone after your system loads…you should see your phone’s memory card load up.



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