If you are an Android user, you must have used AirDroid and if you haven’t used it, you must have at least heard of it. Yes, the app is that popular and deservedly so. AirDroid is an app that lets you manage your Android device from a computer using the web or the desktop clients. With AirDroid, you can manage files, check out notifications, reply to messages, remotely control your device and do a lot more from your computer. While there’s no doubt about AirDroid’s capabilities, the service has come under scrutiny off late, with the security firm Zimperium releasing details on various security loopholes in the app. Also, users have been complaining about the app featuring bloatware off late. So, all is certainly not well with the AirDroid app.
The AirDroid team has rolled out a security fix but if you are still concerned about your security with the AirDroid app or if you don’t like the new features or if you just want an AirDroid like app for iOS, here are 6 AirDroid alternatives you can use:
As the name suggests, AirMore is very similar to AirDroid. While it does not offer all the features from AirDroid, it does include almost all the important features. Like AirDroid, you can use AirMore to transfer files from your Android smartphone to PC and vice versa. The app lets you play media and syncs your apps, contacts and messages. That’s not all, it also includes a “Reflector” feature, which lets you mirror your Android device’s interface to a computer, like AirMirror. Plus, the app mirrors the notifications and also lets you send messages from your PC. Also, if you are an iOS user and you have always wanted AirDroid for iOS, well, AirMore is available for iOS devices.
Unlike AirDroid, AirMore is free and while it lacks features like remote camera, screen recorder, ability to make calls, take action on notifications and desktop clients, it’s still the best AirDroid alternative you can use.
Availability: Android, iOS, Web (Free)
If you used AirDroid to send texts or check out your Android smartphone’s notifications on your computer, then Pushbullet is a decent alternative app you can use. Along with the ability to mirror notifications and take actions on them, Pushbullet lets you transfer files between multiple devices, just like AirDroid. There are other similar features too, like universal clipboard and the app offers end to end encryption, so if security is your concern, you are covered with Pushbullet. The app is also available on more platforms compared to AirDroid.
Like AirDroid, Pushbullet offers a Pro subscription, which includes features like actionable notifications, universal clipboard and removes limitations on messages sent and file sharing.
Availability: Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Chrome, Firefox, Safari (Free version, Pro subscription starting at $4.99/month)
If you’ve used AirDroid primarily to transfer files from your computer to your smartphone, you can try out Xender. It’s a popular file sharing app available on multiple platforms but what makes it a great alternative to AirDroid is its web app. The web app lets users drag and drop files from their Windows PC or Mac to an Android smartphone or iPhone/iPad. While there’s a Windows app available, the web app makes sure you can use it almost any platform. The app is free (with non-intrusive ads) and you can transfer any number of files of any size and the good news is, it works pretty well and transfers files very quickly without using your bandwidth.
Availability: Android, iOS, Windows, Web (Free)
The AirMirror feature on AirDroid is pretty great, however, due to its wireless nature, the quality of the mirror largely depends on the WiFi connection. Thankfully, you can use Vysor, which lets you mirror your Android device’s screen to a computer. Moreover, you can even control the Android device through the mirrored interface using the keyboard and mouse on your PC or Mac. The app is available in a free version but you can get the Pro version if you want features like wireless mode, fullscreen, better quality mirror, drag & drop files and more.
Availability: Android, Chrome (Free version, Pro subscription starts at $1.99/month)
Join has gained a lot of popularity in the recent months as a Pushbullet alternative and that in turn makes it a decent AirDroid alternative. While Join does not offer a polished interface like AirDroid, it lets you share files, links and location to multiple devices. It also mirrors your notifications, messages and you can use the app to send messages from your computer. Also, if you are a Tasker user, you are going to appreciate the Tasker integration in the app.
While it lacks the device management features, screen mirroring and other features of AirDroid, it’s still an app worth a try. It is available in a free 30-days trial, after which you just need to make a one-time payment of $3.99, unlike AirDroid’s subscription plan. However, the only caveat is you have to pay for the app separately on different platforms. For instance, you need to pay separately on the Play Store and the Windows Store to use the app on both the platforms after the trial. However, the Chrome extension is available for free.
Availability: Android, Windows, Chrome, Web (Free trial, Full version $3.99)
6. AZ Screen Recorder
Among the many tools that AirDroid offers, it also includes a screen recorder, which works fine but records videos with an AirDroid watermark on it. Well, don’t worry, we have a better app for this, the AZ Screen Recorder app. As the name suggests, AZ Screen Recorder is an app specifically for your screen recording needs. The app works on non-rooted devices, leaves no watermark, there’s no time limit and these features are free. Plus, there are various options like setting video resolution, bit rate, screen orientation, customized timer and more.
While the aforementioned features are available for free, the Pro version of the app brings more features like front camera overlay, countdown timer, draw on screen, trim videos etc. If you are looking to record your iPhone or iPad’s screen, you can check out our tutorial on the same.
Availability: Android (Free)
Try out these AirDroid Alternatives
AirDroid is no doubt a brilliant app but the security of users is of paramount importance. So, if you want to move on from AirDroid, these alternatives should be good enough. Well, that’s all from our side, try them out and let us know your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below.