This tutorial will show you the simplest possible way to transfer files to your Android device – from any Operating System (Windows, OS X, Linux etc).
Using the new service Awesome Drop, your can just drag-and-drop files into a Web browser and they will be automatically sent to your phone. All you need is a web browser, the free Awesome Drop app, and a 3G connection on your phone (WiFi is ideal if the files are large). Here’s how to do it…
- First up, visit the Android Market and search for the phrase Awesome Drop. The app is free and installs the same way all other Android apps do.
Now launch it from your Applications list.
- You’ll see spaces to enter 4 numbers – your PIN – and a keyboard.
- Head over to http://labs.dashwire.com/drop. You’ll see a big red box that has 4 numbers displayed in it.
- Enter those numbers into Awesome Drop on your Android phone. Once you do, you’ll see that the Awesome Drop web site has changed from having the big red box to a big green one, with the words Drag files here in that box.
- The Awesome Drop app on your phone will now say waiting for drop.
- Now just drag files from your computer onto the Drop files here box in your browser window. The screenshot below illustrates files being dragged from the Finder in OS X. The process is the same if you use Windows or Linux – just find the files, and drag and drop them to the big green box in your browser.
- The files will now start to transfer via the Awesome Box service…
- … and then to your Android phone. Note: your files are not stored anywhere on the Awesome Drop web site or service.
- Once all the files have been uploaded to Awesome Box, they’ll be listed below the Drop files here box. Which, you can continue to drop files onto, if you wish.
- In this example, I have transfered MP3s to my Android phone. Just tap the file name from within Awesome Box and …
- Whatever app it is that opens that file type, will launch. In my case, I’ve been prompted to select an MP3 player to play the audio file with (see example screenshot below).
- That’s it! You can use this method from any computer with an Internet connection and a web browser to transfer files from that computer to your Android phone. Note: the files copied to your Android device using this method are stored on your device in a folder titled drop on your SD Card.