When do we need such an app to transfer text instantly between android and computer?
Consider this situation. You are browsing some web pages in an android app phone or tablet and realized that the webpage will look better if you view it in a big screen of your laptop. What will you do, especially if the URL or the link to that website is something like this? http://www.google.com/imgres?q=android&hl=en&biw=1599&bih=820&gbv=2&tbm=isch&tbnid=HVFgfm8347XwrM:&imgrefurl=
175&start=0&ndsp=33&ved=1t:429,r:8,s:0. Imagine typing all that looking at your android phone or tablet into your PC’s browser window. So, is there an easy way out? Of course you can send yourself an email or use bluetooth if there is an option. But that is too slow for me. Well, I have come across this situation numerous times and the first thing I thought was that there should be some inbuilt mechanism through which I can sync my PC’s clipboard data with my android phone/tablet’s clipboard. I looked around and found none such app. So I devised a few ways on my own to tackle this issue.
So, How do I send text or link quickly to and from android phone / tablet.
So, I have thought about it for some time and with my limited exposure to android, I have thought of three ways in which I can transfer data to and fro the computer. Basically any cloud based services which cover both PC and android should do the trick. But I specifically liked a few options which I am going to describe below.
This is my favorite option and I am personally using it. If you haven’t heard about workflowy.com, it is a super cool tool to organize and plan your thoughts and actions. It lets you create a tree structured list where you can break down complex tasks or lists into finer tasks until you are left with a list of easily actionable tasks. But the designers of workflowy.com has also provided a mobile interface which can be used by android phones/tablets. So, these days when I want to copy some text or link to the PC from my android, I quickly copy it (In android, if you click and hold on a text or a link you can copy all or portion of most of the text) and launch my workflowy android app. I then paste it some where in the list. Now if I go to my PC browser and open workflowy.com, the entry I just made will be available there. This works for text of any length and complex links. Here is a screenshot of how I copied the name of the popular ebook “100 ways to use your android app” to my android device.
The portion underlined in with red shows the most recent entry I copy pasted. Now If I go to my PC and access the workflowy.com website, the changes will appear there immediately. In some cases, I have seen that if you exit the workflowy android app after copy paste, this will work faster. But even if the workflowy.com browser window was open while you were making the changes in android device, the copy pasted text will appear in a matter of seconds. Here is how the copy pasted section is seen in the web workflowy.com interface.
So far this is the easiest method I have seen which can copy paste stuff to and fro. The only pre-requisite is that both your devices should have some sort of internet connection.
2. Airdroid app
This is the easiest way to copy stuff to and from your PC and android “IF” your android device and PC share the same wifi network. If you haven’t heard about the airdroid app, it is a great free app which lets you view the contents of your android device (phone/tablet) via your PC which is connected to the same wifi network. This is not really a cloud based service. Basically, when you install airdroid app in android and launch it, you will be provided with a URL and a password. You then enter this URL into your PC’s browser window and give the password when prompted. Once the connection is established, you will see a neatly arranged interface with individual folders for your apps, music, pictures, contacts etc. You can export or import stuff to and from PC and android phone/tablet. Here is a screen shot of airdroid interface as it appears in your PC.
The box shown in red is the thing which we are interested in. It will allow you to copy and paste stuff from your android devices clipboard. For example the last thing which I copied from my android device (“100 ways to use your android device”) will be still in the clipboard. Here is a screen shot of the text field which appears when I click the clipboard icon.
As you might have guessed, this interface can be used to transfer any text from your directly to your phone’s clipboard. So you can basically skip the copy part(It will already be copied to your androids clipboard memory). You simply need to paste it at the target location. Of course the downside for this is that your android device and computer should be always connected to the same wifi. But If you are a heavy user, then I highly recommend this approach.
What do you think
So, what do you think about these options? Are they good? Do you have a better way of doing things? If yes, do let me know.