Vysor – easiest way to access your Android from PC

control android from PC - vysor

It might not be the most sought after utility, but the ability to control your android from PC can definitely make your life a little more easy. This can help you save some time if you have to work on both devices simultaneously, specially for developers this tool can come handy.

control android from PC - vysor

Vysor is a chrome extension which lets you control your android from PC. So far all the tools which we have seen requires the phone to be rooted, but Vysor will work just by enabling developer mode on the phone. To enable developement mode, go to Settings -> About phone and press seven times on build version. After this you will see a new option under settings – Developer Options . Select that option and enable USB debugging.

Having done this, you can connect your phone to computer and Vysor will allow you to control it. Vysor is still in beta mode so it might not work perfectly but still it’s a cool utility.

 

Let me know if you know of any other such cools tools.

 

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Easily share your mobile files over Wi-Fi with AirDroid

Still sharing files over Bluetooth? Using data cable to copy files to your laptop? Get AirDroid 😉

AirDroid allows you to easily share files to and from your Android mobile to any other mobile or laptop with Wi-Fi or internet. That is not it, you can even read/reply to SMS from your desktop, start camera and click photos without touching your mobile, access contacts, dial a number, take a screenshot, locate or wipe your phone when it is lost and what not.
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Here is a step by step guide to share a file over Wi-Fi using AirDroid just to get you started.

    1. Download and install AirDroid from play store.
    2. If you are in LAN with other device (in the same network) or can create a Wi-Fi hotspot then it is really easy. We will show how to share files over tethered network so that you can do it on PC or a Wi-Fi enabled mobile as well.
    3. Turn on Wi-Fi tethering on your phone and connect your laptop or other mobile to it.
    4. Now open AirDroid on mobile.
    5. Go to Tools -> Tethering. When you click on tethering it will give you an address using which you can access files from your mobile.
    6. Once you open this address in your browser you will see something like this.AirDroid turns your mobile into a web host.
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    7. Now you can access all your mobile files from this screen and do almost anything from here.

There are many more things you can do with AirDroid but listing them all here will not be possible. You can check out their site for more details.

AirDroid is undoubtedly one of the best software available for Android and is a must have for anyone who is using an Android phone. Give it a try, you will definitely love it.

Do let us know your favourite file sharing software using the comments form below.

 

[How To] Block/ban websites on Android without any software

block websites on android

Okay, I know this is very old school. But still, I bet not many people have tried this. You can use this method to block ad serving sites on your cell (without any software), or to block Facebook on your friends cell or to block whichever site you want on any Android :D.

The method is same as what we saw here for windows machines. Only difference is, this time it will be on Linux  So the path to hosts file will be different. First of all, you will have to root your Android. If you haven’t done this yet then go here or search Google and do it now ;). After this download any good file explorer from play store.  Now navigate to the /system/etc/ and look for hosts file. Open this file with any text editor. Something like this will already be there in the file.

127.0.0.1  localhost 
::1        localhost

The first column is for IP address and the domain name goes in the second column. So when you type localhost in your browser it automatically redirects it to 127.0.0.1. In simple words, for any domain resolution request your device will first check hosts file for resolution and if it is not there then it will go to DNS server. So if you add anything here then it will not go to DNS server for name resolution.

block websites on androidYou can try this on your friends rooted Android and watch him jumping on his phone after few hours :D. Add below entry to his phone’s hosts file, save it and restart the phone.

173.194.70.147     facebook.com

This IP address is of Google, so when your friend types facebook.com in his browser, he will be redirected to Google. If you want to  block it then just replace the Google IP with 127.0.0.1 and as there will be no site hosted at this address, he will be greeted with “Webpage not available” message every time ;).

Obviously, Facebook has too many sub-domains and domains, so if you want to block it completely then you will have to list all of them in this file. You can use this trick to block any website you want.

To unblock any site, just reverse the process. Delete its entry from the hosts file, save it and restart the phone.