Remotely Accessing an Android Device -
a How-to Guide


Contents


  1. Connecting to Android devices remotely with USB Network Gate
  2. Remotely accessing USB devices attached to an Android phone

Android devices are becoming more popular every day. Even if you don’t own one yourself, chances are that one of your friends or business associates have at least one Android device among their mobile electronic devices. The popularity of Android devices is driven by their affordability and ability to be easily customized. Android devices provide the user with multi-tasking capabilities and are tightly integrated with all of Google’s services.

There are a number of situations where connecting to your Android device remotely from your computer would be helpful. Your phone could be connected to a computer located in another room. Perhaps your device is experiencing a problem and technical support needs to remotely access it to diagnose the issue. You might want to use a full-sized keyboard to update some files on your phone or get to work and realize that you left that presentation on your phone which is on your kitchen counter. A family member could connect it to a computer for you, and the good news is that Android devices are easy to access remotely when connected to a PC.

Connecting to Android devices remotely with USB Network Gate

Eltima Software has developed a tool that enables access to network-connected USB devices such as your Android phone. USB Network Gate is the name of the application that allows the user to access their Android devices remotely from a computer. You can run the app on the Windows, Linux, or Mac operating systems.

Step 1: Download and install the USB Network Gate app on your local computer and a remote machine.

Step 2: Start the program and connect an Android device to the computer. Go to the "Local USB devices" tab and select “Share”. This allows remote access of the Android device connected to your local machine.

Step 3: On a remote computer launch the app and open the "Remote USB" devices tab. You will see that the device that you connected in Step 2 is available for remote connection.

Remotely accessing USB devices attached to an Android phone

Using this application dedicated to remote Android access, you can share all of the USB devices that are connected to the device with an OTG cable. The USB devices will be seen on your computer as if they were locally connected and be available for your use.

In order to use your Android device to share an OTG connected USB device, perform the following procedure:


1
Go to the Play Store and download USB Network Gate to your device.
2
Allow the app to automatically install on your device.
3
Root access is required by the application in order to function correctly. Grant root privileges to the app using a tool like SuperSU that is used to manage an application’s access rights.
4
Connect your Android phone to a USB device and simply tap the “Share Device” option in the application’s user interface. You’re done!