Review: Connect your PC and Android device with Mobogenie

Hook up your computer and your Android phone with this free Windows app.

Mobogenie is a free Windows-to-Android manager that replaces the interface software that came with your cellphone or account. With Mobogenie installed on your Windows PC, you can transfer apps, pictures, video, music, and other files to and from your mobile device; back up and restore phone settings and data; manage contacts and downloads; and even change and delete accounts. A "Kid Mode," suitable for ages one to eight, lets everyone join in the fun and can help you get your child started off on the right foot with mobile devices. Mobogenie can stick with you when you change devices. It's compatible with Windows versions 98 to 8 and Android.

Mobogenie's desktop client installs normally in Windows. The Welcome page's setup guide starts with the first step, Connect Your Phone, which you'll do via the USB cable that came with it (don't see one? Check your charger for a detachable USB cable you can plug into your PC!) or however your device networks with your PC. Mobogenie requires USB debugging enabled on your mobile device; a link on the program's interface provides more information and instructions for activating the option. On our device, a Samsung Galaxy SIII, we opened the Settings menu, scrolled to the very bottom to access the Developer Options, activated them by swiping the toggle switch to On, and checked the box to Enable USB Debugging when a USB cable is attached (you can also check a box to take bug reports from the power menu!). Don't change any other Developer Options unless you know what you're doing! You may need to restart your device to enable the changes and install Mobogenie's drivers.

But that's the hard part. The rest is easy, once Mobogenie and your phone are in sync. Granted; some phone-to-PC software seems designed to prevent connectivity, but Mobogenie offers some real improvements over some other software we've tried. Easy-to-read icons and graphs let you view and manage your device, data, and resources with a few clicks. If you like to go "untethered," or you change accounts frequently, or you just don't like your current interface software, try Mobogenie.

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