Droid Explorer: Manage a Rooted Android Phone on Windows

Droid Explorer: Manage a Rooted Android Phone on Windows

I spent a long time searching for a tool to manage files on my Android using Windows’ explorer interface and perform root tasks easily. Recently, I found a tool called Droid Explorer that seemed like the perfect solution.

Introduction to Droid Explorer

Droid Explorer: Manage a Rooted Android Phone on Windows

When it comes to managing an Android phone with a computer, Droid Explorer is a state-of-the-art tool. In addition to basic functionality, it offers many exciting features. Let’s explore how to install and use this tool.

Installing Droid Explorer

Installing Droid Explorer is a simple task. After downloading the archive file, extract it to a folder and run the installer. Follow the steps in the installation wizard and complete the setup. After installation, the installer will ask you to provide the path to Android SDK. You can provide the path to SDK if you already have it, but the best option would be to use the option “Set up Android SDK for me” provided in the installer.

The tool will automatically download the SDK files and configure it for you. Once the program initializes, activate the USB debugging on your device.

Note: The tool requires .Net Framework 4, which you will need to install manually if you don’t already have it.

Features of Droid Explorer

Droid Explorer has interesting features.

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Android File Explorer

Droid Explorer’s main function is to provide a Windows Explorer-like file explorer for Android. It shows all folders from the root node in the right sidebar, while displaying directory content in the left description bar. Additionally, Droid Explorer allows you to view your internal SD card storage content without mounting it as a mass storage device, reducing the risk of damage to the external storage.

Droid Explorer: Manage a Rooted Android Phone on Windows

Copying files to and from the device is easy using the tool. Drag and drop will handle the process. You can also open files on your device without downloading them to your computer. If you want to open a file with a specific program, select the “Open With specific program” option. These options are available when you click on a file in Droid Explorer.

Droid Explorer: Manage a Rooted Android Phone on Windows

You can include Droid Explorer in Windows Explorer by selecting “Option” in “Tools” and then selecting “Register”. After registering, you will see the Droid Explorer icon in the “Computer” folder, allowing you to explore the files.

If you want to install an application using an APK file on your system, simply double click to install it. The tool also supports batch mode, allowing automatic installation of multiple APK files.

Droid Explorer: Manage a Rooted Android Phone on Windows

You can uninstall apps using the uninstaller provided in the tool. Go to /Data/App in the explorer to list all the installed applications, and then uninstall the desired application using the right-click context menu.

Droid Explorer: Manage a Rooted Android Phone on Windows

Take Screenshots

Using the app, you can take a screenshot of your device and save it on your computer. Droid Explorer lets you preview the screenshot in landscape mode and save it. To take a screenshot, click on the button to open the preview window and then save it.

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Record Video

Using Droid Explorer, you can record videos of tasks performed on your Android. Simply click the “Record Video” button and complete the task either on your phone or using the provided button on the recorder. Although there might be a slight delay, it won’t affect the processed video. When you’re finished, click the record button again to save the video. Disregard any errors and go to the folder to preview the video.

Droid Explorer: Manage a Rooted Android Phone on Windows

The tool takes screenshots and stitches them into a video. So, be slow on mobile while recording. You can also slow down the video using Movie Maker for better understanding.

Droid Explorer: Manage a Rooted Android Phone on Windows

Easily Install Update Files

To install a patch or update on a rooted Android device, use an update.zip file. Copy the update file to the phone’s internal SD card, reboot it into recovery mode, and manually install it. Droid Explorer can automate this process.

Droid Explorer: Manage a Rooted Android Phone on Windows

Click the update button to select the update.zip file and leave the rest for Droid Explorer.

Backup and Restore

Droid Explorer enables easy device backup and restoration. If your device is rooted, Titanium Backup is recommended as the best tool.

These are the basic and interesting things you can do with your Android using Droid Explorer. However, there are many other significant tasks you can perform with the tool. To explore these tasks, install and use the tool.

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