I want to access my Windows PC remotely from an Android phone, but NOT control it like it is controlled via Teamviewer. I just need to access files remotely from my Android. Does anyone know an application that can do that?


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Emily Rivers answered

Hi Rafa! I think I've found an app that will allow you to access your Windows PC remotely from your Android phone.

I found an app on Google Play called Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop which allows you to access your applications, documents, emails and your browser with full Flash and Java support, all from your Android phone.

Does it cost money to use?

Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop doesn't cost money to download, and you can access your computer on the local network for free. However, if you want to access your Windows PC from the Internet, you can subscribe to the Anywhere Access Pack through In-App Purchase.

How much can I use it?

You can access 5 Windows PCs from your Android phone with your Splashtop account, so that's pretty good! (Not that I know many people with 5 PCs...)

Who's it for?

This Android app is only for personal use, so you shouldn't use it for work, but Splashtop also offers an app called Splashtop Business, which you can use to access work Windows PCs from an Android phone.

This is quite a lengthy video, but this YouTube video gives quite a good explanation of how the app works:

Here's the link to download the app from Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.splashtop.remote.pad.v2&hl=en_GB

Hope this helps!

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Posha Pakhe answered

It’s safe to say that two major reasons you’re seeing that “ iCloud storage almost full” message are photos that get synced from your iPhone and large files that get synced from the Documents and Desktop folders on your Mac. Using Gemini Photos, the app recommended in step 1, should keep your photo library lean, but you should also keep your Documents and Desktop from getting too bloated.  Icloud storage full

To identify and quickly remove large files you have forgotten about, try a utility like CleanMyMac 3. Among many other helpful tools, it has a Large & Old Files module, which is exactly what you need for this job. Here’s how it works:

  1. Download CleanMyMac 3 for free
  2. Select Large & Old Files in the left-hand bar
  3. Hit Scan
  4. When the scan is over (it usually takes a few seconds), click Review Files

All files the app deems large and old are neatly grouped by size, so all you need to do is check mark everything you don’t want anymore and hit Remove. CleanMyMac is free to download, make sure you give it a go.

Now, not everyone wants to sync everything to the cloud, and given the fact that your Mac has way more storage than the 5 GB you get for free in iCloud, you might prefer to store your files locally.

Here’s how to switch off the sync for your Desktop and Documents folders as well as some of your Mac apps:

  1. Go to System Preferences
  2. Click iCloud
  3. Uncheck all folders and apps you don’t want synced

And here’s how you stop your iPhone data (including photos) from getting synced to iCloud:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap iCloud (or your name and then iCloud if you’re on iOS 10.3 or later)
  3. Go over the list of apps that get synced and switch the sync off

Now your data should remain locally, on your Mac and iPhone respectively.

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