Access Your Android Phone from Your Browser Using LazyDroid


Admit it, you have been there, peacefully surfing the web, your Android handset cradled in its charging dock just out of the reach of your fingertips. A text or call comes in and you just can’t bring yourself to stretch out that arm and retrieve your phone. You, sir, are lazy. Luckily there is LazyDroid, a remote access application for your Android phone. Once installed on your handset, LazyDroid provides you with an IP address and port. Enter it in your web browser and like magic, a web-based desktop appears synced with your phone’s messages, contacts, and files. If you are rooted, you even get access to a remote view of your phone’s screen.

What LazyDroid does is create a remote server that allows you to connect to your Android phone via your desktop browser. The result feels a lot like Motorola’s Webtop functionality found on the Atrix 4G, except it isn’t device specific and doesn’t require any expensive accessories. And even though it is only in its first release candidate, it works pretty flawlessly.

Browsing files works like a charm. You can see all the goodies on your phone’s storage and SD card, organize your folders, and download documents and images onto your desktop from your handset. It takes remote file browsing to a level of ease and simplicity that is much welcomed.

So you’re browsing files remotely and a text message comes in. A notification pops up, the new message is retrieved. You can respond directly from the browser. Calls are handled differently. You can’t answer or place calls directly from your computer, but you will get a notification and provided your phone is close enough you can answer. Speakerphone is automatically triggered and you never miss a beat.

There is plenty more to like about LazyDroid, including remote streaming from your Android camera. Create a baby monitoring system, a low budget security cam, whatever your mind can conjure up. The number of useful features jam-packed into LazyDroid is pretty unbelievable.

LazyDroid is not without its flaws. The rather limited Android app is simple and provides only basic settings, but crashes pretty often (particularly if you try to view the app in landscape mode). There is no on/off toggle within the app — once it’s launched it’s launched. For the security-conscious, the app does at least offer the ability to set a password for your remote server.

So if you’re feeling like a lazy droid or just looking for the ultimate way to remotely manage your handset while using your computer — a multi-taskers dream come true — LazyDroid is the app for you. Grab it in the Android Market from the link below.

Android Market Link: LazyDroid

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  1. I was skeptical… but that’s actually pretty awesome. Really like the comparison to the Atrix Dock – hadn’t thought of that.

  2. Not even letting me click any icons.

    Correction: Doesnt let me click anything in the chrome browser but i can in the IE8.

  3. Now I could watch porn on my browser, too!

  4. There is a on/off Toggle in the app. It is the giant green power button.

    1. LOL. Seriously, how dumb could you be to not even try to click the giant power button on the app, and you’re trying to tell everyone about it’s features.

  5. It is ok but does the same without the need to be connected to a WIFI network. You can even leave your phone at home and write a sms simply by opening with a browser on your PC or MAC. Search for mNode in Android Market to check it out.

  6. wow, it works really well. I have one room in my entire house that coverage is solid. now I can leave my phone in that room and still essentially have connectivity. works perfectly for me so far. limitations but for what I need it for it’s excellent

  7. How lazy have we become to where picking up our phone has now become too difficult? I’m sure there’s a convienence factor involved here, but it’s no wonder we’re the most obese country in the world. I use my phone’s browser etc when I’m not near my laptop. On my laptop I don’t need access to my phone, at least I haven’t yet.

    1. Hey, a lot of us here are Americans. We love anything that involves food or not having to move a finger.

  8. Samsung Galaxy with the Kies Air app has been doing it for a while and works really well ;)

  9. Question is, how secure is it?

  10. Doesn’t work for me… tried on both my desktop and my laptop running IE8, I’m running Fresh 3.5 on my Evo, It struggles just to load my SMS thread, won’t open remote view, contacts or anything else really…

    1. >IE8

      Try… another browser?

  11. the google voice plug in for chrome works great to for sms

  12. worked on chrome…not so much on ie… error….something about configuration error….i don’t know….

  13. Omg I needed this. incoming text and its just out of reach while I’m doing work on my pc.

  14. Can’t wait for it!!..

  15. This is definitely for fat people.

  16. Anyone else having trouble connecting? DroidX Ginger leak .573

  17. Personally, I like Texdro – it works well, and connects even while tethered.

  18. I’m getting a virus detection from norton when I select “download usb client”. I hope it’s wrong.

  19. Based on a little android market browsing, it seems to me that Remote Web Desktop is the king of this arena currently (
    ). I don’t see any difference between the pay version and the free version in the descriptions. Anyone know anything about this app?

  20. doesnt work all i get is a could not connect message

  21. I used to use Remote Web Desktop for SMS, but this seems better if it can do those extra features. Thanks!

  22. Remote Android Desktop has done this for many months.

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