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What is your preferred way to manage Android device on MX?

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What is your preferred way to manage Android device on MX?

#1 Post by pzkubbzc » Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:38 am

New to MX Linux. Any Android user in here?

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Re: What is your preferred way to manage Android device on MX?

#2 Post by Jerry3904 » Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:06 am

Welcome to the Forum! Lots of Android users here, and the majority just follows what is described in the Users Manual: plug it in, change to mtp. This will get you details in a heartbeat:

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Some prefer to use a web-based solution with Air Droid or one of the others that also work well.
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Re: What is your preferred way to manage Android device on MX?

#3 Post by richb » Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:21 am

As pointed out there are several options. My preferred method is Dropbox on computer and phone. Gives me full access to all pictures and data files and also serves as a backup for my data without messing with cables or having to continually make transfers for new content. Not for those who have concerns about their data in the cloud.
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Re: What is your preferred way to manage Android device on MX?

#4 Post by clicktician » Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:19 am

I tether for network over USB cable.

Now before you pooh pooh that for being dinosauric in a world of phones with WiFi hotspots...
My carrier, T-Mobile, degrades *all* data packets from tethered devices, and prioritizes packets which originate on mobile devices themselves. This even includes WiFi hotspot puck traffic. There is no way to buy your way out of this tethering penalty at any price (I know, I've tried). They reserve the top priorities for mobile period. No exceptions.

So, even tho I pay a large premium for WiFi tethering, my service often becomes unusable in some areas from 10am - 2pm, as my business communications are de-prioritized in favor of teenagers watching Facebook videos.

I have an Android app that, when connected over USB or Bluetooth to my MX notebook, makes all my laptop traffic appear to originate on my phone and proxies its packet priority. Yes, there is still congestion during peak hours, but at least I have a fighting chance of getting work done at the same network priority as those urgently looking for love on Tinder all day. Lol.
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#5 Post by pzkubbzc » Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:14 pm

richb wrote:As pointed out there are several options. My preferred method is Dropbox on computer and phone. Gives me full access to all pictures and data files and also serves as a backup for my data without messing with cables or having to continually make transfers for new content. Not for those who have concerns about their data in the cloud.
How about the contacts and messages?

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#6 Post by richb » Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:06 am

pzkubbzc wrote:
richb wrote:As pointed out there are several options. My preferred method is Dropbox on computer and phone. Gives me full access to all pictures and data files and also serves as a backup for my data without messing with cables or having to continually make transfers for new content. Not for those who have concerns about their data in the cloud.
How about the contacts and messages?
I use Gmail for email so they sync automatically. For text I use Pushbullet so they are also synced when on my home wifi.
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#7 Post by Vaserpas » Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:15 pm

pzkubbzc wrote:
richb wrote:As pointed out there are several options on here. My preferred method is Dropbox on computer and phone. Gives me full access to all pictures and data files and also serves as a backup for my data without messing with cables or having to continually make transfers for new content. Not for those who have concerns about their data in the cloud.
How about the contacts and messages?
Create a folder on your computer.you can backup contacts and messages on it , and you are able to manage them ,

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Re: What is your preferred way to manage Android device on MX?

#8 Post by malspa » Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:25 pm

Jerry3904 wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:06 am
Lots of Android users here, and the majority just follows what is described in the Users Manual: plug it in, change to mtp.
For users who simply want to access files on the Android phone via USB cable, I think all that's really needed is to make sure that gvfs-backends is installed. And I think MX comes with that package, right? I added that in Stretch (Xfce), and all I have to do when I connect my phone is open Thunar and make sure the phone is unlocked. I don't have mtp-tools installed. I guess YMMV depending on the phone and the Android version, though.

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Re: What is your preferred way to manage Android device on MX?

#9 Post by Adrian » Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:41 pm

I never connect my phone with the cable, pictures are saved automatically with Google Pictures, if I wanted to do it without the Google service I could use something like Syncthing.
I use Pushbullet and works OK for me, but it's not something that I really need... although it's convenient to send SMSs from the computer (that used to stop working from time to time, but recently it works pretty smoothly).

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#10 Post by richb » Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:58 pm

Adrian wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:41 pm
I never connect my phone with the cable, pictures are saved automatically with Google Pictures, if I wanted to do it without the Google service I could use something like Syncthing.
I use Pushbullet and works OK for me, but it's not something that I really need... although it's convenient to send SMSs from the computer (that used to stop working from time to time, but recently it works pretty smoothly).
I do the same with Google Pictures and also use Pushbullet. I also use Dropbox which saves to Camera Uploads.
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