Andyroid.net is a program that you can install on your desktop or laptop that lets you run an Android window on your PC. In a few steps you can essentially have an Android tablet running alongside the other programs on your computer. It’s pretty resource heavy, so you’re going to need a reasonably powerful computer to get it running in any useful way, but once you do you’ll be able to sign in with your Google account and install the apps and games that you have on your Android devices and access them direct from your PC.
It’s great if you want to use messaging apps without having to keep picking up your phone, or to play games on a bigger screen. You can even use your phone as a controller. It’s a pretty simple process to get the program up and running, and if you follow the steps in this tutorial you shouldn’t go wrong. Obviously you’re going to need to be sat near your computer for this one.
1. Head to the site
First up point your PC’s browser towards andyroid.net. From the front page of the site you’ll be able to download everything you need to get Andyroid up and running on your PC. Click through to accept all the permissions and once everything is downloaded and installed just start it up.
2. Up-to-date Android
Once the program is installed and running it’s going to search for updates. This is to make sure that you’re running the most recent version of Android. All this could take a few minutes, and it’s best to leave the program running on its own while it sorts everything out.
3. Set up time
The first few minutes of your time with Andyroid will be spent setting the program up. It’s just like setting up a new Android device, albeit with a few of the steps taken out. You’ll be able to work out whether your PC is powerful enough to run the program.
4. Sign in to Google
If you want to get the most out of the Andyroid experience then it’s important to sign in with your regular Google account. This will let you sync apps across the devices and also let you install everything you’ve downloaded from the Google Play store with just a few clicks.
5. Your new home
Once the program is up and running you’ll be taken to a home screen. Andyroid runs vanilla Android, so what you’ll see will look very much like a Nexus device. And everything on the desktop pretty much works in the way you’re used to on your Android phone or tablet.
6. Learn the ropes
Like the first time you load up a phone, the first time you load up Andyroid it’ll take you through the basics. Everything you’d normally do with a finger you can do with the mouse. If you’ve not used vanilla Android before it’s worth familiarising yourself with what does what.
7. The notifications bar
Your notifications bar works exactly the same as it does on your Android device. You need to hold the mouse button down to drag it out, and then it’ll snap into place. There are two drawers to pull out from that bar, one with notifications and the other with settings.
8. Start automating things
The next step is to start setting the application up so it knows what to do with specific emails as and when they arrive. Go into the body of an email and you’ll see buttons along the top of the screen. Long press on one of these to see some new options.