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July 2019
by Dan Delong


My Phone Explorer - for Android

Although an extremely useful program, getting it configured was a bit of a chore, perhaps stemming from my preference for connecting the phone by USB cable, over the other options: - Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. These instructions should make it easier. I thought the wire would yield a faster transfer rate. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connection would have required downloading the MyPhoneExplorer App from the Play Store. I did not expect to become an Android Developer in the process, but this seems to be a necessary change to the phone, at least for the cable style of connection. The Help file showed how simple it was to turn on the Developer features.

[Turning on the Developer features, alone, is worth doing, just to see all of the new options possible. Don't worry about the all of the permission you must grant MyPhoneExplorer for it to work; they can easily be turned off again when no longer actively using the program. Also, keep an eye on the phone's screen during both installation and use, because many of these permissions could arrive as pop-ups at any moment.]

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Figure 1 - examples of access permissions requested

The laptop I used for testing MyPhoneExplorer (with a Win7 Pro OS) may not have been the best choice either, because it may not have had all the drivers required, pre-installed, which may not have been the case if I had tested with a Win10 computer. However, a "Windows Update" message appeared; it decided that my computer needed an update to the MTP Device software (refers to other new hardware). Even though this update failed, a computer restart seemed to clear up connection problems. Also, the phone itself, used for this test, did not have any phone calls or SMS messages on it. It is a phone with an expired SIM service.

As you will see in the screen shots, this program can access all areas of the phone for the following purposes: -

  • - viewing and editing contacts (and synchronizing in both directions).
  • - using, importing, and editing calendars
  • - handling messages and e-mails in a manner similar to the above
  • - making a total backup of the phone (files and/or apps), and restoring them. [did not try restore or moving to a different phone]
  • - seeing all phone calls, whether the connection was completed or not, and making calls while tethered to the phone with the USB cable
  • - selecting files to download to the computer - includes all photos and videos
  • - seeing areas of the phone you normally would not have access to (includes ringtones, backgrounds and much more)

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NOTE: I have always found using the phones touch screen to compose messages to be a dexterity problem, not normally experienced by more youthful users. This program lets me use a regular, physical keyboard.

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Here is a copy of the Help Instructions for the three main connection methods.

If you want to connect via WiFi...

  • - Start 'MyPhoneExplorer Client' on phone
  • - If 'MyPhoneExplorer Client' is not installed on phone you can get it from 'Google Play'
  • - Keep the screen of the phone active in particular during the first attempt to connect
  • - Ensure that WiFi is enabled on phone
  • - Ensure that MyPhoneExplorer will be not blocked by a firewall
  • - Ensure that the PC and the phone is connected to the same network (Router)

If you want to connect via Bluetooth...

  • - Start 'MyPhoneExplorer Client' on phone
  • - If 'MyPhoneExplorer Client' is not installed on phone you can get it from 'Google Play'
  • - Keep the screen of the phone active in particular during the first attempt to connect
  • - Ensure that Bluetooth is enabled in phone
  • - Ensure that the phone is paired with your PC
  • - Before you pair the device you have to enable "Discoverable" in the Bluetooth-settings of the phone
  • - Choose in the settings of MyPhoneExplorer the COM-Port which is provided by your Bluetooth-Software for your phone

If you want to connect via USB-cable...

  • - Ensure that 'USB debugging' is enabled on phone (Settings-Applications-Development or Settings-Developer options)
  • - In Android 4.2.2 and newer you have to unlock the USB-Debugging option first (Settings-About the phone-Build number - tap 7 times on it)
  • - Ensure that the Debug-Interface-Drivers for your phone are installed (ADB-Drivers)

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System requirements:

Platform: All Windows from XP up to Win10

Version: 1.812

Price: Free - donor ware

Language: German, English, and others

Download Size: 11.1 MB installer, 16.5 MB portable

Installed Size: 31.3 MB

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