by Dan Delong
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.]
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: -
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.
Here is a copy of the Help Instructions for the three main connection methods.
If you want to connect via WiFi...
If you want to connect via Bluetooth...
If you want to connect via USB-cable...
Platform: All Windows from XP up to Win10
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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