With each new version of the iPhone or Android that comes out, our smart phones and computers become closer and closer to melding into a single device. This process is well under way; even “dumb phones” can be used to access e-mail now. Smart phones are used to manage social media, to surf the Web, as music players and storage devices, and (with ever-emerging apps) can be both mobile and effective.
“Phone, Meet Computer”
It is no longer a matter of time before our phones interface directly with our computers; that is happening already. It isn’t as easy as it may seem, though, certainly not a “hot swap” that gives us that plug-and-play satisfaction that has to be considered the digital icing on the cake of instant gratification. Still, with a little bit of patience and step-following, you can make your phone as much of an everyday part of your computer usage as the mouse or the keyboard.
First, you have to locate the mini-USB port on your phone, and then connect a USB cable to it. Upon plugging the phone directly into the USB port on your computer, you will most likely be prompted to seek out and install the pertinent drivers. (You will have to click “Okay” or “Yes” before it will do so.) Your computer should show you the status of the driver installation, and once it is complete, the phone and the computer should be ready to interact. The most obvious sign that the “connection” has been made is that your computer will begin charging your phone.
Which software you will need to download and install depends on which brand of phone you are using. Once the software is located and running, you will be able to transfer files – audio, video, photo, what have you – to and from your computer. This will give you ease of use when managing your Facebook page, for instance, and provide you the opportunity to free up memory on your phone as well. None of this could be easily done without the USB port’s ability to link up your phone and your computer.