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Android Device Utilities & Software Tools for Windows & Mac OS

There are thousands of Android apps available from the Android Marketplace, the Amazon Appstore and various developers, but there are also applications available for the PC and/or Mac which help you get the most out of your Android smartphone or tablet. Below is a list of our favorite utilities with brief descriptions and OS compatibility information.  Have a favorite you'd like added to the list?  Email us.



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iTunes may be the most popular music software for PCs and Macs, but it's useless unless you have an iPod or iOS device.  doubleTwist is a free, Android-friendly iTunes alternative that allows you to sync music, video and photos, create and manage device playlists, and even find new music and Android apps. Also offers wireless syncing where supported.

Works with many Android devices. 

Mac OS X and Windows XP+




Wondershare MobileGo Android Manager


MobileGo from Wondershare lets you easily backup an Android device to your PC.  Backup APK applications, contacts, and SMS, and even restore this data to other Android devices. 

Other features include music and video conversion, contacts importing and exporting and Symbian contact transfer.  View supported devices.

Windows XP+




Missing Sync for Android


If you're a PC or Mac user frustrated by Android's lack of direct syncing capabilities, The Missing Sync for Android is one of the only options you have.  While far from perfect (or free), it is an available tool if you want to sync with a computer via USB, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. 

Sync contacts, calendars, and tasks, manage and transfer playlists, copy files and even backup text messages and call history.

Mac OS X 10.5.6+ / Windows XP+






Convert almost any video file for an Android device with this free software.  HandBrake has several output presets that take the guesswork out of transcoding video.  The Regular > Normal profile works well with many Android devices. 

Want to copy protected movies to your Android device ?  Use DVD43 on a PC or Fairmount on the Mac to unlock the video files for direct disc-to-drive transcoding with HandBrake.

Mac OS X and Windows XP+




DVDFab with Mobile


Painless, powerful and intuitive, DVDFab with Mobile offers a no-brainer way to get your DVD movies off the disc and onto your Android device. Just pop any DVD movie in your PC optical drive, select the MP4 option and let the software do the rest. 

Although this software is not free, if you can't go more than a day or two without watching movies on your phone or tablet, it's one of the best solutions.

Windows 2000+




Android OS SDK


Okay, so this probably isn't for most Android users, but Google does a great job of providing the tools you need if you want to develop apps for Android devices - free of charge.  The Android SDK is where it all begins, a package that includes much of what you'll need to get started. 

Requires Java.

Windows & Mac






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