Android management app MoboRobo (review)

There are quite a few Android management apps out there, and honestly, a lot of them are just spam. Some of them force ads onto your devices, check data they’re not supposed to and the ones that seem ok never really live up to the expectations set by iTunes device management. I expected MoboRobo to be the same as the others, but I’m happy to say that it was actually quite different.

When you first open the application on your PC, MoboRobo gets you set up quickly with an option to connect via USB or via Wi-Fi. The USB connection was fully automatic and very quick, whereas the Wi-Fi connection was (of course) slower in data transfers and also required you to get the Mobo Market app on your phone. With the USB connection however, you do have to turn on the “USB Debugger” setting in the developer options of your device. If you don’t have access to developer options, simply follow this short guide and they should appear. As soon as your phone is connected, the app will automatically detect and install the necessary drivers and a small popup window will appear with the device’s battery status.

MoboRobo Main Screenshot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The four main tabs in the MoboRobo PC app are: Apps, Music, Images and Videos. The apps section can be used  to not only manage apps that are already installed on your device, but also to install new apps quickly. Unfortunately, installing new apps through MoboRobo uses the MoboMarket service, which is not as polished as the rest of the app. The music section is one of the best features of the app due to its ease of use. Songs can be selected and renamed, deleted or even played on the PC and simply dragging songs to the app will sync them to your device.

Videos and images are a bit harder to manage in the app, due to there being no option for choosing the path to your media. MoboRobo will simply scan your entire device for any videos and images it can find, and a lot of the time, it finds more than you want. If you can deal with the overflow of media however, the video and images sections work with the same ease of use as the music section.

There are still two more tabs left, but they are a little more advanced. The first of the two is the themes tab. This tab is designed with very specific users in mind, as the themes can only be used with the MoboLauncher app. Honestly, I would steer clear of that app, as there are many more advanced and more polished launchers out there on the Android market. If you already use the MoboLauncher app, this tab could be very useful for managing your themes.

Lastly, there is the ambiguously named “toolbox” tab, which is arguably the most useful of them all. With any version of android you can read the texts from your device, however on devices that are pre android 4.4 kitkat, you can send and receive texts from your PC. You can manage contacts, bookmarks, files and call logs, all from the management section of the toolbox. The best feature in my opinion however, is the backup/restore function, which allows you to keep contacts, SMS logs and call logs safe, which is especially useful before a factory reset.

MoboRobo went above and beyond my expectations in both design and ease of use. I would definitely recommend using MoboRobo as your android management app. Do you have other management apps that you think are worth it? Let us know in the comments down below!

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