Many users may now be familiar with the idea of streaming media content from a smartphone device to a PC, Smart TV or a set top box. However, if you want the content to go the other way, giving you access to a larger library of files on your smartphone, then here’s a wonderful app that you’d want to check out.
App-ified and available on your Android, iOS Devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) – COMPLETELY FREE!
Whether you have an iPhone, iPad or Android device, it is not always that simple to stream files stored on your PC to your portable handset. Manufacturers usually encourage you to add files to your phone’s onboard storage rather than streaming them in real time over a data connection, but this does not mean that it is impossible to achieve this.
One of the most useful and widely compatible software applications to use if you want to stream video to your smartphone is called Air Playit. As the name suggests, it is aiming to mimic the functionality of Apple’s own AirPlay service, although with a broader range of uses and greater compatibility.
You can download Air Playit from both the App Store for an iPhone or iPad and directly from Air PlayIt for Android devices. You will also need to download and install the server client program on your PC because this will allow you to make a wireless connection between it and your smartphone of choice later in the set-up process.
Why it’s so fantastic
The app is very useful for a number of reasons, but it is the sheer breadth of compatibility options that make it a particularly appealing package.
Air Playit is able to play back media files based on hundreds of different video codecs, many of which will not be natively supported on your smartphone.
Air Playit is capable of streaming 320 different video & audio formats to your mobile devices via WiFi and 3G/4G network. It acts as your personal audio video cloud server and lets you watch videos on the go. – AirPlay Official website
It makes the streaming possible because it converts these files in real time before sending them on to your device, which means that even if your mobile is not compatible with a certain file, streaming it from Air Playit will allow you to bypass this issue.
As well as being widely compatible, which includes files that are protected with the usually restrictive DRM encoding, you can also play back high-definition video clips in 1080p if you have them on your PC.
This means that the quality of the video is always at its best and you do not need to make any concessions to the fact that you are watching it on a smaller display.
The streaming can be carried out over either a Wi-Fi connection or over your smartphone’s 3G network. In areas where 4G is available this will offer one of the fastest streaming solutions, although you should check local 4G info to see whether you can get this type of connectivity at the moment.
Flexible compatibility and ease of access…anywhere!
Once you have followed the set-up process, which involves choosing the files and folders to make accessible on your PC and then synchronising your details with your smartphone or tablet of choice, the streaming can begin.
You will, of course, need to leave your PC or Mac turned on in order to access your videos and initiate a stream. However, the Air Playit service makes it easy to avoid wasting energy because once you have finished watching a clip you can use the app to remotely turn off your PC wherever you are located.
Another convenient feature of the app is the ability to stream video direct to the Apple TV set-top box from your iPhone or iPad. This includes all options, allowing you to adjust things such as the resolution of the stream and even send music tracks from one device to another.
In this interconnected world it is necessary for our gadgets to communicate and share data with one another so that people can enjoy their content wherever they happen to be. Services such as Air Playit mean that you can effectively have hundreds of gigabytes of media available on a smartphone at all times thanks to the potential of streaming.