AirMirror has been release by AirDroid a year ago. This app can be used to control other mobile devices right from your phone. Like every technological tool, it has some limitations but it is very helpful for parents or friends that are in tech distress.

You have to root the device that you want to control and set it up by tethering it to a computer and then you can access it. You cannot remote into another device instantly but you can see a mirror of the screen of another party as you interact with them through chat, voice messages or integrated calling. You can also suggest touches and swipes that will be highlighted on their screen.

The setup is pretty simple: Install AirDroid Remote Support on the device you want to remote into, get AirMirror on your own phone and set up both apps. That is it. You can receive the transmission now. However, you have to get the connection code from the device you want to remote into and select the “Remote Support” option to punch the connection code into AirMirror.

This whole process takes complete care of security. It has added an additional security measure to the process and that is – another party has to enable screen sharing manually. It is to confirm that the other party is actually willing to share their screen and only then is the connection created. Once the connection is formed, you will see lots of options

You can now start chatting with the other party, instruct them about where to tap and what to do.  You can use the microphone button that is on the left bottom corner of the AirMirror interface and send voice messages as well. It will make your communication more convenient.

You can also use the screen mirroring app to call them by tapping the headphone icon on the right. Check the overflow menu to see the screen rotation and disconnection options. You can suggest gestures using the button with the finger icon. It allows you to tap on your partner’s screen and help you to communicate effectively with the other party.

A floating button is present on the right side of the screen of the other party. This button can be used to send chat and voice messages or make calls. There is a provision to temporarily stop screen sharing when other party wants to type in a password or access private information.

Remote AirMirror app might not be the prettiest application out there and it can seem a bit heavy to use with its small buttons. But it can still form a good connection and work well. Unlike TeamViewer and AirDroid’s own remote access service, it doesn’t need root or obvious support by the smartphone manufacturer. Therefore it is much more accessible to beginner users such as elderly relatives. It allows you to instruct them to AirDroid Remote Support in the Play Store, and then help them in finding whatever app “mysteriously disappeared” from their home screen.

Remote Support app is free to use but you have to pay for AirMirror after a 24-hour test phase. It provides a solid service that could make your life easier if you’re usually contacted for tech support. The Remote Support app is also available on iOS. It works cross-platform, except for one iOS restriction: you can’t hint at taps and swipes on iPhones or iPads.