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Remotely stream media from PC to Android deviceInstead of hogging storage with music and movies, remotely stream media from your computer to your phone with this easy guide.
If you're like, your phone or your tablet is also your portable media player for music and movies. The only downside is that all of your media can take up a ton of space and leave little for anything else, but of course, I've a work around for that. I'm Sharon Vaknin for CNET.com, and I'm gonna show you how to stream music and movies from your PC, to you android device no matter where you are. To se this up, we're gonna use an application called Skepta. It's gonna create a remote connection between your computer where all you media files are, and your phone, so that you can access music from your PC in California even if you're in Tokyo. Go to skepta.com and download the desktop application. It's compatible with Mac and Windows, but I'm gonna show you how to set it up on Windows 7, and you find instructions for the Mac set up on my blog or Skepta's website. When you install it, it will ask you to make user name and password. Sign up, then give your computer a name, and wrap up the installation. Go to Windows media player 12. Here, we're gonna locate the music you want to access and give Skepta permission to stream it from your computer, go to organize, then manage libraries, and the select the type of media you want to add. If all your music is organized into an iTunes folder, add that, and do the same for any movies you might have. Now, go to the stream menu and select turn on media streaming. If you don't see that option, it means you already have it enabled. Select allow remote controls my computer, approve it and automatically allow devices to play my media. You can also go to more streaming options to give your library a name. And the last thing you need to enable on your PC is network discovery. Go to the network and sharing center, then head over to change advance sharing settings. Over here, turn on network discovery. This will let your android see your computer. Set your computer aside, and grab your android device, so we can set things up here. Get to skip to app from the android market. It's totally free and pretty easy to use. In the main screen tab, choose media source and head over to remote. Under the user name and password, use set up when you installed Skepta on your computer, and once you sign in, you will the name of your computer show up. Select it, then the name of your library. Go to chose a player and select your phone. It will take you a few seconds to establish a connection and when it does, go to browse and play your media. We will see your music videos and playlist. From here, you can fire up your favorite playlist or watch a home video from your desktop computer while you're away. Just remember your phone to keep connected to Wi-Fi and your computer at home online. If you have any questions, come ask me on my Facebook page and head to howto.cnet.com for more videos like this. For CNET, I'm Sharon Vaknin, and I'll see you on the interwebs.