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Part 4 of 4 of setup instructions: Connecting to an Android Device
When you do live development with App Inventor, your Android device must be connected to your computer. This connection can be made with a USB cable or by Wifi. You can choose either method, and even switch back and forth between them.
The best method will depend on your particular circumstance. If you are working alone or with a small group, and you have local wifi service, then we recommend you use the wifi method. If you are working in a school lab setup, then we suggest you try the wifi method first, but be prepared to use cables if you run into problems. Before choosing, you may want to consider some of the issues and tradeoffs between the two methods.