How to transfer files from a PC to an Android Phone via WiFi
There are plenty of ways to transfer files between a Windows computer and an Android phone. A USB cable is probably the simplest. Plug the phone in, wait a few seconds for device detection, and you can drag and drop files easily. If you have internet access, you can use cloud storage (Google Drive comes free with your Google account, Dropbox and OneDrive are also options) to transfer the files.
But what if you don’t have a cable? What if you’re internet access is slow or your file is large? How can you transfer files directly over the network from your Windows computer to your Android Phone without too much hassle?
One solution is to use File Expert HD by GeekSoft. This app has been a staple of every Android phone I’ve had for eons. It allows you to view files and folders on your own phone, connect to a number of different types of network services. Most helpfully for our current scenario, it can run a FTP server from your phone, which any computer can easily access.
Once you’ve installed the free application, launch it.
Tap on the My Tools tab, and select Share My Contents.
Tap Share via FTP.
Tap the switch at the top right from Off to On.
Your phone is now ready to send and receive files from the computer. Keep your phone visible and open Internet Explorer on your computer.
In the address bar, type the address listed under Step 1 on your phone. On my screenshot, it’s ftp://192.168.0.105:2211. Press Enter. (If you’re trying to do this quickly, press Windows+R to bring up the Run window and enter the FTP URL there. That will save you the step of opening Internet Explorer.)
You will be prompted for a username and password. These are shown under Step2 on your phone. The username is “fe” and the password is “filexpert”. Enter these in the prompt and click OK.
If you want to transfer files from your phone to your computer, you can browse to the appropriate folder and download them directly from the browser. If you’d rather move files from your computer to your phone, we have one more step.
As indicated on the screen, press the Alt key, select the View menu, and click on “Open FTP Site in Explorer”
You may have to re-enter the user name and password from above.
Once you do, you will have an explorer window that you can drag and drop files to and from, or copy and paste. FTP is a pretty lightweight protocol, so your transfer speeds should be pretty good as long as you have a solid Wi-Fi connection on both your phone and the computer.
There you have it. A simple, free app that allows you to send and receive files from any PC via Wi-Fi without a physical cable or internet connection.
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