Six ways to transfer files between Android and PC (or Android and Android) WIRELESSLY

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In our ultra mobile and wireless world, it appears somewhat ‘low-tech’ to physically connect your Android device to some PC to be able to transfer files. The good news: there are several ways to transfer files wirelessly, and you will do it whether your Android and PC are attached to the same WI-FI network or not.

This post will discuss SIX various ways that it is possible to use to get into or transfer your files, including huge files, remotely (and wirelessly) from the Android device to your PC and other Android, and the apps you need to use to do so.

Rest assured the FREE app selections that individuals showcase in this article are NOT handicapped in a few of the usual ways we’ve seen totally free apps on this space. We have chosen apps that (a) don't restrict the size from the transferred files to an unnaturally small small size; (b) the apps showcased will allow file transfer in batch, and (c) they all have been verified as being able to gain access to files for the external SD card on your Android.

Illustration - approaches to transfer files between Android and PC


Six approaches to transfer files between Android and PC (or Android and Android) wirelessly:


  1. Synchronize or access folders using torrent technology, without uploading to some server

  2. Access your PC via WiFi with SMB Server

  3. Connect two devices directly with out a WIFI network

  4. Connect over the browser via shared WIFI

  5. Use free cloud storage services to transfer your files (including Dropbox or Skydrive)

  6. Set up a shared folder on Windows you could access out of your Android



Apps mentioned in this post

Here’s a summary of apps mentioned in the following paragraphs. We liked some with the apps so much that we would like to grant several our highest ‘ Pick’ accolade (left column below).


1. Connect or synchronize folders and PC folders using Torrent technology (without uploading to some server)


Recommended App: BitTorrent Sync

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This can be a beautiful app that will synchronize any folder on your Android having a folder in your PC.  It might be set to automatically sync (you aren't). By default it only syncs as soon as your Android is attached to WIFI, but you can allow data connection syncing as well. It requires the BitTorrent Sync client running on your PC (or Mac/Linux) at the same time as the BitTorrent Sync app on Android. It does not require that your devices be connected to the same WIFI network, though.

Unlike cloud services like Dropbox, your files are not uploaded to any third party server, so that it is ideal for folks who like simplicity (and those who are security conscious).

Requires a WIFI connection: Yes

Requires that both Android and PC be linked to THE SAME WIFI ? No.The two devices could be in different places.

Desktop client required on your own PC: The BitTorrent Sync client needs to be running on the PC (or Mac/Linux/NAS).

Will upload your files on a vacation server: No. It uses Torrent infrastructure to sync peer-to-peer, without uploading with a server.

Transfer To/From: Android to PC, PC to Android, One and Two way folder sync supported. Android to Android also practical for individual files if both Android products are running the app.

Can access files on an external SD card: Yes

Other app options: None designed to use Torrent technology.


2. Access your PC via WiFi with SMB server


Recommended App: Go FileMaster

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With SMB server you have access to any PC that is associated with WIFI, if you do a account information. But what I like about it is that it will also allow link with some Linux servers, for example the NAS home server I have in the home, without needing to set up anything in advance.

Most Android apps which connect with SMB servers, if you ask me, either have to have a rooted device or were somewhat complicated to put together, or both. Not so with Go FileMaster, which delivers one from the easiest methods to connect with a SMB server (and probably the easiest way to get in touch your Android to a PC for the fly and never have to install or set up anything). All you need to do is select ‘Computers (SMB)’ from your left sidebar (upper left screenshot), click ‘Scan’ (middle screenshot), and select the computer(s) about the network that you want gain access to (screenshot around the right). You must have a valid account, and are able to gain access to that report.

Requires a WIFI connection: Yes

Requires that both Android and PC be connected to THE SAME WIFI ? Yes

Desktop client required in your PC: None. All you need can be a username and password.

Will upload your files on a third party server: No

Transfer To/From: Android to PC, PC to Android

Can access files with an external SD card: Yes

Other app options: I have not found anything that's as easy to create as Go FileMaster; however, AndSMB is excellent and does not require rooting, and you can find tutorials around the internet on how to set up SMB server with ES File Explorer and also other file managers.


3. Connect two devices directly, with out a WIFI network


Recommended App: Fast File Transfer

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Most suited for instances high is no WIFI network to log on to, and several many times faster than Bluetooth file transfer, Fast File Transfer can create a WIFI Hotspot using one device how the other can connect with, and then use it to transfer files bewteen barefoot and shoes.

This app works great; however, you will have to have the ‘Fast File Transfer’ app set up on both Android device, so Android to PC transfers are certainly not possible, and you will have to use a browser on Android.

Requires a WIFI connection: No

Requires that both Android and PC be attached to THE SAME WIFI ? No. It will connect directly.

Desktop client required on your own PC: No.

Will upload your files on a third party server: No

Transfer To/From: Android to Android

Can access files with an external SD card: Yes

Other app options: SuperBeam WIFI direct share is really a great app that connects via WIFI direct. Send! File Transfer also can transfer using WIFI direct however the free version is bound to transferring media files (pics/audio/videos).


4. Connect from the browser via shared WIFI


Recommended App: 3CX DroidDesktop

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You could have inferred until this requires that both your Android as well as your PC ought to be attached to the same WIFI network.

There are lots of free apps which do this, but we wanted to feature the one that was fairly feature rich yet simple, and above all one that's not handicapped within the free version.

Our first choice would have been AirDroid, which is an excellent program that looks good, nevertheless it now requires registration having a valid email to be effective (which is really only needed for its cloud files functionality). Instead, we chose 3CX DroidDesktop, which works well, is free and not handicapped at all, supports a number of different methods to connect (including FTP), provides a beautiful web interface which has a wide range of functions, will let you transfer files back and forth out of your Android and PC, and may access the external SD card for the device (which i'm happy to report not all of like-programs do).

Requires a WIFI connection: Yes

Requires that both Android and PC be attached to THE SAME WIFI ? Yes

Desktop client required on the PC: you are able to connect from any browser.

Will upload your files on a alternative party server: No

Transfer To/From: Android to PC | PC to Android.

Can access files while on an external SD card: Yes

Other app options:  Quite a few. AirDroid, Go FileMaster, WiFi File Explorer (thanks y0himba for your tip), and many others. Many alternatives tend not to support files on external SD cards though (each of the programs mentioned here do)


5. Use free cloud storage services to transfer your files (including Dropbox or Skydrive)


Recommended App: ES File Explorer

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Most any cloud storage service you could be using will probably have an Android app that could be used to download (and upload) files from their store over WIFI. What we desired to highlight on this page, however, is the fact that it is achievable to use file manager ES File Explorer (a must-have file manager for Android that's feature rich, ad-free, and intensely powerful) to get in touch with Dropbox, SugarSync, Box, Skydrive, Gdrive, Amazon S3, Yandex and Ubuntu - all through the same place.

Want folder syncing with Dropbox? You can get it done using free app Cloudpipes. Check our our guide for setting up Android syncing with Dropbox which details the procedure.

Requires a WIFI connection: Yes

Requires that both Android and PC be associated with THE SAME WIFI ? No. Your PC doesn't need to be online.

Desktop client required on the PC: No

Will upload your files on a vacation server: Yes

Transfer To/From: PC to Android | Android to PC

Can access files with an external SD card: Yes

Other app options:  Go FileMaster an excellent program that supports Dropbox, Box, SkyDrive, and Google Drive during the time of this writing, and Astro Cloud and File Manager (ad supported; connects with Dropbox, Box, SkyDrive, Google Drive, and Facebook)


6. Connect your Android having a shared folder on Windows


Recommended App: ES File Explorer

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Once again, we recommend ‘ES File Explorer’ to do this. All that is required is always that both your Android and PC be connected to the same WIFI network. You can setup any folder in your PC as a shared folder and transfer files back and forth from it WIRELESSLY.

Setting up a shared folder in Windows and connecting it with ES File Explorer is often a fairly simple process, which I am not likely to describe here as it's been written about endlessly (here’s a Google search when you need it). Overall, a great way to send files back and forth from a PC wirelessly.

Requires a WIFI connection: Yes

Requires that both Android and PC be associated with THE SAME WIFI ? Yes

Desktop client required on the PC: No. But you do have to build a shared folder.

Will upload your files on a vacation server: No

Transfer To/From: PC to Android | Android to PC

Can access external Can access files while on an external SD card: Yes

Other app options:  Astro Cloud and File Manager (ad-supported), and a lot of others.



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