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WiFi File Transfer is a great Android utility for transferring files

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Transferring files to and from a mobile device can be a tedious task, especially if the files are large enough that doing it over the internet using Dropbox or similar services is just too slow. A cable connection is the fastest way of doing it most of the times, but then the problem is that it’s far less convenient than a wireless solution. That is why I’m using apps for local WiFi file transfers on both Android and iOS, and in the ocean of such apps for Android, the one I’ve used for ages an am quite happy with is WiFi File Transfer (pro).

WiFi File Transfer is both a simple and powerful app. When you start it on your device, there’s a giant start/stop button there to start the WiFi server, and that is essentially all you need to do on the phone. Assuming you have a computer connected to the same network, you can then browse the IP given to you in the app, and manage files right in your browser.

Using the browser interface is very straight forward, and you can choose between using the provided shortcuts for media files and just browsing manually. You have your standard set of file management tools, such as renaming, deleting, creating directories, and downloading and uploading files. On top of that you have the ability to create .zip files, and you can also download entire folders, in which case the app creates a .zip file for you automatically.

I’ve used this for ages now, and am very pleased with how well it works. I tend to use it for video files in the hundreds of MB range, but have even downloaded ClockWorkMod backup folders as .zip files, and it simply works. There are a billion such apps out there, and there’s no particular reason to pick this over others, other than that it’s one of those things that just works- at least it has for me.

The free version has a limit on the file size for uploads, but the pro version is only about $1.50 (depending on your location), and is in my opinion well worth it. So, if you’ve found yourself transferring files via more physical methods and want to go wireless, WiFi File Transfer is worth checking out.

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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6 thoughts on “WiFi File Transfer is a great Android utility for transferring files

  • Total Commander is another great option.

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  • I use this and it does the job!

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    • Avatar of Amaults27

      Wow. I have ES file explorer and didn’t even know it had the option! I generally use Airdroid. I’m going to give this one and ES a shot too. For some reason my Note II has a lot of trouble connecting to my PC through the cable. It’s been like that since I’ve had it brand new though, so I’m always interested in transfer methods and apps.

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  • Es Explorer is my choice also. I’ve tried Airdroid, WiFi File Transfer, and other similar apps and frankly don’t see a need for them. Es Explorer handles all of my WiFi (actually via WiFi tether/SMB), Cloud, Bluetooth, and Local transfers simply and easily. Solid Explorer offers similar functionality also.

    As for transferring to/from iOS well that I cannot comment on.

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  • Avatar of Simon Belmont

    I use AirDroid for file transfers and viewing pictures/videos or listening to music on my phone or tablet. It also lets me send text messages from my computer through my phone.

    I haven’t given AirDroid 2 a shot yet. I hear it has some additional features.

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