Samba Filesharing for Android turns your rooted device into network attached storage

Samba for AndroidAs part of my job I transfer a lot of data to and from work via USB sticks and my trusty HTC EVO 4G LTE with a 64GB SDXC expansion card. In the past, this has involved plugging into the computer or transferring it to a network share, and then grabbing it before I left, which isn’t always opportune when you work in a multi-story building with your office as far away as physically possible from the exit. Samba Filesharing for Android helps me with that, and many other things.

This app allows your phone to function as a network share. Basically whenever I enter my office or home WiFi, any computer in the network suddenly sees a network device called nopking and can read and write to it like a standard network share. For me, this means instead of getting stopped at the exit, given a project, copying to a network share, going to my office, plugging the phone into my computer, accessing the share, and copying the files over to my SD card, I can simply type in \\nopking\sdcard from any computer and, with a prompt for username and password, access my phone’s SD card directly.

I can also access the files on my EVO 4G LTE while it’s plugged into a wall charger (charges at 1000mA+) as opposed to the USB on my computer (charges at 500mA). The downsides of course are that you’re now limited by the speed of the WiFi connection, which when dealing with massive files is an issue, but not so much with smaller sets.

Samba Filesharing for Android has some neat features such as WiFi whitelist. This feature allows you to only open your phone up to sharing when it’s in a trusted WiFi network, so there’s no fear of walking into a coffee shop and people seeing your device broadcasting that it has data to share.

Samba Fileshare for Android

What’s cooler though is being able to go to someone’s computer, sit down, and force them to watch a slideshow of your baby being cute without any warning.

Samba Filesharing for AndroidMostly I really appreciate this app because I can have the phone on the good charger, access the files I need without having to plug it into the computer or, heaven forbid, walk past a sleeping infant to retrieve my precious phone. Also, while Google Drive and Dropbox are pretty freaking sweet, I’ve got the data with me even if the building’s network goes down or one of those services goes down (it’s happened twice in the past month). I’m not relying on the next place I go to have internet.

Samba Filesharing  for Android is free and available from Google Play.

Download: Google Play

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9 thoughts on “Samba Filesharing for Android turns your rooted device into network attached storage

  • August 16, 2013 at 9:05 am
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    I love the ease of use, but browsing folders on my SD card is painfully slow (EVO4GLTE, CM10), even with a solid (and otherwise speedy) wifi connection. Looks like it probably has to do with Jellybean compatibility issues.

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    • August 16, 2013 at 10:23 am
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      Running Sense JB here (I know, only a few more days) and no issues whatsoever.

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  • August 16, 2013 at 9:21 am
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    A little confused. So I have the app installed and enabled.. Now how do I access my SD card…do I type in my browser or ?
    Thanks

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    • August 16, 2013 at 10:24 am
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      Assuming you’re on Windows, start button, type “network” click what pops up, you should see your phone listed.

      Samba file sharing makes it look like a file server to your computer.

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  • August 16, 2013 at 4:05 pm
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    You didn’t mention about the rooted phone requirement. My phone is not rooted. I think AirDroid is pretty good for me then.

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  • August 19, 2013 at 3:08 pm
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    The post title says you need to be rooted “Samba Filesharing for Android turns your rooted device into network attached storage”

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  • October 22, 2013 at 4:27 am
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    Hey thanks so much for this! Now my old HTC shows up as a network drive and I can use it as network storage. Excellent!

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  • March 2, 2014 at 3:54 am
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    Ok, thanks for that. The tutorial is to enable access to the INTERNAL sdcard. For access to the EXTERNAL SD card – if you have one – (i.e. the micro sd card you inserted yourself) go to Settings then Other Fileshare Settings then Second Shared Folder and tick /mnt/extsd. Then follow the procedure to add a network drive, and select SHARE2. All fine for me on Yarvik Zarnia 462EU tablet, rooted, ICS 4.0.4, Samba as per March 2014.

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    • March 2, 2014 at 7:09 am
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      you can also just mount a link to the external on the internal like the Sense ROMs do – sdcard/sd_ext goes to the external…

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