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Old 09. Feb 2013, 03:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Best way to Transfer files between Android and Windows via Wifi

What in your experience is the best way or Android app to use to transfer files between your PC and Android tablet/device via Wifi?

I ask this because I've been trying to find out how some users are doing it. I have ES File Explorer on my tablet, but the help files on how to use it are practically useless. Yet I've read of people using it to transfer files this way.

Since then I've searched the Internet and saw several posts on how to do it in ES File Explorer. I'm yet to try it as of writing this post, although the instructions posted should work.

In the interim, I installed TeamViewer on both my PC and tablet because it supports Wifi file transfers too. I still have to explore its functionality, but my first impression is that it's impressive. Painless transferring too - and devices don't have to be on the same network.

A bit off-topic, but don't you find many mobile apps are short on good help files too?
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Old 09. Feb 2013, 08:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Give a try to AirDroid :

http://www.airdroid.com/
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Old 09. Feb 2013, 08:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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ES Explorer is a great tool for transfering files via WiFi and I've been using for a long time but you have to set some things on your PC first;

*Make sure your firewall will not block your device's IP address .
*Your wireless router must be configured to permit wireless stations to access each other through WLAN.

Now, this is what you have to do with ES Explorer:

1. Activate the "Show tabs" option within ES Explorer.

2. Select the "LAN" tab.

3. Bring up the app's menu in your phone and select "NEW", then select the "SCAN" option that lies within.

4. After the scan, ES should show you all the host(s) it found and will list it/them by their IP address.

5. Once you've found your PC's IP address, tap and hold its icon, a pop-up will appear, select EDIT, and then:
  1. A: If get into your PC without a password (no login), select the ANONYMOUS option...
  2. B: ...But if you need a username and password to access your PC you have to uncheck the ANONYMOUS option and type your username, your password and the domain's name (the name of your Home Network, not the WiFi access point name).

6. If you did it correctly, you should be connected to your PC and ready to transfer files between Android and your PC through WiFi .

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A bit off-topic, but don't you find many mobile apps are short on good help files too?
Yep, that's very common. I guess some developers rely on forums as a way to transfer the "support / help" issues to the users. I think that's not a bad idea for developers who create some very good, popular and free apps as it gives them more time to work on the app.
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Old 09. Feb 2013, 07:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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@I.O.Hazard, thanks for all that. This morning I gave it a try before reading your post. I just followed some others I found on the Internet. I was able to get it working and it just takes some practice and getting used to.

One thing I should mention is that I didn't use your suggestion here...
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select EDIT, and then:
A: If get into your PC without a password (no login), select the ANONYMOUS option...
Once I got the pop-up window, I just typed in my username and password and navigated from there.

Another observation is that assigning fixed IPs to my devices outside of the DHCP pool should make it easier to select the same IP each time. I got a bit muddled with that at first until I did an IPCONFIG/ALL and realized I was trying to connect to the wrong IP address. That's where fixed IPs will help. For example: If I know my IP address is going to remain 192.168.1.2 all the time it would save confusion. I think that's the way to set things up to make it easy.

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Yep, that's very common. I guess some developers rely on forums as a way to transfer the "support / help" issues to the users. I think that's not a bad idea for developers who create some very good, popular and free apps as it gives them more time to work on the app.
Well I guess you have a point there, but for someone like me who likes to rely on well-written help files it's kind of off-putting. I guess I can't have everything my way . There's no denying there are some pretty good free apps out there, and I won't let another way of learning prevent me from making use of one that I find really useful.

@Anupam, I did some research on AirDroid and it seems its top pros is its nice interface, its intuitiveness, and ease of use. I'll probably give it a spin some time.

I have to say again that TeamViewer seems absolutely amazing, even though I haven't really delved into it fully yet. Imagine too, that it's capable of transferring, not only within your own home network, but from any remote location! I haven't tested that yet, but that's the way it's suppose to work (as oppose to ES File Explorer and others which have to be within the same LAN).
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Dropbox. I've used dropbox. It is in my phone and in my PC as well. My files automatically gets save in dropbox in my phone and soon as my phone and my PC are are connected to wi-fi, after a few minutes I can see those files syncd to my PC's dropbox as well.
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I like samba
https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...sh.samba&hl=en

it integrates into windows network folders without additional work
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I use both Airdroid and ES File Explorer I never connect the android to my PC via USB anymore I don't need to with these great apps
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Old 24. Jul 2013, 06:13 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thumbs up android ASTRO Cloud & File Manager

install https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...go.astro&hl=en

tether from android to pc







Click "scan local network" ..... (Connect via wifi)(i'm just doing p2p connection)




Its very simple

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Old 25. Jul 2013, 12:30 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Give a try to AirDroid :

http://www.airdroid.com/
This even gives me clipboard sync. Really liking it.
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