File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
FTP is a simple method for wirelessly transferring files from your Android device – mobile or tablet – to a PC on a local network. In this case, your Android device serves as the server, and your PC serves as the client.
To transfer files via FTP between an Android device and a Windows PC, you must first install a third-party FTP server from the Google Play Store on your Android device. Some brands, such as Mi, include an FTP feature.
Transfer Files Using FTP
- Install a Third-Party FTP App – As previously stated, you must have an FTP app installed on your Android device. FTP support is built into some file explorers, such as ES File Explorer and Solid Explorer. The steps will be the same for all apps, with minor differences in where the options are located. You don’t need to download a separate app if you have a File Manager app that includes FTP. However, if you’re looking for an FTP app, here are some simple options: WiFi FTP Server, FTP Server, WiFi File Transfer
- We’ll use the WiFi FTP server app for this tutorial. It’s one of the simplest FTP programs.
- Join the Same Wi-Fi Network. Connect your Android device and PC to the same Wi-Fi network after installing an FTP app on your Android device.
- Begin the FTP Service. On your device, launch the WiFi FTP server app. Start by pressing the Start button. The app will request authorization to access your media files. Give it the necessary authorization.
- Open the FTP Link on Your Computer. When you press the Start button, the FTP app will display an FTP URL or a server URL. It would be something along the lines of ftp:/184.108.40.206:1111. There are now three ways to access Android files on your PC:Browser, File Manager, FTP software such as FileZilla
- Any browser, such as Google Chrome, can easily access your Android files. This method, however, will not allow you to upload or perform any other actions. Your Android files can only be downloaded to a PC. To perform actions such as upload, move, or rename, you can use your PC’s File Explorer or download an FTP application such as FileZilla. For most users, Windows Explorer will suffice, so we’ll stick to that.
- Open Windows Explorer on your computer and type the FTP URL into the address bar. Press the Enter key.
All of your Android device’s files are now visible on your PC. You can now use your PC to download, upload, move, copy, or rename Android files.
This is one of the most straightforward methods for transferring files from Android to PC and vice versa. If you are connected and want to receive newly created files on Android to your PC, simply press the refresh button on your PC.