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How to share files on Android over a network

A step by step guide on sharing files wirelessly between Android and your PC

Wireless file transfer Android

If you want to easily move files wirelessly between an Android smartphone or tablet and a PC or laptop then read this how to share files on Android over a network.

It's pretty easy to move files to and from and Android device with a regular USB cable but you might want to do this wirelessly. Perhaps one person wants to send or be able to grab files from another person's Android smartphone from their desktop PC.

This can be done quickly and easily as long as the two devices are connected to the same network.

There're multiple ways of achieving this but we've written this guide using an app called WiFi File Transfer.The limitation with the free version is that files have to be 5MB or smaller. You can pay 88p for the Pro version which removes this restriction.

You can also check out others like Pushbullet and AirDroid. You could also use cloud storage services.

See also: How to transfer music and files to Android smartphones and tablets.

If you're looking to move files between two Android devices we recommend using NFC if they both have or Bluetooth otherwise.

How to share files on Android over a network

Step One

Download and install WiFi File Transfer from the Google Play Store.

WiFi File Transfer Google Play Store

Step Two

Make sure your Android smartphone or tablet is connected to the same network as your PC or laptop.

wireless networks

Step Three

Launch the WiFi File Transfer app on your Android device. An icon should have been placed on your homescreen by default.

WiFi File Transfer app icon

Step Four

Press the Start button.

WiFi File Transfer Start

Step Five

Enter the IP address and port number displayed on your device into a web browser on your PC and laptop and hit enter.

WiFi File Transfer IP address

Step Six

If successful the browser will load the WiFi File Transfer interface. From here you can browse and manage your device's internal storage and SD card if it has one. You can both upload and download files between the two devices.

WiFi File Transfer web browser

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