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WiFi file sharing

X-plore has functionality to share device's files over WiFi 1).

Your Android device acts as server and provides access to its files.
There are two main modes how you can access the shared files:

  1. From X-plore on another Android device connected on same WiFi (LAN) network
  2. From a web browser from any computer connected on same LAN network

That means that you need at least one Android device running X-plore, which will act as server, providing its files to other computers on LAN.

:tip: If you're looking to access your Android device from a web browser, check X-plore in Web browser.

What is being shared

X-plore acting as server will share these items:

  • all local mass storages (/sdcard, external memory card, USB memory)
  • installed applications

This means that you can access files on the device, and installed applications. Network locations (LAN/FTP/Clouds/etc) are not shared.

Setting up WiFi file sharing server

Expand WiFi file sharing entry, click on WiFi server, then choose Start from menu.

This will start sharing server on device.

This is also shown in system status bar, where you can see blue icon and server's IP address.

Stopping WiFi file sharing

You can stop sharing server in either of these ways:

  • Click WiFi Server entry, then Stop button
  • Exit X-plore from main menu
  • Open system status bar and click X button in X-plore WiFi server 2).

WiFi file sharing options

WiFi sharing server may have configured several options:

  • Read-only access
    Enable this if you want avoid other devices to delete/rename/create files on the server device.
  • Password
    This enables needed password for connecting to the server device.
  • Auto WiFi on and off
    Automatically enables/disables WiFi on device when server starts or stops.
  • Port
    Default port 1111 should work just fine. You may change this in case of some conflict with other apps on device.

Connecting from another Android device

If you want connect two Android devices, and access files of one device from another device, one of devices have to act as sharing server 3).

The other Android device is then client, and can connect to server device, and work with its files. This is same as when you connect from X-plore to FTP, Samba, or a cloud server - the X-plore WiFi server is there to provide the files.

On the client device, click Add device button, then choose Scan from menu. This will search all X-plore sharing servers on LAN and show these as entries under WiFi sharing entry.

All new found X-plore servers on LAN will then be shown.

Then you can directly click the device and work with its files.

Permanently saving scanned devices

You can also save scanned device, so that you don't need to scan it again when starting X-plore next time. To do so, long-click on scanned device and choose Add device.

This will invoke a dialog where you can change device's Label, and optionally enter other fields:

  • Password - Save device's password if server has configured one.
  • Path - Specify path on server where you wish to start browsing files. By default, server will list all mass-memory locations. You may wish to limit access to some folder, for example /sdcard/Pictures or similar.
  • Server - no need to change or update this.

Browsing files on remote device

With X-plore acting as client, you can access files on other Android device (where X-plore runs as server). You can do normal operations on the shared files, such as listing, viewing, copying, and if they're not shared as read-only, you can also rename, delete, create folders and upload files.

Another useful function is access to Apps installed on the other device. This way you can see applications installed on other Android device, and by simple click install these on your device.

Connecting from a web browser

This allows to access device's files from a web browser from any computer connected on same LAN.

To learn more, continue to X-plore in Web browser.

1) Actually, this file sharing happens on LAN, but most native and usual way to connect Android device to a LAN is over WiFi
2) this is available on Android 3.0 and newer
3) It's also possible to enable server on both devices, in such case you can browse files both ways.
xplore/wifi_share.txt · Last modified: 2019/07/16 20:26 (external edit)