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[Android] Wirelessly batch transfer files between computer and Android device via FTP with WiFi File Transfer
Posted By Derrik On April 18, 2013 @ 1:51 AM In Android | 10 Comments
An easy way to transfer files between computer and Android is to use USB cord. However, many people probably prefer wireless methods. Yesterday we looked at WebSharingLite , which allows you to wirelessly share files between computer and Android. The program we are reviewing today is similar. Except it works via FTP, not regular HTTP.
Ever wanted to transfer files via FTP to your phone? Not to be confused with WiFi File Transfer  by smarterDroid, WiFi File Transfer by androidder makes transferring files between computer and smartphone/tablet via FTP a piece of cake.
WiFi File Transfer allows users to wirelessly transfer files between computer and Android smartphone or tablet; it supports two way transfer (i.e. from computer to Android and Android to computer) and has batch support.
What makes WiFi File Transfer a bit different than other similar programs is WiFi File Transfer works over FTP as opposed to HTTP. This means you can wirelessly transfer files between computer and Android using any FTP client on your computer, regardless of platform — Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, etc. If you don’t have a third-party FTP client, you don’t even need one — simply throw the ftp:// URL into Windows Explorer and Windows will open it for you or Mac OS X’s finder. You can even access FTP via any modern browser.
WiFi File Transfer is a brilliant app. It’s so simple that after using it I sat thinking to myself and wondering why I didn’t think of it before? All it really does is set up sort of an FTP sever on your Android device that you can then connect to, but the thing is, it does not require any sort of software to install or anything special to understand. Literally the only thing you need to do is know how a file manager works.
For the most part, I use SMB protocol to do all my file transferring through all of my devices on my network. After using this app and realizing that I can just make a shortcut in my file manager called ‘Android FTP’ — I’m contemplating whether I should even be using Samba anymore. I use it for much more than Android to PC so it might present a bit of a problem if it was absent but I have seriously thought about it.
I love every aspect about this app. There is really only one issue I have with it might only be affecting me. After using it to transfer my app/data backups of my devices straight to my copy.com account for syncing I stopped the service within the app. I then waited for about 4 minutes and checked to make sure it was disconnected. Even though the app had been stopped I could still view the files on the FTP share. I couldn’t move anything, but I could see the file. The only reason I complain about this is the simple fact that I wasn’t sure if the background service was just going to keep running (potentially running my battery into the ground).
Overall, this app is a must have. In my opinion, Airdroid, SnapPea, all the others are inferior to this app. Why use a browser-based interface when you can just point the FTP address into your file manager of choice and get going in under 30 seconds? This app is a wonderful app, and I can’t say enough good things about it. I may just ditch my Samba server for it, if I can find a good enough excuse.
If you’re a no-nonsense type of person looking for a fast and easy way to transfer files between your PC and any of your Android devices, install this app right away. Don’t bother reading the rest of this sentence. Install this app now. It’s one of the best apps I’ve ever had the opportunity to review. The only caveat with this app is you must be familiar with how to access FTP servers but that is not really a caveat at all; it is as easy as accessing a normal website. Really.
Version reviewed: 3.1
Requires: 2.1 and up
Download size: 292 KB
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 WebSharingLite: http://dottech.org/104945/android-review-websharinglite-filemedia-sync/
 WiFi File Transfer: http://dottech.org/29345/android-apps-of-the-day-march-28-2012/#wifi
 Image: http://dottech.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/ftp1.png
 WiFi File Transfer on Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mbapp.ftpserver&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5tYmFwcC5mdHBzZXJ2ZXIiXQ..
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