Easy Wireless File Transfer With Android And Samba

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If you have an Android device and a wireless network, there’s an easy way to wirelessly transfer files between your computer and the Android device. It’s an app called Samba Filesharing and it can be downloaded from the Android Market. (Samba Filesharing requires a rooted device.) Samba is a very popular package in the Unix/Linux circles and it’s pretty much a clone of the windows file sharing protocol.

What does that mean? If you run Samba Filesharing on your Android device, you’ll be able to access the device’s SD card from any Windows computer on the network, wirelessly. No more plugging in your phone to transfer photos or documents, just enable the app and use Windows Explorer to transfer your files just like if it was plugged in. I’ve been using my phone like a USB drive for a while, and now I don’t even need to carry around a cable.

– Rooted Android Device
– Samba Filesharing App from Android Market
– Wireless Network
– Windows PC

Step 1:
Download and install Samba Filesharing from the Android Market.

Step 2:
Launch Samba Filesharing and set your username and password.

Step 3:
Start Samba Filesharing and allow it root access to your device. And make note of the IP address once the service have started.

Step 4:
Click on the Start Menu/Pearl and select Run, put in “\\” and then the IP address Samba Filesharing displays. Samba Filesharing should be showing the “\\” as well. After pressing OK, you will be prompted for your username and password, put in what you entered into Samba Filesharing in step 2.

And your done. You can also use a FTP server for this task, but then you’ll need to have a FTP client on the computer, not always an option. Samba Filesharing is the way to go.

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