May 01 2011

Android: How to transfer files to/from your desktop

5c1dean5When you are dealing with portable devices, you may wind up with pictures, music or other information the Android device that you need to off load. And depending on where you are, may determine the easiest way to get that information to them. The process of getting files from your Android device to your desktop machine is fairly easy, but It always nice to have more options.

I have collected three options that I have used and I keep loaded on my Android device to get files from A to B.


Data Cable connection

oh4frwj3Probably the easiest way to get files from your Android device is by using the data cable; plugging the cable in to the desktop machine and then in to the Android device. Once you have the devices plugged in, they should be detected by the desktop machine as an external storage device and allow you to transfer files back and forth with ease.

The data transfer rates are okay and should be able to most all the things you need to directly from the Android device, but this isn’t my preferred way to move files.


Wireless Bluetooth Connection


When you are dealing with devices that have Bluetooth abilities, of course you can take advantage of that. This give you the ability to transfers files wirelessly and majority of the time without any issues; especially if the devices are already paired.

The interfaces with using Bluetooth can be a bit awkward to deal with depending what desktop or device you’re using.

Most all Android devices have Bluetooth in them, but you can’t simply select and send files. You require an application that’ll give you that ability.

By using an android application takes advantage of Bluetooth technology, any time you’re in range of a paired device, you can simply send files to that device. It’s very convenient.


Like this one…

Bluetooth File Transfer

by Medieval Software

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Wireless wi-fi FTP Connection


Another option that you can use as well is a FTP server. Android devices have the ability for wi-fi so this means it can link up to an IP network.

You can download a FTP server for your Android device and you can send and receive files from your Android device anytime the device is in range of a Wi-fi network and it’s connected.

Using this option is similar to Bluetooth, but requires a wi-fi network connection. I prefer this option when I’m in a wi-fi area because the FTP communications are common and the user interface is well established, where as the interfaces and GUI’s can vary a bit.

When the Android device is linked to wi-fi connection it’s got an iP address assigned to it, so connecting to it’s as simple as connecting to an IP address.

Like this one…

SwiFTP FTP Server

by Dave Revell

Screenshot of SwiFTP FTP Server  Screenshot of SwiFTP FTP Server



You have the option to eMail files or put them on to a network share like DropBox, but the point of this article was to transfer the files directly. Those options can be good depending on where you are and how many files you need to copy/move… you can try and decide on your own.

These are the 3 main options you can choose based on where you are located and what options are available to you.

I hope this helps…


Thank you,
Larry Henry Jr.

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