At times, you might feel a need to access your phone’s content on your PC. But you don’t always carry a USB cable with you or either it’s damaged. In that case, FTP (File Transfer Protocol) does come handy in helping you transfer files wirelessly via FTP connection between your phone & PC.
Since there are apps like ShareIt & SuperBeam to help you in transferring files wirelessly. While using all these apps you can transfer files between your phone & PC, but these aren’t reliable options. Many times you might fail to transfer via these apps due to the loss of connection. Also, they’ll not allow the user to access phone files on their PC, just like a normal USB MTP connection.
FTP connection solves all these problems, with a much stable wireless connection between the phone & PC and it works just like a regular USB MTP connection, in which users can access the whole storage of phones on their PC. However, the speed of transfer is slower than the regular USB transfer. You need not install a 3rd party software on a PC to access files on your phone.
Let’s see how to transfer files wirelessly via FTP:
1. Download the Mi File Manager from Playstore. If you own a Xiaomi device running MIUI then you do get this file manager as a default file manager. Open the file manager app & look for the slide-out menu button on top to access the slide-out menu. There you’ll find a bunch of options, choose ‘FTP‘ to access the FTP options.
2. Inside the FTP menu, tap on the ‘Start‘ button to start an FTP server from your phone over your current WiFi network. Once you have created an FTP server, you’ll get a unique address of this connection, for example., “ftp://192.168.1.100:2121” (Here, ftp://192.168.1.100 is the address of the host & 2121 is the port, which you are going to use on your PC)
You can also make this connection more secure by adding a username & password for a secure connection with the FTP client.
3. Now head over to your PC & make sure it’s connected to the same WiFi network as your phone. Open ‘Windows Explorer‘ (or My Computer or This PC) & inside ‘Windows Explorer‘, type the FTP address as shown on your phone in the explorer’s address bar & hit ‘Enter‘.
4. You will now be able to access all your files/folder from your phone. You can copy, move, or even transfer files between both devices like a normal connection. And once you are done, you can simply close the window. Do keep the Mi Explorer app open inside the phone, until your task is completed.
And that’s how you’ll be able to transfer files wirelessly via FTP between your phone & PC. Since this is just like a regular wired connection, you can simply drag & drop files from FTP software to the desktop & vice-versa.
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