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How to Transfer Files Between Android Device and PC Over WiFi

Posted by on November 23, 2013

When it comes to transferring files from your android device to computer or other mobile device, Bluetooth or USB cable is the most commonly used medium. They work absolutely fine but there is a better way to do it.

With the connectivity options like Wifi, you can transfer files from and to your Android device without using cables at a faster transfer rate than Bluetooth. The good news is you don’t need to buy any accessory to do that, you just need an app called Airdroid that you can download for free at Google Play Store.

Airdroid is one of the highest rated apps in the market that lets you manage and control your Android devices (phones & tablets) from a desk web browser. The app can be both used to receive and send files wirelessly between your PC and Android device.

Airdroid also lets you easily interact with content on your device. It links to your contacts and messages, meaning you can send SMS or get contact information without reaching for your phone.

Apart from that, you can also view media files on your device like photos, musics and videos, which will all stream over Wi-Fi for you to view or edit on your computer.

Now, let’s see how to transfer files from and to your Android device using Airdroid app over WiFi.

Note: Both your PC and your device must be connected to the same WiFi network.

  1. Download and install the AirDroid app on your device.
  2. Once installed, launch the app.
  3. It’ll show a tour for the first time users, just skip it.
  4. Now, you’ll see an web URL and IP address on the app. Note them down as you’ll need that web address to connect your Android device through your computer’s web browser.
  5. airdroid on android phone

  6. Open your desk web browser and enter the web address stated on the app which is web.airdroid.com. The link will take you to AirDroid’s web desktop panel.
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  8. On your phone, tap the Scan QR code on the app and this will open the camera app. Pointing it to the QR Code that appears on the web desktop panel. For this method to work, your smartphone must have a QR code scanner. If your phone doesn’t have one, then you can create an account using your e-mail address, or sign-in through your Facebook or Twitter account to proceed.

Now, you’ve successfully connected your Android device to your computer, and you can start to transfer files between your device and computer.

How to Transfer Files from or to your Android device

Go to your AirDroid web desktop interface and click the ‘Files’ icon. Navigate to specific files and folders where you would like to upload or download files to.

airdroid file manager

Select ‘Upload’ to receive files from your PC or select ‘Download’ to send files to your PC.

As soon as you’re done, you can close the Files window. You may also click the disconnect button on your AirDroid app to end your wireless file transfer session.

Let us know how this app helped you out in the comments.


  1. Will Airdroid work between a Galaxy Note 2 and a computer connected to the Note 2’s Hot Spot ?
    Thank you for your kind consideration and prompt attention to this message.
    rick g

    • Yes, it will. To connect it, open the airdroid app on your phone. Go to ‘Tools’ then click the ‘Tethering’ icon. Make sure you have enabled the Tethering & portable hotspot feature. Then, connect your PC to your device WiFi hotspot.

      Once connected, enter the ip address shown on the box in your web browser, and this will take you to the AirDroid’s web desktop panel. You can now start to transfer files between your device and PC via airdroid.

      But using this method will eat your mobile data plan quickly so use it wisely.

  2. Airdroid is great and much more convenient than a usb cable but it definitely does not have a faster transfer speed.

    • Yeah you’re right, although AirDroid is not as fast as a USB connections, but it is more convenient than USB as it completely wireless and allow you to send files while playing your favorite games.

  3. Thank you! I love this! You have tried configuring this on my own but you have made it so easy that anyone can do it.

  4. Thanks. Something I’ll test soon and it’ll be very convenient.

  5. An even easier way is to use ES file manager. Make sure file sharing is on the computer and you can add it like a drive. No browser involved and you can copy and paste. I found it a lot easier than airdroid.

    • Probably you’re right that ES file manager provides an easier way to share files but with airdroid you can do more than just transferring or modifying files such as managing your contacts, sending SMS messages, and streaming media files over wifi. So you can pick one of them according to your needs.