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How-To #19: File Transfer on The Android Device

In the course of your Android experience, there will be times when you would want to grab files and folders off of the the computer to Android phone or tablet. Android offers many different means of transferring files from one device to another. Here we will talk about three different methods.

1) The first is the most unsophisticated file transfer method out of the three - USB File Transfer. Here is how it works:
  • Transfer the file from your computer to the microSD card. Note: Don't a microSD card reader? Purchase a usb reader or a SDcard adapter. The sdcard adapter requires your computer to have a sdcard reader or an external usb sdcard reader.
  • After the file transfer is complete, take the microsd card out and plug into the phone.
2) The second method is an Android app that wireless connects to the wireless network. I recommend ES File Explorer. EStrong Inc. file transfer app for the Android is intuitive and easy to use. Watch the video or follow directions to use the program.
  • Download the ES File Explorer
  • Click on "local" at the top left
  • Change to "Lan"
  • Type in the computers local IP address: 192.168.x.x
  • Transfer files

3) The last method to transfer files is using Android bluetooth. Unfortunately, bluetooth transfer can be very tricky to setup. Steps are pretty long and is detailed throughly at "Beginner's Guide to Blue Tooth". I do not recommend this method as it takes quite a bit of time and will not work for everyone.


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