Share files between Android and Windows with ES File Explorer

Sharing files between an Android device and Windows isn't as difficult or as tedious as it once was. Apps, like ES File Explorer, can even share files over Wi-Fi with relative ease. We'll show you how.

ES File Explorer - Windows folder
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There was a time when the only way you could share files between your Android device and a Windows computer was by using a USB cable. These days, there are wireless options available that make it easier to share files. One such option is ES File Explorer, a powerful Android file manager. ES File Explorer helps you manage the files on your local Android device. Starting with version 3, however, LAN support was added to make it possible to share files with a Windows PC over Wi-Fi. To share files between your Android device and a Windows PC using ES File Explorer, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Create a shared folder on your Windows PC. In our example, we'll name it, "Android PC share." Make sure the permissions are set for read/write access.

Step 2: In ES File Explorer on your Android device, tap the globe icon in the upper-left hand corner, then navigate to Network > LAN.

ES File Explorer - enter LAN
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Step 3: On the menu at the bottom, tap "Search" to look for available network shares on your LAN. If you don't see any, make sure that your Android device and the Windows computer are connected to the same local network and try again. If successful, you should see your Windows computer listed with its IP address.

ES File Explorer - search LAN
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Step 4: Tap on the icon for your Windows PC, then enter your Windows username and password.

ES File Explorer - Windows login
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Step 5: After your shared folder appears, you can begin sharing files back and forth using ES File Explorer.

ES File Explorer - share files
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ES File Explorer isn't the only way to share files over Wi-Fi, but it's a popular utility that you're likely to have on your Android device anyway, so you'd might as well give it a try.

About the author

Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at techdadreview.com.

 

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