Transfer data wirelessly to your Android device

Hunting down USB cables is a skill many of us wish we didn't have to use. It can make syncing files with our Android devices a real pain, but a free app called Software Data Cable lets us transfer data using Wi-Fi.

Transferring pictures, music, data, and other files between your Android device and your computer can be simple--if you've got a cable within easy reach. If not, you may end up sticking with last year's music or keeping your pics locked up tight where nobody can see them. Fortunately, a free app called Software Data Cable lets you use your Wi-Fi network to transfer files easily. Here's how to use it: 

  1. Download Software Data Cable here.
  2. Make sure your Android device and your computer are both attached to the same Wi-Fi network. 
  3. Launch the app and tap Start Service in the lower left. 
    Step 3: Get FTP address.
    Step 3: Get FTP address.
  4. You should see an FTP address near the bottom of your screen. Type that address into your file manager on your computer. 
    Step 4: Browse and edit files.
    Step 4: Browse and edit files.
  5. You should see a list of folders on your device. (If not, check and double-check that you typed the address correctly. Note also that I tested this with Windows but can't guarantee that it works for Macs or Linux machines.) You can use this folder view to add, delete, or modify contents just as if the device were connected via cable. 
  6. Tap Settings in the bottom right to set up security, set access to SD card only, and more. 
    Step 6: Software Data Cable settings.
    Step 6: Software Data Cable settings.
  7. Software Data cable comes with a built-in file manager that's pretty great; just select File Manager from the top center to navigate your phone's files without using your computer. 

That's it! This is a great utility for folks who transfer lots of files or have cats who think USB cables are chew toys.

Thanks to PCMag for the link!

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    Rob Lightner is a tech and gaming writer based in Seattle. He has reviewed games, gadgets, and technical manuals, written copy for space travel gear, and composed horoscopes for cats.


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