For those of you who use your storage in your Android smartphone or tablet often to copy files over often you might want to learn how to setup an FTP server so you don’t have to keep plugging your Android device to your computer via a USB cable. Instead, you can setup an FTP server, setup your Android device as a disk drive on your computer and access your SD card wirelessly.
Even if you have your Android phone in your bedroom, you can copy over files to it from your livingroom, how cool is that?
It’s very simple to do actually so here’s how to do it.
Step 1. Make sure your phone’s on your home’s wireless network. You can also set it up for access over the whole internet but for purposes of making it simple, we will start with just your home wireless network.
Step 2. Install SwiFTP FTP server from the Market.
Step 3. Setup username and password.
Step 4. Note the FTP URL, mine says ftp://192.168.2.116:2121/. You can actually put this on your computer’s browser and access your files on your Android devices or use your favorite FTP program.
Step 5. If you have a Windows computer, you can actually map your Android device as a networked drive for easier access and drag/drop files. Open up My Computer and click on “Map network drive”.
Step 6. Click on “Connect to a Web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures”.
Step 7. Copy over the FTP URL.
Step 8. Type the username that you setup earlier.
Step 9. Hit “Next” and your computer will ask you for the password, enter the password you created earlier and you should be now connected to your Android’s filesystem.
You can always access it under Computer, as you can see I’ve named my networked Evo 4G phone as “myevo4g”.
You don’t have to have the FTP server running all the time but whenever you need to use it turn it on and you can copy/store files to your Android device wirelessly, no more wires ma!