How to share files on Android using a Wi-Fi network

Google_android_logoAndroid users will be familiar with syncing their files via USB, but what about sharing files over Wi-Fi? I’ve recently been using Samba Filesharing for Android running on Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) 4.0. To be able to use this free app, you will need root privilege and Superuser or later installed on your Android device. This app does NOT currently work with Jelly Bean 4.1 and only shares your SD card data.

On your Android mobile: Press and hold the link: Samba Filesharing for Android then tap ‘Open With Play Store App’ to download from Google Play Store.

What does Samba Filesharing for Android offer?

  • Drag and drop data to and from a device (includes tablets)
  • Security includes wireless network whitelisting* – only connects to approved wireless hotspots
  • Copy and paste data from Android SD card to Windows and other SMB compatible PCs on your local area network
  • Browse your Android device SD card contents from a Windows PC

*Surprisingly this feature is not enabled by default

How to install and setup Samba Filesharing for Android

Most of the following can be found in Menu > Settings > Preferences:

  • Assign Superuser access to Samba (make sure you have installed Superuser before installing Samba)
  • Assign a password** – open the app menu > Settings > Password (this unlocks other settings)
  • Configure a Username and Workgroup – you need to make sure this matches your local network
  • NETBIOS Name – Settings > Preferences – To complete the configuration process now assign NETBIOS (i.e Android)
  • Enable Samba Filesharing on your local network – tap back to the main screen – enable > Legend
  • Log into your Android device from a PC – Open Windows Explorer – identify your device in Network – double click to open add the Samba network credentials
  • You should now be able to browse (copy, paste and delete) the contents of your Android SD card from your PC and more…
  • Other Filesharing Settings – allows you to add additional Shared Folder on the SD card, use UNIX extensions and enable/disable Samba as the master default browser on your Android device
  • Wi-Fi White List – Settings > Wifi White List – you should > Enable White List Mode and > Edit Wifi White List from time to time
  • Wake Locks – Settings > Preferences – this prevents your device from entering sleep mode while the Samba app is active

**Doesn’t ask you to input your password twice to confirm and uses plaintext (no asterisks?), so easy to scrape. 🙁

Samba Filesharing for Android is very easy to setup for those who have rooted their devices and the technically minded. I’d suggest it isn’t for novices, given you would need to know how to root your Android device to use the app.

Safe surfing folks!

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