Wirelessly Transfer Files While Wirelessly Charging Your Mobile
Note: This guide requires applications for Android that you will need to purchase. I suggest you read it first and decide in the end if you are willing to spend the money.
There’s plenty of freedom that technology has to offer and allows us to do things differently. Here’s one to change your life a bit. This is just one of the few reasons I love Android too. The flexibility that it offers allows us to do pretty much anything.
In this tutorial, our goal is to wirelessly transfer files while the device is charging wirelessly. It’s a wireless world afterall. And don’t worry if you don’t have a wireless charging device. You can resort to cable charging instead. You will figure it out as we move forward. Let’s begin!
I’m using a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 for this guide but it should work pretty much on any Android phone. It’s best if you could assign a fixed IP to your mobile phone via your router for best results.
Step 1: Download FTP Server (FREE). We will be making our device into an FTP server that will allow incoming connections. I’m using FTPServer by Andreas Liebig because once you set it up, upon launching it will immediately connect to the FTP server so we don’t have to click connect as another additional step. You can get the app from here.
Step 2: Setup the FTP Server. We are going to allow connection to our phone, so it’s best to set it as secure as possible. Follow these settings:
- User: your preferred username
- Pass: your preferred password
- Port: 8000 (Default FTP port is 21 and we are changing it)
- Uncheck “Launch at android startup”
- Uncheck “Restrict to default directory”
- Allowed connections: choose your wi-fi access point so your FTP doesn’t initiate everywhere.
- Keep the rest of the settings default if you are not sure about them.
Step 3: Test your FTP Server. Hit the back key and you should see a message at the end that says “Listening on /XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX…….”. It means your FTP server is working fine.
Step 4: Now we need to download Tasker (PAID). Tasker is an automation application that allows you to do various stuff. It’s a paid application but there is a limited trial app if you want to try it out. Get the app from here:
- Trial version: http://tasker.dinglisch.net/download.html
- Paid version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.dinglisch.android.taskerm
Step 5: Setup Tasker. Follow the screenshots below on setting up your first profile.
Now, it is important to remember that FTP will be using network and power at the same time while running operations. If your battery is empty, putting it on charging will keep on firing the FTP server and your device might keep shutting down. So we put a condition to only run when there is at least minimum 10% battery in the device before executing.
Step 6: Now we need to setup the FTP Client on our desktop. For this, we are going to use FileZilla (FREE) which is one of the best FTP clients out there still. Download it from here. Then run through the installation wizard and finally run the app.