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Wirelessly Transfer Files While Wirelessly Charging Your Mobile

by Super DaddySeptember 27, 2015
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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.

Download FTPServer from Google Play

Download FTPServer from Google Play

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.
Your FTP settings should look something like this

Your FTP settings should look something like this

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.

This is how your FTP server looks like once it listens to an incoming connection

This is how your FTP server looks like once it listens to an incoming connection

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:

This app is definitely worth the money spent

This app is definitely worth the money spent

Step 5: Setup Tasker. Follow the screenshots below on setting up your first profile.

Click the plus icon to add a profile

Click the plus icon to add a profile

Select State from the list

Select State from the list

Choose Power Category

Choose Power Category

Choose Power State icon

Choose Power State icon

Here, you can select Wireless for Wireless charging. If your device doesn't have wireless charging, you can choose other modes. USB is power connected to your computer and AC is power from wall socket.

Here, you can select Wireless for Wireless charging. If your device doesn’t have wireless charging, you can choose other modes. USB is power connected to your computer and AC is power from wall socket.

Once selected, hit back as in the image

Once selected, hit back as in the image

Now you will be prompted to add a task in which we will tell Tasker what to do when the device detects the power state. Name it as FTP

Now you will be prompted to add a task in which we will tell Tasker what to do when the device detects the power state. Name it as FTP

Click the plus button to add an action

Click the plus button to add an action

Our category is APP

Our category is APP

And we want to launch an app when the state is met

And we want to launch an app when the state is met

The app that we want to launch is FTPServer

The app that we want to launch is FTPServer

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.

Let's add a safe condition so it only launches when the battery is above 10%. Hit the plus and fill up as follows or click the label and select Battery Level.

Let’s add a safe condition so it only launches when the battery is above 10%. Hit the plus and fill up as follows or click the label and select Battery Level.

Done! It should look something like this on your phone.

Done! It should look something like this on your phone.

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.

Click this button to add a "site". Not the arrow.

Click this button to add a “site”. Not the arrow.

Fill up the particulars like we setup in the FTP server ealier on.

Fill up the particulars like we setup in the FTP server ealier on. Click OK once you are done.

Now if you click the arrow in the setup site button, you will see your site. Click it.

Now if you click the arrow in the setup site button, you will see your site. Click it.

TADA! Your mobile is on the right and your desktop is on the left. Move files freely!

TADA! Your mobile is on the right and your desktop is on the left. Move files freely!

About The Author
Super Daddy
A proof that the real fun does not actually ends, but rather begins when you become a daddy. Enterprise Application Co-ordinator, Web Developer, Hardware Enthusiast, Gadgets lover, Android Evangelist, Desktop and Consoles Gamer, Metal Music Guitarist, Audiophile, Networking Freak, Radio Controlled Toys rat, Ferrari Crazy and above all - a daddy in every kid's dream.

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