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How to connect Android smartphones to the PC via WiFi

Sometimes you need to move files quickly from your Android to your PC, which can be hard to do if you don’t have the right tools. With the right tools, it can be quick and easy to move files between your Android and PC.

Well, there are! Several methods exist that can help you quickly and easily transfer files between Android and PC without using a USB cable


No, we’re not going to list any “cloud storage” methods here. Google Drive is so easy to use that even a 6-year-old can do it. Wireless ADB, mirrors, and other forms of wireless file transfer between Android and PC are gaining popularity due to their convenience, speed, and ease of use If you want to start living without cable, continue reading!

Method 1: Wireless ADB

A straightforward wireless ADB connection is probably the most effective method, especially for Android nerds like us who are familiar with the platform. Because your phone and computer will be connected to each other via your Wi-Fi network when you use this method, there will be no need for any additional cables.

Yes, you need a USB cable to set this up the first time, but once it’s set up, you can throw away the USB cable.

Note: You also require an ADB installation to proceed with the steps below.

First, connect your Android device to your PC via USB and open an ADB terminal as you normally would. Once you’ve connected and opened the terminal, you’ll need to make sure that your device is recognized by entering the command ‘ADB devices‘ into the terminal

Next, in the ADB terminal, type:

adb tcpip 5556

This is going to restart the ADB host in tcp-ip mode, so we need to find the local IP of your Android device.

In the ADB terminal, type:

Adb shell


Like when using a Windows command prompt and the /ipconfig command, all you need to do is look up the IP address of your Android device in the resulting list, which will look something like “192.168.x.x” (as pictured below).

Now type exit in the ADB shell, and then type:

adb connect (replace xxx with your Android device’s IP address)

Now you can take the USB cable off of your Android device. and keep using the ADB! This includes file-transfer ADB commands like /push and /pull!

Method 2: Droid Transfer

Droid Transfer

To begin, you must install the Droid Transfer program on your computer and the Droid Transfer companion app on your Android device.

To connect your Android device to your computer, open Droid Transfer on both devices and then use the “Scan QR Code” function in the companion app. The scanning of the code will immediately pair the two devices for data transfer.

Your Android and PC should now be wirelessly synced via the software. This is a great feature for those who like to keep their files organized, as it allows users to seamlessly move documents between the two platforms.

Method 3: AirDroid


Very similar to Droid Transfer, AirDroid is “screen mirroring” software. AirDroid allows users to mirror their Android phones to their computer screens, making it easier to access files, contacts, and media. It basically sends the screen of your Android phone to your PC over a local wireless (or USB) network, so you can control your phone from your PC.

Additionally, AirDroid enables users to do things like send text messages from their computers, control music playback from their phones, and make video and voice calls from a computer

You only need the PC and Android software called AirDroid (the download link takes you to the official site, which has links for all available platforms like Windows, Mac, iOS, AirDroid Web, etc.).

Then, you need to either create an AirDroid account that both devices sign into or use the more traditional “Scan QR Code” method.

After your personal computer and Android device have been synchronized, you will be able to use the AirDroid desktop software to work out remotely over your Android device. in addition to being able to send or receive files over the local network.

Method 4: WiFi File Explorer

WiFi File Explorer

Similarly to the previous app, this one makes a WiFi-based local connection between your Android device and a web browser. Once the WiFi File Explorer is installed, it allows you to access and transfer files from your Android device to your PC or laptop via a web browser

The app will provide you with a URL link that you can use to open the files stored on your phone in a web browser on your computer (you can even have the app email you the link). Additionally, the app will also allow you to send files from your computer to your phone by uploading them to the same URL

If you have some dirtbike games in APK format on your computer or “high quality” YouTube MP3 rips to transfer over, the app will show the contents of your phone in a tree-style list and allow you to drag and drop files from your PC to the WiFi File Explorer window. They basically just need to be dragged and dropped onto the window for your SD card to be written with them.

Method 5: Vysor


The only paid app on this list that we will suggest is this one ($2.50 a month isn’t bad for what it does). Like AirDroid, Vysor is a full-featured screen mirror app, but it has a few extra features. One of the most useful features Vysor offers is the ability to control the mirrored device from the computer, using a mouse and keyboard instead of relying solely on touch-based interaction.

It also runs a little more smoothly, with almost no screen lag. Thus, it is ideal for controlling Android soccer games from a PC, for instance.

Vysor Pro ($2.50/mo) is a great add-on for Android phones and tablets that gives you access to Vysor over a wireless ADB connection. It also grants you full-screen mode, HD-quality screen mirroring, and just a handful of other useful features.


Gadget Modder

Born as techie and was always focused on Android, ever since the HTC Dream was introduced. The abundance of options at his disposal in the open-source environment always seemed to pique his interest. "Blogger by choice, MBA by trade."
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