A Complete Guide to 2-Way FTP & LAN File Transfer & Browsing with ES File Explorer Between Phones or Between Phones & Computers

Here’s how to properly use ES File Explorer (the free version works great) to get your files moved back and forth from your phone to your device & vice versa.. or how to browse your device from your computer:

A Complete Guide to 2-Way FTP & LAN File Transfer & Device Browsing with ES File Explorer

Before you Begin:

1. Get your IPv4 Address:

  • Start > Run > CMD & hit Enter
  • Type: ipconfig /all
  • Find “IPv4 address”, and write down / remember the number

2. Get your Wifi Set up:

Just Click your Phone’s WiFi button and add your WiFi Password
If you dont know your password, open your Internet Browser & type in the address bar & Hit Enter:

  • Username: Admin
  • Password: Admin or Password

Find your WiFi Password in your router Settings & Enter it on your Phone Wifi to Connect

*Be sure the little Wifi Button is pressed on your Wireless Router, and the little blue light is activated.. if you dont have a Wireless Router (A Router with an Antenna), you will need to get one before proceeding

3. Set up your Network Shared Folders

ES File Explorer can access any Shared folders on your LAN network, like any other computer on your network.. and transferring files works the same as it does for transferring files from any 2 Computers, through folders you’ve Shared on the Homegroup (on Windows)

If you dont have any shared folders:

  • Create a new folder at a permanent location on your hard-drive with enough free space for your future use.
  • Right-Click the Folder you want to share
  • Go to “Share with..”
  • Click “Homegroup read/write”

Browsing your Computer’s files from your Android Device through your Homegroup LAN Network:

1. Setup your WiFi Network Security with a Password

A Password is a much more Secure… So, if you want to use a Password for your Wi-Fi Sharing, then you need to enable a password on your Windows user accounts, by going to Star > Control Panel > User Accounts > Add Password

**If you dont have a password or dont want to use one, you may need to do the following:

  • On your PC Computer, go to Start > Run, and type “gpedit.msc”, & Hit Enter
  • When the Group Policies Window Pops up, Click on “Computer Configuration” then Navigate to “Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options”
  • Double Click on “Account: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only”
  • Select Disable

2. Access your Shared Folders from your Device:

  • Open ES File Explorer on your device
  • Click the Upper-left hand Icon that looks like a Device & a Net Sphere
  • Scroll down to “Network” & Expand it, then find “LAN”, & Click it
  • Click “New +” & Enter the Following:

– Domain: Leave Blank
– Server: Type you IPv4 Address
– Username: Type the name of your current Windows User Account (found by hitting the Start Menu and looking at the top, if you havent changed it)
– Password: Type the password you use to sign into Windows when you start your computer, or if you dont have a password, leave it blank

*This is NOT your Homegroup Password.. so Wifi Connection is less Secure unless you have a Strong Windows User Account Log-in Password

3. Now you can find all computers on your network and access their shared folders:

  • Find your computer with your Ipv4 Address, and click it
  • It will open up a screen with many Drive Folders & Printers etc on your network, but they will all be inaccessible except for the ones you chose to share
  • Next time, all you should need to do is go straight to your Computer and access the files without being troubled further
  • You can long Click Any shared folder, select it, go to “More”, then click “Add to Desktop” to create a shortcut on your Android desktop which opens directly to a shared folder on your network

Now any files you want to share, you can add to that folder from your device or your computer


Browsing your Android Device’s files from your Computer over FTP:

Step 1.

  • Open the “ES File Explorer” app
  • Click the top left Sphere & Phone Icon
  • Go to “Tools”
  • Click on “Turn Root Explorer On”
  • Then Click on “Remote Manager” (also in Tools)
  • Click “Turn On”, & you will be given an FTP address
  • Open a New Windows File Explorer Window on your PC (not an internet browser, but the same window you normally look for files in your computer with)
  • Enter the FTP address ES File Explorer gave you into the Location Bar in your Windows Explorer Window, like this:
    – ftp://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:xxxx/

Step 2.

  • Click the Settings Icon at the bottom of Remote Manager:
  • Set the Port manually to any number from 1025 to 65534, change it often for increased security, if desired (Problematic for Shortcuts, a Strong Password is probably better)
  • Click “Set Root Directory” and Set it to whichever SD Card or Directory you want it to browse.. I recommend your removable SD Card and not the Android Root or Internal Storage.
  • Click “Set Manage Account” and give it any Name & Password you want.. you will be asked for this name & password when you browse your device from you PC
    Deselect “Close on Exit” if you want it to remain open indefinitely when you are with reach of your Wifi
  • You can now browse, add, remove or edit any files on your phone, over WiFi (in the directory you set the Root to)

Step 3.
Set up a Windows Shortcut to your Devices FTP Location:

  • Open Windows Explorer, and Right-click “My Computer” in the list of Locations in the Windows Left Pane
  • Click “Add a Network Location”
  • Click “Next”
  • Copy and Paste your FTP Address in the field, & hit Next
  • Deselect “Log on Anonymously”
  • Type the Username you set in your ES File Explorer Remote Settings, above.. then hit Next
  • Type a Name like “My Device FTP”
  • Hit Next & Finish
  • **BE CAREFUL not to delete any important files that may be tied to programs you’ve installed, or which have anything to do with the Android Apps or System, or anything you dont recognize and know what it is. If you delete system files you may inadvertently BRICK YOUR DEVICE


Browsing your Computer’s files from your Device over FTP:

Step 1.

  • Go to Start > Run > appwiz.cpl
  • Click on “Turn Windows Features On or Off”
  • Tick “Internet Information Services Hostable Web Core”
  • Tick & Expand “Internet Information Services”
  • Tick & Expand “FTP Server”
  • Tick both “FTP Extensibility” and “FTP Service”
  • Tick & Expand “Web Management Tools”, & Select all IIS options including any sub-options
  • Tick & Expand “World Wide Web Service”
  • Tick & Expand “Security” , and select all
  • Click OK, and let them install

Step 2.

  • Go to Start > Run > inetmgr
  • In the Right Column, Expand your Computer name
  • Right-Click on “Sites” and select “Add FTP Site”
  • Name it something like “My Android FTP”
  • Browse to the folder on your Computer’s Hard Drive you wish to share on your FTP server, & Click ‘Next’
  • In, “IP Address” Click the Drop Down and select your Computers IPv4 Address, or type it in.
  • Set Port to 21
  • Tick “Start FTP Automatically”
  • Click “No SSL” & Click Next
  • Set “Authentication” to “Basic”
  • Allow Access to All Users
  • Select ‘Read’ &/or ‘Write’
  • Click Finish

Step 3.

  • Open ES File Explorer
  • Click the Top Left NetSphere & Device Icon, and go to “Network”
  • Select “FTP”
  • Click “+New”
  • Type your computer’s IP Address in the “Server” box
  • In “Port”, type ’21’
  • Mode = Passive
  • Username = a User with access to the folder you shared.. usually this can just be you computers name, or your username on the computer that creates the FTP account.
  • Password = your Windows Account User Log-in Password, or leave it blank
  • Encoding = Auto
  • Display as = give it a display name if you like, or leave it blank for your IP address as display name.
  • Click OK
  • You can now browse the folder you designated as your Computer’s FTP folder.


Connecting Multiple Devices Together via FTP, Wirelessly, with or without Wi-Fi (2 Tablets, Phone to Laptop, etc) 

Step 1: Device 1 – Hotspot Master Device:

  • Click on the upper left Icon and go to Tools > Net Manager
  • Exit whatever Network you are on, unless you prefer to use the Wi-Fi, then just skip to Step 3
  • Click “Create a Hotspot Network”
  • Mark the Network ID:ES_XXXX
  • Mark the 8-Digit Network Password
  • Click Settings and select “Use the Random AP Name”
  • Click on the Wi-Fi Hotspot Tethering Icon in your Android Phone, Click on Basic Settings
  • Select “Keep Wi-Fi Hotspot on: Always”
  • Click “Set-up Wi-Fi Hotspot” & Set Maximum Users to the number of people you want to let Browse your Directories or Folders
  • Click Save

Step 2: Device 2 – Hotspot Slave Device:

  • Turn on your Devices Wi-Fi and select the Network ID listed on the Master Device in Step 1, as ES_XXXX
  • Type in the Password displayed on the Master Device in Step 1
  • Click Connect

Step 3: Device 1 – FTP Server Device:

  • Click on the upper left Icon and go to Tools > Remote Manager
  • Click on Settings then go to ‘Set Manage Account’
  • Add a Username & Password everyone connected to your FTP can know & can Remember
  • Click OK
  • Deselect “Close on Exit”
  • Go to Set Root Directory, then select the Folder you want to share on your FTP (I strongly recommend this isnt you entire Device, or even you entire storage, but just one folder on an SD Card)
  • Click Back, then click on the “Turn On” button

Step 4: Device 2:

  • Click on the upper left Icon and go to Network > FTP
  • Click “New”
  • Select “FTP”
  • in the “Server” box, type the Server Address from Device 1, in its entirety
  • Port = 21
  • Mode = Passive
  • Username & Password = the same Username & Password you set on Device 1
  • Click OK
  • A new folder labeled “FTP” will appear with the Address you are connected on
  • Open that folder to browse & Share Files over the FTP connection
    Repeat the steps for Device 2 on any other Device you’re connecting

Problem Solving:

Sometimes, Wireless Network Connection Service between your Android & your PC may stop Working, and say something about the SMB Server stopping… if that happens, you can:

  • Start > Run > Services.msc
  • Right Click & Select “Restart” on the following two services:
    – Server
    – Workstation
  • Go to Android App Manager, Force Stop ES File Explorer
  • Then Click to Clear ES File Explorer Cache
  • Restart ES File Explorer & Click Network > LAN > & Click the “Search Button” again

**If by chance you still have some problem, go to Start > Run & type “secpol”, then go to Local Policies > Security Options > & double-click “Network Security LAN Manager Authentication Level”.. then select “Send LM & NTLM – use NTLMv2 session security if negotiated”

***Other problems are most likely Firewall related, and you’ll need to make rules & exceptions.. for example, if you use Eset NOD32 Smart Security, click “Advanced Setup.. > Network > Personal Firewall > Filtering Mode > Interactive Mode”.. Then try to access your FTP from your Mobile Device, and select “Allow” and “remember” for each action that pops up regarding the FTP Access Attempt., then go back and change Filtering Mode to “Automatic Mode with Exceptions”.. other Firewalls require you to select a prepared ‘FTP Port 21’ rule.. for others you may need to do it all manually

In the interest of creating a complete tutorial, I’ve added the following method for password removal on homegroup network for accessing your Computers Shared Folders without password security

Method 2 for Removing Passwords (Unsecured):

So, if you dont want or need password security at all, you could also try:

  • You can also go to Control Panel > Network & Sharing Center
  • Click on “Change Advanced Sharing Settings” in the left panel
  • Scroll to the bottom & select “Turn Off Password Protected Sharing”
  • The open ES File Explorer & Click on Network > LAN, then click “Search”
  • Name: Type the IPv4 address of your PC, or leave it blank
  • Leave the Password Blank
  • You can also use “anonymous”
  • Username can be your Phones IP Address, which you can find by clicking on the Wifi Settings
  • Click on the Folder you want to Share, & Create a New Share Group, named “Everyone” with read/write permissions
  • You may also need to disable your Firewall for this method to work
  • This method is not secure at all

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