Want to play videos from your computer on your Android, without the hassle of copying them to your device’s internal storage? Share a folder over the network with Windows. You can copy files back and forth over Wi-Fi, too.
Sharing Folders on Windows 7
To share a folder and make it accessible from Android, you’ll need to share it with “Everyone.”
To do this, navigate to the folder you want to share, click the Share with menu, and select Specific people.
Enter “Everyone” in the box and click the Add button.
By default, Everyone will only have Read permissions – if you also want to copy files from your Android to the shared folder, you can change the permission level to Read/Write.
Click the Share button after configuring your permissions.
Next, go to the Network and Sharing Center. Click Start, type “Network and Sharing” and press Enter to quickly open it.
In the Advanced sharing settings, you may want to disable password-protected sharing. If you disable password-protected sharing, only folders you share with “Everyone” will be accessible without a password.
You can also try leaving password-protected sharing enabled, in which case you’ll need to enter user account credentials before connecting to your shared folder on Android. This may work, although I couldn’t get it to work, myself.
Accessing Shared Folders on Android
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To access the shared folder on Android, we’ll use ES File Explorer. It’s high-quality, free, and supports Windows shared folders with the SMB protocol.
From ES File Explorer’s main screen, swipe from the right to the left to access the LAN section.
Click on NEW on the bottom
Enter your Computer IP in Server Field and CLICK ON Anonymous.
The Server/Computer Has been Added Click it and you will see all your folders.
Tap a video, music file, image, text file, or any other type of file to view it. You can also long-press a file to view a menu and optionally copy it to your device.
If you tap a file type Android supports – such as an MP4 video file – it will open immediately and start streaming to your device.
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