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How to Use ES File Explorer to Transfer Files Between Android Devices and PCs

Need to quickly transfer files between your Android phone or tablet and a PC? While you can always set up a USB connection, ES File Explorer offers a faster and more wireless solution with its built-in FTP and LAN-sharing features.

How to Use ES File Explorer to Transfer Files

Before considering the how-to, here are some key benefits of using ES File Explorer for wireless file transfers between devices:

  • FTP and LAN transfers are generally much faster than going over USB, especially for larger file sizes like videos or apps.
  • No cables are needed! Simply connect the devices to the same WiFi network, and you can instantly start transferring.
  • USB forces you to be tethered. Wireless transfers let you access files remotely from anywhere on the local network.
  • ES File Explorer supports wireless transfers with any laptop, desktop, or mobile device with an FTP app or browser access.

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Using the FTP Server

One of the easiest wireless transfer methods is ES File Explorer’s built-in FTP server. Here’s how to set it up:

  • Open ES File Explorer and tap the menu icon, then go to FTP Server.
  • Toggle on the FTP Server option. It will display the FTP address.
  • On your PC, open an FTP client like FileZilla and connect using es://[address]
  • You should now see your phone’s internal storage and SD card contents in the FTP client.
  • Transfer files back and forth by dragging and dropping between devices.

That’s all there is to it! You can password-protect the FTP server and enable remote access outside your local network if desired.

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Using LAN Transfer

An even simpler option is to use ES File Explorer’s LAN Transfer utility. No separate FTP app is required!

  • Open ES File Explorer and tap the menu, then go to LAN Transfer. You’ll see your LAN address listed.
  • On your PC, open a web browser and enter es://[address] in the URL bar.
  • You should now see all your phone’s files through the web interface.
  • Transfer files by dragging and dropping as desired.

The web transfer interface offers options to create new folders, perform batch transfers, extract compressed files, and more. It’s an incredibly powerful utility.

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These are the ways you can use the ES File Explorer to transfer files between your Android phone or tablet and a PC.