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How to turn your Android phone into a wireless flash drive

So you want to transfer files from your Android device to your computer but lost your USB cable. Not to worry, we’ll walk you through how to do it wirelessly.

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So you want to transfer files from your Android device to your computer but lost your USB cable. Not to worry, we’ll walk you through how to do it wirelessly.

If someone asked you how to transfer files from your Android device to your computer, you’d know what to say, right? It’s pretty easy and something even the kids know how to do. Just connect the two devices with a USB cable and then your computer should recognize your phone and you can start your file transferring.

But, what if you lost your USB cable? Or what if you don’t want to have to deal with more cables? Don’t worry; the good news is that there is an app that can turn your Android phone into a wireless flash drive. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Mac or Windows user, this method is for both kinds of users.

How to Use Your Android Phone as a Wireless Flash Drive

I mentioned earlier that there is an app that can help you use your Android device as a wireless flash drive. That app is from AppCube and what this app does is that it turns your Android phone into a wireless flash drive.

It uses your WiFi, so if you can’t find your USB cable, it doesn’t matter since you won’t need it anyway. When your Android phone and your Mac or PC are connected, the app will show up in the Finder App or the Windows Explorer. So, feel free to drag and drop if you want.

Let’s get started, shall we? First things first. The app you need to install is Pocketshare: Flash Drive / NAS, and the app is free to download from Google Play.  If you’re a Mac user, you can go ahead and skip to the Mac part of the article.

How to Set Up Your Windows Computer

Since you’re using Windows, you’re going to have to run BAT files to set things up. Open the app on your Android phone and go to Settings by tapping on the cogwheel at the top right. Once you’re in Settings, tap on Configure Windows and write dow the URL that is going to appear in a window. The URL you need to take note of will be in parenthesis.

How to Transfer Files with no USB cable Windows Mac

The next step is to go to the URL you wrote down before. It doesn’t matter what browser you use. So, if you use Chrome or Firefox, you should be okay with either one of them. Once you’re at the URL, right-click on the pocketshare_windows.bat option and then select Save link as.

In the Save as Type option at the bottom, make sure that you’ve selected the All files option. Also, make sure that you save the file as Pocketshare.bat and then save everything.

Now, double-click on the Pocketshare.bat file and launch it.  You might get a security message from Windows. If you do, click on the More info option to the left of the message. Choose to run anyway to execute the BAT file, and then you should see a window flash on your display and then disappear.

Once the window does away, you’ll need to reboot your computer. Once it starts up again, you’ll be all set for wireless sharing.

How to Wirelessly Transfer Files for Windows and Mac

Whenever you feel like sharing some files, you’ll need to make sure that your Android phone and your PC or Mac are on the same WiFi network. If they are, you’ll only need to open the Pocketshare app on your Android phone and server will begin on its own.

The app will ask you for permission to access your media, photos, and files. This permission makes sense since it what you’re going to be transferring anyway. If you’re using a Mac, select your Mac from under the Devices section on the sidebar.

If you’re using a Windows Computer, then you’ll need to go to My Computer in Windows Explorer. Double-click on it to open it. For Mac users, where you find Pocketshare is going to depend on your Finder preferences. Try looking for it in the Finders sidebar.

Now, you can start to drag and drop your files to the network folder. The files will be transferred to your phone automatically. To see if the transferring was successful, open the Pocketshare app and go to the Files tab and tap on the refresh button.

How to Wirelessly Transfer Files

The files that you transferred should appear and tap on it to open it with any app that’s compatible. You can also long-press on it if you want to save it to either your phone’s internal storage or SD card. You can also use this method to transfer files that you have in your Pocketshare drive to either your Mac or Windows PC.

How to Prevent Others Computers on Your Network from Accessing Your Files

This is a very handy app indeed, but what if there are other computers in your network that you don’t want accessing your files? In that case, it would be a good idea that you enabled User authentication in the app’s Settings.

Enter the password and the username you’ll need to enter in the future whenever you need to transfer any files. The best thing you can do if you want to eject the drive is to tap on the Stop Sharing option in the Pocketshare app. Clicking eject on your computer isn’t going to do anything.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, turning your Android device into a USB Flash drive wasn’t so hard after all. All you needed to do was install one single and free app. Do you think you’re going to give the app a try? Let me know in the comments.

► Pocketshare: Flash Drive

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