How to mount Windows folder to Android over Wi-Fi?
Gone were the days when uploading files from a PC to a phone via Bluetooth was the in-thing. If you are a new Android user and are still using your phone to share files that way, this will open your eyes a little more to what your Android handset is capable of.
Uploading a file or folder from the PC to your Phone can be slow and can take up a lot of space on an already cluttered memory card. This is especially true in case of games and multimedia files. Google’s Android enables you to access files from a Windows PC to your phone over a network. All you need is a mounting app and a Wi-Fi Network. There are two steps.
The first step involves installing a mounting app on your Android Phone. A good place to look is the Google Play store, from where you can pick up apps like Cifs Manager or Mount Manager. Both these apps are available for free and run on Android V1.6 and above.
The second step is to make the folder you want to use available for sharing over your Wi-Fi network. Here are the steps to make that happen:
- Connect your Phone to your PC’s Wi-Fi network
- Click on the “Sharing” tab after opening the Folder’s Properties
- Click on the “Share” button under “Network File and Folder Sharing”
- Click on the Device Name you want to share the folder with and change the permission level to “Read/Write”, then Click the “Share” button underneath it.
- Launch Cifs Manager/ Mount Manager on your phone
- You will have to key in the Details of the Share Path and Mount Point.
- The Mount Point location should be changed to /mnt/SD Card instead of the default which would be /mnt/ciff. This should be done so that the phone’s internal memory does not get over-loaded.
- The fields for User Name and Password etc. should be filled in if your PC’s network is password protected.
- Usually a “Mount Successful” message should be displayed at this point.
The folder can be accessed on your phone now using any file explorer. If your phone does not have one, you can get File Expert or ES File Explorer/File Manager from the Google Play store for free. Time to go ahead, watch all those movies, listen to all the music and play all those games without worrying about using up the Memory space on your phone.
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