How to manage files on Android device over FTP using Windows Explorer

FTP is a convenient method to manage files between computers. It can be used to easily manage files on an Android or CyanogenMod device from a Windows computer, both connected to the same network. Using Windows Explorer itself as the FTP client makes it really easy to create, copy, rename, move or delete files or directories on the Android device.

  1. Note the IP address of the Android device. Make sure the Android device is accessible from the Windows computer by pinging it.
  2. Install and run a FTP server on the Android device. Note the username, password and port it is running on.
  3. In Windows Explorer, choose Computer. Right-click in the right pane and choose Add a network location.
  4. In the Add Network Location wizard, choose a Custom network location, provide the IP address of Android device in this format: ftp://ipaddress:port Disable anonymous login and provide the user name of Android device. Give the connection a name and you are done.
  5. The Android device now appears in the Computer section of Windows Explorer as a network connection. Double-click to connect to it and you can create, copy, rename, move or delete files and directories on the Android device right from the comfort of Windows Explorer 🙂

Tried with: FTPServer 2.2.1, CyanogenMod 10-20121228-NIGHTLY-encore and Windows 8 Pro 64-bit

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3 thoughts on “How to manage files on Android device over FTP using Windows Explorer

  1. Hi,

    “Disable anonymous login and provide the user name of Android device.” How to get the android device (Mobile or Tablet) username and password ???

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  2. Hi, when the FTP server is running and Android file tree is visible in XP explorer: could you synchronize -selected- files from both side? modification date is visible/present both side to manage your files?
    NOT MTP: but mass storage. Thank you

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