Unlike the old days, file transfer between devices is now becoming easier. Nowadays, Windows wireless file transfer using Wifi direct is starting to spread. At first, people use Bluetooth, but as technology develops there are also some applications for the file transfer need. For instance, the MiDrop app from cellphone vendor Xiaomi. While for the PC file transfer need, especially for Windows 10 users, Wifi Direct offers more ease for the file transfer need. Wifi direct enables you to do the Windows wireless file transfer, connect to your printer and also to your cellphone.
Pros and Cons of Wifi Direct
Similar to Bluetooth, Wifi direct also has the function to transfer files between certain devices. Back in the mid-90s, Bluetooth was the only means for wireless file transfer. As we know, Bluetooth was so useful to transfer data (audio, image/photo, etc) but it has some difficulties when coming to large file transfer.
Wifi direct, as a means for file transfer, can facilitate large files. Therefore, it is likely that the Windows file transfer using Wifi direct will replace the Bluetooth in the coming near time. On the other words, Wifi direct has completed the inability that Bluetooth has.
Unfortunately, now not many people are using Wifi direct. This is one of the reasons that the Wifi direct file transfer still has some limitations. It is not yet as universally used as Bluetooth. Also, it is still limited to data transfer between Windows 10 to other compatible devices.
Checking If Your PC Is Compatible For Wifi Direct File Transfer
Can you use Wifi direct in any Windows 10 device to transfer files? As previously mentioned, at the current time Wifi direct use for file transfer need is still limited from certain Windows 10 devices to certain compatible devices only. Hence, before trying to use the Wifi direct to transfer files, it is better to check if your Windows 10 PC is compatible with Wifi direct or not.
In this section, we are going to discuss how to check whether your Windows 10 PC is compatible with WiFi direct. Please follow hereunder steps for this purpose:
- Press WIN + R
- Open the “Command Prompt” by entering CMD
- Enter “ipconfig/all“
- If there is Wifi direct compatibility in your Windows 10 device, you will see the “Microsoft WiFi Direct Virtual Adapter” on the screen. (Please see below screenshot).
File Transfer From Android To Windows Using WiFi Direct
To be able to perform file transfer from Android to Windows using WiFi direct, you need another third-party application to bridge it. You may have found some recommended applications for this purpose. But you have to choose the right bridging application.
During your search for the application, maybe you find the Feem application. For this across platform file transfer need, I recommend Feem for you. You can get the application from this LINK.
Feem is so much recommended as it is a free application. Though, if you want to use the free-add application you can pay for the premium version. Besides, the premium application also offers you unlimited file transfer and iOS compatibility.
One more consideration why Feem is recommended is that because Feem has already developed the application that WiFi direct compatible since the era of Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Here is how to perform file transfer from Android to Windows using WiFi direct:
- Use your mobile as hotspot modem: Go to Setting >> Network & Internet >> Hotspot & tethering.
- Connect your PC to your mobile hotspot.
- Open Feem in both devices (Windows and Android). Remember the password given to you, because you will need it to establish an initial connection between the devices. NOTE: the Feem app will give you a unique name of the devices.
- Browse the file you want to send in your Android device, and press “Send”. But before that, please initially choose the destination device to which you want to send the file to and tap “Send File”.
- Please wait a while, and the file or data will be sent to your Windows PC.
If previously we only know Bluetooth as a means for file transfer, there is WiFi direct that can also help this need. Even if there is still some limitation in the use, WiFi direct has the ability which Bluetooth does not. That is the large file transfer. Additionally, it can perform faster file transfer.
Therefore, WiFi direct is also an option for you to do file transfer need. Especially if you to do the file transfer in Windows devices. Not only that, by using the third-party application (like Feem), you can also use WiFi direct to do the file transfer from Android to Windows device.
I would always welcome for any of your additional information in the comment box shall there be anything worth adding.