To manage a smartphone with Android system (at least version 2.1) of any brand (HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung etc.) there are some free programs very useful and functional that I have already talked about.
The two programs reported and explained in the guide on how to manage an Android phone from the PC (in wifi or USB) to transfer files, address book, SMS and applications require to install both the application on the phone and a program on the computer.
Limited to the transfer of files and therefore also of photos and videos shot with the camera and mp3 musicto be heard using the phone as if it were an iPod, you can use a much simpler and faster system, without installing additional programs, which works on any computer, Linux, Mac and Windows.
From your computer with Wifi connectivity you can transfer files from your mobile phone to PC and vice versa from PC to mobile via Wireless using FTP .
The word FTP should not scare the less experienced computer science because it is nothing but the data transfer protocol used by computers.
On the Android phone you can ablate the FTP transfer by installing the free application FTPDroid , an FTP client that allows you to transfer files and folders from your phone to the computer or vice versa .
The big advantage of using this client is that no USB cable is required and there is no need to make complicated network configurations by changing IP addresses or various parameters.
FTPDroid is in Italian, fast, responsive, configurable, extremely secure, with the possibility of anonymous access and allowstransferring many files together sharing phone folders so you can see them on your computer .
Basically you enable an FTP server on the Android phone that can be enabled / disabled as and when you want.
After downloading the application, you must first go to the Options menu and put the selection where ” Enable anonymous access ” is written .
In the options the home path of the data of the memory card should be already configured (the one where photos, images, sounds, music, videos etc. are saved) which is / mnt / sdcard .
Also verify that the options ” create directory from anonymous “, ” upload from anonymous ” are enabled”And Chrooting users .
Moreover enable Locca screen to keep the screen on while the connection with the computer and the option” Locca Access “to keep the wifi always on when FTPDroid is running.
Back on the main screen, press the Menu and Activate the FTP server .
Given that there must be an internal wireless network to which the computer is connected with a router (it can be done even without a router and we see it at the end), FTPDRoid automatically recognizes the network to connect to and provide the IP address of the Android smartphone
on your computer, to establish the connection and to see the files inside the cell, it is better to use any of the FTP client programs for Windows (or for Linux or Mac).
Among the best FTP clients for computers are Cyberduck (Win-Mac) and FileZilla (open source for all platforms).
Personally I chose CyberDuck that you have to download and install.
From CyberDuck, press the ” New Connection ” button and write, where Server Name is written , the IP address indicated by FTPDroid in the main screen.
Put the cross on the anonymous login , press the Link keyand see the files and folders of the mobile from the home set in FTPDroid, which is the memory card.
The file window is like the Windows Explorer, so to make the transfers just select the files and drag them with the mouse with Drag and Drop, from Windows (or Linux or Mac) to the phone and vice versa as you would with the files Of computer.
The folder with video photos and music on the SD card should be the DCIM
The usability of FTPDroid is complete, without cables and without limitations and is the only application of the Android Market that allows you to remotely access both internal directories and folders of SD card.
It is possible to authorize and remove specific users with a name and password with more limited permissions.
For optimal security, anonymous access should be disabled, but if you use it on your home network, there are no problems.
If you connect to the internet via cable but the computer also has Wifi connectivity, you can still transfer files from your computer to the phone and vice versa by configuring a virtual router on Windows 7 or by sharing the internet in Wifi .
An even better way to manage the Android phone via web browser from the computer , without installing clients or programs and on any PC.