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WiFi File Explorer PRO

by Dooblou
Rated: All Ages
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (509 customer reviews)

Price: $0.99
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 1.8.2
  • Add Wi Fi lock
  • Maintain file date when zipping
  • HD Icon
  • Update Apache class libraries to latest versions
  • Change target to API 17

Product Details

  • ASIN: B004OZOTSQ
  • Release Date: March 15, 2011
  • Rated: All Ages This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (509 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Manage files between your Android device and computer without using a cable
  • View and send photos and other files from your phone via a secure Wi-Fi connection
  • See all files in a password-protected Web browser
  • Stream music from your phone directly to your computer
  • Configure port settings to your preferences

Product Description
WiFi File Explorer PRO
Access a Wi-Fi connection and manage your files

If you've ever needed to access a file from your phone (a photo, for example, or a song you like) but don't have a cable to connect the phone to a computer, WiFi File Explorer PRO can make it happen. This Android app allows you to browse, download, and stream information--as well as manage your files--from your phone directly to a computer using a Wi-Fi connection and password-protected Web browser.

Untether Yourself

Setup for WiFi File Explorer PRO is simple and easy. When you open the app, it automatically detects nearby Wi-Fi networks and supplies you with a URL address to enter into the Web browser of your computer. You'll also be prompted to enter a password (which you will create when you first begin using the app).

Once your phone is connected to the Wi-Fi network, it's easy to go to the computer (which must also be connected to the network) and access the Web address. You'll find that your phone's files are there to be browsed, downloaded, or even streamed whenever you wish.

In this PRO version, you can also upload, sync, delete, copy, and zip or unzip all the files on your Android phone and computer, which makes it a great overall file manager.

A free version of this app, simply called WiFi File Explorer, is available as well. It offers similar but less robust features.

"I wholeheartedly recommend going the wireless route with WiFi File Explorer!" - Paul Jickling, PC World


Technical Details

  • Size: 1.7MB
  • Version: 1.8.2
  • Developed By: Dooblou
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Set the wallpaper
    • Open network sockets
    • Write to external storage
    • Read or write the system settings
    • Change Wi-Fi connectivity state
    • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
    • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 1.6
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 30 seconds

Customer Reviews

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579 of 627 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice App, But Must Be Careful August 12, 2011
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I've used serveral different types of apps like this to transfer files between my machines and this one works just as great as the others and is a very good app.

If it has any negatives I would say it is less clear on stopping sharing once you are finished with it. Most of the other apps have a "Stop" button in one for or another, this one does not. To stop the server you must hit the back button, if you exit using the home button it will leave it running in the background leaving your phone open to anyone familiar with the program to steal your data if your on a public wifi or somewhere else besides your home.

With the default configuration being no password, I can see a lot of users accidently hitting hitting the home button and leaving their phones wide open. Peole just don't pay attention, they need big buttons that say "stop" and "start".

So great app, but I would warn people, make sure you exit using the back button so you don't leave your phone wide open to those who would steal your data and to the developer, I'd make a big STOP button because most user are trained to exit apps using the home button which in this case is a security risk. As such thats why I give it 3 stars, because anything that leaves a phone wide open for attack using a normal way of exiting is flawed.

If developers could all agree on one way to exit an app this wouldn't be a problem with me, but as it stands a lot of devs disable the back button to get users to use the Home button to exit, which in this case will leave the service running.
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248 of 275 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Secure August 12, 2011
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Product does exactly what it says, and seems to work fine. The big problem is that it by default is wide open to anyone to pull your files off your device, and even if you secure it with a password it is trivial to snoop the password since it is broadcast in plain text.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for Kindle Fire owners. July 5, 2012
By AZ_Sobo
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This app is awesome, well worth $0.99! So far has worked flawlessly. I cannot say enough good things about it, I would highly recommend it to anyone who sideloads anything from their computer to their device, in my case Kindle Fire.

I've been having issues connecting Kindle Fires (we are a 2 Fire family) with USB for file transfer from PC to KF, (a story for a different post) but this app makes it a mute issue. Connectivity is faster over WiFi than with USB anyway, pictures and songs take seconds and a 30 minute .mp4 video only takes a couple minutes at the most.

I've read older reviews about security and inability to shut down app but it can be password protected and an exit button is provided, both are accessible in the menu.

Edit 7/28/2012
Based on threads found on Amazon Kindle Fire forums, I am not the only one who has problems connecting via USB to a PC for sideloading. I cannot stress enough how much aggravation this app has saved me.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
By ADP
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[edit] Here's a re-evaluation of my original review now that I have more experience with my Transformer:

* Computer access using the USB port works perfectly fine. I'm not sure if this was the initial batches of Transformers, but I was misinformed and never verified myself if this was the case for mine. I can access both internal and external drives via USB without issues (other than slow access).

* The program has been updated to allow virtually unlimited amounts of files to be transferred. You now have an ability to add folders; however, it's lacking in the ability to over files around/organizes. So it's inferior to USB access on that end.

* Security: This is not too much of an issue for me because unless you're on a shared, public network, and the person knows what IP address your phone/tablet has been assigned, it's unlikely that someone will access it. Are you going to head to Coffee Bean/McDonalds/Kava House/Starbucks and use Wifi explorer to send your own files across the aether? Probably not, but you're more likely to do it at home where the environment is more secure (that is, if you password-protect your router).

So even if by default it's not protected, for me, it's not a terrible concern unless I'm actively looking for an unsecured connection and purposely broadcasting my phone's IP. Besides, if you're that concerned with being protected, you wouldn't be on a public, unsecured, wifi hotspot and you would more than likely more looking for a more secure option to connect.
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122 of 142 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great app for getting files onto my phone April 10, 2011
On EVO:

The top feature of this app is the ability to send files to my phone while my phone is anywhere in the house (as long as the phone's wifi is on, of course).

When I work out, I like to watch shows I've downloaded from my Tivo on my phone. But trudging downstairs to hook up the phone and wait for the files to transfer was such a hassle. This program works flawlessly. My main computer is downstairs (where the Tivo'd content ends up after transcoding), but most of my life is lived upstairs, where my phone usually is. I can jump on my wife's laptop and send shows from my computer downstairs to my phone upstairs, and I'm ready to roll the next day.

I highly recommend this app and this developer. The app was recently updated with some killer new features.

One caveat: I also had this app on my Hero and it didn't work well. But that was because of the defective wifi in the Hero. Depending on the size of the files (mine are about 290MB per), you really need a stable wifi connection in your house and on your phone. Any hiccup that interrupts the connection will cause file transfers to fail.

About the only thing I wish this app could do is initiate transfers FROM the phone. As far as I know, that feature doesn't exist in any app yet. So for now, this is a key app on my EVO.
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