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How can I set my Android phone to appear as network folder

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    Windows 8.1

    How can I set my Android phone to appear as network folder


    Hi!

    I want to acces my phone's internal memory and/or sd-card as a network folder (through wifi). Just like windows pc-s and laptops. How can I do this?

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    Windows 10 Pro + 8.1 pro and 7 Utimate


    As far as I know there is no way to enable SMB Share on Android without downloading some software to the phone, There are quite a few file managers that have the option to enable file sharing with almost any OS.


    The way I do it on my phone is with a program called AirDroid there is a free and paid version, I use the free version and as far as I know it is not capable of SMB share, you connect to it from a web browser.


    There are other option's, you could run a FTP,HTTP server but I'm not sure if it would work since Android is based on Linux and with Linux any port below 1024 requires root.


    Now that I think about it SMB requires ports below 1024 (port 445), so any solution you come up with will require that you can change the default port to something like 8080 which is a default port for many Linux OS's to start a service without root.
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by sml156 View Post
    As far as I know there is no way to enable SMB Share on Android without downloading some software to the phone, There are quite a few file managers that have the option to enable file sharing with almost any OS.


    The way I do it on my phone is with a program called AirDroid there is a free and paid version, I use the free version and as far as I know it is not capable of SMB share, you connect to it from a web browser.


    There are other option's, you could run a FTP,HTTP server but I'm not sure if it would work since Android is based on Linux and with Linux any port below 1024 requires root.


    Now that I think about it SMB requires ports below 1024 (port 445), so any solution you come up with will require that you can change the default port to something like 8080 which is a default port for many Linux OS's to start a service without root.
    I want this in particular, because connecting as USB mass storage device doesn't work for the internal memory, it seems. (and because I'd like to use it through wifi)
    I only get this in windows:
    Click image for larger version

    Also MTP's is frustrating garbage. And other methods are still more convoluted
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    Windows 10 Pro + 8.1 pro and 7 Utimate


    I am going to guess that on your android phone your file manager tells you that there is file's on your phone.


    Try to disable developer mode if you have it enabled (its not the default setting someone changed it)

    Try to disable Unknown sources in security


    There are many people running Windows OS and trying desperately to get it to play nice with Android, If my solution did not work could you post a solution that did.

    My goto place for android help is XDA forums
    All Devices - Android Forum for Mobile Phones, Tablets, Watches & Android App Development - XDA Forums
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