The Samsung Galaxy S II is the follow-up to their widely popular phone Galaxy S. It’s an amazing phone with 4.3 inches Super AMOLED Plus display measuring 4.3 inches screen size and powered with dual core processor. This article is about the Samsung Galaxy S2 over looked feature of Wi-Fi Direct.
Wi-Fi Direct in Samsung Galaxy S2
The Direct Wi-Fi functionality is among the most overlooked feature of Samsung Galaxy S II. The Samsung Galaxy S II phone is equipped with the rich feature of Wi-Fi direct function. Using Wi-Fi Direct allows Wi-Fi devices to communicate with other for faster data transfer without the need of wireless access points or the need of Wi-Fi hotspot.
The Wi-Fi Direct features works not just like Bluetooth but its 100 % faster and has better range of coverage. It was supposed to get in Nokia phones but Samsung beat everyone has introduced this feature in Samsung Galaxy S 2 phone, something which makes the Galaxy S2 phone proud. Surprise that this feature was never looked on.
With Wi-Fi direct you can transfer a mp3 file of 5 to 6 MB virtually instance without any processing time. So that means that you can transfer 700 MB of movie on go at anywhere under 5 minutes using Wi-Fi direct but only requirement is that the device should be in the range.
For transferring files using the Wi-Fi Direct from one device to another you need to disable your existing Wi-Fi network that you are connected on both of the devices and then proceed with the Wi-Fi Direct feature.
How to Transfer Files using Wi-Fi Direct on Galaxy S2
First thing you should have two Wi-Fi direct enable devices. The Samsung Galaxy S2 phone is Wi-Fi Direct enabled and there are not so many smartphones which are Wi-Fi Direct enabled. Just like few Windows phones which required pairing of the devices to transfer files via Bluetooth this Wi-Fi direct also requires pairing of both the devices first and then transfer of files is done. As of now we can count those devices with such features on finger tip. Here is how you would do it on those devices -
- First you need to set up Wi-Fi direct, Go to Menu and click on Settings on the first device.
- Now click on Wireless and Network which is the place to manage your wireless networks.
- Now you would find Wi-Fi Direct Settings, tap on it.
- You would be prompted to click on OK. Do it.
- One thing you would notice here if you have current Wi-Fi connection ON. Your mobile phone would automatically prompt you to shut down any Wi-Fi signal that you are connected to and then the process begins. In my case there Galaxy S2 is not connected to any WiFi. Once you do that you would be automatically taken to configure your Wi-Fi direct with device name and password of it. When you are done click on ‘Save‘
- Also similar setup is need on the other device on which you wanted to transfer the data, so repeat the steps again on the second device.
- Very soon, as the second device is Wi-Fi Direct enabled, your phone would discover the other devices. Now to connect simply tap on the device and it would be paired up.
- Now go to the files which you want to transfer lets say a music file tap on it and it will give you options from which you need to tap on ‘Share music via‘.
- Now among the various options select the option of Wi-Fi, which is by now the Wi-Fi Direct ready to be sent on the other device. The devices will be popped up in the next menu and you just need to tap on the other device.
- Now on the other handset you get a request to accept the file. Once you click on that, within no time it would be transferred to your mobile.
Now as I got a hang on to try this out on the Samsung Galaxy S2 phone, I observed that the data transfer rate is 2 to 3 MB per second and so a whole movie of 700 MB can be transferred to other device within 3 to 4 minutes of time with Wi-Fi Direct. All the proud owners of Samsung Galaxy S II phone, did you happen to come across this option? Did you try it any time?