Galaxy S II

Use Galaxy S2 Wifi Direct Feature for High Speed Data Transfer

Samsung Galaxy S2 LogoThe 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.Samsung Galaxy S2 Settings
  • Now click on Wireless and Network which is the place to manage your wireless networks.Samsung Galaxy S2 Wireless network
  • Now you would find Wi-Fi Direct Settings, tap on it.Wi-Fi Direct Settings
  • You would be prompted to click on OK. Do it.Prompt
  • 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 ‘SaveWi-Fi Direct Configure
  • 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‘.Share music option
  • 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.Share music via

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?



  1. JooManGee

    September 8, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Why did you leave the message icon in the first 2 screenshots. That’s OCD madness, m8.

  2. dan favorite

    September 5, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I have an SiI and Samsung ES7100F TV. Both have wifi direct and will connect but my phone will attempt transfer of a picture but the TV doesn’t receive or notify me of incoming file. All other wifi disabled. Any suggestions?

  3. Daniel N

    August 31, 2012 at 2:01 am

    I have a macbook and I am trying to connect it with the Wi-Fi direct but it doest find the device….or viceversa….what is going on?

  4. Kritzcheah

    July 17, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    s2 have mobile access point to sharing network to pc or any device ?

  5. clone

    May 6, 2012 at 2:32 am

    what anaesome feature: I have a galaxy SII and galaxy tab 10. With this feature I transfer files via “my files” and keep all my documents, mind maps etc. In sync…..

  6. Arash

    April 30, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Hi Neela, from your post it seems like the WiFi Direct can not operate at the same time as the ongoing wifi connection, I thought one of the the features of WiFi Direct is that it can be lunched keeping the other connections alive… can you comment on this please?

    Also do you know if the applications can directly use the WiFi direct or if it has to be initiated by the users?


  7. nicck

    April 15, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    heyy i hav s2 ..whn i search for wifi frm wifi direct i dont get the othr device…i have tried it many times…plz help..

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 15, 2012 at 10:44 pm

      other device too should have wifi direct capability

  8. alief

    March 12, 2012 at 7:08 am

    my galaxy s2 can only receive but cant send via direct wifi. any suggestion? thanks

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 13, 2012 at 11:40 pm

      yes but for this opposite device too has to be wifi direct capable!

  9. juanvaldez

    February 29, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Is there a client for Mac osX for wifi direct? This looks like a nice feature, but without the ability to xfer to other systems it doesn’t do much!

  10. Chetan Khadye

    February 15, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Upgraded your android phones to Ice Cream sandwitch. It comes prebuilt, so if you have Galaxy S or any other android phone running ics you will get this feature by default.

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  12. Carlos Dudas

    November 8, 2011 at 12:02 am

    not sure if is correct, but they have LG OPTIMUS BLACK P970 as another “Wi-Fi Direct” device.

    sounds like a great feature, I look forward to to seeing more devices having this!

    • Yogesh Patel

      November 8, 2011 at 9:37 am

      We are not sure if that is true or not!

      • tristanto

        December 14, 2011 at 7:06 am

        I have an optimus black, and I can confirm that it has this Wifi direct function.

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  14. Tanveer

    September 30, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Which Device support wifi Direct? I feel this thing in iPhone 4 application call downloads when I download any in that application & connect my iPhone to itunes and transfer five through this application to direct my laptop it’s so quick.
    Please tell me device name which support Wifi direct please ?

    • Yogesh Patel

      October 1, 2011 at 9:16 am

      As of now Samsung Galaxy S II only supports Wi-Fi Direct.

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