Sometimes we are just too lazy to pull out an SD card and pop it into a card reader to access the data on our Android. Actually, you don’t have to be lazy – you just might find it inconvenient when you can connect to your Android device wirelessly and modify files via FTP. Both of these reasons are viable in regards to accessing an Android device via FTP. Maybe we just want to organise the files on our Android’s SD card and memory so they aren’t scattered all over the place. SwiFTP and AndFTP are neat little tools for doing all of the above. It can turn your Android device into an FTP server. In fact, AndFTP can even turn your Android device into a wireless FTP client too. Both tools have their place however and it is really up to the individual as to which tool they use. I actually don’t use SwiFTP anymore after coming across AndFTP because AndFTP does can work as a client and a server.
The problem I found with SwiFTP was that it forced you to use their proxy server. Although this is not really a problem if you are just doing a direct wireless connection – it is still a massive pain in the butt if you want to do any real external data transference. However, setting up both SwiFTP and AndFTP is very easy process. If you have ever installed an Android app before then you will have no problems installing either of these apps. You might have some trouble configuring them if you don’t have a great knowledge of networking. In this case you should probably seek out some extra documentation on how to set up an FTP server or client prior to utilising this software so you aren’t banging your head against a keyboard to get it to work.
After getting it all set up, you will need to know the network address of what you want to connect to in order to start getting things going. Both SwiFTP and AndFTP let the user know what its WiFi IP address is so it is not really much of a problem. You can access the FTP server by typing the address into a web browser (preceded by ftp://) and if you have any major issues connecting you have probably got something wrong. Go through and have a good look at the settings if this is so (at one point I didn’t type in the IP address correctly – this can happen to anyone via any method of FTP connectivity though). Once I had verified the addresses and got a connection happening I found both apps quite quick in regards to data transfer when in server mode.
When using AndFTP as a client I found it equally fast and didn’t have a single problem getting it to work. The wireless on my tablet PC didn’t fail me once and if there was a problem it probably would’ve been the fault of my wireless connection dropping out. Both apps seem pretty good and are worth checking out if you need an FTP app for your Android device.