Wireless file transfer is not limited to Bluetooth. Wi-Fi Direct, which is available in Windows 10, offers a faster way to do wireless file transfers.
Over the last few years, wireless data sharing has seen rapid progress. Data can be easily moved between devices using Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC.
Windows 10 also offers Wi-Fi Direct, which is a wireless connectivity system that allows you to connect multiple devices and transfer large amounts of data.
This article will explain what Wi-Fi Direct is and how it works. We’ll also show you how to use it on Windows 10 for file transfers wirelessly.
What is Wi-Fi Direct?
Wi-Fi Direct allows your smartphones and computers to connect without sharing a public network.
Wi-Fi Direct can be thought of as Bluetooth over Wi-Fi. It has the same functionality as Bluetooth but sends data using wireless networking. This allows for file transfers to be completed much faster, as you may have guessed.
Bluetooth has been around since 1994. It’s great for sending audio and connecting devices but not for larger files. Wi-Fi Direct has no such problems and is expected to replace Bluetooth in the coming years.
Wi-Fi Direct may not be as widely used as Bluetooth at this point. It’s an extremely useful feature for data transfer between Windows 10 and other devices.
What is Wi-Fi Direct?
Wi-Fi Direct technology requires at least one compatible device. It can then be used seamlessly for file transfer and intercommunication.
Wi-Fi Direct establishes a connection between two devices. One device acts as an Access point, which is used to connect the other. This is all automated so you don’t need to do any manual work.
Wi-Fi Direct is built upon Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi Direct is built on top of Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi Direct does not require a router to connect to the internet. Wi-Fi Direct’s sole purpose is to connect local devices rather than access the internet.
You might then wonder: What makes Wi-Fi Direct different from Bluetooth? Bluetooth was already used to connect devices locally so why create a new technology?
It is all about speed.
Bluetooth isn’t fast enough to keep up in today’s fast-paced world. Bluetooth can be slow and files can take hours to transfer from one device to the next. Wi-Fi Direct is a fast and reliable alternative to Bluetooth. Instead, it is as fast as a Wi Fi network and sometimes even faster.
Wi-Fi Direct: Where can you use it?
Wi-Fi Direct is a peer-to-peer wireless network that allows for blazingly fast speeds (up to 250 Mbps), and can be used wherever Bluetooth would have been. It is ideal for:
- Sharing multimedia files This tool can be used to transfer large multimedia files between devices. Wi-Fi Direct is the best tool to use if you have large video files, such as movies.
- Gaming: High-quality multiplayer games for smartphones require high connectivity to ensure a smooth experience. In these cases, direct can be very helpful.
- External devices. Computer devices such as keyboards, mice and printers can be connected to the Internet using Wi-Fi Direct.
Verify if your Windows 10 PC is Wi-Fi Direct compatible
Wi-Fi Direct is quicker and easier than Bluetooth to send files. You’ll first need to make sure your device is Wi Fi Direct-compatible. This can be done with the Command prompt. You can do this by going to the Start Menu search bar and typing ‘cmd’. Then select the best batch.
Once you are at the Command prompt, enter ‘ipconfig/all’ and hit .
Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter is an entry that will indicate whether Wi-Fi Direct has been enabled.
Next, you will need to begin data transfer over Wi-Fi Direct. This isn’t always as easy as you might think.
How to transfer files from Android to Windows using Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-Fi Direct requires you to use a third party app in order to transfer your data. This will have a significant impact on the speed of your transfer.
Feem has been providing Wi-Fi Direct support for Windows PCs and laptop users since Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Feem can be used for free, but there are premium options. Feem offers Wi-Fi Direct and live chat. You can however pay for iOS support, unlimited file transfer, and the removal of ads.
Feem is an easy way to transfer data from Android devices to a PC or laptop.
- Your Android device can be set up as a mobile hotspot using Settings > Internet & Network > Hotspot and tethering. This network can be connected to your Windows computer.
- Launch Feem for Android and Windows. Both devices will be given unique names by the app (e.g. Junior Raccoon) along with a password. You’ll need the password to establish the initial connection. Keep track of it.
- Wi-Fi Direct allows you to send a file from Android and Windows. Simply choose your destination device and then tap Send. Browse for the file(s), then tap Send.
The data will be sent to you shortly thereafter. It’s that simple. And it works backwards.
Do you not have Wi-Fi Direct? Use Bluetooth to Transfer Files
Bluetooth is a smart alternative to Wi-Fi Direct if your device doesn’t support it. This is especially useful if Wi-Fi Direct is not working on Windows 7/8.
First, make sure your Bluetooth device (phones, tablets, computers, etc.) is paired with your computer. Before you send a file, make sure your computer is paired to a Bluetooth device (phone, tablet, etc.) This is possible on all devices. Both must be set to “discoverable”.
After searching for each other, the devices will connect after entering a confirmation code.
Here’s more information about data transfer between a computer and an Android.
Open Settings > Devices if you aren’t sure where the Bluetooth controls can be found on Windows 10. Once you are in the Bluetooth and other devices section, turn your Bluetooth on and pair your device to the computer. To do this, click on Add Bluetooth or another device and proceed with pairing up.
Next, click on Send or Receive files via Bluetooth > Send Data. Next, select the device you wish to share files with and choose the file that should be sent. Click on Next to continue with the transmission.
The device that received the file will ask you to confirm your consent to saving the data. Wait for the file to be transferred to complete.
Keep both Bluetooth devices close together to get the best results, due to Bluetooth’s shorter range.
No Wi-Fi Direct File Transfer from Android to Windows Computer With FTP
FTP is another file transfer option that Android users have access to to transfer files to Windows 10 PCs (or any other operating system).
ES File Explorer, a third-party file management tool for Android, is very popular. It offers a variety of file management options for both local and network usage. FTP is one such feature. It allows for a direct connection between two devices over the network.
To display the IP address of your Android device, use ES File Explorer’s network > FTP function.
To browse the contents, copy this file into a file transfer program like FileZilla. The files can be easily transferred between the devices.
If you don’t have WiFi Direct and want to transfer data from a mobile device, you can use ES File Explorer.
Which speed is best for data transfer?
You’ll find that Wi-Fi Direct is much faster than Bluetooth when you try them both. Indeed, as recent tests have demonstrated,