In the meantime, there is an iOS app called FileApp which will help users transfer files wirelessly between computers and iOS devices.
The iDevice Side
FileApp is not only a file manager, but also a universal file viewer. You can use it to open almost any kind of file, from common documents like TXT, DOC, and PDF, to multimedia files such as images, audio, and video. You can find the list of supported files on FileApp’s features page.
- The first time you open FileApp, you will see the “Start Here” folder. Tap the folder to find the “FileApp Getting Started” PDF guide.
- Open the PDF to see a quick walkthrough on using FileApp. Opening the guide also demonstrates FileApp’s ability to handle PDF documents. But you can also open the document using other supporting apps. Just tap the “Open In…” and you can choose what app you want to use to open the document.
The file viewer also gives you the ability to share, adjust the zoom level, and delete the viewed file.
- To start a wireless file transfer between a computer and an iOS device, tap the WiFi button at the top of the page.
- The “Sharing” page will open. You will see the green indicator light alongside the “Sharing is On” label. This means you can start transferring files. To turn sharing on or off, press the white “Stop Sharing” button. FileApp also supports file sharing via USB, but the process requires iTunes or DiskAid (a paid app).
- To connect your computer to your iDevice, you’ll need the FTP address of the device. Tap the WiFi button to get the address.
The Computer Side
Now it’s time to set up the connection on the computer side.
Setting up under Windows is very easy and doesn’t require any additional applications.
- First, open Windows Explorer (either by clicking the icon or by using the Windows + E shortcut key combination). Then type in the FTP address that you got from the iOS app into the address bar of Explorer. Hit “Enter” and you will be able to see the content of the FileApp folder.
- You can treat the FTP location as if it were another location on your computer’s hard drive. Transferring files between the two devices is as easy as dragging and dropping the items from one location to another.
Mac OS X
The situation is a little bit different under Mac OS X. I tried to use Finder to open the FTP location but failed. You’ll need a little help from an FTP client to get the job done. There are a number of good clients you can use. One of the recommended names is CyberDuck.
- Start by opening a new connection and choose FTP from the connection type. Put the iOS FTP address into the server address field, and choose to log in anonymously. Then click “Connect”.
- You can transfer files by dragging and dropping them between Finder and Cyberduck. If you use an FTP client that supports local file browsing, the process would be simpler.
- The transfer speed will depend on the file size and the speed of your WiFi connection.
- The transfer process on the iOS device is indicated by rotating bars around the green indicator. After the transfer process is finished, the file will appear on FileApp’s main display.
- FileApp allows you to sort the transferred files by folder, name, date, file type, and last opened. You can also use the search function to look for the file that you need.
The free version of FileApp only supports file viewing and not file editing. You can’t create folders on the iOS interface either. However, you can create folders on your computer while the devices are connected.
Have you tried FileApp? What do you think about it? Do you know or use other similar alternatives? Share your opinions using the comments below.
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