Tutorial: How to QUICKLY manage Android folders via WiFi from a PC with ES File Explorer 3.0
I've long been a fan of ES File Explorer for its all-in-one-app Swiss army knife abilities to:
1) Access my phone's files from my PC via WiFi (not USB).
2) Manage the files on the phone (move, delete, rename, etc.).
3) Access & manage web storage (like Dropbox, Box.net, et al).
4) Download files, install non-Play-Store apps, make backups, etc.
I was happy to recently find that ES File Explorer 3.0 makes it much easier to QUICKLY launch the "Remote Manager" (FTP server) and manage the phone's SD card from a PC via WiFi (as long as they're connected to the same WiFi router). In previous versions, the "Remote Manager" was buried in the menus, but now you can make it one-swipe away. I thought some people might like instructions on how to use ES File Explorer to wirelessly make their phone's files PC-accessible with one-swipe and one-mouse-click...
One-time setup on ES File Explorer:
1) Launch ES File Explorer
2) Hit the Android "settings" button on your phone.
3) Select "Settings" (on the lower right menu).
4) Select "Window Settings".
5) Select "Set the default windows".
6) Check the "Remote Manager" box, and hit "OK".
Note that the FTP address is typically something like "192.168.1.122:3721".
One-time setup on a Windows 7 PC to create a "shortcut" to your phone's SD card. (Other Windows versions use a similar procedure):
1) Double-click the "Computer" or "Network" icon.
2) On the left side-bar, right-click "Computer" and select "Add a network location". (The Network Location Wizard appears.) Hit "Next".
3) Highlight "Choose a custom network location" and hit "Next".
4) Type the address of your phone's FTP server as noted above (e.g. "ftp://192.168.1.122:3721").
5) Click "Next" to login anonymously.
6) Choose a name for the folder, e.g. "Cell phone SD card".
7) Click "Next" and "Finish".
That FTP shortcut will appear on the left of your folder below the "Computer" icon. You can drag it to you desktop or someplace else, if you like.
Anytime quick access to your phone's files from your PC:
1) Launch ES File Explorer
2) Swipe right to the "Remote Manger" and hit "Turn On".
3) From your PC, double-click on the FTP shortcut folder that you created.
For me that's much easier than plugging in a USB cable and turning on/off the USB connection. (I always forget to turn off the USB storage before I pull the USB cable, which sometimes messes up my SD card and always causes Android to check it for errors.)
Note: You can set up the FTP server to either turn off whenever you exit ES File Explorer, or to stay on until you turn it off (by accessing it from the notification bar).
I realize that there are other alternatives and don't mean for this to become thread to discuss the pros and cons of each app. I just thought this might help some fellow ES File Explorer users.