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  1. antiseptic

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    I can view my windows network from my Android phone, but I can't seem to figure out how to view my Android phone in Windows Explorer > Network. Is there an app that does this? Or some fancy setting?

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    File explorer from the play store
     
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    Since your windows machine is hosting the network, you will only be able to see the shared files. If your computer is equipped with Bluetooth, try connecting with that. If no Bluetooth, buy a Dongle.
     
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    If you use something like Solid Explorer you can setup a shared folder on the network that both the phone and the PC can access. I use it to access a NAS and share files that way.
     
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    Hmm... I've tried both of those apps, but neither of them will let me connect to my workgroup. At least, I'm not seeing the option to do so.
     
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    I've been trying for a while and have had limited success. If you are on Win10 I think there is some new Network Protocol that has to be added. I decided to go with FTP. It can be done easily with ES Explorer (NOT ES GLOBAL) .
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    ES has gotten a bad rap but IT WORKS. It has a built-in server. You can access your phone from your computer but not Vice Versa. Let me know if you have any questions.

    Confirmed working on ES version 4.0.5
     
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    Might have figured something out. You need to have an account with password set up in Windows on whichever machine you set up the home group on. I'm gonna try it.
     
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    I've done it with FTP and can browse via my web browser, but that's not attaching it to a workgroup. I can only guess that there is currently no way to connect an Android device to a windows network. I've seen a few samba attempts in the play store, but they only allow you to view files from the Android device. The closest was Droid NAS, but that seems to only work for Mac.
     
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    Yeah, I can browse my computer from my Android with LAN, but not Vice Versa. Only with FTP.

    I've had a hard time with Samba. I keep trying though.
     
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    I use File Manager by Cheetah Mobile. There's a function to transfer to PC. It works via WiFi. You type the IP address of the phone in Windows Explorer and you're able to transfer files both ways.
     
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    I'd like to be able to fully manage my device from Windows, not just transfer files, though. I think that's what @antiseptic is after as well.
     
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