I want to quickly wirelessly transfer photos off an Android (Kit Kat) device. The catch: I don't want to lose the file dates/times during the transfer. Specifically, I am not talking about the EXIF date/time; I am talking about the actual file date/time. I organize my images by file timestamp (aka datestamp) and having the file timestamp change during the transfer prevents this simply and effective technique. This task is trivial to accomplish with a wire, but I have been unable to find a wireless solution.

I prefer a solution that can be performed without any internet access, but am open to all solutions.

What I've Tried

  • I tried using ShareIt. Datestamps are changed. FAIL.
  • I tried using SuperBeam with the experimental option to maintain timestamps enabled. Datestamps are changed. FAIL.
  • I tried using Google Drive. Datestamps are changed. Internet access required. DOUBLE FAIL.

Does anyone know what will work?


If you mean by "transfer photos off an Android" to "transfer from android to pc" i use a pc software to reconstruct the file-date from the exifdate (exiftools)

for the other direction "from pc to android" i insert the android-s sd-card into the pc so the pc can set the file-modification date.

On my android-4.2 and android-4.4 devices the android-os prevents the manual seting of a file-timestamp so transfering to android device via wifi will not work (at least not with my android devices).

[update 2017-02-21]

i have programmed a batch with exiftools :

 exiftool "-DateTimeOriginal>FileModifyDate" -ignoreMinorErrors -overwrite_original -r -ext .jpg . 

meaning: copy for all *.jpg in current dir and their subdirs: exif-DateTimeOriginal to FileModifyDate

  • Thanks. What software pc software do you use (regarding your first sentence)? – RockPaperLz- Mask it or Casket Feb 20 '17 at 23:05
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    I have update my answer – k3b Feb 21 '17 at 9:29

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