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?

1 Answer 1


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)? Feb 20, 2017 at 23:05
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    I have update my answer
    – k3b
    Feb 21, 2017 at 9:29

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