I want to automatically backup my Android (at least the media files) to my PC over a WiFi connection when both the Android & PC is connected to the same WiFi home network. It should probably be possible to transfer the files directly P2P without needing to store them on some unknown server somewhere. Preferably, I want it to happen fully automatically when it connects to my home WiFi & I have my PC running, so I don't even have to think about doing backups anymore.

I have been searching for the solution, but the closest solution I have found so far is some apps that create a local FTP Server on the phone, where I potentially can manually pull the media files out of the phone from my PC, but I haven't managed to establish a working connection with any of the apps so far.

Is it possible to backup Android to PC over P2P WiFi connection automatically?


Android 8.0.0 (not rooted)

Windows 7

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    Hi, I've removed the app request because it's off-topic here, and sometimes there are other ways without 3rd-party apps. We still allow answers to recommend an app though. On the other hand, if what you really want is only an app, then our sister site Software Recommendations might help you.
    – Andrew T.
    Oct 13 '19 at 10:42
  • There are some peer2peer solutions like SyncThing where you can keep data in sync across devices. And there's also FolderSync which understands many protocols including e.g. SSH and CIFS so it can talk directly to your PC (you didn't tell us what OS it runs there). With FolderSync you can even define automatic sync whenever a given WiFi is connected, so that might be your solution. Not sure if you'll need the paid version for that.
    – Izzy
    Oct 13 '19 at 10:50
  • I woudl try to minimize the on-device software, e.g. by using adb-sync in reverse mode (device -> PC). As it works via adb it should also work via adb over IP/Wifi. Therefore your PC could regularly try to synchronize the data from your smartphone to the PC. If the smartohone is present in your Wifi it works.
    – Robert
    Oct 13 '19 at 12:50
  • Progress report: I tried SyncThing, and I managed to make it TECHNICALLY work, but it stops syncing after some seconds & you have to fiddle around for +10 minutes, and when it "works" it can be syncing with the amazing speed of some BYTES per second.... So it's not the kind of "fire & forget" solution I was hoping for. (yes, I also disabled the firewall & the whole security program just to be sure) Oct 13 '19 at 14:06
  • Progress report 2: I tried an app called: PC to Mobile transfer. It connected, BUT it defaulted to the android folder: / that is forbidden. And I found no way to move to an allowed folder. Oct 13 '19 at 14:52

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