My phone is not rooted.

I have shared folders on a Synology drive which I can mount on a couple of different Macs running different versions of Mac OSX. I am assuming the folders are published using CIFS/SMB but I cannot mount them on my Android phone using file manager type applications. So far I have tried "ES File Explorer", "Network Browser" and "File Commander" none of which are able to connect.

I can connect to the Synology home page using a browser on the phone so network connectivity is OK. Do I need to disable/enable firewall/sharing settings on the phone?

  • Are the Macs also connected via Wifi? Some Wifi router have an option das disallows to communicate Wifi devices with non-Wifi devices.
    – Robert
    Commented May 28, 2020 at 7:53
  • Macs are connected by Wifi to the same network the Synology server is on. Android phone is also connected by Wifi to the same network.
    – mhaselup
    Commented May 28, 2020 at 8:19
  • Router is a Netgear D7000v2
    – mhaselup
    Commented May 28, 2020 at 8:24
  • You have a Synology app. Try that
    – beeshyams
    Commented May 28, 2020 at 8:36
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    On Termux app run nmap -p139,445 --script smb-enum-shares <IP> to make sure SMB shares are available. If yes, any file explorer app with SMB (SAMBA/CIFS) support should work. Also smbclient can be used from commandline if you manage to get/build the binary for Android. Or you may configure Synology server to use some other protocol e.g. FTP. Commented May 28, 2020 at 9:03

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No specific configuration beyond the availability of published shares is required.

Sometimes issues arise due to the stability and capabilities or lack thereof of Android apps to mount the shares. The following apps have been tested and were able to reliably and successfully access SMB shares from the Synology server (at 2 June 2020) using a simple combination of (server) IP Address, username and password:

LAN drive, Cx File Explorer, X-plore, File Commander

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