I have a Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300) with 500MB worth of videos on it (2 in total).

I want to transfer those files to my computer. The catch, I have no cable.

How can I transfer those files as quickly and as reliably as possible? Bluetooth isn't an option (it would take hours), can it be done over WiFi? I've tried WiFi direct, it doesn't recognize my PC.

  • You can use airdroid – user1004985 Feb 15 '13 at 8:14

If your remote pc has Linux, you could do it through scp command.

See here an explication of the command. You could run this command from a terminal emulator like this one.

Short example:
scp -r path/to/folder user@remote-PC:/path/to/where/to/save/the/files
scp path/to/file user@remote-PC:/path/to/remote/location/where/to/save/file

* -r option means recursively copy entire folder.

If your remote pc has windows, take a look at pscp.

Another way is to install ES File Explorer File Manager.

* Select the local files you wish to transfer (actions -> copy)
* In LAN section access a folder from your remote PC and paste (actions -> paste) the selected files.
* The folder from remote pc has to be shared with write permission.

  • I'm afraid my PC has no Linux, it's a Windows machine. Thanks for your answer anyway! – Madara Uchiha Feb 14 '13 at 21:25
  • If your remote pc has windows, take a look at pscp. – yohlulz Feb 14 '13 at 21:26
  • How do I use it with a phone? (I'm not an expert with UNIX systems) – Madara Uchiha Feb 14 '13 at 21:28
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    Don't make it that difficult. If you've got normal WiFi at home, and created at least one "shared folder" at your Windows machine, take a look at the ES File Explorer File Manager. It has an auto-discover option which finds the share, and then you can copy, browse, and whatever however how long you want to :) – Izzy Feb 14 '13 at 21:46
  • @Izzy For me scp is the easy way. :) – yohlulz Feb 14 '13 at 21:52

I use WiFi File Explorer for this sort of thing. There are free and paid versions. The app acts as a web server showing the file system as a web page with all the nessasary options to copy to and from another device viewing the website. You browse to it over the wifi link. Works really well although for a really big transfer plugging the cable is is faster.

It will be a year or two befor we start to get phones with 802.11ad style wifi with multi gigabit wifi speeds which will make this a doddle.

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