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How can I connect my Sony Xperia U to my laptop using WiFi to use file sharing? I tried normal connectivity by sharing my laptop WiFi and connect my Xperia U to the laptop -- but it only accesses the internet, not the file sharing.

What should I do to access file sharing and managing my laptop using my phone? Is there any application, setting, or procedure that can help me connect my laptop and my phone?

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Plenty of solutions available here. Depending on which device you want to work (i.e. using your Android device to push things to/pull things from your laptop, or working on your laptop and accessing the Android device), your choices may differ, though:

ES File Explorer is a file manager app for Android which also can access remote resources via WiFi. Amongst others, it supports CIFS (aka "Windows Shares") and FTP.

ES File Explorer
ES File Explorer (Source: Google Play)

AirDroid is an app running on Android, and offering access via web browser. So you can work from your laptop and access your Android device via a web interface.

AirDroid
Airdroid (source: Google Play)

Both variants require your Android device and your laptop being in the same network (well, there are ways around this restriction — but this is how it definitly works). Using the same WiFi access point for both should guarantee that, for example.

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This is a tutorial how you share your files from Android to PC or PC to Android using Wi-Fi... No need to use AirDroid or WifiFileShare... http://youtu.be/WLBRsIa_4aU

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