Tablets

Share files between your Android tablet and desktop with File Expert

Jack Wallen takes a look at File Expert, an Android application that allows you to easily transfer files between your tablet and your desktop.

There are many ways to transfer files between a desktop and a tablet, but a lot of them are too complicated or costly for most users. One of the simplest and most cost effective solution I've found is called File Expert.

File Expert is a powerful Wi-Fi enabled file manager that allows you to easily move files from a PC to a tablet through a convenient web interface. File Expert offers the following features:

  • All basic file operations: copy, paste, move, create and rename
  • Easy to use UI
  • FTP/HTTP Server allows you to manage files without a USB cable
  • Root access to system folders and files like Root Explorer (requires the File Expert Pro Key Plugin for $2.99)
  • Cloud storage (supports Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, SkyDrive, SugarSync)
  • SMB, FTP, SFTP, FTPS, WebDAV and Bluetooth OBEX support
  • Bluetooth support
  • NFC & WIFI Direct Support
  • WiFi Send
  • App Manager to uninstall/backup apps
  • Archive manager
  • View thumbnails, text files, and images
  • Search SD card
  • Stream media from SMB share
  • File picker
  • Theme support, so you can choose themes that you love
  • Built-in DLNA media server

Let's take a look at how to transfer files from a PC to your tablet with File Expert, as this is one of the app's most useful features.

Installation

Follow these steps to install File Expert:

  1. Open the Google Play Store on your tablet
  2. Search for "file expert" (no quotes)
  3. Tap the entry for File Expert
  4. Tap Install
  5. Tap Accept & download

NOTE: The biggest difference between the free and the paid version (File Expert Pro Key Plugin) is that the paid version acts as a root file manager, which allows you to explore beyond the SD card on your device. The free version is locked down to the SD memory.

Usage

Now that File Expert is installed, it's time to use it to transfer files from your desktop. The first task is to make sure the tablet and the desktop are on the same network. Once that is done, fire up File Expert and look for the My Tools tab (Figure A). Figure A

File Expert as used on a Verizon-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab.
From within that tab, tap the Web PC Suite icon. In the new window (Figure B), tap the Open Service bar at the bottom of the window. Figure B

If you tap Settings, you can change the port File Expert will listen on.
Once you tap the Open Service bar, you'll be given a web address and verification code that gives you access to the web interface. Open up your web browser, enter the address, and then (when prompted) enter the verification code. When you've successfully authenticated against the code, you'll land on the File Expert web interface (Figure C). Figure C

Here is the full-blown web-based interface for File Expert.

To transfer a file with the web interface, follow these steps:

  1. Click the File Expert icon
  2. In the new window (Figure D), navigate to the folder where you want the new file to be uploaded
  3. Figure D

    Navigate to the folder in File Expert.
  4. Click the up arrow in the toolbar
  5. Click the Add Files button in the new window
  6. Navigate to the file to be uploaded
  7. Click Open
  8. Once the file is uploaded, click Close
  9. Close the File Expert window

That's it. The file should now be located on the tablet.

If you're hard pressed to get a file from your PC to your Android tablet, and you want that method to be as simple as a quick install and a web-based interface, look no further than File Expert. Obviously, from looking at the web interface, there's also plenty more that can be done.

What file manager application(s) do you use? Share your experience and/or recommendations in the discussion thread below.

About

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website getjackd.net.

6 comments
ethan_white
ethan_white

thanks for such a nice discussion about android tablet and desktop.

paulf
paulf

Thanks guys for your input PaulF New Zealand.

paulf
paulf

I am not a geek but i try hard. Could you Jack tell me a simple way to move files such as Word, Exel etc etc from my desktop to the Galaxy three 'desktop'? Is it possible. I have been waiting for the new Microsoft mini tablet thinking of compatibility especially with Windows 8 systems now going into my business network. However i still have a hankering for Samsung partly because the ease of compatibility with my phones,T.V and the like.

mpatchak
mpatchak

I just started using AllSharePlay with my new Samsung GS3. It works wonderful. I can download any file from my desktop on wifi or through my 4g LTE network. In addition I can stream the videos or music right to my phone without any buffering issues.. Simply amazing and highly recommend it to any GS3 owners. If you are not an owner get rid of the old and step up to the GS3.

dfallurin
dfallurin

I haven't tried this app but another app does this. It's called Airdroid. And if I don't have any complain about Airdroid, why should I switch?

nomar.nunez
nomar.nunez

Interesting little app. Have you tried CaptureToCloud's Android app? It allows you to capture any Internet content while you're browsing either on your desktop or in the CaptureToCloud Android app AND you can also move files from your desktop by simple drag and drop actions. Once the items are in your CaptureToCloud account, you can access them from anywhere, including your Android device. You can choose to have any item downloaded to your Android device by a simple click while you're viewing it or leave it in the cloud. Very useful and it's free.