Setup FTP server on Oculus Quest with CX File Explorer

Have you taken some screenshots or recorded videos on your Oculus Quest that you want to edit with your photo or video editor on computer? There are a few ways to do this. For example, you can connect Oculus Quest to a computer via USB cable, then copy files from the VR headset to PC; you can also sync the media files to the cloud. My personal preference is to share files between computer and Oculus Quest via FTP. In this article, we are going to talk about how Oculus Quest users can turn their VR headset into a FTP file server so other devices and computers can connect to the VR headset to upload or download files. Since the stock Files app on Oculus Quest doesn’t comes with the FTP support, we will use a third-party file manager called CX File Explorer to create FTP server on Meta Quest.

About CX File Explorer

Cx File Explorer is a free yet powerful file manager app for Android and Oculus Quest with clean and intuitive interface. We can use this file explorer to browse and manage the files on local storage, network devices and even cloud storage.

Create an FTP server on Oculus Quest

Launch the free file explorer app on your VR device, its Local tab opens automatically. Here you can quickly access the internal storage on your Oculus Quest, the Downloads folder, Apps on the device, and the Recycle bin.

Oculus Quest CX File Explorer manage local files, apps

Switch from the Local to the Network tab at the lower half section.

Oculus Quest CX File Explorer network devices and access

Then tap on Access from Network. Click to disable Random password, so you can get a fixed port number and permanent password before you start the FTP server. You will then be able to save the login information in your FTP client on computer without the need to manually type in them in the future.

Oculus Quest CX File Explorer set up ftp server

Hit Start Service button at the bottom to enable the FTP server. You will then get the FTP address (server IP and port number), username and password on Oculus Quest.

Oculus Quest CX File Explorer ftp server IP, username, password

You can use Finder on Mac or Windows File Explorer on PC to connect to the FTP server on Oculus Quest.

Connect to Oculus Quest FTP server from PC

Launch File Explorer on Windows 11 PC, type in the full Oculus FTP server address, which started with ftp://, ended with the port number, in the address bar, then press Enter on the keyboard to access. You’ll then be prompted to input the FTP username and its password. Make sure to enable the option to save the credentials in Windows File Explorer before you connect to the FTP server so you won’t be required to manually type in the FTP user and password in the future.

Connect to Oculus Quest FTP server from Mac

On Mac, click on the Finder in the Dock. Go to Finder menu > Go > Connect to Server…. Type the address of the server into the text box. Make sure to input he full FTP server address, started with ftp://, ended with the port number. Press Connect. When Mac asks you to connect either as Guest or Registered User, choose Registered User, then enter FTP username and password we have set in the Cx File Explorer app to access the FTP file server on Oculus Quest.

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