Setup FTP server on Xiaomi or Redmi phones

The File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a standard communication protocol used for file transfer between a server and a client through Internet. Xiaomi and Redmi phones have integrated the FTP server in MIUI for easy file sharing. You don’t have to download any third-party apps to turn your Mi phone into an FTP server or connect to an FTP server from your Mi phone. In this article, we will walk you through the quick steps to setup FTP server in the File Manager app on Xiaomi, Redmi mobile.

Open the stock File Manager app on Xiaomi phone. We are using File Manager app version V1-210553, which seems to be the latest version as of Sep 2022, in this demo.

Its categories tab opens automatically. Here you can see Images, Videos, Docs, Music, APKs, Downloads, Archives and recent files on the phone.

Tap on the Menu button (three horizontal lines icon) at the upper left corner. Select FTP from this side menu.

xiaomi phone file manager side menu

Press the Start button to enable the FTP server.

xiaomi phone file manager start, configure FTP server

You will be asked to choose Connection type between Portable (not secure) and Password-protected.

xiaomi phone file manager ftp server connection type

Tap on Settings to access additional settings if like. For example, you can set a fixed port number other than random port, set up a username and a password instead of anonymous access, enable the Keep display awake to prevent service interruption in case of mid / long sessions, etc.

xiaomi phone file manager ftp server configure more settings

Once started, the FTP server IP or host address and port displays on your phone screen. You will need these information along with FTP username/password if applicable in order to connect the FTP server from other devices, phones or computers.

xiaomi phone file manager ftp server ip address, port

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