Share files between Android and PC using Zapya

Zapya is a very flexible and powerful file sharing app. You can use it to transfer files between Android mobile phone and PC in different ways. No internet connection required. We will show you how to share files between a Android and Windows 10 computer using Zapya in this demo.

Go to download Zapya from this link on to both your mobile device and PC first.It is free of cost. You don’t even to sign up an account.

There are basically two steps to send files from phone to PC or the other way around. Firstly you have to connect them up via hotspot or Wi-Fi Direct. Then choose files on phone or PC, then send them to the other device wirelessly.

Method 1. Share files between mobile and PC via Windows hotpot

The easiest way is to create hotspot group on PC, join the group from mobile, then send files between them. Run Zapya on your PC, click Create Hotspot Group at the lower section of the Connect tab, you will then see a QR code and the hotspot name and password behind it.

Zapya for Windows – create hotspot

Run Zapya on your mobile, tap the Scan icon in the top right corner, point your phone camera toward the hotspot QR code in Zapya on PC, your phone and PC will be connected instantly. No need to select hotspot name or type in password. It is automatic.

Another way to connect your phone to PC is to touch the Transfer button at the bottom of the Zapya on the phone, then choose Join Group, tap your PC name to connect.

To send files from phone to PC, browse to different tabs in Zapya on mobile, App, Photo, Video, Audio, Files. Find and tap to select the files you want to share, then tap the Share button at the screen bottom to send them to your computer.

To upload files from computer to mobile, click Send File button in Zapya on your PC to select and send files from computer to phone. Or you can simply drag and drop files and even folder from Windows File Explorer to the Send File button to quickly send files to your phone.

Zapya to send files from PC to Android mobile phone

Method 2. Share files between Android and PC via mobile hotspot

You can also turn on Wi-Fi hotspot on the phone, then join the hotspot from PC to exchange files between them.

Run Zapya on Android phone, tap the Transfer button at the screen bottom, you will be taken to the screen where you can choose how to connect up your devices.

Zapya for Android – create group, join group, connect, etc.

Touch Create Group, Zapya will automatically turn on Hotspot on the mobile phone.

Go to run Zapya on your PC, click Join Group, then click the Connect button besides the mobile phone hotspot name, type in the password for the mobile hotspot when prompted, your phone and PC will be connected. You can then go to select files on PC or phone and send them to the other device via Zapya.

Zapya for windows PC connect Android mobile phone

This method however is a bit tricky as Google has changed user privilege settings on Android OS later than v7.1 or on some customized phone vendor OS. Thus Zapya may not be able to automatically turn on portable hotspot on our Android phones. As a result we may have to jump into the System Settings to manually enable hotspot for creating a connection. See this tutorial to activate WiFi hotspot on Xiaomi phone, just as an example.

Note that you only need to turn on Hotspot. No need to change other hotspot settings on the phone. Otherwise, you may run into connection errors.

Alternatively you can also try file sharing via WiFi direct below.

Method 3. Transfer files between Android and PC via WiFi Direct

If your phone is WiFi Direct ready, you can also take advantage of Wi-Fi Direct technology for file sharing. Wi-Fi Direct doesn’t require an internet connection or wireless router. It creates a Peer-to-Peer connection without using any Wi-Fi router and works almost like Bluetooth but with much faster data transfer rates. In fact, if both mobile devices support WiFi Direct, you can connect them up and exchange files without any third-party apps. Check out this tutorial to share files between mobile phones via Wi-Fi Direct.  

Zapya support direct transfer of files via this new technology. To transfer files between Android and PC via WiFi Direct using Zapya, go to the Settings in Android system and turn on Wi-Fi from the Wireless & networks section. It doesn’t matter if not Wi-Fi network is available. You don’t need to join any WiFi network. Now go to Zapya to create group. Zapya will turn on Wi-Fi Direct on your phone and make your device a portable virtual router that can be used to connect other mobile phones, computers.

On your Windows computer, open Zapya, click Join Group > Connect, input the password for the WiFi Direct group to connect.

Set the option to create group for file sharing on Android

Since Zapya support both hotspot and WiFi Direct connection and transfer, if you like to stick to one connection mode and transfer, you can go to set the option to create group on Android. This will make the setup of group faster on the phone and you don’t need to manually switch between them.

Zapya set the option to create group for file sharing on Android

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