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How to set up and connect Android to your home Wi-Fi network


What does it give? To view photos and videos from the hard drive, it makes no sense to sit down at a computer: just turn on and connect the phone to the computer via WiFi. You can:

  1. view photos and videos while away from the computer,
  2. easily dump files onto it, such as fresh photos,
  3. Download files from the hard drive to the memory card of your phone or tablet.

Using a local network is just convenient, but you only need a router for this.

Therefore, before proceeding with the settings, make sure that your local (home) computer and smartphone or tablet are connected to the Internet through one router. If this condition is met, then it becomes possible to connect to the computer via WiFi. Let's get started.

First steps: setting up a local area network in Windows

This feature works the same in recent Windows.

  • The desired tab is “Computer Name” with the line “Workgroup”. If there is only one PC, then you do not need to change anything here. If two or more, make sure that the name of the workgroup is the same on all machines. Use the desired name, but only in English letters.

  • In the lower left corner of the screen, click on the icon that displays the network connection. Launch the "Control Center ...". :

  1. automatic tuning
  2. network discovery
  3. file and printer sharing.
  • Open "Advanced Settings" -> "All Networks" and turn off sharing with password protection.

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This article is about how to connect your Android phone or tablet to a Windows local network. Even if you do not have any local area network, and there is only one computer at home (but is connected to a router), this article will still be useful.

By connecting to the local network, you can have access to the Windows network folders on your Android device. That is, for example, in order to watch a movie, it will not necessarily be thrown off to the phone (it can be played directly from the network), and the transfer of files between a computer and a mobile device is also facilitated.

Connecting a mobile device to a LAN

  • Now turn on your Android tablet or phone. In order to view the local network from this device, you must connect it to the LAN network. In fact, you need to connect Android to your computer via WiFi.

To do this, you need to configure WiFi on Android - connect the mobile device to your home Wi-Fi, and install a functional file manager with the ability to connect to network folders. ES Explorer, a free application with many useful options, meets these requirements.

  • Now return to your home computer. To make the folder visible in the local grid, set access to the network folder.
  1. Go to the folder properties.
  2. Run “Properties” -> “Access” -> “Advanced Settings”. Set the checkbox in the "Sharing" field.
  3. Go to Permissions.
  4. Choose whether you can change the folder from the Android device or open it only for viewing (reading).
  5. Go to "Security" -> "Change" -> "Add".
  6. Please enter a username or group name. It should look like Everything. Add and save.
  7. Specify permissions as in the fourth step, save and reboot the machine.
  • The folder is now accessible to other devices and displayed in the home grid. Return to your mobile gadget and ES Explorer: all you have to do is connect Android to your home LAN.

Before connecting

Note: the guide is applicable when both your Android device and computer are connected to the same Wi-Fi router.

First of all, you need to configure a local network on the computer (even if there is only one computer) and provide network access to the necessary folders, for example, with video and music. About how to do this, I wrote in detail in a previous article: How to configure a local area network LAN in Windows.

In the further instructions, I will proceed from the fact that everything described in the above article has already been completed.

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In my example, to connect to the local network with Android, I will use the free file manager ES Explorer (ES Explorer). In my opinion, this is the best file manager on Android and, among other things, it has everything you need in order to access network folders (and not only that, for example, you can connect to all popular cloud services, including and with different accounts).

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After installation, launch the application and go to the network connection tab (your device must be connected via Wi-Fi through the same router as a computer with a configured local network), the transition between the tabs is easily done using a swipe (finger gesture with one side of the screen to the other).

Next, you have two options:

    Press the Scan button, then there will be an automatic search for computers on the network (if the desired computer is found, you can immediately interrupt the search, otherwise it may take a long time). After connecting, you will immediately get access to all network folders to which such access is allowed and you can perform the necessary actions with them, for example, as already mentioned, play videos, music, watch photos or something else at your discretion.

As you can see, connecting Android devices to a regular Windows local area network is not at all a difficult task.

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09/26/2018 at 12:16

Hello! When connecting via LAN to the PC, it is impossible to go into some folders, it writes to me: STATUS_ACCESS_DENIED (3221225506): Could not connect to . Folders drive C, D and ADMIN

09/26/2018 at 13:38

I have only a hunch: On Windows 10 (if you suddenly have it), you must have administrator privileges to fully root C drive. Perhaps, when connecting, full access is requested, and since the administrator is not connecting, the corresponding message.

11/25/2018 at 00:03

These, like a carbon copy of articles on the internet, that footcloths in stock.
So I don’t really need with android (Z28 Pro set-top box without root, with usb HDD connected) in a local area network via wi-fi to see / enter / transfer files to folders on windows (laptop), I need ALL this, but only on the contrary - the contents of the folders on the HDD connected to the TV set-top box I need to see From the laptop. I was tortured to look for suitable software!

12/02/2018 at 18:32

Another fiction. Does not work. Folder shows, but does not open. Put permissions in general for all full.

12/06/2018 at 21:07

Thanks, it turned out to connect to the configured home grid right away with both the tablet and the TV box.

12/15/2018 at 10:18

Everything works well. It is only necessary to keep the media files in the appropriate libraries of the PC, or change the location of the libraries in the directory with the media files.

02/22/2019 at 11:15

Tell me how to configure download from android to a folder located on the local network? There is a local file storage on raspberry pi, and it is not always advisable to do extra. movement, if in the hands of smart.

02/22/2019 at 11:34

I'm afraid I don’t know how to do this for any downloads at all. But: google prompts that, for example, some android torrent clients (such as atorrent and ttorrent are indicated) allow you to upload them to network folders right away. From here I assume that some browsers may have such simple abilities.

06/04/2019 at 22:00

Installing a home network on a computer is a very muddy affair. Over the years, he returned from curiosity to this topic. Almost never managed to create a home network with all of their devices.

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Before you connect Android to your home Wi-Fi network, you need to do a little setup on the computers that you want to access from your tablet. This procedure is not mandatory, but still, to fully guarantee the operability of this method, we recommend that you do it.

Create a new user

The recommendation is that a user password must be set on your computer so that you can access your PC from an Android device. If the password is not set on the account, then there are several ways to solve this problem:

  1. Install it on your account, and then you will need to enter it each time you turn on the PC.
  2. Create a new account with a password, grant it rights and leave (you can forget about it), continuing to use your existing one without a password.

This is done because when you log in with Android, you will need to fill in the required column with a password, and if it is not, then in some cases it may not work out on the PC.

In our example, we will create a new user. This is done as follows:

  1. Go to the following steps: Start> Control Panel> Add or Remove Accounts.
  2. Create a user with a name and password: access rights can be set to “Normal”, and not to “Administrator”.

Sharing files

If you used to use a network between computers, then you probably already shared the necessary folders or disks. If not, then we will show how to do it. You can share not only folders, but also entire disks - you choose.

  • Right-click on the folder or drive to which you want to grant access for other devices.
  • Select "Properties."

  • Next, open the "Access" tab.

  • Click on the “Advanced Settings” button.

  • Check the box next to "Share this ...".
  • Click on the “Permissions” button.

  • If you use a computer on your home network, you can leave the type of users “All” and simply check “Allow” at the bottom opposite the necessary operations on your files. If you often use a PC on public networks, then click “Add”, select the account you just created and give it the “Allow” rights opposite “Full Access”.

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Download and install the ES-Explorer application on your tablet or smartphone. Then follow these connection steps:

  • Launch Explorer.
  • Swipe right.
  • Tap on the "Network".

  • Next, go to the line "Lan".

  • In a blank window, create a new connection.

  • Fill in the required fields (described in more detail below).
  1. Domain: you can leave it blank.
  2. Address: in this field you need to write the IP address of your PC. You can recognize it on the computer by going to the console (how to open the console is shown in the screenshot), in the console, enter the ipconfig command and press Enter. The required line with the address is the IPv4 address.
  3. Login: in this field you need to write the name of the account that you created.
  4. Password: write the password for the account whose login you wrote above.
  5. Name: can be left blank.
  6. Click OK.

After these steps, you should see folders and disks from the computer to which you shared.

As you can see, the first setup may take some time, but there is nothing complicated in these actions. We hope that our article was useful to you.

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1. Connect to Wi-Fi on Android

All devices on the Android mobile operating system support connection to Wi-Fi networks, it is available through the settings dialog box. You can select and establish a connection to the network, configure the network in a variety of ways.

Note: This article describes the version of Android 7.0. Other Android versions may vary.

2. Find the SSID network name and password

Before connecting to Wi-Fi, you need to find out the name of the network (SSID) to which you are going to connect, and the password to access it, if any. If you are connecting to a home network, this data can be found at the bottom of the router.

If this is not your home network, you need to ask the administrator for the SSID and password.

3. Scan for Wi-Fi

Open your Wi-Fi settings using one of the following methods.

  • Swipe down from the upper right of the screen to display the basic settings menu, press the down arrow to access additional settings. Click on the Wi-Fi network icon
  • Click on the gear-shaped icon on the home page, select Wi-Fi in the Wireless Networks section.
  • Any of these two methods launches the Wi-Fi settings dialog box. This dialog box may also be called a WLAN.

Turn on Wi-Fi if it was turned off using the switch on the right. After that, the device will automatically search for available Wi-Fi networks and show a list of found ones.

4. Network connection

Select the network you need from the list.

Note: if there is a key on the icon, a password is required to access this network. If you know the password, it is better to use such networks. Unprotected networks, such as networks in stores, hotels and other public places, do not have a key icon. If you use such networks, the connection may be hacked, so try not to perform confidential tasks, such as entering a bank account, etc.

The estimated signal strength is also shown. The darker the color of the icon, the stronger the signal.

Click on the name of the desired network.

  • If you have not connected to this network before, a dialog box appears for entering a password, then click the "Connect" button.
  • If you have previously connected to this network, a dialog box appears with the options “Forget”, “Cancel” or “Connect”. If you select Forget, Android will delete the login information from the previous session.

If you enter the password correctly, the dialog box closes and the selected SSID displays the message “Obtaining an IP address” and then “Connected”.

After that, a small Wi-Fi icon will appear in the status bar in the upper right corner of the screen.

5. Connection with WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup)

WPS allows you to connect to a secure network without having to enter a network name and password. This very unreliable connection method is primarily intended to establish a connection between two devices directly, such as connecting a network printer to an Android device.

To configure WPS:

1. Configure the router with WPS

Your router must be configured to work with WPS, usually for this there is a button on it. Apple AirPort base stations can be configured using the AirPort utility on your computer.

2. Configure your Android device to work with WPS

Android devices can connect using the WPS Push or WPS PIN methods, depending on the requirements of the router. The PIN method requires an 8-digit password to connect two devices. The Push method requires pressing a button on the router when trying to connect. This is a safer option, but you should be near the router.

Warning: some security experts recommend completely disabling WPS on the router or at least using the Push method.

  • Open the Wi-Fi settings page
  • In the upper right corner, click on the button with three dots and select "Advanced Features"
  • Select “WPS Button” or “Enter WPS Pin Code”, depending on your router settings.

6. Check your Wi-Fi connection

When the device has an open Wi-Fi connection, you can see information about it, including signal strength, data transfer rate, at what frequency the connection is established and the type of security. To view information:

1. Open the Wi-Fi settings

2. Click on your network and you will see a dialog box with information.

7. Set up network notifications

To get information about when the device is within range of the network, enable network notifications in the Wi-Fi settings.

1. Open the Wi-Fi settings.

2. Click on the gear icon, use the "Network notification" switch

If Wi-Fi is turned on, even if there is no network, you will receive notifications every time the device detects a signal from an available open network.

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