Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/191378/how-to-access-shared-windows-folders-on-android-ipad-and-iphone/
Share a folder with Windows’ built-in sharing options and you can access it on an Android device, iPad, or iPhone. This is a convenient way to stream videos from your PC or access other files wirelessly.
Interesting article. Always like learning about new sharing techniques. Can I ask about the Windows phone? Am I correct in saying you can access shared WINDOWS folders on iOS and android but NOT a WINDOWs phone?
Windows CE, later Windows Mobile, has always had the ability to access SMB shared on Windows networks. That was built in from the beginning.
I'm not sure if the underlying protocol is supported natively in the Windows Phone OS, but I can't imagine a reason for Microsoft to remove it.
According to Google:
Also, you can apparently go the other way, too:
I have been using ES File Explorer on my Driod Razr for a long time and it is one of, if not, the best file folder applications for Android. I recommend it for everyone.
Instead of tethering to my computer, I use ES File Explorer to move data to and from my main system via the WIFI. There are a number of features that should not be over looked in this app.
Very cool notion. Thanks.
The Android app you cited works better than expected!
The iOS app though... Free version seems to almost immediately go into "buy pro or go home" mode.
yeah, File Explorer on iOS definitely has a bad case of the Freemiums. (Everything you try to do, it's all "PAY ME THE MONEYS!".)
Personally, I've never had great luck with any programs accessing SMB shares on my Windows PC's. If I want to get a file from my PC over the air, I usually use DropBox.
I'm a Windows Phone user and I must say that it is so sad that there isn't an app that does this. ES is great on Android I have a HTC Thunderbolt that I use as a LAN device around the house (no longer on a mobile network) and ES is great for access to media, transfers and even file management. Windows Phone just got its first official file manager from Microsoft (enough users bitching got through for once) but there aren't any LAN options or FTP printing it is missing alot of utility that Android has. Don't get me wrong I actually love my Windows Phone but if they would push it to incorporate these missing features it would just be even better than it is. In business your competition shouldn't be able to one up you in features especially if you are a giant who is last in the marketplace.
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