How to connect your Android 6.0 Marshmallow device to your PC over Wi-Fi

This Tutorial addresses:
  • Android
  • Connection
  • Devices
JamieKavanagh
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Despite being able to communicate fine with a USB cable and USB for file transfer, Android devices and computers cannot interact directly in any other way. That includes over Wi-Fi. Android and Linux, Windows or Mac need some kind of middleman to translate for them. So if you’re looking to connect your Android 6.0 Marshmallow device to your PC over Wi-Fi, it isn’t as straightforward as you might hope.

If you want to share files, you still have options.

Use cloud storage
With powerful syncing features built into Android, it makes sense to use them in sharing files. Google Drive is built into the OS but apps for other cloud storage solutions are also available. You can quickly share files between your phone and cloud storage and then access them on the PC and vice versa. It isn’t a direct connection but it is the next best thing.

Use an app
There are a number of apps that can interface between Android Marshmallow and your PC. Some are premium apps while others are free. Visit the Google Play Store and read reviews to get a feel for what’s out there and try them if you don’t think the cloud storage option is for you.

Otherwise, if your PC has Bluetooth, you could try a direct Bluetooth connection between them to share files. Bluetooth isn’t the fastest way to share, but it is wireless.

Connecting your Android device to a PC via the USB cable is by far the easiest way to share files between the two devices, but at least you have options if cables really aren’t for you!



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