Wi-Fi Direct is, in addition to being easy, a practical way to transfer data and files since it allows connecting devices of different generations and operating systems, such as Windows and Android. Wi-Fi Direct is not compatible with iOS, but with the help of the Feem app you will also be able to connect your iPhone to your PC and transfer files.
Check if you have Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-Fi Direct does not require a wireless router or telephone network to function, which allows it to be used even when offline. Furthermore, it is safe, as you will not be using the Internet from a public hotspot or coffee shop to transfer data. The technology is compatible with Windows and devices that have Android 4.0 or higher, that is, most phones with the Google operating system.
To check if you have Wi-Fi Direct open the ‘Command line’ by typing cmd in the search bar and then ‘Enter’. Write ipconfig / all and press ‘Enter’. Scroll until you see ‘Wireless LAN adapter Local Area’ and, in that area, find the option ‘Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter’ to ensure you have the necessary technology.
Although there is no need for specific hardware to use Wi-Fi Direct, some software is required. For this tutorial we chose one of the best known, Feem. Download the PC program from feem.io and install it. It is normal to receive a Microsoft Defender SmartScreen warning indicating that it prevented the program from being opened, click on ‘More info’ and then on the ‘Run anyway’ button, since Feem is safe. Then download the app on Android through the Google Play Store or through the link bit.ly/3kJMOhd and install it.
Transfer files between Windows and Android
On the PC, click on the ‘Turn on Wi-Fi Direct’ slider: Feem will create a wireless hotspot to which other devices can connect. The network name is visible in the sidebar and a password pop-up appears. In our case, the network has the name Intelligent Tuna – this name is randomly generated by the program.
Now, switch to your smartphone and open Android ‘Settings’, click on ‘Network and Internet’, ‘Wi-Fi’ and the network created on the computer. After choosing the network, you will be asked to enter the password; just click on ‘Connect’ and the phone and PC are in the same hotspot. Open Feem, which will ask you to give authorization for storage and location (accepted) and click on the ‘Turn on Wi-Fi Direct’ slider just as you did on the PC.
To send a file from Android to Windows, go to the Google Files app, if you don’t have the application you can download it from the Play Store or through the link bit.ly/30QVZVe and select the file you want to download. Click on the share symbol and then on the Feem logo to be redirected to the program’s app and send the file.
If you want to send a file from the PC to the smartphone, then you have to go to the computer application, click on the device in the sidebar and then on the ‘Send File’ button. Windows ‘File Explorer’ will open to choose what you want to send and then just have to do ‘Open’ to appear on your Android phone.
Transfer files between Windows and iOS
Apple has its own wireless file transfer technology, AirDrop, which allows data to be exchanged between apple-branded devices using iOS, iPadOS and macOS. However, you can use Feem to transfer documents, images and more between a Windows PC and your iPhone or iPad.
Install Feem on the computer as previously explained and then the Feem app for iOS through the App Store (apple.co/3ajuXJo). Make sure your phone or tablet is connected to the same wireless network as your computer and that the two apps – the PC and the iPhone – are “seeing” each other. Click on ‘Send File’ in any of them to choose the file and send it.