WiFi File Explorer allows you to ‘bulk’ upload and download files and directories between your Android device and computer, but some users don’t find it obvious how to do this or get easily confused by the prospect. I will try to explain as best I can how this can be achieved depending on the scenario.
Firstly, it needs to be understood that web browsers are limited to handling one file request at a time when it comes to downloading files. This is because of the obvious security reason that you don’t want some malicious website automatically saving loads of files to your computer without your permission, so you must authorize each one. Similarly, you can’t just select a whole directory to upload to a website because it could be massive with loads of sub directories – it’s just not supported by web browsers.
Downloading a Directory
To download a directory, just click on the ‘Download’ action in the directory’s row. It gets around the fact you can’t download multiple files at once by zipping the directory up so it appears as one file, and also provides the benefit of being compressed so the transfer is faster. Just unzip the file once it has downloaded to your computer and there is your directory – simple.
Downloading Multiple Files and/or Directories
Use the check boxes in each row to select the items you want to download and then simply click the ‘Download Selected’ button. Similar to downloading a directory, you will get a single ZIP file containing everything you wanted to download – just unzip it.
Uploading a Directory
Do the reverse of downloading a directory. Zip the directory on your computer and upload the resultant ZIP file. Then once it has uploaded, simply use the ‘Unzip’ action in the uploaded ZIP file’s row and you have your entire directory on your Android device (delete the ZIP file afterwards to free up space). Again, this is a good way to transfer large amounts of data as it is all nicely compressed.
Uploading Multiple Files and/or Directories
Firstly, if you haven’t done already, then make sure ‘Multi-select Upload’ is enabled in the application settings. This simply means you can use ctrl/shift clicking to select multiple files to upload, rather than having to build the list by selecting them individually (it also requires Flash to be enabled in your web browser). Now, simply select the files you want to upload, whether they be individual files or zipped up directories.
Uploading a Massively Huge Amount of Data
Just like uploading a directory, zip it all up on your computer, upload the ZIP file and unzip it once it has uploaded to the Android device. It’s the most efficient and quickest way to bulk transfer large amounts of data using WiFi File Explorer’s mechanisms.
So there you have it - all very easy really, once you know how. Now, it may appear a little fiddly compared with the usual copy/cut & paste that you are used to on your desktop computer, but then WiFi File Explorer is running on an Android device and using a web interface and so has to work inside those limitations. WiFi File Explorer is designed to be simple to use and the whole idea behind it is that it only requires a WiFi network and a web browser to work, with no additional software installed on the computer. It’s this simplicity that has led to its popularity and widespread use and I hope you find it useful for all your data transferring needs.