How does it work?Wi-Fi Direct facilitates convenient file transfer through Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) protocol. It’s backward compatible and doesn’t require any additional hardware. The two devices that need to connect both act as access points.
How to use Wi-Fi Direct
Option 1 – when your device has stock Wi-Fi Direct software
- Depending on the make of your phone, the Wi-Fi Direct option might be found in different places. Be sure to check under Advanced Wi-Fi settings too.
- Once you select the Wifi Direct option, your phone will scan for other devices that have the Wifi Direct available. These will be displayed in a list so that you can easily choose what device you want to connect to.
- An invitation is sent to the device that you choose to connect to. If the connection request is accepted, the two devices will be able to share files between them.
Option 2: using third party apps
- SuperBeam – this is the most popular Wi-Fi Direct app that you can use. It’s currently installed on millions of Android devices. The free version of this app offers just what you need to realize top-speed file transfers. Using SuperBeam, you can transfer video, audio, picture and just about any other type of file. The app generates a QR Code that’s used to authenticate transfer between the two devices involved. SuperBeam can also use NFC (if available) to initiate a connection for fast data transfer between android devices.
- Wi-Fi Shoot – this is another useful app that uses Wi-Fi direct to transfer files between Android devices. It offers basic functionality and the Premium version doesn’t seem to make much of a difference. It’s not as feature-laden as SuperBeam is, but could be a good start if you just want to look around and get an idea of what you can achieve with Wi-Fi Direct.
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