Use Wi-Fi Direct To Send Files Between Smartphones

Nowadays, technology has become more and more sophisticated. After Infrared and Bluetooth, one of the most popular technology today is Wi-Fi Direct. Wi-Fi Direct has the same function with Infrared and Bluetooth, exchanging files within devices. According to Wikipedia, Wi-Fi Direct, initially called Wi-Fi P2P, is a Wi-Fi standard enabling devices to easily connect with each other without requiring a wireless access point.

The different between Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct is Wi-Fi Direct sends larger files more faster, communicate with more than one device simultaneously (even from different manufactures) at typical Wi-Fi speeds, and can reach a scope around 100 meter. Of course, in order to connect within devices, the devices (smartphone, PC, TV, etc) must support or have a Wi-Fi Direct feature. Not all smartphones have this type of technology. It is available from mid-class to high-end smartphones. For example, Samsung, Sony, etc.

I will tell you how to use this technology on your smartphones. In this article, the smartphone I use is Android.

1. Open Settings app from the notification panel or apps lists then turn on the Wi-Fi

2. On the top-right corner, touch Wi-Fi Direct

3. Scan for devices that their Wi-Fi Direct is enabled

4. Select the device you want to connect or you can select Multi-connect if you want to connect with more than one device

5. The device you want to connect have to accept the invitation within 30 seconds

After the invitation has been accepted, then your device is already connected to the other device. There will be a Wi-Fi Direct icon showed in the notification panel.

With Wi-Fi Direct, you can send larger files like music, videos, apps faster than using Bluetooth to other devices. Compare it with Bluetooth if you want to send 1 GB files to other device, for example. So, I highly recommend using Wi-Fi Direct to send files because it doesn’t take too much time compared to Bluetooth, only if the other devices have a Wi-Fi Direct feature.

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