Android has an app named “ES File Explorer” that lets you connect to a Windows Homegroup shared folder, and upload or download files. You must have Wi-Fi in your home or office, so the Android can connect to the wireless network. The Android app connects to the shared folder. This process is useful if you lost your USB cable and cannot connect to the local desktop using a cable.
Click the “Computer” icon in the Windows “Start” menu. Right-click the folder or drive you want to use to share files with the Android device. Click “Add a network location.” A configuration window opens.
Click “Next” in the opened window that displays the computer’s IP location. Type a username and password for folder access and a name that displays in the list of networks on the Android. Click “Finish” to set up the sharing on Windows.
Tap the “Settings” button on your Android device. Tap the “Wireless and Networks” option. Tap “Wi-Fi Settings” and select a Wi-Fi hotspot name to connect. If a password is required, type the password and click “Connect” to connect to the network.
Tap the ES File Explorer icon on your Android’s home screen. Tap the “LAN” tab to create a new connection. Tap “New” to open a configuration window. Tap “Scan” to automatically scan the list of open networks.
Tap the network name you set up earlier on your Windows computer. Type the username and password to access the shared resource. The Android app returns to the main screen. Tap the “Local” tab to see a list of files on the Android.
Tap a file you want to transfer. Choose an activity from the list. For instance, tap “Copy” to copy the file to your Windows computer.
Beside ES File Explorer you can also use File Explorer HD or ASTRO File Explore.