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Einleitung

This guide will demonstrate how a Windows 10 PC and iOS device can use built in features to transfer files wirelessly. Some background requirements are:

  • Windows 10 PC
  • Password protected user account
  • iOS device with “Files” App
  • Wireless Local Area Network with both devices connected

Limitations: IPv4 addresses can change dynamically. For desktop PC this solution will work longer after a “static IPv4 address” is configured. Static IP address should not be used for portable devices (laptops). This guide only reviews Local Area Network sharing and it not intended to replace any “Cloud” based alternatives.

Please be advised sharing folders improperly is a security risk. Access should be restricted to password protected accounts at all times.

  1. Boot Windows 10 and login with a password protected account. Open File Explorer Pick which drive will host the DROP folder and navigate to the root directory Root directory  is the first or top-most directory in a hierarchy of folders.
    • Boot Windows 10 and login with a password protected account. Open File Explorer

    • Pick which drive will host the DROP folder and navigate to the root directory

    • Root directory is the first or top-most directory in a hierarchy of folders.

    • Create a new folder in this directory called DROP

    • In this example we are using the default C: drive to host a DROP folder

  2. Right click on the DROP folder and select Properties to open the dialog box. Select the "Sharing" tab to view Network File and Folder Sharing Click the "Share..." button to open a network access dialog box. Here we can edit who will have access to this folder. Default option is for the current user to access only. Be advised changing this field is a potential security risk.
    • Right click on the DROP folder and select Properties to open the dialog box. Select the "Sharing" tab to view Network File and Folder Sharing

    • Click the "Share..." button to open a network access dialog box. Here we can edit who will have access to this folder.

    • Default option is for the current user to access only. Be advised changing this field is a potential security risk.

    • In this example we will leave the default option of TEST user which is a password protected account

    • Click the "Share" button below to complete Network access. Click the "Done" button and close the Properties dialog box.

  3. From the Windows 10 desktop open a command prompt Command prompt can be opened by holding the "Windows Key" and "R". Type in "CMD" in the dialog box and hit the "Enter" key to start a command prompt
    • From the Windows 10 desktop open a command prompt

    • Command prompt can be opened by holding the "Windows Key" and "R". Type in "CMD" in the dialog box and hit the "Enter" key to start a command prompt

    • Type "IPCONFIG" and hit the "Enter" key

    • Look for the IPv4 address and record for later use

    • In this example the IPv4 address is 10.0.0.95

  4. Unlock iOS device and open the "Files" App "Files" app can be downloaded from the App Store Access more options by touching the small blue icon in top right corner
    • Unlock iOS device and open the "Files" App

    • "Files" app can be downloaded from the App Store

    • Access more options by touching the small blue icon in top right corner

    • Touch "Connect to Server"

    • Enter the IPv4 address recorded from Step 3 and touch the "Connect" button

    • On the final screen, keep "Registered User" checked. Enter the username and password for the Windows 10 account

    • Touch "Next" to finish

    • For this example the address is 10.0.0.95. The User account name is "TEST" and password was entered to continue

  5. There is now a ""DROP"" folder available for file storage. Files can be easily transferred to this folder by using the share options within iOS apps. After choosing to share a file, scroll to the bottom and touch "Save to Files" Select the ""DROP"" folder and touch "Save" to upload the file
    • There is now a ""DROP"" folder available for file storage. Files can be easily transferred to this folder by using the share options within iOS apps.

    • After choosing to share a file, scroll to the bottom and touch "Save to Files"

    • Select the ""DROP"" folder and touch "Save" to upload the file

    • In this example a photo is transferred using the share options directly to the ""DROP"" folder

  6. Success! Shared file(s) are now copied directly to a folder on the Windows 10 PC.
    • Success! Shared file(s) are now copied directly to a folder on the Windows 10 PC.

Abschluss

This is no replacement to the flexibility of AirDrop however this is a great option for those who would rather not upload everything to the “Cloud”. Thanks for giving it a try :)

Jeff

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Hey! This works!!! Great solution for the PC users.

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