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How To Send/Receive Files Via WiFi Hotspot On Android

WiFi Hotspot is a WiFi adapter with which you can share your android phone’s internet connection with other smartphones, tablets or even laptop computers. WiFi hotspot feature is present in android since it came into existence and is sometimes known as Mi-Fi. Till now you may thinking that WiFi Hotspot is a good way to share your android phone’s internet connection with other devices, but with WiFi hotspot you can send and receive any kind of file to and from other android devices at blazing fast speeds. Well till now you may be using Bluetooth to share files but let me tell you Bluetooth is the slowest way of sharing files and it takes longer to share large files. NFC is other way but its of no use unless both devices have it. But with WiFi Hotspot file sharing you can share even larger files upto 500MB within few minutes, that’s a lot of time saving.

Well android doesn’t have built in support to share files via WiFi Hotspot. There is an app ‘SuperBeam’ in playstore with which you can do the above mentioned trick. Superbeam app can be installed on any android phone having WiFi Hotspot functionally from android 2.3 to android 5.0 Lollipop. And that is not all with Superbeam app you can also share any file with your laptop computers. So you can see that the Superbeam app is a fast way to share files on android devices. In this tutorial I am going to teach you how you can use this app to use your phone’s WiFi Hotspot to send and receive any file at blazing fast speeds.

Download Superbeam

Note: The free version of this app only allows three files to be shared if you are using the the reciever’s web browser to receive files. But there is a solution to this problem that make a zip file of all the files that you want to share and then send it. Hence this limitation is removed. To create zip files on android you can use androzip.

How To Send/Receive Files Via WiFi Hotspot On Android

  • Download and install Superbeam  app from the above link.
  • Open it and keep tapping next unless you see the options panel giving options for ‘Send’ and ‘Receive’.
  • In ‘Send’ option you can see ‘Files and Folders’, ‘Audio and Music’, ‘Photos’ and ‘Videos’.
  • Tap sharing option choose you files and tap the sharing button which is like and arrow head on top right.
  • After tapping the button the app will automatically enable WiFi Hotspot or WiFi Direct and finally a QR code will appear on the sender’s android phone.
  • The QR code should be scanned on  receiver’s phone by going in to app ‘Receive>Scan QR code’.
  • The file transfer will automatically begin after scanning the QR code.
  • The received file will be saved in “Internal storage>Superbeam”.
  • Tap ‘Progress’ tab to see the file transfer rate and ETA.

wifi hotspot file sharing

Download Files Via Browser From Sender’s Phone

  • This trick can be applied on any device which have WiFi and a web browser. Follow the steps below.
  • First of all share the files and go to the step where a QR code appears as I told you above.
  • Now Tap ‘Other Devices’.
  • Connect the other devices to sender’s WiFi Hotspot via WiFi. This WiFi network has a name ‘Superbeam’ and is without password.
  • On sender’s phone go to android ‘Tethering and Hotspot’ settings and change the network security to ‘WPA/WPA2 PSK’ and enter a password.
  • Now connect any device to this hotpsot.
  • Now open the browser and type this address “” and hit enter.
  • The shared files will be shown here. Click or tap any file to download it.

Now you have successfully learnt how to share files via WiFi Hotspot at high speeds. Please do note that two android phones having WiFi Direct will get even better speeds than hotspots. Let me know if you face any problem.

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  1. I have a question. If you use hotspot to transfer files. Can I lose my data plan?

    1. This has nothing to do with your phone's data plan.