Samsung Galaxy S5: How to Transfer Files Using Wi-Fi Direct in Android 4.4.2 Kitkat

Wi-Fi direct is a connectivity feature available in the Samsung Galaxy S5(it's my favourite one). This feature lets you transfer files to another Wi-Fi direct enabled devices that are connected in the same Wi-Fi network. By using this feature you can transfer multiple files at once at a speed up to 250Mbps, lets you transferring large file or multimedia content with ease and fast.


How to enable or disable Wi-Fi Direct?
Before transferring files using Wi-Fi direct with your Samsung Galaxy S5, you have to enable it first by using the following steps:
  1. On any screen, swipe down the top of the screen to open up the notification panel.
  2. Tap to go to the settings menu.
  3. With the settings menu is displayed in grid view, scroll down to the Network connections section and then tap Wi-Fi .
  4. When Wi-Fi is off, slide the ON/OFF switch to the right to turn it on.
  5. Tap the required network you want to connect to. If the network is secured, enter the password and then tap Connect button.
  6. Now, long tap the Recent apps key or tap to open up the additional options and then select Wi-Fi Direct. The device will scan all available Wi-Fi direct enabled devices automatically.
  7. Tap the required device you want to connect to. If the selected device accepting your request to connect, then your phone will be connected to the selected devices.
  8. Wi-Fi direct is now enabled and you'll see the Wi-Fi direct icon is displayed on the status bar which means you're now ready to use Wi-Fi direct to transfer files with the connected devices.
  9. To disable Wi-Fi direct, tap End connection button and then tap OK button.

How to transfer files using Wi-Fi Direct?
Once the Wi-Fi direct is enabled, now you can use it to transfer files. As the example, we'll try to transfer photos via Gallery app and My Files app using Wi-Fi direct from the Samsung Galaxy S5 to the Samsung Galaxy S4 that have connected in the same Wi-Fi network.


Method #1: From Gallery app
  1. Open Gallery app.
  2. Tap an album.
  3. Tap and then select Select.
  4. Select the desired photos you want to share with.
  5. Tap and then select Wi-Fi Direct .
  6. Select the device you want to share with and then tap Done button.
  7. The selected photos will be sent.


Method #2: From the My Files app
  1. Open My Files
  2. Tap Images.
  3. Tap and then select Select.
  4. Select the desired photos you want to share with.
  5. Tap and then select Wi-Fi Direct .
  6. Select the device you want to share with and then tap Done button.
  7. The selected files will be sent.

As a note, since the Wi-Fi direct needs quite a lot of power to run, then it'd better if you turn this feature off once you have finished transferring files so that your battery won't be drained quickly.

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