09
Jul
droidnas

There are few things that are more of a drag, in the mobile device world, than having to find where you left your micro USB cord to plug in your device just to copy a couple of files over to your computer. Most of the time wireless services like Dropbox help alleviate this need. For the times that those aren't enough, Droid NAS can turn your device into wireless storage. Provided you use a Mac or another Android device to access it. Once connected, your Android phone or tablet will show up as a Bonjour device.

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The app uses the SMB protocol which, unfortunately, Windows cannot connect to via a non-standard port. Linux users are similarly left out. However, if you own a Mac and have a need to access your Android's files via WiFi, or want to use your phone to access your tablet's files, this app will do the trick.

It's not the neatest solution we've seen, but the ability to integrate directly into Finder is a huge plus. The app is free on the Play Store, so get moving.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • Perry Ahern

    So, in theory, I could use this to add my GSII as external storage for my Nexus 7 (when it arrives, someday...Google ship it now!)? Excellent...

    • Evan Olfert

      Hmmmm. Wasn't going down the Nexus 7 road b/c storage limitations. I'll have to rethink that now.

    • Oleg Smirnov

      Yes, you can use BSPlayer and other apps that can access SMB shares.

  • http://twitter.com/wyattearp Wyatt Neal

    I feel like there used to be a 1 button widget that did this and had webdav, smb, afp, and http://ftp....but for the life of me I can't seem to find it.

  • http://www.williamint.com William Aleman

    AirDroid is not a NAS solution but it works quite well.

    • Simon Belmont

      Love AirDroid. I've been using it for a while now.

      SwiFTP works pretty well as a wireless network drive too. I've used that too.

      • http://twitter.com/PCSievers P.C. Sievers

        Yup, AirDroid is great and has a tonne of features beyond wireless transfer of files.

  • N

    This might not be the best place to ask, but does anyone know of an equivalent for iOS? I have an old iPod touch I never use, and I'd like to at least do something with it.

  • liveTexas

    My vote goes to ES File Manager.

  • sssgadget

    Is there password option ?

    • http://twitter.com/jwinstonsf jon

      My concern exactly. Gotta be careful with this app in public places.

      • Oleg Smirnov

        Recently added the password protection in version 1.1.

  • Adam

    This is stupid. Windows isn't supported? Only Apple? What happened to the Apple vs. Android war? What crap.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It's only unsupported due to technical limitations, nothing to do with any wars. Read the description.

      • Adam

        Nobody is forcing them to use SMB...

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Nobody is, but that's what they've decided to do. I've pinged the dev, maybe he can respond. I believe the biggest reason for their decision was the use of Bonjour ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonjour_%28software%29 ), but I don't know enough from the technical angle to comment.

    • Oleg Smirnov

      Windows can connect, for example, to ftp://192.168.0.2:2221 but can't connect to smb://192.168.0.2:2221. And you're right, this is very stupid. Mac, Linux and Android clients can easily connect to non-default port (Linux connection is not working yet).

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Droid NAS is different from other similar services because it uses Bonjour (
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonjour_(software) ) - that's why it lets devices natively show up on Mac OS as drives wirelessly.

  • http://www.imetzach.com/ Zachary Detton

    Actually, The SMB (or Samba) protocol was designed to allow Linux and Windows systems to connect to each other. With some work, both Lin and Win should be able to find and connect just fine.

  • Andre Bradshaw

    This is perfect for my wife as she is a Mac and Android user. Just downloaded to her Xoom. She is already playing around with it.

  • FrillArtist

    Wi-Fi Explorer is a very good comparable app. I've been using it for a long time now.

  • Langes01x

    This is old news. I've been using a Samba filesharing app on my tablet and phone for a while now to transfer files to and from my device. Also it works with windows unlike this app. Its interface might not be as nice but with an app like this you set it up once and after that you just have to turn it on and off. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.funkyfresh.samba

    • http://www.droidsector.com/ Jeff

      It's good, but your Android device must be rooted.

  • grellanl

    The Airport Base Station Agent might let you mount this in Windows too. If you already have Bonjour and the Airport Utility installed, might as well give it a try.

  • Andy Stevenson

    My iMac is asking for a username and password. I did not set up the limited users option and this do not know what creditials it is looking for and selecting the Guest option also doesn't work.

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