iPhone FTP server & transfer

FTP is usually used to transfer files between a computer and remote server. Web masters use FTP clients on their computer to connect to web servers to publish website stuff, upload and download files. You can also configure your computer as a FTP server and use other devices or clients to connect to your computer FTP server. Today, even smartphones borrowed this idea. Xiaomi is a good example, we can find the FTP transfer feature in its stock file manager app.

In this article, we will demonstrate how to setup FTP server on iPhone and transfer files between iPhone and computer, iPhone and Android using FE File Explorer Pro. Note that this file explorer comes with both free and paid editions. FTP transfer or Wi-Fi transfer feature is only available with the Pro edition.

Part 1. Setup FTP server on iPhone

Connect your iPhone to WiFi. Get the file explorer app for iOS on to your iPhone. Launch the iPhone file explorer app, tap Local from its home screen, you can then find a Wi-Fi signal icon at the bottom, touch the Wi-Fi button to start FTP server. Your FTP server IP address and FTP port will be provided. See below screenshot.

start ftp server on iphone using fileexplorer

Note that the FTP server IP address is actually your iPhone IP address. You can find it from the File Explorer app on iPhone as shown above.

Part 2. Transfer files between iPhone and computer via FTP

Now you have configured your iPhone as the FTP server. You need a FTP client on your computer to access the iPhone FTP server for file transfer between them. You can use FTP clients, such as FileZilla, CuteFTP, FlashFXP, to connect your iPhone. The recent Windows OS also provides the native support to FTP connection in the stock File Explorer. To connect the FTP server on iPhone from Windows PC, run the File Explorer, type ftp://youriphoneIP:2121 in the address bar and press Enter on your keyboard to access the FTP server on iPhone.

You can then copy files from Windows computer to iPhone or vice versa using the File Explorer for Windows, just like you copy files between different hard drives on your local machine.

Mac users can connect to FTP server from Finder without the need for any extra software. Finder on Mac has the Connect to Server feature allowing users to connect to FTP severs directly.

Part 3. Transfer files between iPhone and Android via FTP

Is it possible to connect iPhone and Android via FTP? Some Android phones have the built-in FTP connection support. Notably the Samsung galaxy phones.

If your mobile phone does not support FTP natively, you need to download a third-party FTP client app from Google Play Store. ES file explorer is a good one you may consider. It is powerful and easy-to-use. Best of all, it is free. Run ES on your Android, open its side menu, choose Network >> FTP >> New >> ftp to start create the connection to your iPhone FTP server. Server or FTP Host Server is your iPhone IP address or iPhone FTP server address, Port is 2121 by default, Mode is Passive by default, connection type is Anonymous, press OK to finish. After that you can copy files from iPhone to Android or Android to iPhone using ES file explorer for Android.

4 thoughts on “iPhone FTP server & transfer”

    1. are you using its free version? this file explorer app comes with both free and paid editions. this wifi transfer feature is only available with its pro edition.

  1. There is a problem in my case : the FTP access is only in read-only mode, so I could not send files to the iPad.

  2. Andrea Haresign

    “are you using its free version? this file explorer app comes with both free and paid editions. this wifi transfer feature is only available with its pro edition.” So in other words .. not really free at all?

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