iPhone Wi-Fi hotspot transfer using Zapya

Zapya is a free, wireless and cross-platform transfer app. It supports file transfer through Wi-Fi transfer and Wi-Fi hotspot. Normally when you select the files on the mobile and download them to your PC or Mac in the same Wi-fi network, the devices will be connected through your local network and share files through Wi-Fi, which is the default transfer mode. You can follow these steps to share files between iPhone and PC over wirelessly using Zapya for detailed instructions with screenshots. Sometimes a Wi-Fi network may not be available, slow or the communication between your local devices is not allowed, you can then switch to the Wi-Fi hotspot transfer mode in Zapya.

To transfer files and documents via Wi-Fi hotspot on mobile phone or computer using Zapya is very easy.

iPhone connect PC via Wi-Fi hotspot

Run Zapya companion on Windows computer, click Create Hotspot Group to setup the Wi-fi hotspot on your PC end, the Wi-Fi network name and password will be displayed.

Connect Zapya Wi-Fi hotspot on Windows PC

On your iPhone, go to Settings, connect to the Wi-Fi hotspot in Zapya for Windows. Sometimes you may find some random prefix added to the hotspot name to avoid duplicate names. Open the Zapya on iPhone, your iPhone and PC will be connected automatically.

iPhone connect Android via hotspot

Run Zapya app on the Android mobile phone, tap the Transfer (exchange) button at middle bottom, the Connect to Share screen opens like this.

Zapya for Android - connect other devices to share files settings

Tap Create Group to allow Zapya to enable Wi-Fi Direct or create mobile hotspot automatically. In the Connect to Share screen, you can tap Set WiFi options at the screen bottom to choose the WiFi Type which you like to use to create group, WiFi Direct or WiFi hotspot.

Zapya for Android - set option to create group

Note that the auto configuration of WiFi hotspot via Zapya may fail as Google has changed user privilege settings on Android OS later than 7 or on some customized phone vendor OS. If Zapya can’t enable WiFi hotspot automatically, you can manually enable hotspot from your system Settings.

Here are some step-by-step tutorials to create personal hotspot on various Android devices.

In rare cases, you can connect iPhone to another iOS device or Mac via hotspot in addition to the file transfer over AirDrop. This is necessary when your device is very old and not built in with the AirDrop.

To connect iPhone to Android phone via hotspot, Go to iPhone Settings, connect to the Android personal hotspot or mobile hotspot. Open the Zapya for iOS on iPhone, your iPhone and Android will be connected automatically and you are ready to pick up files on Android or iPhone to share with the other.

Does Zipya use my Mobile Data for file transfer?

No. Zapya does not require nor depend on WiFi-based Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN). Users can share files without mobile data service nor SIM card. Zapya uses direct wireless connection between devices and thus incurs no mobile data traffic during file transfer. If you choose to share files via Wi-Fi, the files will be copied over in your local network without uploading to a middle server; if you follow above instructions to send files through Wi-Fi hotspot, the files will be shared peer-to-peer directly. You don’t have to turn on Mobile Data on the phone before you can enable personal hotspot on Android phone. Make sure to disable Airplane mode though. Otherwise, you can’t activate mobile hotspot on the phone.

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