WiFi Shoot: Sharing files over Wi-Fi Direct

by: Alvin YbañezAugust 21, 2012

As the capabilities of Android devices have improved, so did the speed of transferring files from one device to another. Gone are the days that you have to steadily hold two phones near each other and wait until your files are sent via infrared. One of the new ways of sharing files faster is via Wi-Fi Direct.

Wi-Fi Direct is a feature that allows two Wi-Fi-capable devices to connect without the need to go through a wireless access point, which allows the phone to transfer files much faster. In layperson’s terms, Wi-Fi Direct is like directly connecting two devices together without the need for a wireless router or an access point. Using this mechanism, the app WiFi Shoot! [Beta] utilizes your Android devices’ Wi-Fi Direct to instantly share your picture and video files.

To be able to use this app, you must have an Android device capable of Wi-Fi Direct. Launching the app will prompt you to enable Wi-Fi Direct. You can enable that feature by heading over to Settings and tap “More Settings” under Wireless and Network. From there, locate Wi-Fi Direct and enable it. The recipient should also have the same app and Wi-Fi Direct capability in order to receive your files.

Once you’re all set, you can instantly share your files using the app. Head over to the image or video, press the Share button, and choose the WiFi Shoot app from the list. WiFi Shoot will then search for nearby devices with Wi-Fi Direct enabled. Make sure the receiving device also has the same app installed and Wi-Fi Direct enabled. Tap an Android device from the list to connect the two devices. A pop-up message will appear from the receiving phone, inviting it to pair the two devices. Once detected and the two devices are paired, the sender’s device will display a big button with a “SHOOT” label. Tap on the button and the app will send the file via Wi-Fi Direct. A progress bar will also be displayed on your notification menu. Check the video below on how to transfer a file via WiFi Shoot! [Beta].

As for the moment, the app only supports locally stored image and video files. All transferred files will be stored at the Wi-Fi Shoot folder in your SD card. The app is still in its beta stage, so it’s not yet completely flawless and bug-free.

Although the app is still under development, a lot of users gave positive remarks that the app works well. A recent update fixed the previous version’s force close errors experienced while transferring a file. In upcoming updates, we hope that more file types will be supported, instant sharing to multiple devices will be allowed, and the user interface will be improved.

This app is useful when transferring files between Android devices. You can save a movie file on your tablet and shoot it to your mobile phone when you need to. Capture your images with your phone and shoot it to your tablet for a wider view. You also don’t need an Internet connection to use this app. All you need are two Wi-Fi Direct capable devices and the files that need to be transferred.

The WiFi Shoot! [Beta] can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. What do you think of Wi-Fi Direct as a new method of transferring files? What other methods of wireless transfers are you using?

  • shonangreg

    Only one WiFi Direct device is needed for a WiFi Direct connection. Any normally WiFi capable device can connect to a WiFi Direct device. It is in the WiFi Direct specifications. I don’t see why this app would limit this, but it is also limiting filetypes that can be shared. We’re not getting the whole story here, it appears.

    • Budius

      hi, it’s the developer here. WiFi Direct allows it, but as per ICS, Android does not support the connection (JB does). Also, having the connection is a totally different story than having compatible protocols operating on both peers. For example, you can use a socket and connect to a FTP server, but without a FTP Client you really can’t do anything with this connection. Just for the connection itself any wifi-direct enabled android phone can go to Settings-> Wifi Direct and create the connection, but you won’t be able to transfer anything with that. As per the limiting filetypes. I happen to be one of those crazy person that have to pay bills so the limitation will be removed once the app is stable and I put the paid version available.

  • Subra

    :( My Nexus S i9020a not supported for this app!! even I’m using Jeally bean !!

  • Ted

    I installed OK on my ASUS TF700 pad but installing on my Samsung SIII provided an icon titled “Receiving” and it did nothing. That is the end I wish to send from so it all appears worthless. Also I wish to send other documents so I place you on my list of Android Junk. You make it difficult finding working apps by cluttering the place up with junk that does not even own up to its poor performance.

  • rykellim

    If I wish to transfer files from PC to Android using Wifi Direct, will this do the job? Or would you have a better recommendation?

  • Dammie

    Hi . I can’t share via wifi direct to non Samsung mobile phones from my galaxy S5. It keeps telling me file sharing not supported. Tried to contact samsung customer care but they didn’t offer any sensible help. Please can I get help for this ?thanks