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Transfer files with the integrated FTP server in Xiaomi MIUI

Perhaps not everyone knows that the File Explorer app has natively integrated an FTP server that is a viable alternative to transfer files between PC and phone if you do not have a special cable or if you simply want to manage the contents without the need for a physical connection and additional applications.

This feature is really easy to activate and needs a minimal configuration, let's see how it works.


Open the "File Explorer" app


Select the view to "Categories"


Select the FTP function


Press the "Start" button

Just press the button starts to enable the FTP server. At this stage you can choose whether to share the internal archive or files generated by the app cloned.



Log on to the FTP server via the address indicated

At this point on your PC / Mac you just need to type the generated address in the url bar of your browser to be able to manage the content of your phone bearing in mind that each browser behaves differently:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer integrates a remote FTP remote management
  • Mozilla Firefox we recommend the addon FireFTP
  • Google Chrome you can use the extension sFTP Client
  • Apple Safari requires an external client

Obviously it is preferable to use your favorite FTP client which allows a multitude of options and tools.

Additional Options

To adapt the service to any of our needs, it is also possible to configure a series of basic settings using the button options.

For example, if you are starting up a service on a public network, it might be a good idea to set up a username and a password instead of enabling anonymous access.

You can also change the default port if this conflicts with another service.

We also recommend that you enable the Keep active to prevent service interruption in case of mid / long sessions.


Simone Rodriguez
Simone Rodriguez

Blogger, but above all passionate about technology. I am part of a generation that has passed from the cathode ray tube to smartphones, making me witness to an unprecedented technological evolution. From 2012 I assiduously follow the Xiaomi brand that with the conveyance of various projects led me to realize, the home of all the Italian Xiaomisti. Write me: [email protected]


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3 years ago

I have tried to do as described but so I have permission to access the files in read only, it does not allow me to copy files to and from the phone. How can I get around this?
thank you