Easiest way to share files between Android phone and Linux Mint XFCE over wifi?

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Easiest way to share files between Android phone and Linux Mint XFCE over wifi?

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Whats the easiest way for me to share files between Android phone and Linux Mint 19 XFCE. It should also let my parents use it effortlessly so things like ftp applications etc are out. They are used to using Shareit application to connect to Windows in the past.
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Re: Easiest way to share files between Android phone and Linux Mint XFCE over wifi?

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Might want to take a look at SAMBA

https://www.samba.org/
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Re: Easiest way to share files between Android phone and Linux Mint XFCE over wifi?

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My personal choice for an easy solution in this case would be Airdroid ... https://www.airdroid.com/
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HI SamLearnsLinux,

I just read your post and the good replies to it. Here are my thoughts on this as well. There are many other posts in this forum on this topic.

1.) You could install a cloud provider's client software on your computer(s) and your phone(s), setup shared folders (pics, videos, music, text, whatever, etc...), then as long as your cloud provider's client is running, all files you designate are automatically updated to all devices through your cloud provider. There are free and paid for cloud providers and the free ones also offer more storage and features with paid subscribers. "pCloud" (10gb free), "mega.nz" (50gb free encrypted), Google Drive, etc... You can setup different folders for different people and their devices too (Mom's phone, Mom's Computer, Dad's phone, Dad's computer, etc...).

2.) "kde-connect" for all Linux Mint editions (install kde connect from the phone or tablet app store) and the Linux KDE Connect Indicator app (already included with KDE desktop)

New KDE Connect Indicator Ubuntu / Linux Mint PPA ~ Web Upd8 - install using PPA or deb files, PPA is preferred.
http://www.webupd8.org/2017/04/new-kde- ... linux.html

Linux Mint 19 - 64-bit deb
https://launchpad.net/~webupd8team/+arc ... _amd64.deb

Linux Mint 19 - 32-bit deb
https://launchpad.net/~webupd8team/+arc ... 1_i386.deb

OR

To install this using the PPA method for Linux Mint 19.x or 18.x , open a console terminal, type in, or copy & paste, each line below one by one: Click "Select All" above command, right click the highlighted command, select Copy or Ctrl+Insert, click in the console terminal window, and right click paste or Shift+Insert (or "ctrl+shift+v"), repeat for each command.

Code: Select all

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/indicator-kdeconnect

Code: Select all

sudo apt-get update

Code: Select all

sudo apt install kdeconnect indicator-kdeconnect
Read this -> Bajoja/indicator-kdeconnect: AppIndicator for KDE Connect
https://github.com/bajoja/indicator-kdeconnect


A Quick Look At What's Coming To KDE Connect - Linux Uprising Blog
https://www.linuxuprising.com/2018/05/a ... o-kde.html


Hope this helps ...
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Re: Easiest way to share files between Android phone and Linux Mint XFCE over wifi?

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for me, after a lot of messing around, the simplest thing is to do it from the phone with

ASUS File Manager.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... ilemanager

no cables needed, just a common WiFi connection.

use it 100s of times a day.
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I use Samba and https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... d.SMBSync2 to sync files between phone and computers in the network (Windows and Linux). Any samba capable file manager for individual file transfers will do.
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Hi AZgl1500,

The Asus file manager looks interesting. Does the Asus File manager have a Linux Component? What are you using on your Linux Machine to communicate with the Asus file manager on the Android phone or tablet?


I forgot to mention this

Integrate Your Android Phone With Gnome Shell Without KDE Dependencies With GSConnect - Linux Uprising Blog
https://www.linuxuprising.com/2018/04/i ... gnome.html
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Dukto will transfer files between just about any two systems. The Asus file manager is nice too. You just activate it and it gives you an IP address to connect to, and away you go.
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Re: Easiest way to share files between Android phone and Linux Mint XFCE over wifi?

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phd21 wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:01 pm
Hi AZgl1500,

The Asus file manager looks interesting. Does the Asus File manager have a Linux Component? What are you using on your Linux Machine to communicate with the Asus file manager on the Android phone or tablet?


I forgot to mention this

Integrate Your Android Phone With Gnome Shell Without KDE Dependencies With GSConnect - Linux Uprising Blog
https://www.linuxuprising.com/2018/04/i ... gnome.html
I use ASUS mostly in one-way mode from phone to a Shared Folder on the PC.
But, if you go to the top left corner menu, then choose Network, you can prowl the PC and suck files off of it onto the phone. I had to do that to recover a picture that I lost on the phone a few days ago.

also had to do that to download a special ring tone that I wanted on the phone.
"Make My Day" and the 2nd tone is a Porsche 911 going thru the gears real fast. ( that one is for my son )
Make my day, is for my sister.

porsche
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jimallyn wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:44 pm
Dukto will transfer files between just about any two systems.
I didn't realize Dukto was still a thing. I looked at ShareIt referenced in the OP and Dukto comes closest to that - at least for file transfers.

I can select a file to transfer in Linux - ( I have android as a VBox guest ):
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md419 wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 2:46 pm
My personal choice for an easy solution in this case would be Airdroid ... https://www.airdroid.com/
I gave this a try and it worked really well. Thank you.
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ES file manager from the play store will also do the job.
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jimallyn wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:44 pm
Dukto will transfer files between just about any two systems. The Asus file manager is nice too. You just activate it and it gives you an IP address to connect to, and away you go.
I tried to install Duktoo. But it is only available till Ubuntu 16.04. How do I install it on mint xfce 19?
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Hi SamLearnsLinux,

Although a lot of software repositories like PPA's have not yet updated themselves for Linux Mint 19 based on Ubuntu 18.04, you can still get their deb files from the "Ubuntu 16.04 xenial" packages and use those.

This will work with Linux Mint 19, 18.x or 17.x, just double-click the deb file with your file manager to install it

64-bit Dukto deb file
http://download.opensuse.org/repositori ... _amd64.deb

32-bit Dukto deb file
http://download.opensuse.org/repositori ... 1_i386.deb

How to install Dukto on Ubuntu 17.04
https://www.linuxhelp.com/how-to-instal ... ntu-17-04/

Console terminal command to get the Dukto deb file (64-bit), you may need to install "wget" first.

Code: Select all

wget download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/colomboem/xUbuntu_12.04/amd64/dukto_6.0-1_amd64.deb
just double-click the file with your file manager to install it, or run the command below.

Code: Select all

gdebi dukto_6.0-1_amd64.deb

Hope this helps ...
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Re: Easiest way to share files between Android phone and Linux Mint XFCE over wifi?

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I just downloaded and installed this package on Mint 19 XFCE:

https://download.opensuse.org/repositor ... _amd64.deb

I haven't actually run it yet, but it did install just fine with no errors.
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jimallyn wrote:
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:26 am
I just downloaded and installed this package on Mint 19 XFCE:

https://download.opensuse.org/repositor ... _amd64.deb

I haven't actually run it yet, but it did install just fine with no errors.
phd21 wrote:
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:18 am
Hi SamLearnsLinux,

Although a lot of software repositories like PPA's have not yet updated themselves for Linux Mint 19 based on Ubuntu 18.04, you can still get their deb files from the "Ubuntu 16.04 xenial" packages and use those.

This will work with Linux Mint 19, 18.x or 17.x, just double-click the deb file with your file manager to install it

64-bit Dukto deb file
http://download.opensuse.org/repositori ... _amd64.deb

32-bit Dukto deb file
http://download.opensuse.org/repositori ... 1_i386.deb

How to install Dukto on Ubuntu 17.04
https://www.linuxhelp.com/how-to-instal ... ntu-17-04/

Console terminal command to get the Dukto deb file (64-bit), you may need to install "wget" first.

Code: Select all

wget download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/colomboem/xUbuntu_12.04/amd64/dukto_6.0-1_amd64.deb
just double-click the file with your file manager to install it, or run the command below.

Code: Select all

gdebi dukto_6.0-1_amd64.deb

Hope this helps ...
Thank you. This worked and I installed it. Sadly, Dukto doesn't let me save on my memory card on the phone.
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Lord Boltar wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:37 pm
Might want to take a look at SAMBA

https://www.samba.org/
This looks tough enough for me itself. I don't think my parents would be able to use this.
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Lord Boltar wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:37 pm
Might want to take a look at SAMBA

https://www.samba.org/
This looks tough enough for me itself. I don't think my parents would be able to use this.
md419 wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 2:46 pm
My personal choice for an easy solution in this case would be Airdroid ... https://www.airdroid.com/
First thing I tried from all the solutions. Sadly the connection keeps on disconnecting and my transfers keep on failing. Plus once you sign in it seems the developer is pushing for monetization. Didn't really like the app. Esp due to the failed transfers.
phd21 wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:17 pm
HI SamLearnsLinux,

I just read your post and the good replies to it. Here are my thoughts on this as well. There are many other posts in this forum on this topic.

1.) You could install a cloud provider's client software on your computer(s) and your phone(s), setup shared folders (pics, videos, music, text, whatever, etc...), then as long as your cloud provider's client is running, all files you designate are automatically updated to all devices through your cloud provider. There are free and paid for cloud providers and the free ones also offer more storage and features with paid subscribers. "pCloud" (10gb free), "mega.nz" (50gb free encrypted), Google Drive, etc... You can setup different folders for different people and their devices too (Mom's phone, Mom's Computer, Dad's phone, Dad's computer, etc...).
This would only work easily for PC -> Android. It wouldn't work so well for Android -> PC
phd21 wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:17 pm
2.) "kde-connect" for all Linux Mint editions (install kde connect from the phone or tablet app store) and the Linux KDE Connect Indicator app (already included with KDE desktop)

New KDE Connect Indicator Ubuntu / Linux Mint PPA ~ Web Upd8 - install using PPA or deb files, PPA is preferred.
http://www.webupd8.org/2017/04/new-kde- ... linux.html

Linux Mint 19 - 64-bit deb
https://launchpad.net/~webupd8team/+arc ... _amd64.deb

Linux Mint 19 - 32-bit deb
https://launchpad.net/~webupd8team/+arc ... 1_i386.deb

OR

To install this using the PPA method for Linux Mint 19.x or 18.x , open a console terminal, type in, or copy & paste, each line below one by one: Click "Select All" above command, right click the highlighted command, select Copy or Ctrl+Insert, click in the console terminal window, and right click paste or Shift+Insert (or "ctrl+shift+v"), repeat for each command.

Code: Select all

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/indicator-kdeconnect

Code: Select all

sudo apt-get update

Code: Select all

sudo apt install kdeconnect indicator-kdeconnect
Read this -> Bajoja/indicator-kdeconnect: AppIndicator for KDE Connect
https://github.com/bajoja/indicator-kdeconnect


A Quick Look At What's Coming To KDE Connect - Linux Uprising Blog
https://www.linuxuprising.com/2018/05/a ... o-kde.html


Hope this helps ...
KDE requires a mammoth library to be installed for it to work! I was prompted to install nearly 750 mb of additional libraries for this. I am afraid it might mess up something on the backend. And despite that I assume there will be some additional steps to get it working? So I will skip this
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AZgl1500 wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 5:19 pm
for me, after a lot of messing around, the simplest thing is to do it from the phone with

ASUS File Manager.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... ilemanager

no cables needed, just a common WiFi connection.

use it 100s of times a day.
AZgl1500 wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:30 pm
phd21 wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:01 pm
Hi AZgl1500,

The Asus file manager looks interesting. Does the Asus File manager have a Linux Component? What are you using on your Linux Machine to communicate with the Asus file manager on the Android phone or tablet?


I forgot to mention this

Integrate Your Android Phone With Gnome Shell Without KDE Dependencies With GSConnect - Linux Uprising Blog
https://www.linuxuprising.com/2018/04/i ... gnome.html
I use ASUS mostly in one-way mode from phone to a Shared Folder on the PC.
But, if you go to the top left corner menu, then choose Network, you can prowl the PC and suck files off of it onto the phone. I had to do that to recover a picture that I lost on the phone a few days ago.

also had to do that to download a special ring tone that I wanted on the phone.
"Make My Day" and the 2nd tone is a Porsche 911 going thru the gears real fast. ( that one is for my son )
Make my day, is for my sister.

porsche
This worked really well. I was able to transfer gigs of data to and fro effortlessly.
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