How to turn a Samsung Galaxy smartphone into a wireless media server

How to turn a Samsung Galaxy smartphone into a wireless media server
Samsung's Galaxy smartphones come loaded to the brim with features of all kinds, and if you have one you are surely aware of this already. What you may not be aware of, however, is that many neat features of TouchWiz, Samsung's custom Android interface, are buried in its Settngs menu, thus not getting the attention they deserve. 

One of them is the option to share media wirelessly between devices by turning your Galaxy smartphone into a media server. It may sound like a complicated procedure, but it is not. in fact, the process takes just a few minutes, and the tools you need come pre-loaded on recent Galaxy devices.

So here's how you turn your Samsung Galaxy smartphone into a media server. Step one is to go to Settings and open "Nearby Devices" under the "Connect and share" tab. Then flip the switch in the upper right-hand corner. Optionally, you may choose what gets shared on your network from "Shared contents". At this time, an icon in the status panel of your Galaxy phone should appear, indicating that the service is running.

Congratulations! Your Galaxy phone is now ready to accept connections from other devices connected to the same Wi-Fi network. If, let's say, you wish to connect from another Galaxy phone or tablet, just open the latter's gallery or music player - the app will automatically detect the presence of a media server on the network. But the feature is not limited to Galaxy phones only. Android devices from other brands should also be able to connect as long as they are configured to work with media servers. Computers and recent video game consoles should also be able to detect your Galaxy phone in their media libraries.

Just keep in mind that before other devices can access any files in your Galaxy phone's photos, videos, and music, they have to be authorized. When a connection request is detected, your Galaxy phone will display a notification with the connecting device's name - hit "OK" to allow the connection. You need to do this just once per connecting device. 

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11 Comments

1. twens

Posts: 1175; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

The power of touch wiz. You guys should do a tutorial on wifi direct also. That feature is one wonderful thing android has that needs to be brought to the attention of smartphone users. Transferring files at large sizes has never been much easier.

2. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Now , watch your back man!!!!!! They will eat you up.

9. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

TouchWiz has always been a powerful utility launcher. Since Samsung has come the closest to garnering Apple-like sensation, there have been users who come offering their descent.

3. funnyguy.

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 10, 2014

Hey what kind of IPhone is this? Where can I buy it?

6. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That would be the iPhone 8s, since the iPhone 6 is nothing but a Galaxy S2 with an HTC m7 body on it.

7. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That would be the iPhone 8s, since the iPhone 6 is nothing but a Galaxy S2 with an HTC m7 body on it.

8. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

In other words, you ll have to wait a couple of years from now to get it with the fruit logo on its back ;)

10. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

@maherk HAHAHA! +1.

4. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

On Xperia phones, go to Settings, Xperia Connectivity, Media server settings and turn Sharing media switch on. Done.

5. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Well other devices such as from Sony can do this as well. Not sure about ipongs though.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Thins is a nifty feature. I use it with my Samsung Smart TV sometimes. I have tried using this with my phone to PC, but my PC doesn't see the device or vice versa. Haven't tried it with my Xbox yet.

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