There are many ways you can share files and documents between a computer and a mobile phone. In Windows system, you can turn on file sharing to share files and folders with yourself or other people on your home network. You can setup file sharing on Windows PC. In this guide, we will share you the easiest way to enable file share on Windows computer, connect and access shared Windows folders and files from iPhone over Wi-Fi, copy files from PC to iPhone or iPhone to PC.
Setup file sharing or enable smb in Windows
The first steps is to turn on the file sharing or configure the SMB server on your PC. On Windows 11 or 10, open File Explorer, then click on Network from the left pane. If network discovery is currently disabled, you will get the error message saying network discovery is turned off, network computers and devices are not visible, you can turn it on from network and sharing center. Click the OK button, then click the banner and then select Turn on network discovery and file sharing.
Then confirm that you want to turn on network discovery and file sharing.
More details can be found from this guide to turn on network discovery & file sharing in Windows 11.
Share files and folder on Windows PC
On your computer hard drive, create a new folder or right click on an existing folder, then click Properties from the context menu. When the properties box opens up, switch from the General to the Sharing tab. Click Share button, you will open the File Sharing box where you can choose people to share the folder with. Since you just need to transfer files between different devices of your own, no need to create extra user, just click Share button at the bottom, then click Done to complete.
Now go to add files to this shared folder on your Windows computer.
iPhone to access shared folders saved on PC
You can connect your Windows computer via SMB and transfer files between your PC and iPhone. You need to connect iPhone and PC to the same network to initiate the transfer. Your PC can be connected via cable or Wi-Fi. Every device in your local network has its IP address.
On iPhone, you can use the stock Files app to access Windows Shared Folders or download a third-party file explorer app which support Windows SMB server. Here we will show you how to connect to Windows SMB shares from iPhone using Files app which can be found on all iPhone and iPad.
Make sure your iPhone and Windows PC are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
On your iPhone, open the Files app. Tap the Browse tab at the bottom of the screen. Tap the More menu(three dots inside a circle) at the top right corner, then select Connect to Server from the drop-down menu.
Enter the local IP address or name of your Windows PC in the Server field, preceded by “smb://” (e.g., smb://192.168.1.100, smb://windows-pc).
Tap Connect > Registered User and enter your Windows username and password. Tap Next. If the connection between iPhone and SMB share is successful, you should see the shared folder from your Windows PC appear in the Files app.
Once you have connected to the Windows SMB connection from iPhone, you can access shared folders on Windows computer from iPhone, then copy files from the Windows SMB server to iPhone or copy files from iPhone to the PC.
Stream videos and music from PC to your iPhone
Open Files app on iPhone, switch to the Browse tab from the bottom, then scroll down to the Shared section where you can find network devices or computers. The Windows shared folders will be listed here. Tap to access the shared files from your PC. You can simply tap to play and watch those shared movies, videos, music videos on your iPhone, play and listen to those shared audios, recordings, songs and other audio files from your PC using your iPhone.
Extra tips on PC and iPhone file sharing and streaming
- Make sure your iPhone and computer are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, otherwise iPhone won’t be able to find and connect your files and folders shared via Windows File Sharing.
- Third-party apps, such as Documents by Readdle, can also help us access Windows shared folders from iPhone.
- There are several ways to share files between a PC and an iPhone. You can also try other options such as iTunes, cloud storage services like iCloud Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive. You can attach the files you want to share to an email or message and send them to yourself. There are third-party apps available on the App Store that allow file transfer between your PC and iPhone.