How do I transfer files between a PC and my Sailfish device?

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You can transfer files between your Sailfish device and your computer, and it can be done using either USB, Bluetooth, WLAN or cloud services.

Please note:

  • At the moment connecting your Sailfish device to a PC using a USB cable is best supported on Windows and Ubuntu systems.
  • Depending on your Linux distribution it should be possible to form a connection between your PC and Sailfish without additional preparations. Should you have problems with media transfer (MTP), you might find help e.g. here.
  • There is a support article for file transfer between Sailfish and Mac that works around these limitations.


1. Transferring files over USB with MTP

  • Connect the USB cable into your Sailfish device and then to the PC.
  • Your device will ask you what to use the USB for;  charging only or Media transfer mode. You might also see Developer mode there.

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    Picture 1:  Sailfish device connected to a PC via USB.
  • Choose  'Media transfer (MTP)'
  • After a successful driver installation (if not done previously) your device should appear as Jolla or as Xperia X device (or whichever device running Sailfish OS you may have) under "This PC" on Windows 10.  The File Manager of Ubuntu has a similar view.
  • Click on the device name. You should now see Mass storage (inside the device) and SD Card if you have connected a memory card to your device.


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    Picture 2:  Showing Jolla Phone at Windows File Explorer.

  • You are now able to browse your Sailfish device on your PC. Move files using the copy/paste method between the phone memory, the SD card and the PC.
  • When the transfer of data is complete you can detach the USB cable. Make sure that no video transfer (especially) is still ongoing.

Changing the default action for attaching USB cable

In Settings you can edit your preferences on what what your Sailfish device should do when you connect to a PC:

  • Go to Settings  > USB (under Connectivity)
  • Tap on 'Default USB mode'
  • Tap on the action you wish to perform automatically when connecting a USB cable. Take 'Always ask' if you are in doubt.

2. Transferring files over Bluetooth connection

  • Switch Bluetooth ON on your device in Settings > Bluetooth.
  • Switch Bluetooth ON on your computer.
  • Pair your devices.
  • Transfer files between your devices. Most likely this works best if you initiate the transfer from the PC.

Need more instructions on how to pair devices over Bluetooth? Please see here.

 

3. Transferring files over a WLAN connection

a) If you are familiar with working on command line then you could rely on SCP  with developer mode enabled on the Sailfish phone. It is fast and works over WLAN.

The following may work on Windows 10 if you have installed the support for SSH and SCP protocols to it. Then the commands below can be given in PowerShell application. In the Terminal app of a Linux PC  the following is bound to work fine.

Use following command to download files from the phone (WLAN IP address: u.v.w.x) to the PC's current directory - in this example we copy pictures:

scp -r nemo@u.v.w.x:/home/nemo/Pictures/Camera/* ./

b) OpenRepos store has a clever application named  AirSail Transfer  for transferring files to/from your Sailfish OS device using your computer's web browser. Install the latest rpm file - for this you will need to allow untrusted software in Settings > Untrusted software. Jolla cannot however guarantee that this solution would make the connection between your PC and Sailfish device work.

 

4. Transferring files via a cloud based service

Your computer operating system probably supports the integration of cloud based services such as Dropbox into your File explorer –application. Dropbox will be the example service here, but there are several other services available and we encourage that you try to use one that you are most familiar with.

Pre-requisite:

An account in a cloud based file-storing service, and a possible client app downloaded and configured on your computer. After creating the account, sign in to it from your Sailfish device in Settings > Accounts > Dropbox.

On your computer:

Upload the files you want to transfer to your web-storage service. You can do it using the app on your computer or possibly through a web-interface (www.dropbox.com for Dropbox users).

On your Sailfish device:

a) Downloading files from the cloud to your device:
1. Open the Sailfish browser, and browse to www.dropbox.com
2. Find your media file(s) inside your Dropbox and download.
3. You will now find your downloaded media in the appropriate apps (Media for music and videos, Gallery for pictures).

b) Uploading files from your device to cloud:
1. Sign in to your Dropbox account (if not done by now).
2. Open Gallery and select an image or a video (unfortunately multi-selection is not supported).
3. Tap on Dropbox in the sharing menu. Tap Upload at top right corner.

 

 

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