How To Easily Transfer Files to Your Windows Phone 7 Device

It can be pretty painful to transfer files to your Windows Phone 7 device. Sure, you can hook in the Zune software and sync music, video’s and pictures across. But what about that Excel or Word document? What about when you simply want 1 quick file and don’t want to have to go through the whole sync process? Well, there is an easier way. You can email it to yourself, or you can upload the file to the web and then download it to your phone. Or, you can share it from your PC and download it directly to your phone. All you need to do is setup a web server on your PC and then share the file over the local WiFi so it can be downloaded to your phone. Now, I know you’re saying “But I don’t want to setup an IIS server on my laptop just to transfer a file!”, and you’re right – neither do i. That’s where HFS comes into the picture.


HFS is a simple web server that doesn’t have all the extra junk that you’ll never use. It’s small, and easy to use. Simply run HFS and drag the file you want to share to the window. Then open the browser on your device and browse to the URL displayed at the top of HFS and you’re good to go!

There are many other web servers you can use, but in my experience HFS is the quickest and easiest server without all the extra fluff features that you’ll never use. Of course, this solution also works for other platforms. It’s an easy way to share files with the various devices in your network.

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Mike Temporale grew up fascinated by computers since an early age. His first hands on with a computer came when he was 7 years old and a travelling lab of Commodore PET computers made a stop at his school. Hooked on the new world these devices offered, he took any chance possible to get in front of a computer. When Compaq launched the iPaq 3600, he was hooked again. This time on a whole new world of mobile computing. Today, Mike spends his day helping clients deploy and manage their mobile device around the world. From installing custom software, to locking and securing data, and everything in between. He is also the Editor in Chief at Mobile Jaw - a site focused on today's mobile world.

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  • Bruce Li

    I made a small App called PC File Download to be used with HFS and to provide an easy to use interface for Windows Phone 7. It can be found in the marketplace

    • Mike Temporale

      Thanks for the heads up Bruce, it sounds pretty cool. I’ll have to check it out :)

    • Bernard Petershie

      very useful

    • Subham Ram

      how to transfer files without an internet connection and WiFi………… to transfer through a USB cable? Is it possible?

  • Mailforyash

    hi bruce my name is Yash , I used your tool its great but need minor updates..
    Media files cant be download as they played first and stored in temp memory.. If we can have a checkbox to select the files and download location such as Skydrive or local storgae it be best avaible online tool on marketpalce..

    • Bruce Li

      will add that function in next release, not a big issue. Thanks for using my app.

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    Thanks for the information.

  • Nels

    How do I delete the downloaded files on the pone?