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Connect your Android phone to an FTP network with Cabinet

Access PC files remotely from your smartphone

At work and realised you’ve left that all important file on your computer at home? No problem. You can quickly connect your phone to an FTP network to collect files. It’s really simple and this tutorial will show you how to do it.

Not sure what an FTP server is? Then this might not be for you, and you might be better off backing up all your files to Google Drive or Dropbox for easy access. However, if you’ve already ruled that out as an option, read this before using this tutorial.

When you’re ready, download Cabinet Beta from Google Play for free. Not only is it easy to use, it has a colourful Material Design look, which put it lightyears ahead of some many other file-management apps that look like something from a 12-year-old PC. Once you’ve installed the app you’ll be taken through a little tutorial that explains the user interface. When that’s done you’ll tap a button which will take you to the main page of the app. There you’ll see a list of all of the folders that you’ve got on your device.

This tutorial first appeared in Android Magazine issue 49 as part of a larger tutorial on using Cabinet Beta to manage files. For the latest Android reviews and in-depth tutorials, subscribe here.



  1. Tap the pink circle

    First tap the pink circle to open the menu. You should see an option called Remote Connection. This is what you want to use to connect your phone to the server, so tap on it. You will need the details of the connection you’re trying to make in the next step.


  2. Enter log-in details

    You’ll need to know the host of the SFTP server you’re trying to connect to, as well as your username and password. Enter them in the spaces provided and when you’re done tap on the button marked Test Connection to see if everything is working in the way it should be.


  3. If it goes wrong

    If things haven’t gone right, then you should see an error message replace the button. Try re-inputting the values and having another go. If you’re sure that everything’s right, then it might be a problem with the server you’re trying to connect to. Check the settings there and then have another try.

  4. If it goes right

    If everything goes well, then your connection to the server should be accessible by tapping on the menu button in the top left-hand side of the screen. Look down through the list of folders and file types and you should see it there. Simply tap on it whenever you want to connect to the server.