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You have the possibility, with your Android smartphone, to use the direct WiFi technology. What is that ? Just one Wi-Fi sharing mode, directly between two devices, without going through a modem or a box.

So imagine a Bluetooth sharing between two phones, but faster, and more stable. It is the ideal choice if you cannot necessarily transfer your data by memory card, or other faster transfer.

The objective of this article is therefore to explain to you how to activate direct Wifi on your Android smartphone, in order to connect two devices.

At first, we will quickly explain how direct WiFi works, and how it differs from the classic WiFi of your internet modem.

Direct WiFi on Android, what is it?

This technology was developed by WiFi Alliance, a network of companies that have created this technology. Their goal is to connect the world through Wifi technology, without material barrier. Thus, any user, as long as he has a tool with Wifi, can connect to another.

So, no matter how old your hardware is, it is supposed to be use wifi to communicate. It's a real revolutionary way to share information, as there are few barriers between generations of devices.

You can communicate between a 1st generation android phone, and a new printer, on the sole condition that direct WiFi is present on both devices.

How does direct WiFi work?

Ce Wifi direct works a little differently an internet box. Your modem, on the other hand, broadcasts WiFi waves around it, in order to allow surrounding devices to connect to it, and thus benefit from an Internet connection.

When you use direct Wifi on your smartphonee, you don't need an intermediary, you can directly connect two devices to each other.

And it works a bit like Bluetooth. When both devices have Wifi Direct, one will be placed in "listening" mode, and the other in "broadcast" mode.

This is the condition required for them to come into contact. When the two devices have found each other, they will be able to to pair, and thus communicatewhether by sending data or otherwise.

How to configure direct WiFi on Android

In order to configure on your smartphone, it's very simple:

We do the demonstration here between two smartphones of different brandss, (Huawei / Samsung), as well as two different Android version (9 and 10) to show you different options.

For Android 10:

  • Go to settings from your smartphone
  • In the search bar, type " WiFi direct« 
  • When it appears, open the " WiFi direct« 

For Android 9:

  • Go to Wifi devices from your smartphone
  • You can see Direct wifi at the top right of your screen, press it

If you do not not find Wifi direct in your settings, or in WiFi devices, then your smartphone may not have this technology. Usually, it is automatically available from version 4 of Android. All smartphones above this version should have the Direct wifi.

If that is the case, refer to the last section of this article, where you will find alternatives.

find direct wifi in the options of your smartphone

Like a Bluetooth connection, place a device in " research", And the other in" reception". You should see the two smartphones appear on each respective screen. Tap each device respectively. The first one you click will go to send mode, and will cause the reception mode the other.

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When it's done you will receive a confirmation message on the second phone, validating the connection. From there your two phones are thus connected, and can communicate!

As you can see, it is very simple.

accept the direct wifi connection of your two android devices

Advantages and disadvantages of direct WiFi

So now that you have connected your two phones, here is a quick summary of the strengths and negatives of this connection method.

Important : Also note that you can connect any device that has direct wifi technology. Whether it is a printer, TV, etc. The only condition is therefore to have direct wifi.

The strengths of this technology

  • Very fast : this connection ensures a transfer speed about 20 times faster than Bluetooth. Much more efficient therefore for transferring larger data.
  • Extensive reach : With direct WiFi, you have a range of up to about 100m. However, for maximum efficiency, it is recommended to stay nearby.
  • A stable connection : Throughout the sharing, the connection is stable, ensuring a transfer speed that does not vary too much, even if you move the devices.

Negative points and risks of direct WiFi

So despite all these positive points, there are however small rewards. And this mainly related to the safely. when you set up this network, your phones or other devices are public.

  • Must therefore be careful of where you do this. Avoid public places, where there are a lot of people. Do this in private, at your own home.
  • In addition, try to configure a password, and privilege single connections, so that they are not automatic as soon as you are within range of the other device, unless it is at home.
  • Finally, think about cut connection as soon as you don't use it no longer.

Direct Wifi does not work on my Android smartphone what to do

It is possible that the connection is not working between your devices. If this is the case, there are applications on the Play-store to take over, and allow you to connect to direct WiFi.

We present to you one of the best, available on the next link:

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Warning : You must install this application on two devices in order to communicate.

Let yourself be guided by installation, the use will then be very easy.


Here is a complete guide to make it easier for you the use of direct wifi on your Android smartphone. If you want to make a USB connection sharing, here's how:

HOW TO SHARE A USB CONNECTION ON ANDROID