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    Default Wireless Storage on the LG G2

    So I had seen this feature on the G2 when going through the settings, and pretty much disregarded it as something silly or not useful. Boy was I wrong. It turns out you can use this to access the files on your phone via a PC or Mac on your wifi network via a file sharing function called SMB (Server Message Block). No need to plug in a cable and none of those slow and terrible web interfaces. It's essentially wireless USB storage and the transfer speed is very good depending on your wifi network. Yes there are Apps out there that do this, but this is native in the LG software on the G2 which is always a plus. Here's what you do ...

    There's a toggle for it on the notification window. If you don't have the toggle selected, hit edit at the very end, select it, and move it to where you want it on your toggle bar. You can also turn it on by going to Settings > Share & connect > Wireless storage.

    If you used the toggle, a notification will pop up in the window that includes your phone's IP address and the username and password.

    Option 1: Direct search

    Double Click on Computer on your PC to open your Explorer. Click the search bar at the top and type in the following:

    \\192.168.x.xx (the IP address listed on your Wireless storage screen)

    You will be prompted to enter your username and password and once done a network folder labeled "g2" will pop up and you will have wireless access to your phone.

    Option 2: Map a network drive

    Double Click on Computer on your PC to open your Explorer, then choose "Map network drive" from the top menu, choose a drive letter then for the folder type in the following:

    \\192.168.x.xx\G2

    Like in the direct search method, the IP address you'll want to enter is the IP listed on your Wireless storage screen. Make sure you also include all the forward slashes and the \G2 at the end.

    You will be prompted to enter your username and password and once done a mapped network drive labeled "G2" will pop up on your explorer screen. Double click that drive and you will have wireless access to your phone.

    *NOTE*: The \G2 at the end seems to be required in order to map a network drive, but it is not required when doing a direct search in the explorer search bar. This is probably because the "g2" folder is what is shared, and you can only map to a shared folder. Interestingly, the \G2 is also required if you prefer to access your phone via a web browser, as is listed in LG's instructions on the Wireless storage screen itself, but fails to include this information. I tried many different ways and simply entering the IP address or \\G2 in a browser window simply doesn't work. I'm sure there are some technical reasons for this, but I'm just a tech enthusiast not a professional.

    Mac Users

    Open your Finder, hit Command K then enter smb://192.168.x.xx/ for the server address. No /G2 is required at the end of the IP address since you are not mapping a network drive.

    * Note for Mac users: There appears to be an issue with SMB file sharing on at least the current version of OS X, but probably older versions as well. While you will be able to connect to your phone using the above method, you will only be able to move files from your phone to your computer. Trying to move files from your computer to the phone results in the equivalent of a "disk full" error message. If anyone comes up with a workaround please post in this thread and I'll update the instructions.

    Very easy and pretty amazing. Just one more hidden gem in the LG software that nobody talks about in reviews (edit - okay Jerry did mention it in his review. Gold star Jerry!).
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    I set it up...thanks. besides remotely accessing photos,what other applications are there for this? Can the once used wirelessly to backup the g2?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldschoolsig View Post
    I set it up...thanks. besides remotely accessing photos,what other applications are there for this? Can the once used wirelessly to backup the g2?

    Sent from my LG-D800 using Tapatalk 4
    Well, you could use the built in LG Backup function to create a backup, then use Wireless Storage to drag that backup file over to a PC for safekeeping. Once you have the drive mapped on a PC, it's just a couple of taps on your phone to have instant access to the phone's contents. I've been looking at this as a solid way to interact with files on my phone without needing a cable nearby or dealing with MTP which can have its frustrations sometimes.
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    I'm doing this as we speak. Coming from ios and icloud. I feel better. I wish I could take photos from my computer and to g2 via this featurr

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldschoolsig View Post
    I'm doing this as we speak. Coming from ios and icloud. I feel better. I wish I could take photos from my computer and to g2 via this featurr

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    Airdroid does this.

    Sent from my SPH-L710
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    Tried this on two different pc laptops, follwed directions as listed carefully. Will not connect. Both devices on same wifi network.

    Not sure if this newest G2 release and update i just performed has locked this out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LG Gnome View Post
    Tried this on two different pc laptops, follwed directions as listed carefully. Will not connect. Both devices on same wifi network.

    Not sure if this newest G2 release and update i just performed has locked this out.
    Hmm sounds like you're on Verizon since you mentioned an update. Any other Verizon G2 owners get it connected? Also, what OS is on your laptops?

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    Current Device: LG G2 (D800 - AT&T)
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    On Verizon and yep works great for me

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    Default Re: Wireless Storage on the LG G2

    Awesome. Another small feature that sets this device apart from others. It's details like this that I like seeing. Yes, this feature is available as an app download (wifi file explorer works great by the way), but there's something to be said about an oem including it in the shipped software.

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    One thing to add, if your on a Mac and OS X, open your Finder, hit Command K then enter smb://192.168.x.xx/ for the server address. Interestingly, you do not enter the /G2 at the end of the IP address, which makes me think this is a Windows OS thing. On two different Windows 7 machines, I had to add the /G2 at the end to get it to connect and map a drive.
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    Default Re: Wireless Storage on the LG G2

    Are you able to drag files from the computer to the phone? I get a no space on disc warning when trying to drag any file from computer

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrBungle999 View Post
    Are you able to drag files from the computer to the phone? I get a no space on disc warning when trying to drag any file from computer

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    Yeah I moved about 200mb worth of audio files over using this no problem. The drive label says full in Windows Explorer, but I didn't get a warning message when I dragged the files over.
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    Thanks for this thread. This is amazing. I am on Verizon and it works great. Wireless connection to my phone!

    I am able to move files either way to and from my phone to and from my computer.

    By the way, does this use any battery?

    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbudaj View Post
    Thanks for this thread. This is amazing. I am on Verizon and it works great. Wireless connection to my phone!

    I am able to move files either way to and from my phone to and from my computer.

    By the way, does this use any battery?

    Thanks.
    I doubt it uses any more battery than any other "screen off awake" functions such as playing music. It does cause a partial wakelock and probably prevents deep sleep, so I wouldn't leave it on all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JayWill View Post
    Yeah I moved about 200mb worth of audio files over using this no problem. The drive label says full in Windows Explorer, but I didn't get a warning message when I dragged the files over.
    I'm using Mac. Anyone they this on mac?

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    OP updated with more information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrBungle999 View Post
    I'm using Mac. Anyone they this on mac?

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    Ah I didn't try moving files using my Macbook. I will when I get home tonight and report back unless someone beats me to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JayWill View Post
    Ah I didn't try moving files using my Macbook. I will when I get home tonight and report back unless someone beats me to it.
    Thanks for putting this out. I use a Mac also and would appreciate any tips you can offer when you have a chance to give it a try.
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    yes. I'm having the same issue you are.
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    Yep same issue using my Macbook. You can move files from the phone to the Mac, but not the other way around. I dug around a bit and it appears this is a common issue with Macs and SMB shares.
    Current Device: LG G2 (D800 - AT&T)
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    Quote Originally Posted by JayWill View Post
    Yep same issue using my Macbook. You can move files from the phone to the Mac, but not the other way around. I dug around a bit and it appears this is a common issue with Macs and SMB shares.
    I sure wish apple and non apple products would play nice with each other

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    I am having ZERO luck over here. Each time I try to type the "192.168.x.xx" ... it comes up in every browser that it cannot connect. Any suggestions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredhoffmann3 View Post
    I am having ZERO luck over here. Each time I try to type the "192.168.x.xx" ... it comes up in every browser that it cannot connect. Any suggestions?
    I have the Verizon G2 and tried the ip address and it didn't work so I used the name instead and it worked perfectly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VideoEngineerAJS View Post
    I have the Verizon G2 and tried the ip address and it didn't work so I used the name instead and it worked perfectly.

    Sent from my Verizon LG G2 using Tapatalk
    Neither one are working for me .
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    Default Re: Wireless Storage on the LG G2

    On the offchance; for those having trouble with the wireless storage, make sure that Wireless Storage is turned ON on the G2. There should be a blue icon that kinda looks like your wifi signal icon but smaller and with a black square around it in your notification bar.. If that's not showing, then no amount of typing IP addresses or whatnot in your explorer will work. Turning Wireless Storage on is what allows incoming connections from your network.

    For some of you that have it working, you probably know all this, since well, you got it working hehe, BUT it's not really mentioned in these posts that we have to specifically turn on wireless storage. It might help one or two people.
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