I just want to know why Windows Phone 8.1 does not allow file transfer when internet sharing mode but allows when WiFi mode. In android file transfer is allowed in both the modes (using ShareIt, Zapya, etc.)

We can share files WP to Android, Android to WP but WP to WP is not possible unless both WPs are connected to same WiFi. Whats the reason?

  • Are you using any apps to share files? Please list them.
    – Kolappan N
    Feb 17, 2016 at 13:33
  • looks like you are talking about shareit.....There is a better way to share data using easy transfer
    – Aadhil
    Feb 17, 2016 at 14:24
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    How are you sharing? via Bluetooth? Are you using an app?
    – Rowland Shaw
    Feb 17, 2016 at 15:05
  • Yes @Mohammedaadhil I'm talking apps like shareit. I'm not able to transfer WP to WP since one of them will have to enable internet sharing mode. Feb 17, 2016 at 16:15
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    @A.B. shareit doesnot allow that feature yet (May b because they are still trying for a workaround to nullify wp's restriction)......There are other apps like easy transfer that allows you to send from wp to wp(even with hotspot)
    – Aadhil
    Feb 18, 2016 at 17:24

2 Answers 2


I tried Easy Transfer, FTP Server, and Wi-Fi File Sharer on my WP 8.1. All of these worked on WiFi and Internet Sharing mode as well. It also works when both devices are connected to the same WiFi. I tested all these three cases with different combinations (WP to Android, Android to WP and WP to WP).

Conclusion: ShareIt and Zapya have their own problems.


ShareIt works only in LAN created by Windows Phone when using Windows Phone.Even when you do WP to ANDROID and vice-versa, WP has to create LAN,else it won't work.

It is clearly written in manual.

Same is with I-Phone.

edit - It is the restrictions for ShareIt.For other file transfer apps like Easy File Transfer being on the same network is enough.

  • How're you going to transfer WP to WP? We'll have to connect both the WPs to same Wi-Fi. Right? Feb 23, 2016 at 3:45
  • They should be in same LAN created by Windows Phone.-This is the ShareIt restrictions.
    – hemal7735
    Feb 24, 2016 at 5:35
  • The phone creating hotspot also becomes part of the LAN. So they are in the same LAN already. You can check the IP addresses. The WP creating hotspot has and the one connecting to the hotspot has 192.168.137.X. Aren't they in the LAN of 2 devices? Feb 25, 2016 at 12:11
  • Obviously, they are in LAN in such condition.
    – hemal7735
    Feb 25, 2016 at 12:55
  • So @unlucky7735. How about your answer? Feb 26, 2016 at 5:02

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