What is Wi-Fi Direct?

Last modified : Apr 11. 2019

Wi-Fi Direct™ is a wireless technology that enables Wi-Fi Direct devices to establish a direct Wi-Fi connection over which the two can send and receive files. This means users on the go can print documents, share data, sync files, and display information from notebooks and netbooks, as well as from devices like smartphones and tablets. Products certified Wi-Fi Direct can connect to other wireless devices without joining a traditional wireless network or Wi-Fi® hotspot.

 

You can connect your phone with your TV to throw up family photos from your latest holiday, or send a contract directly to a collegues tablet for a signature - it's similar to Bluetooth connectivity and allows the transmission of files without the need for a Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth connection.  Some devices will use Bluetooth initially and switch to Wi-Fi direct when the file size is large enough and both devices allow the connection. 

 

To get started with sending files over Wi-Fi direct, follow the instructions below on connecting two mobile devices using Wi-Fi Direct: 

Connecting devices via Wi-Fi Direct

Steps for Android OS Version 9.0 (Pie)Click to Expand
1 Go into the Settings menu > Connections
go into the settings menu  > connections
2 Tap on Wi-Fi

Ensure your Wi-Fi is enabled as you will need to turn this setting on to access your Wi-Fi Direct settings as well as share files wirelessly.

Tap on wifi
3 Select Wi-Fi Direct
tap on wifi direct
4 Locate and select the device you would like to connect to.

Ensure the both devices have turned on the Wi-Fi Settings so the two can successfully locate each other.
locate device you would like to connect to via wifi direct
5 On the receiving device, Accept the sharing request.
accept sharing request
6 To disconnect the devices, simply touch the connected device's name.
disconnect connected device
Steps for Android OS Version 7.0 (Nougat) & 8.0 (Oreo)Click to Expand
1 Go into the Settings menu > Connections.
Settings > Connections
2 Tap on Wi-Fi.
Tap on Wi-Fi
3 Tap on Wi-Fi Direct.
Tap on Wi-Fi Direct
4 Tap on the device you wish to establish a Wi-Fi Direct connection with.
Tap on the device you wish to connect via Wi-Fi Direct
5 You will receive an Invitation to connect on the other device. Tap Connect to establish the connection.
Tap Connect to establish the connection
6 You have now successfully connected the devices via Wi-Fi Direct.
Connection has been made
Steps for Android OS Version 6.0+ (Marshmallow) & Android OS Version 5.0+ (Lollipop)Click to Expand
1 Go into the Settings menu > Wi-Fi.
Settings > Wi-Fi
2 Tap on the More tab located near the top right side of the screen and then tap on Wi-Fi Direct.
Tap on the More tab
Tap on Wi-Fi Direct
3 Tap on the device you wish to establish a Wi-Fi Direct connection with. You will receive an Invitation to connect on the other device. Tap Connect to establish the connection.
Tap Connect to establsh connection
4 You have now successfully connected the devices via Wi-Fi Direct.
Wi-Fi Direct connection has been established.
Steps for Android OS Version 4.4 (Kit Kat)Click to Expand
1 Go into the Settings menu > Wi-Fi.

Please Note: Toggle the switch to enable Wi-Fi.

Enabling Wi-Fi
2 Tap Wi-Fi Direct. Your device will scan for any devices which support Wi-Fi Direct.

Please Note: If the device you want to connect to is not listed, make sure Wi-Fi Direct has been enabled on the other device.

Tap Wi-Fi Direct
3 Select the device you wish to connect to. If you want to connect to more than one device via Wi-Fi Direct, tap Multi-connect and mark all of the devices you want to connect to, and then tap Done.
Select the device you wish to connect to.
4 The other device will receive an Invitation to connect. Tap Accept to establish the connection.
5 You have now successfully connected the devices via Wi-Fi Direct.

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