What is Wi-Fi Direct used for?

Last Update Date : Mar 17. 2020

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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: 

 

Android OS Version 9.0 (Pie)Click to Expand
1 Open Settings on the device and select Connections
2 Tap 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.

3 Select Wi-Fi 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.

5 On the receiving device, Accept the sharing request
6 To disconnect the devices, simply touch the connected device's name.
9.0
Android OS Version 7.0 (Nougat) & 8.0 (Oreo)Click to Expand
1 Open Settings on the device and select Connections
2 Tap 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.

3 Select Wi-Fi 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.

5 You will receive an Invitation to connect on the other device. Tap Connect to establish the connection.
6 You have now successfully connected the devices via Wi-Fi Direct.
8.0
Androis OS Version 6.0 (Marshmello) & 5.0 (Lollipop) Click to Expand
1 Open Settings on the device and Tap Wi-Fi
2 Tap on the More tab located near the top right side of the screen and then 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.
4 You have now successfully connected the devices via Wi-Fi Direct.
6.0
Android OS Version 4.4 (Kitkat)Click to Expand
1 Open Settings on the device and Tap 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.

2 Select 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.
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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