How To: Mi File Manager – Mi Drop FTP Transfer On Mac OS

Transferring files via FTP on Windows is very easy but on Mac OS it can be such a daunting task. When I finally managed to get it working, I was only able to transfer files from my Xiaomi Mi Max 2 running MIUI 9.2 to the computer as the FTP service in Mac OS's Finder doesn't support write.

This quick guide below details how to use the FTP service on MIUI 9.2'S  Mi File Manager & Mi Drop to transfer files from your Xiaomi Android phone or tablet to your MAC or from the MAC to your phone.

Launch Mi File Manager/Explorer, click on the menu at the top left and select FTP.

 

MIUI 9.2 File Manager  MIUI 9.2 File Manager Settings

 

Click on Start and then select which storage you'd like to use to transfer files. After that you will be given the full FTP Server Address.

 

MIUI 9.2 File Manager FTP Server Settings MIUI 9.2 File Manager FTP Server Storage Location MIUI 9.2 File Manager FTP Server Address

If you choose to use Mi Drop, launch the app then click on the settings menu and select Connect to computer

 

MIUI 9.2 Mi Drop MIUI 9.2 Mi Drop Settings

 

Click on Start and get your FTP Server address

 

MIUI 9.2 Mi Drop Connect To PC or MAC MIUI 9.2 Mi Drop PC MAC FTP Server Address

 

Go to MAC App Store and install ForkLift. Launch ForkLift, tap on the server icon circled below to open the FTP Server Connection Setup dialogue box.

 

ForkLift FTP Server File Transfer Setup

 

Enter your FTP details as shown below. For example in the address ftp://192.168.43.181:2121 the red part goes under Server and the blue part goes under Port. Click on Connect and you'll be automatically connected to FTP Server on your Xiaomi phone.

 

MIUI File Explorer ForkLift FTP Server File Transfer Setup 2

 

If connection is successfully established, you'll see your ftp server in the left hand sidebar of the application as circled in red.

You can now begin transferring files to and fro your phone/mac by simply dragging and dropping as you please. To see download progress tap on the Activities icon circled in red also.

 

Mi File Manager Mac OS ForkLift FTP Server File Transfer In Progress

 

You can also perform this file transfer by using CyberDuck. It has more functions than ForkLift but it's quite chunky at 98MB.

Install and run CyberDuck. Click on Open Connection and enter your FTP details as shown below then click on Connect.

 

Mi File Manager FTP Transfer Connection Cyberduck Setup Mi File Manager FTP Transfer Connection Cyberduck Setup 2

 

Once connected, you can start transferring files also by dragging and drop from Finder as you please. Downloading files from your Phone to your Mac caps off at 2MB/seconds but uploading files from your Mac to your Xiaomi Phone caps off at about 1.5MB/seconds max.

 

Download Speed Mi File Manager Transfer from Phone to Mac Via FTP

Upload Speed Mi File Manager Transfer from MAC to Phone Via FTP

 

Hope this helps when it comes to using MIUI's MI File Explorer's FTP Server function on any Apple Macbook. Please don't forget to rate and share. Thanks a lot.

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