Do you know each and every functionality and feature of your Android smartphone? Certainly not! Mostly people use a limited set of features and the rest of them lie around useless. One of them is ‘WiFi Direct’. If you are not using it, you are missing out a pretty cool thing on your smartphone.

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A Little About Wi-Fi Direct?

If you are thinking that this is something related to browsing your internet, this is actually way more than that. It is actually a certificate from the ‘WiFi Alliance‘ and more than 600 devices are compatible with this certificate. The list of the members of this alliance includes Intel, Microsoft, Apple, LG, and Dell. Any of the modern day devices is compatible to WiFi Direct. As for Android, devices having Android OS 4.0 Icecream Sandwich or any of the next iteration, will have this option inbuilt. Other devices compatible to WiFi Direct include Laptops, Notebooks, and Tablets.

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The devices compatible with WiFi Direct which are not connected to WiFi, have this extra functionality of establishing a mutual connection with the devices which are connected to the Internet like Hotspots, modems or routers. WiFi Direct actually allows you to build up a wireless network between multiple devices. Also, if you want to cast your Android screen to a bigger screen which supports miracast, WiFi Direct helps you in that too. Nowadays devices with WiFi Direct also support NFC.

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One Of The Fastest Ways To Transfer Data

If you are thinking of the usage of WiFi Direct, it provides you the fastest way to transfer your files fro one device to another. Without the need to connect the two devices with any of the cables, this can be done in a pretty amazing speed. If you are getting any hint of Bluetooth, this is actually far better than that. You can transfer much more amount of files in a very less time as compared to Bluetooth. Also, the range of Bluetooth is very limited which is not the case in WiFi Direct.

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How To Use Wi-Fi Direct

Though WiFi Direct is not directly accessible in any of the smartphones right now, but you can surely set things up by installing any third party app to provide you the required interface. Options are unlimited but “Send Anywhere” is a recommended app. Install it and then head to the “Connections” option in your phone settings. Now Open the WiFI option and tap the “Wi-Fi Direct” tab at the top. Just like Bluetooth, nearby devices will be scanned and you can connect with any of the devices that you want to share data with. Happy Sharing!