Copying files to the PSVita via Android (no root needed)
As most of us know, the PSVita isn’t exactly very friendly when it comes to downloading from the Internet but that isn’t a problem for the tech savvy. As most of us know, the already established way is to use QCMA for all your file copying needs but that way became obsolete (except for large files) with the Advent of HENkaku (yes, you could copy stuff via FTP on the PSPemu but that had its limitations). Since iOS users have a tutorial, now let’s start off the Android one!
What do you need?
The prerequisite list is quite straightforward:
- An Android 4.0.3+ device (You may use Android 1.5+ with another application, but who uses pre-Android 4.0 nowadays?)
- A local WiFi connection (i.e on the same router)
- A PSVita with HENkaku/taiHEN (i.e a Vita on 3.60)
- A bit of time
Without further ado, let’s get right into what you actually have to do:
- Get TurboFTP from the Play Store (or via an APK but be careful)
- Turn on the WiFi on your Vita and open Vita/MolecularShell. Press SELECT to fire up the FTP server and you should get a dialogue box with the local IP address to connect to.
- Open TurboFTP (Turbo Client in your App drawer) on your Android device. Tap on the top half which reads “Select an Account” on a Tablet. You can swipe from the left and slide in the menu on a phone (or a high DPI device)
- Tap ‘Create a new account’ and then ‘FTP’. Write something like “Vita” in the ‘Connection Name’ box, leave Username & Password blank, type in the IP address of your Vita in the ‘Host’ box and type in “1337” in the ‘Port’ box. Don’t touch any other settings unless you know what you’re doing. After entering the details, tap on the floppy icon on top.
- Now, you should be back at the menu and you can now press on the new ‘account’ to connect to your Vita. Just press OK on the Password dialogue that’ll pop up.
- Viola. You’re in! Go to “ux0:” (your Vita’s memory card) and you can start copying away! On a tablet (or lower DPI device), just hold the file you want from the lower half of the screen and then press the arrow (upload) on top. On a phone, switch to the tab (by swiping) of your phone’s storage, hold the file and then just press the arrow (upload) button. The file will be copied to the directory that you’ve navigated to on your Vita.
- Similarly, you can copy files from your PSVita to your Android device
As you can see, now you can copy files to and from your Vita without much hassle. You can also download files via the MEGA app on Android and copy them in a similar fashion.
For older Android devices or if you don’t like TurboFTP: You can use ‘AndFTP’ which is a tad less user friendly but does the job nonetheless.
This tutorial is valid for TurboFTP version 3.6 (latest as of Dec 11, 2016) and was tested on an Android 7.1 tablet. There are various other ways to copy files to your Vita (such as via a local web server or another FTP app) and if you wish, write them down in the comment in a civil and constructive way 🙂