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Connect to FTP site server using File Explorer for Windows 10

Generally speaking, people use an FTP client to upload files from a computer to the remote website or FTP server or download files and data from a web server to a local computer. Check out this guide to connect to the FTP server using FileZilla, the best free FTP client tool. However, the latest computers and mobile phones allow us to directly connect to a web server through FTP without an FTP client or software. For example, you can use a Samsung phone to connect to an FTP server and then download files from a web server to a mobile phone or upload files from your cell phone to an FTP server. On Windows computers, you can also do the same thing. Windows OS has supported FTP server connection for a very long time. You can add an FTP server or website to Windows Explorer or File Explorer in Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and now Windows 10. In this article, we will show you how to connect to FTP site or web server using File Explorer for Windows 10. After that you will be able to open your website files and pages via the default file explorer on Windows PC. You can access FTP server just like you open any other folders on a local hard drive. You can copy files from your computer hard drive to the FTP server or the other way around easily.

Connect to the FTP site server using File Explorer for Windows 10

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Open the File Explorer on a Windows 10 computer. Click on “This PC” from the left navigation panel in Windows Explorer, then click on Computer from the top, after that you will open the ribbon menu, and choose ‘Add a network location‘. You can also quickly right-click on “This PC“, then choose ‘Add a network location‘ from the jump-down context menu.

To add an FTP server to Windows 10 File Explorer, you will first have to input your website address or FTP server address in the “Specify the location of your website” >> “Internet or network address” box. It could be your FTP server address or domain name. If you do not have an FTP server or FTP account, you can refer to this tutorial to create an FTP account in cPanel hosting here. Click the Next button.

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Then you need to specify a username and password if required. Most FTP servers allow users to log on anonymously with limited access to the server. We recommend you create a normal FTP account in your hosting control panel and access the FTP server with the username and password. Uncheck the “Log on anonymously” option, then input your FTP username, and click the Next button to proceed.

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Now you need to give the FTP server, website, or network location a name. It could be your domain name, server IP, site name, or else. Click the Next button and follow the on-screen tips to finish adding the FTP server to File Explorer in Windows 10.

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Now you can open File Explorer on your PC to quickly open your website directory or FTP server just like you open local hard drives or folders on your computer. You can then copy files from your computer hard disk to your web server or the other way around. By doing so, you can easily upload files to the FTP server or download website files from the FTP server to your computer through File Manager on Windows PC. No FTP client is required anymore!

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Update Jan 2018: added FTP connection method through free FTP client FileZilla.

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