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Accessing and Sharing Files on a QNAP NAS Using Qfile

“Qfile keep your files shuttling between the QNAP Turbo NAS and your phone”



Before installing Qfile

Please ensure that you have completed these steps:

  1. Installed the QNAP NAS.
  2. Initialized the NAS software.
  3. Created user accounts.

Installing Qfile

  1. Install Qfile from Apple App Store or Google Play.


  2. Tap the Qfile icon to start it.


In this document we will use the Android version as an example.

Connecting to a QNAP NAS device

  1. Device and NAS are on same network
  1. Open Qfile.
  2. Tap “Add NAS.”
  3. Select a NAS device from the list.
  4. Specify your NAS user name and password.

Note: Qfile automatically searches for all the available NAS devices on the network. If you have changed the port number (8080 by default) of the NAS, specify the new port number.

  1. Device and NAS are on different network
    1. If your NAS is not in the search results, “Add NAS manually” on and then specify the IP address or your myQNAPcloud account credentials.
    2. You can also tap “Sign in QID” to add your NAS to the list.
      For details, see: Accessing your QNAP device with myQNAPcloud Service
      After signing in with your QID, refresh the page. Tap the NAS icon and then specify your user name and password.
Field Description
Host/IP address or myQNAPcloud

Specify the hostname or IP address of the NAS. To connect to the NAS via the Internet, ensure that the NAS is correctly configured for remote access.

For details, see Accessing your QNAP device with myQNAPcloud Service
SSL Before enabling this option, ensure that the port number is correctly configured (443 by default).
Detect port automatically You can enable this option to automatically detect ports or manually configure the port. You can also specify the priority of ports.
  1. Modifying the default connection method
    • Qfile sets the first successful connection method as the default. To change the priority connection method, tap and hold the NAS icon to select a connection method.

Accessing and Managing Files on the NAS

After signing in, Qfile displays a list of all accessible folders.

To manage your files and folders, tap . You can perform several tasks, such as opening, sharing, downloading, renaming, copying, moving, and deleting files.

Note: Tap “Add to Favorites” to quickly access a files from the “Favorites” folder.


Manually Uploading Files to the NAS

  1. Go to the folder where you want to upload files.
  2. Tap .
  3. Tap “Upload” to select the upload source.
  4. Tap “From Qfile download folder” or “From SD card” to select and upload files or folders from your mobile device.

Note: To select multiple files and folders, tap and hold files or tap .

Automatically Uploading Files to the NAS

  1. Tap .
  2. Tap “Auto upload.”
  3. Depending on the selected files, you can tap “Set up now” from “Auto upload multimedia files from the gallery” or “Automatically upload files from select folders.”
    1. Auto upload multimedia files from the gallery: Upload photos and videos from the phone gallery automatically.
    2. Automatically upload files from select folders: Upload files from any folder automatically.
  4. To check the status of the upload tasks, view the status bar on the home page or tap “Background task” from the left pane.
    Note: You can enable "Use Auto Upload only over Wi-Fi" to control data usage.

Sharing Files on the NAS

  1. Sending a copy
    You can directly share smaller files by using other apps installed on your mobile phone. Recipients do not need to download them from the NAS.
  2. Sharing a download link
    There are no limitations for sharing files or folders via download links. Recipients can download them from the NAS whenever they need.
    1. Tap the   beside the file or folder.
    2. Tap “Share a download link.”
    3. Specify the download link settings.
    4. Tap .

Qfile "Background task"

To view the background tasks, tap and then select “Background task”. You can check the status of upload, download, auto upload, and file operation tasks. You can also view the list incomplete tasks and check the current transfer rate.


Select a task to see the detailed information of the status and then tap  to see what other actions you can perform.

Accessing Offline Files

To makes files available for offline access, tap and then select “Download folder” or tap “Download folder” from the home page.


Note: The default path for downloaded files is Qfile/localfolder. To change the path, go to“Settings”.

Modifying the Qfile Settings

  1. Manage QID: Tap “Sign in QID” or “Log out”.
  2. Download Folder: Specify the amount of storage space that can be used by Qfile. This includes the total size of the Local Folder and the cache.
  3. General
    1. Browsing photo: Choose thumbnails or original files.
    2. Always upload modified files to my NAS: After editing files with Qfile, you can choose whether or not to automatically upload changed files to NAS.
  4. Default File Exists Action Settings: You can choose to overwrite or skip files if an uploaded/downloaded file with the same file name already exists.
  5. Video Playback Settings
    1. Select the video resolution.
    2. Player choice: Select apps for playing videos.
  6. Auto Upload
    1. NAS: Automatically upload files from your device to the NAS.
    2. QGenie: Automatically upload multimedia files from your device to a QGenie (This feature is only available for QGenie devices.)
  7. Shared From Other Apps: Specify the storage path in the NAS for storing files shared by other apps via Qfile.

How to use 2-step verification to log in to a NAS using Qfile


  • Qfile iOS version must be 1.8.1 or above.
  • Qfile Android version must be 2.1.0 or above.

For more information about how to enable 2-step verification, please refer to How to enhance account security using 2-step verification

  1. After enabling 2-step verification on your NAS, install Google Authenticator on your mobile device and configure it.
  2. Connect to the NAS using Qfile.
  3. After connecting to the NAS it will start the “2-step Verification” process.

    • Verify another way: If your mobile device with Google Authenticator is unavailable, you can use your chosen alternative verification method.
    • Get security code: Applicable to the device that has Google Authenticator installed. This option will go to Google Authenticator. Long click and press “ ” to copy the security code.

      Note: The system time of your mobile device and NAS must be synchronized. It is recommended to use the time provided from the Internet.
      Note: If your device does not have Google Authenticator, selecting “Get security code” will guide you to install it.
  4. Return to Qfile, enter the security code, and select “Login”.
Datum vydání: 2013-07-14
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