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Tutorials & FAQ > Tutorials > Shared Folder、File access、Internet、Miscellaneous
How to access and share files on a QNAP NAS with 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.

Install 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.

Connect to a NAS

  1. Before connecting to a QNAP NAS using Qfile, log into the NAS as an administrator and enable the application services.

    Go to “Control Panel” > “Applications” > “Station Manager” >“File Station”> “Enable File Station”
  2. Connect your mobile device to the same network as the NAS and open Qfile. All of the available NAS on the network will be displayed, allowing you to access one by selecting it and entering your username and password. If you have changed the QTS port (default: 8080) of the NAS, you must enter the new port number.
    • Please note: If you cannot find the NAS in the same network, or if your device and NAS are on different networks, use “Add NAS manually” and enter the IP address or myQNAPcloud name of the NAS.
    Field Description
    Host/IP or myQNAPcloud name Enter the host name or IP address of the NAS. To connect to the NAS from the Internet, make sure the NAS is properly configured for remote access.
    Useful references:
    Accessing your QNAP NAS with myQNAPcloud Service
    SSL Secure Sockets Layer
    If this option is enabled, ensure that the port number is correct
    Default: 443
    Detect port automatically

    Activate port auto detection or manually set the port.

    You can also set the port priority.
  3. After setup, select “Save” to connect to the NAS. Press and hold the icon to edit or delete the connection.
    • If you use “Select a connection method”, you can decide the method Qfile will use to connect to the NAS. If your selected method does not work, Qfile will automatically try the other methods. Choose “Use my selection as the first priority connection method” and the next connection will use your chosen method first.

Access and manage files on the NAS

After logging in, accessible network shares will be shown on the screen.

  • Note:  Qfile will only display files that are supported by your device.
Icon Description
Access the left menu bar: Shows all of the accessible folders, shared links, the download folder, background tasks, and settings.
Search for files.
Show files using thumbnails or a list.
Upload files from your device to the NAS.
Choose multiple files

Other functions

  • Add folders.
  • Sorting: Based on name, date modified, size or type.
  • Advanced search: Search by keyword, location, size, type, modified date and owner/group.
  • Refresh the list.
Press the button beside the files to see advanced options.
  • Compress: Compress the file to a ZIP or 7z file.
  • Download: Download NAS files to your device. The default path is Qfile/localfolder (this can be changed in “Settings”.)
  • Share the download link: Share files using a download link.
  • Download and open with other app: Download the file to your device and open it with another app.
  • Email the attachment: The file size must be smaller than 20MB.
  • Add to transcode(videos): Convert the original video file to a universal format for streaming/playing on your device. Transcoded files will be saved to the “@Transcode” sub-folder within the original file folder. Supported resolutions include: 240p, 360p, 480p, 720p, and 1080p.
* Note: Depending on your device, some of these functions will be listed under ""

Upload videos or photos to NAS─Manually upload

Press the “ ”button to upload files from your device to the NAS.

  1. From photo gallery: Upload from the device's photo gallery.
  2. From camera: Take a photo using the device's camera and then upload it.
  3. From the video camera: Film a video using the device's camera and then upload it.
  4. From Qfile download folder: Upload files from the Qfile download folder. The default path is Qfile/localfolder (this can be changed in “Settings”.)
  5. From SD card

* Note: Qfile does not currently support uploading folders.

Upload videos or photos to NAS─Auto upload from the photo gallery

  1. Press ” and enter the “Settings” page.
  2. Find “Auto upload photos from the photo gallery” and tap "Set up now" next to "NAS".
  3. Select source: Choose from the listed options to select the source of your photos and videos.
  4. Select the NAS to upload to.
  5. Select the NAS folder to upload to: Choose from the listed options to select the upload destination.
  6. When asked "Do you also want to upload multimedia files from the photo gallery?", if you choose “Yes”, it will upload the files that already exist. If “No”, only new files will be uploaded.
  7. After finishing, Qfile will upload files to the NAS.

Share files on the NAS by Qfile─Share the download link

Files shared by download links have no size limitations and recipients can download them whenever needed.

  • Tap the “” icon next to the file you want to share.
  • Select a download link address. To allow your friends to download the file from the Internet, select myQNAPcloud (DDNS), or WAN IP.
  • Choose your method of sharing.

Share files on the NAS by Qfile─Share the file directly

You can share smaller files directly using other apps installed on your mobile phone. Recipients do not need to download from the NAS.

  • Email the attachment
    Share files using your device's email app. The file size must be under 20MB.
  • Share photo now
    Directly share photos to other devices.

Offline file reading

Files can be downloaded to the device to access them without needing an Internet connection. The default path for downloaded files is Qfile/localfolder (this can be changed in “Settings”.)

Qfile “Settings” Page

Press the “”button then enter the “Settings” page.

  1. 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.
  2. General
    1. Browsing photo: Choose thumbnails or original files.
    2. Photo display with thumbnail lists: Tap to show thumbnails in list mode.
    3. Always upload modified files to my NAS: After editing files with Qfile, you can choose to automatically upload changed files to NAS or not.
  3. Default File Exists Action Settings: You can choose to overwrite or skip files if an uploaded/downloaded file with the same filename exists.
  4. Policy for Upload & Download Files: Display the transfer notification bar and Wi-Fi only.
  5. Video Playback Settings
    1. Choose the video resolution.
    2. Player: Select what app to use for playing videos.
  6. Auto upload photos from the photo gallery
    1. NAS: Automatically upload photos and videos from your device to the NAS.
    2. QGenie: Automatically upload photos and videos from your device to a QGenie (this option is unnecessary unless you are using a QGenie.) 
  7. Shared from other app: Select the path for other apps share files to the NAS via Qfile.

Qfile “Background task” page

  1. Press the “”button then enter the “Background task” page.
  2. You will see the status of the following items (including incomplete tasks and the current transfer rate):
    1. Upload
    2. Download
    3. Auto upload from photo gallery
    4. File operation task
  3. Select one to see a more detailed list. Press the “ ”button to start, remove, and stop tasks.

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”.