Connecting to Your Server from Android Devices

Today’s IT workers are often on the go and still need access to their servers. Fortunately, those with Android devices have several options for remote connectivity. Whether you need to transfer files or access your shell remotely, there is an app for that.

The following apps are not the only options for Android, but they serve as examples of tools you can use.

ConnectBot – This open source app makes it easy to connect to servers via SSH. You can use a hardware or virtual keyboard to type in it, and it even supports some keyboard shortcuts. To connect via ssh, simply enter:


It will then attempt key authentication and, if that fails, password authentication. ConnectBot even includes a tool to help you manage SSH keys.

ES File Explorer – Whether you need local or remote file management, ES File Explorer can handle it. To connect for file transfer, swipe the screen over twice until you see FTP Servers. Click “New”, and it will ask you to choose FTP, FTPS, SFTP, or Webdav. Select, the one you want, enter the connect information, and click OK. You will then be able to browse your server just like files on your phone/tablet.

Being away from the office is no reason to feel disconnected from your server. For those of us who have separation anxiety, these mobile tools are a big help.