How to install an SSH server on your Android phone

Upon reading the title, the first question out of your mind might be, “Why?” the answer will depend upon your usage. You might want a secure way to copy files from your device. If you’re a developer, you might want to have easy access to the filesystem hierarchy. Whatever your reason, there are apps available in the Google Play Store that will serve this purpose well. One of my favorites is called SimpleSSHD. This Android SSH server doesn’t offer much in the way of bells and whistles, but it does the trick and does so easily.

Let’s install SimpleSSH and see how to make use of it.

Installation

I will be installing SimpleSSH on a OnePlus 3, running Android 7.1.1. SimpleSSH will run on Android 2.1 and up, so you can be certain (unless your device is really old), this app will work. SimpleSSH also does not require a rooted device.

The installation is simple. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Google Play Store on your Android device
  2. Search for SimpleSSH
  3. Locate and tap the entry by galexand
  4. Tap Install
  5. Allow the installation to complete

And that’s it for installation. You will find the SimpleSSH launcher in your App Drawer or on your home screen (or both). Tap the app icon to start SimpleSSH.

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