In this post, we will take into consideration the topic of SSH to Android. We will thus, discuss what SSH is and its various uses. We will also see how to setup SSH to Android.

What is SSH?

SSH (Secure Shell Protocol) provides a secure mechanism to share files to and fro on your Android. SSH also comes in handy during a huge number of cases from networking to development. It also allows you to access your Android remotely. Moreover, one can also access the Android’s internal file structure.

However a point to take care is, most of the SSH apps available on the Play Store require you to root your device. In case, you only want to SSH your Android, you may alternatively do your Android via SSH without root. So, lets roll our eyes over the way to roll in the hay .

Uses of SSH — SSH Android Server

SSH allows you to completely control your Android over WiFi. One can execute commands like ls, mkdir, find, rmdir, etc. Though, for full benefits, one needs to be conversant in the terminal command. Moreover, SSH allows you to transfer files securely to your Android device. Unlike Pushbullet or AirDroid, there’s no file size limit. Or, you don’t need to authenticate whenever you hook up with your Android device.

Lets see the various steps :

We will need an SSH client and an SSH server running on the pc and Android respectively. So, for that, first, you would like to put in an SSH server on your Android. For this, lets work out using the SSHelper app because it doesn’t require to root your device. Next, to access your Android from Computer, we’ll use the instruction. For that, one needs to see to it that both the PC and Android are on an equivalent WiFi.

If you’ve got a requirement to secure shell into your Android device, there are many tools available like SimpleSSH. You generally need SSH probably for secure file transmissions to and from your device. If you are a developer, you would possibly want to possess quick access to the file system hierarchy.

The SimpleSSH tool, doesn’t offer much within the way of bells and whistles, but it does the trick and does so easily.


Let’s install SimpleSSH and see the way to make use of it.
I will be installing SimpleSSH on a Redmi 5A, running Android 11.0.2. SimpleSSH will run on Android 2.1 and up, so one generally does not need to worry.

The installation is straightforward . Follow these steps:

  • Open the Google Play Store on your Android device
  • Search for SimpleSSH
  • Locate and tap the entry by galexand
  • Tap Install
  • Allow the installation to finish
  • And that’s it for installation. You’ll find the SimpleSSH launcher in your App Drawer or on your home screen (or both). Tap the app icon to start out SimpleSSH.

Now, type in this command


# Doing Without Username
ssh IP

Where USERNAME is the name of the user(i.e. You) and IP is the IP address of the remote server.

There are two other things to understand about logging into the SimpleSSH server. First off, it doesn’t use the quality SSH port of twenty-two (because that’s a privileged port the app cannot access). Out of the box, SimpleSSH is about to port 2222. You’ll change this (from within Settings), but let’s assume you’ll persist with the default port of 2222. So to log into SimpleSSH, the command would now be :

ssh IP -p 2222

Tap the beginning button on the SimpleSSH window then , back at your desktop client, issue the above command. you’ll see a one-time password appear on the SimpleSSH screen. Enter that password from the terminal you’re using to log into the SimpleSSH server to get access.

Once you’ve successfully logged in, you’ll be accessing the /storage/emulated /0 /ssh directory. Do note, this directory isn’t readable, so you’ll need to change to a directory that does have read access. Issue the command cd ../ and you’ll move up one directory (to /storage/emulated/0) that does offer read and write access.

SCP — SSH for Android Phone

SimpleSSH enables the utilization of secure copy. Say you would like to securely copy a file from your desktop to your Android device. This can be done using the scp command. The one thing to remember, here, is that scp handles alternative ports a touch differently than ssh. Therefore, use this command :


Where IP is the IP address of your Android device, /PATH/TO/LOCAL/FILE is the pathway to the files on the local device, and /PATH/TO/REMOTE/FILE/ ) is the pathway to the remote files. Once authenticated the file will copy.

After you’re finished with using SimpleSSH. The tap the STOP button, to stop the process.

SUMMING UP — How to SSH into Android

In this post, as you have seen we discussed about SSH, its various uses and the way to do SSH into Android. We used SImpleSSH tool to perform our task as it did not required the device to be rooted. Thus, we are now well accomplished and ready to work our way through the SSH into Android pathway.

By and through this article, thus, I suppose I have made myself pretty clear. But, in case, you still have some doubts lingering. Then, please do write to me in the comments section and I am as always, ever-ready to help you. And, also solve your many queries and problems.

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