How to Turn an Android Device Into a Web Server

MakeUseOf | 3/19/2019 | Christian Cawley
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Need a low-powered device to run your website? Want to reclaim the space your web server is taking up? Would you like to share some information with people, either friends or the public, but don’t have the finances to run a full-scale web server?

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Or you could host your web page using an Android smartphone or tablet. Here’s how to build a simple Android web server.

Websites do not need expensive servers; they don’t even need inexpensive servers. We’re now at the stage where you can host a dynamic, database-driven website on a modest device.

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For instance, you might choose to use a standard desktop PC or laptop. But as this takes up a lot of space, you can scale back even further. We’ve already seen how you can use the Raspberry Pi as a server, and it’s also possible to use an Android smartphone or tablet in the same way.

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It's not just for simple one-off projects---the Raspberry Pi can run as a server. Check these Raspberry Pi server project ideas and get more out of it.

Doing this immediately removes your hosting costs. If the pageviews are low, you should find that your website runs without locking up the device (although you shouldn’t expect to multitask while the site is running!).

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Various server software apps are available for Android. However, many of these are out of date, intended for older versions of Android (such as PAW Server).

We’re using Tiny Web Server for this tutorial. With this, we’ll upload a basic index.html file and browse to it from a PC on the same network to illustrate using Android as a web server.

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