Transferring files from our smartphones or tab to our desktop or laptop is the most common things we often do these days. It could be photos, documents or even songs. Do you know there are some specific ways to transfer files from Android to PC (and back again) and here are the apps or ways that you can use for this transfer?
1. Cloud Storage
Price: Free / Varies by app
Cloud Storage is a great way to transfer files from Android to PC and vice versa. There are several services to choose from, including Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Box.com, and others. Transferring files is quite easy. You need to upload the file to cloud storage on one device, then download it on another device. Most cloud storage apps have their apps which makes the process much easier.
Price: Free / $1.99 per month / $19.99 per year / $38.99 per two years
AirDroid is yet another popular app to transfer files easily from Android to PC. Besides, it can do other stuff also. You can sent and receive SMS/MMS from your PC, get your device notifications, etc. Using this app, you can find your lost phone and control the camera. All the primary features are free and you need to subscribe to the service to get everything. Although it is not perfect, it works well.
Price: Free / $4.99 per month / $39.99 per year
Pushbullet is also a file transfer app from your desktop to Android and vice-versa. It can perform many other things also including sending and receiving SMS/MMS messages, sharing your clipboard between devices, check notifications, and transfer files. It is easy to use and the free version offers enough to send the occasional text or transfer small files. To avail all the benefits you need to buy the pro version for $4.99 per month.
Feem is an easy app that transfers things from devices connected to the same WiFi network. It could be mobile phones, tablets, laptops, computers, or whatever else. You just have to downloads Feem and run it. You can transfer anything you want to and from those devices. The WiFi doesn’t have to be connected to the actual internet. A local network will work well. It’s easy, effective, cheap, and the Material Design appears decent.
Other Ways to Transfer Files
If you are not comfortable dealing with apps, there are some other ways to transfer files from your PC to Android and vice versa.
Bluetooth – In case your laptop has a Bluetooth module or you have a Bluetooth dongle, you can pair your device with your computer using Bluetooth and send files. Although the transfer takes time, you can use this process for transferring small files, it works.
Share to Email – This process too works only with small files like photos or documents, but you can send many types of files over email. Most of the emails have a limit of around 25MB for attachments. You may also share occasional photos.
USB On-The-Go – Using USB OTG cable, you can pair your device with USB devices such as mice, keyboards, external hard drives and also flash drives. This way you can use the cable to transfer documents to your flash drive or external hard drive. It is inexpensive also on sites like Amazon and eBay.
Data/charging Cable – It is quite easy and obvious, you have to plug your phone into your computer using the USB cable that comes with your charger. It works for most stuff.
Share to Chat – This process also works for several file types. It is great if you use something like Discord, Slack, or Skype. Using these chat options, you can send yourself the file in a chat on one device and retrieve it on another. This will again work for smaller files or photos. Skype and Slack support things like PDF files, archived (zipped) files, and other document types. It’s fast and works well for smaller stuff.
Your Micro SD Card – If you have phones with micro SD card support, you can transfer files much like flash drives. You need to use a file manager app to move the files to the SD card, pop it out of your phone after turning it off, and then use an adapter to place it into your card reader on your laptop or a different adapter to connect it to your computer’s USB drive. These adapters can be found easily on Amazon.
So, friends, there are various apps including non-app methods using which you can easily transfer files from your smartphone to your laptop or desktop!