How to share files wirelessly between smartphone and PC
To share our data between our smartphone or our tablet and our PC, with our friends, to send this information easily, there are now a multitude of practical and fast solutions. Applications, technology or sites, your salvation goes through the air or online.
CLOUD SERVICES AS THE FIRST FACILITY
The easiest way to share your often heavy files with your friends or use them on your computer is to use cloud services like Google Drive , Dropbox , OneDrive (Microsoft) or iCloud (Apple with the Files app). Box is similar to a slightly more professional solution by combining many services.
All have an application to install on their smartphone and give free access to your data online, once connected.
You can manage the shares remotely with a simple link, view them, retrieve them at any time. The storage space is often large (at least 5 GB) and free, except for Dropbox which is limited to 2 GB. But the pioneer service offers many possibilities to extend this to 16 GB (by sponsoring friends, filling out forms, etc.). On the OneDrive side, if you have a Microsoft 365 subscription or have just bought a Microsoft Surface product, this can increase up to 1 TB.
You can subscribe to monthly subscriptions to extend the storage space and certain options (10 euros for 100 GB at Box, 1.99 euros for 100 GB of storage at Google Drive or 1 TB of storage for 9.99 euros, 0.99 euros for 50 GB to 9.99 euros for 2 TB at Apple).
DIRECT TRANSFER BETWEEN DEVICES
AirDrop allows the exchange between devices of the Apple range (iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac) of all kinds of files (or almost), without the need for Wi-Fi or 4G connection. Google is developing an identical format for the Android universe which should arrive with the final version of Android 11 .
Microsoft’s Your Phone service plays the card of smartphone-PC continuity under Windows 10. You can then send and receive SMS, access photos and documents from your phone, have your notifications on the computer … And Microsoft has even extended the simplified file sharing function to Samsung devices. It works with a simple drag and drop between a PC and a Galaxy smartphone connected to the same wireless network.
But there are also manufacturers’ solutions to transfer documents from your smartphone to your computer without an internet connection. This is the case with Huawei, Samsung and Dell in particular.
DEDICATED APPS of share files
The application exists for mobile, web client, browser extension or for Outlook, WordPress plug-in, etc. It already begins by identifying and categorizing files in tabs so that you can select and drag and drop them more easily into your smartphone or your web client. And this, for files up to 10 GB and even in 4K. To exchange data, you can generate a QR Code or password for verification and the recipient will only have to scan the QR or enter the code to start the transfer.
The transfer process is fully encrypted from start to finish and secured by a six-digit passkey. It is also possible to create a link to share, without the need for Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
WeTransfer is undoubtedly the best known, efficient and quick way to share files from your computer’s web browser. But it is limited, in the case of a free account, to sendings of 2 GB maximum and the link is only effective for one week. Otherwise you have to opt for a subscription at 10 euros per month (up to 10 GB and with no time limits).
The service is also accompanied by a smartphone app with the same virtues renamed Collect. You can share photos, videos, files, type notes, or even scan documents to send them. Those you receive or send are saved in the form of Boards. You then get a link to share by email, SMS, messaging, AirDrop (for iOS)… You are free to let your recipient just consult the Board or be able to modify it.
AirDroid comes in the form of software to download to your computer (Windows or macOS) as well as a web client. This allows you to access your entire phone in just a few clicks or, even faster, by scanning a QR Code. The phone and the computer must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network, unless you have an account and a premium subscription at just over two euros per month to be able to send large files.
A veritable all-purpose machine, AirDroid allows you to transfer files (photos, videos, music or others), but also to take photos remotely, read your SMS or send them from the computer, receive notifications, to access his directory or even to locate his device (requires the creation of an account). You can even take control of a computer or a smartphone remotely using AirMirror technology.