How To Wirelessly Transfer Files To Your Android Device
Transferring files from and to your Android phone can be a hassle. Finding your cable, connecting your device, opening up the right folders… And weren’t we told that wireless was the future? Most people now days have a Wi-Fi connection set up at home or even a mobile data plan for their phones. So why wouldn’t you use it to transfer files wirelessly? There are a few ways to transfer your files over the air.
First of all, you can use the Android app WiFi File Transfer to get the job done. This is probably the easiest and fastest way to do it. WiFi File Transfer is a popular app that works very well for moving files around on your home network. It doesn’t look too fancy but it gets the job done. The App produces a URL that you can type into your computer’s browser, which will give you access to the device’s memory and SD card as long as the app is running. From here, you’ll be able to upload and download files straight of your PC to your Android device or vice versa. The transfers are quick and depending on your router, even faster than a USB connection.
The free version of WiFi File Transfer is fully functional but you’ll only be able to upload files up to 4MB. So Music and Pictures can be transferred, for movies, you’ll have to upgrade to the paid version without file size limitations. The Pro version is available for only $1.40 and is well worth the convenience of never having to use a USB cable again.
By now, almost everyone is familiar with Dropbox. Storing your files on the cloud is hotter than ever. But did you know that you could use Dropbox to transfer files between Android devices? Here is how it works. File transfers won’t be quite as fast as they would be with direct Wi-Fi transfer, but working with Dropbox is quite flexible and offers storage on the cloud of all your files.
First, move all the files you want to transfer to your Dropbox storage space. Use the dedicated Dropbox app for Android and PC or do it through a web browser. As most people don’t have a fast upload speed, this might take quite some time. Generally, uploading a few pictures or some music shouldn’t take long but bigger files can take their time. When this is done, you’ll be able to access your files through your Android Dropbox App. You’ll even be able to do this on the go using your 3G or 4G internet connectivity. This will eat a bit into your data limit, but works extremely well. You’ll also be able to star your favorite documents for offline viewing and Dropbox is also great for keeping folders synced between your phone and computer.
There are many other options to wirelessly transfer files but these two are definitely the easiest. How do you transfer your files? Still prefer the good ol’ USB cable or have you moved to Wi-Fi?