Enough with that USB! Here are 6 apps for wireless phone-to-PC transfers.

Enough with that USB! Here are 6 apps for wireless phone-to-PC transfers.
It's true, folks – we live in the cloud era. Almost every essential thing you need is on your Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, iCloud, Google Photos, Evernote, Keep, Play Music, Apple Music, Spotify, et cetera. Having to connect to your PC to transfer pictures, music, and documents is a thing of the past.

Still, we do find it a bit easier, from time to time, to link our phone with our PC and transfer files directly, instead of dropping them off on the cloud and forgetting them there forever. Perhaps it is because this is such a rare occurrence that we find the need to use a USB cable to do it even more of a nuisance.

Well, thankfully, there are some solutions out there that will allow you to transfer any type of files across devices without any type of wire, quickly, and easily – no cloud involved. Here are 6 of the best ones out there:

AirDroid

Download for Android

One of the oldest apps to offer such functionality, AirDroid has grown and stayed in the game throughout the years. It links with your computer via PC software and displays notifications and calls, as well as allowing for transferring of files in both directions.


Pushbullet

Download for Android | iOS

Another strong competitor, very similar to AirDroid in that it also mirrors notifications, calls, and makes file transfers as easy as dragging and dropping. Pushbullet is also available for iOS, so iPhone owners – rejoice!


WeTransfer

Download for Android | iOS

This app allows you to upload a large package (up to 10 GB) temporarily on its servers, then share a download link with anyone you wish to send it off to – including yourself. Could provide useful for huge files.



Infinit

Download for Android | iOS

Infinit can be installed on all your devices and you can push any file to any one device. It works on a similar principle like WeTransfer – the files get temporarily uploaded to Infinit's servers, which means that you shouldn't worry about both devices being on and connected for the transfer to work.



Sunshine

Download for Android | iOS

Sunshine takes a slightly different approach – instead of copying files over to your devices, it allows you to stream your files cross-platform. For example, we can have a gallery of pictures on our iPad at home. Granted it has Sunshine installed, we can access it with our Android smartphone when we are out and about, and view our pictures and videos without copying it over.


Portal

Download for Android

Portal is all about getting files from your PC to your phone quickly and easily. Just download the app, visit portal.pushbullet.com from your PC, and scan the QR code you see on the screen. From that point onward, you choose which files you wish to be uploaded to the phone, and you're done (requires Wi-Fi).

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33 Comments

1. Awaragardiyan unregistered

shareit is good too.

6. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Yes but those are apps that need to be installed and cloud services. Why should they be compared with a fast direct cable?

10. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

Can I transfer a many GB movie through the cloud please or it will hail on me?

2. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

easy transfer for Windows Phone

3. JasonX

Posts: 54; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

As someone who still backs everything up on my PC, I will definitely be checking out some of these apps. Good article.

4. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3089; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

App? We don't need no stinking app. Get a BlackBerry and you have Blend built in. There is no better alternative for what it can do. Oh that's right, BlackBerrys aren't cool, they don't have apps, they use old CPUs, they're ugly, etc. Want eye candy? Get an iPhone or Android. Want something that can get work done? You know the answer.

7. buccob

Posts: 2949; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

You speak of Android like it was a single model, featureless device.... I have a Z3 Compact, arguable less functional than bigger monsters like the Note 4 or other phablets..... BUT APPS actually give the functionally you need to GET WORK DONE... WPS Office Suite (formerly Kingsoft Office) is the best app I have ever used on mobile on that segment... Blackberry's alternative does not come close (I have a BB phone from work) Apps like CamScanner, Smart Tools, FormIt, Chrome Remote Desktop, Pic Perfect... they all help you GET WORK DONE depending on your profession, and NONE of that comes built in to BB devices... What's more, features included in many Android devices such as Sony's Small Apps, Samsung's Multi-Window and mini Apps, etc makes working in your phones, on the go, a lot easier than any BB device I've tried lately... I get that you love your devices and they suit you better than the alternatives... but don't go generalizing about things that you haven't even tried or learned. I live in a country were BB had one of the highest penetration markets and is still one of the few relevant BB markets in the world but honestly neither their devices, nor the software is up to par to END USERS when it comes to GET THINGS DONE. Maybe for some enterprises it works, but I would be better without my Work BB and using my personal device for work.

9. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3089; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Too bad you didn't read the article. If you had, you'd know the conversation's about file transfers. Your entire post is a meaningless rant that has nothing to do with the topic. Just so you know, Android, as a whole, does not offer any kind of desktop sync software out of the box on any device or from any OEM. Here endeth the lesson.

13. buccob

Posts: 2949; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I did read the article, but you said "Oh that's right, BlackBerrys aren't cool, they don't have apps, they use old CPUs, they're ugly, etc. Want eye candy? Get an iPhone or Android. Want something that can get work done?" You started a different topic and you ranted about other phones being just "eye candy"... I was just correcting your statement regarding "getting work done" By the way, Android, as a whole, out of the box, offer Google Account Sycronization... I have my Gmail Sync (which now offers access to alternative emails inside the same app) I have my Hangouts conversation in Sync with EVERY single computer, no need to install anything. I have my Keep notes sync'ed, also no need for installs unlike Evernote, or others... I have some files sync'ed on Google Drive... Play Music Bookmarks Locations, directions and history All of that is Sync'ed and there is no need to install anything else since it is all handled by Google Chrome on the Computer's end, and it all comes out of the box on Android phones... On the other hand, tell me which computer comes with BlackBerry services built-in so you can keep in sync?

17. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3089; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Most cities around the globe offer Adult Classes where people can go for remedial reading courses and I suggest you look one up. Which part of DESKTOP SYNC did you have the most trouble understanding.

5. R3DgRu

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Cloud servoces are useless until we have good internet connections. For example using my connection, uploading normal 3GB file from phone to Google Drive (that is what I use) would take 22 hours. Then I could start downloading it to PC. 4 hours more waiting. OR Connect my phone to computer using USB and wait maybe 0,5 hours. USB-cable seems quite good solution.

11. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3089; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Very good post. You forgot to mention that you also need a data plan for your phone as well as internet service for your PC which cost a lot more than a $5 USB cable. My alternative is having a phone with USB-OTG and just putting the files on a jump drive until I get to my PC. Granted, not too many Android devices have that feature and Apple is completely out of that equation. Windows Phone for Mobile 10 is said to offer it so we'll see.

15. buccob

Posts: 2949; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Now THIS is a post I agree with you... I actually do not like to rely on any cloud service... specially in a third-world-country with crappy internet and networks. I too have a USB-OTG which I use weekly and my phone even gives it enough power to work a 1.5TB external HDD for reading (using ES File Explorer)... and has never let me down for flash drives other peripherals. I do miss the microHDMI port which became a standard for BlackBerries and Sony, but now has been replaced by SlimPort and MHL respectively...

19. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3089; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You're right, now we're getting somewhere. I have a G3 just so you know. It has USB-OTG and one of the main reasons I got it along with hot-swappable SD expansion.

21. Tizo101

Posts: 515; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

3 GB file takes 0.5 hours to transfer via cable? I think that would mean you are still using USB 1.0 ( 0.5 hours equals 30 minutes, unless I'm missing something).

23. R3DgRu

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Depends the file, but it was not the point. It is anyways singnifically less than using internet.

8. ihearlivepplz

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

AirMore is also a good alternative. What I don't like about Portal is that you can only to Computer-Phone transfers and not Phone to computer Via their Website.

12. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Wireless is nice and all, but cable just works and is simple, and requires absolute minimum effort. Cables will stay.

14. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Wi-Fi File Transfer Pro, yeah pretty generic name. But you do not need a portal or anything installed on the computer, all you need to do is open the web browser on the device you want the files on and type in the address of the phone that they give you. yes, you can even transfer phone to phone or phone to tablet. all without anything installed on the target device. It is also fast, I transferred a 1.5 gigabyte file in about 2 minutes.

16. samystic

Posts: 241; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

thanks PA... this is exactly what i was looking for!!! which out of these DOES NOT store files in between transfers???

18. HtPsycho

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

I think Zapya is the best one out there, just install the required software on your pc and the app on your device. You're good to go then. No Internet required, No nothing. You need a WiFi supported laptop or pc though, zapya will create a hotspot and after that it's pretty easy.

20. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Still waiting for a good way to transfer from Android to ios

24. HtPsycho

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Zapya

27. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3089; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Vulcan mind-meld.

22. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Xender latest update make the rest look useless no Internet connection required

25. Nkukza

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

For me, Xtender and Shareit will run rings around those mentioned above for any day and any given time, some of the aforementioned are just a complication of a task which is as simple as pushing 500MB from one device to another in just under a minute effortlessly and with no data charges involved by using xtender or shareit. I like push bullet though.

26. Nkukza

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Ok after careful consideration, I think this article is not about transfer speeds but rather cloud

28. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

There is an app called "Wifi File Explorer Pro" which is a great app for moving and transfering files between your Android and PC

29. xtradax

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 13, 2014

Where is XENDER ?!!

30. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1207; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Why not xender???

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