How to send and receive large files between smartphones (or your PC) with Wi-Fi Direct

How to send and receive large files between smartphones (or your PC) with Wi-Fi Direct
With the world of technology fixated on coming up with new and novel applications for smartphones, it should come as no surprise that the Android phone in your pocket has quite a few ways to communicate and exchange (small or large) files with other devices around it. In fact, off the top of our mind, we can think of a few -- through e-mail, through Bluetooth, through NFC (Android Beam), and even through a cloud service. Of course, none of these are very useful when all you're looking to do is send a rather large file to a friend's device, which is sitting just a few feet from yours.

You may wonder why that is, and if there is a better way to do it. First off, yes there is, and second – the reasons are many. Bluetooth, for example, while familiar to most, is strongly limited by transfer speeds and the need to stay in close proximity. Android Beam, even worse than Bluetooth for sharing large files, is mostly useful for sharing tiny slivers of information, like bookmarks or web links. And a e-mail? Most mail services have a limit on how large a file you can shoot somebody's way.

That's where Wi-Fi Direct comes into play – a relatively new standard that is almost certainly available on your device, granted it was manufactured in the past three to five years. It allows two devices (including your PC) to communicate and share even very large files at high speeds and relatively painlessly by creating what is called a "soft access point" on one, and then letting another join in to finish the deed. Your Android device has Wi-Fi Direct functionality built into the software, but the easiest way to get it working is by using an app like SuperBeam, which saves you the digging through system settings. Here's how it works.

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14 Comments

1. Sauce5 unregistered

Don't know if I'm doing something wrong, but its being really slow for me. My speeds are at 80+download. If I use AirDrop on my iP6, its almost instantaneous (for same file).

5. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Xender app is by far the best...

6. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Use ES File manager..

9. Sauce5 unregistered

Will try it out now, thank you!

2. Tanujtiwari

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

PhoneArena did this article because of my superbeam comment on that useless article of file transfer by infinit

3. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

This is a great app, if not, one of the most useful. I can transfer files, and especially photos, between cross platforms in a matter of seconds, e.g. iPad to Moto X, x169 photos in 45 secs.

4. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

But you should buy pro version to transfer folders... I simply do it in ES File manager... Gets things done easily... And it's all free....

7. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

And the recipient can choose where to save the file and so on.. It is very useful to transfer obb files...

11. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I don't use iTunes, so this makes my files and pictures transfer easy. Especially, when I'm going from my OS to another.

8. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

I'm confused, why do you need an app to do this? Android has it built in :/

14. andynaija

Posts: 1261; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Maybe for someone who is unfamilliar with the process...

10. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

I use shareit by lenovo for file transfer. EZ PZ

12. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

SHAREIT by Lenovo.

13. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

WiFi file transfer Pro, connects your phone to any device with a file browser and file system

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