The latest Windows 10 Insider build now supports wireless file transfers between the Samsung Link to Windows app and Microsoft’s Your Phone app for Windows 10. This should make sending photos and other files between your PC and your Galaxy smartphones much easier, provided you meet all the requirements.
For now, the feature is only live for Windows 10 Insiders, but its presence in the newest test build means it should be coming to general users soon. Similarly, wireless file transfers only work on Samsung devices that can run the “Link to Windows” app version 1.5 or higher. The Galaxy S10, S20, and Note 10 should all be fine, but users with older devices will need to check which version of the app they’re using.
And those aren’t the only caveats : only 100 files can be transferred at a time via Link to Windows; each individual file must be 512MB or less; and both devices must be connected to the same wifi network in order for the process to work (obviously).
If you clear all those requirements, here’s how to wirelessly share files between your PC and Samsung smartphone.
- Make sure your smartphone and PC are connected to the same wireless network, then follow these instructions to pair your devices.
- Open the “Link to Windows” app on your phone and make sure the Link to Windows option is turned on.
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To send files from your Samsung phone to your PC
- Use “My Files” or “Gallery” to find the file(s) on your phone that you want to send.
- Long-press a file until a check mark appears, and then select any other files you wish to transfer.
- Long-press again, then drag the files to your desired location on your PC.
- Wait for the transfers to complete.
Send files from your Windows PC to your Samsung phone
- Open the “Your Phone” app on your PC.
- Drag and drop the file(s) to the “Your Phone” windows.
- Wait for the files to transfer. Note: closing or minimizing “Your Phone” before the files have been copied over will stop the transfer.
- Transferred files are sent to your phone’s “Downloads” folder.
There’s a protocol that’s been around for about 30 years called ‘SMB’. It’s been part of Windows NT since version 3.5. I’m pretty sure it was in the earlier non-NT versions as well. Windows NT (NT, XP, Vista, 8 , 10) has ‘administrative shares’ built in (C$ connects to C:\, D$ to D:\, etc.) You can also deliberately share a folder with the ‘NET SHARE’ command.
There are file apps on Android that let you access network resources using a number of protocols, including SMB. So it’s straightforward to open both an android folder windows one and copy some files over. I’ve been using esFile Explorer Pro, which works great, but seems to now be abandonware. – but there are plenty of others (I’m just too lazy to learn a new UI when this one is fine)
Want to automatically sync between Windows and Android folders? Check FolderSync, which can pull in either direction on a schedule – or when you’re connected to a particular Wifi.
Sometimes you find yourself quickly needing to transfer files between your Android and PC, but constantly plugging in a USB can be a hassle – and there’s that annoying “ka-doonk!” Windows sound when a new device is plugged in. What if I told you there are several methods for transferring files between Android and PC without a USB cable? What if I told you this article was going to list them?
No, we’re not going to list any “cloud storage” methods here – a 6-year-old knows how to operate Google Drive. We’re going to discuss wireless ADB, mirrors, and just other cool methods for wirelessly sending files between Android / PC. If you’d like to start living a cable-free lifestyle, read on!
Method 1: Wireless ADB
Wireless ADB connection
Perhaps the most efficient method, especially for Android nerds like us, is a simple wireless ADB connection. Yes, this requires a USB cable for the initial setup, but once it’s been configured, you can toss that USB cable away.
Note: You also require an ADB installation to proceed with the steps below.
First, you’re going to connect your Android device to your PC via USB and launch an ADB terminal as normal.
Next, in the ADB terminal, type:
This is going to restart the ADB host in tcpip mode, so we need to find the local IP of your Android device.
In the ADB terminal, type:
This is very similar to running the /ipconfig command in a Windows command prompt – you just need to find the IP for your Android device in the output list, typically it will be something like 192.168.x.x (as pictured below)
Now type exit in the ADB shell, and then type:
Now you can disconnect the USB cable from your Android device, and continue using ADB! This includes ADB commands like /push and /pull for file transfers!
Method 2: Droid Transfer
First, you need the Droid Transfer software on your PC and the Droid Transfer companion app on your Android phone.
After launching the Droid Transfer app on both PC and Android, use the “Scan QR Code” option in the companion app.
Your Android and PC should now be wirelessly synced via the software – you can now simply drag and drop files between both platforms.
Method 3: AirDroid
Very similar to Droid Transfer, AirDroid is a “screen mirror” software. Basically, it casts your Android screen to your PC over a wireless (or USB) connection on the local network, so you can control your phone from your PC. However, it can also be used to wirelessly transfer files between both platforms.
You simply need the AirDroid software for PC and Android (download link takes you to official site, which has links for all available platforms like Windows, Mac, iOS, AirDroid Web, etc).
You then need to either create an AirDroid account that both devices sign into, or the more traditional “Scan QR Code” method.
Once both PC and Android are synced up, you can use the AirDroid desktop software to remotely control your Android device, and send or receive files over the local network.
Method 4: WiFi File Explorer
This is another app that sets up a local connection between your Android device and web browser over a WiFi network. Basically, you install the WiFi File Explorer app on your Android device and connect your device to the same WiFi network as your PC.
The app will then give you a URL link you can follow on your computer (you can even have the app email the link to you), which will open the contents of your phone’s storage in a web browser. You can then simply download the files from this browser view of your phone’s storage, saving them to PC.
You can also drag-and-drop files from your PC to the WiFi File Explorer window – So for example, the app will display your phone’s contents in a tree-style list, and you have some dirtbike games on your computer in APK format, or “high quality” YouTube MP3 rips to transfer over. You pretty much just drag and drop them onto the window, and they will be written to your SD card.
Method 5: Vysor
This is the only paid app we’re going to recommend on this list ($2.50 per month ain’t bad for what it does). Vysor is a fully-fledged screen mirror app, like AirDroid, but with a bit more features – it also runs a bit smoother with almost no screen lag (a common problem of screen mirror apps), which makes it great for controlling Android soccer games from your PC, for example.
In any case, you need Vysor Pro to unlock the official Wireless Mode – although Appual’s has a guide on connecting to Vysor over a wireless ADB connection. This literally follows the exact same method we shared earlier in this guide of creating a wireless ADB connection, which simply tricks the basic version of Vysor into thinking there is a wired USB connection.
Sadly, even if you use our wireless ADB “hack” on the basic version of Vysor, you still need Vysor Pro for file transferring. But Vysor Pro also grants you full-screen mode, HD-quality screen mirroring, and just a handful of other useful features, so the $2.50/mo is kind of worth it in the long-run if you’re interested in wirelessly casting your Android to your PC.
When it comes to transferring files from PC to iPhone and vice versa, the most obvious choice is to use iTunes. However, it has been found that many users don’t like working with this application. Bloated and ponderous, iTunes continues Apple’s ongoing trend of having lost its design mojo.
Luckily, we have other options. One of the easiest ways is to use Wi-Fi Direct Transfer. With this method, you can pair your computer and iPhone/iPad within seconds and transfer anything you desire in a jiffy. Unlike AirDrop, Wi-Fi Direct allows you to work across all the platforms including Windows and Android. So you can also use this method to share files between an Android device and your iPhone/iPad as well.
How to use Wi-Fi Direct transfer
For it to work, your iPhone and your computer must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Since they will connect directly within the Wi-Fi network, you don’t even need an access point. In other words, your devices don’t have to connect to the Internet.
If there is no Wi-Fi network available nearby, you can create one on your own by using the Personal Hotspot feature. Just turn on Personal Hotspot on your iPhone, then on the computer, join the newly created hotspot. That way you can establish a connected Wi-Fi network from anywhere.
Now we’re going to install a wireless transfer tool on the computer and its companion app on the iPhone. There are actually plenty of tools offering this function in the market. The best ones? Well, below are the apps that I’ve used and personally recommend.
The SHAREit application is pretty popular due to the fact that the app is developed by Lenovo and it comes pre-installed on many Android devices from this brand.
Step 1:Download and install the SHAREit appson both your computer and iPhone. After they have been installed, launch the apps.
Step 2:Make sure both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. To send files from your iPhone, select “Send” from the main screen. Note that you’re only able to send photos and videos and other files managed by the Files app.
Step 3:Select the files you wish to transfer to the computer, then tap “OK”. Now if your computer is on the same Wi-Fi network, it should display on the screen. Tap on it to start transferring. Once done, the files will appear on the window of the desktop app.
If you’re not able to connect the two devices, make sure the app is on-screen on both your computer and your iPhone. I have used SHAREit as the primary method to transfer photos from my iPhone to the PC(for editing with Lightroom and Photoshop) and it has worked fine.
Xender is quite similar to SHAREit, except that you don’t have to install a program on your computer. It can work by using your web browser.
Step 1:Download and install the Xender app on your iPhone. It’s free.
You can transfer photos from an Android phone to your Windows 10 PC with the Your Phone app. iPhone users have to rely on third-party options.
If you need to send photos from your phone to a computer, you can use email, Google Photos, or even a direct cable connection. However, you may find it quicker and more convenient to transfer them wirelessly from phone to PC.
Microsoft once offered an app called Photos Companion, which allowed iPhone and Android users alike to transfer photos to Windows 10 PCs, but it has been discontinued. In its place, Android users can use Microsoft’s Your Phone app, while iPhone users will need to find third-party options that can perform the task.
To get started with Your Phone, first open Settings > Phone and click the Add a phone button in Windows 10.
The Your Phone desktop app will open, and ask you to choose your phone type. Choose Android and click Continue. Your Phone will ask you to confirm your Microsoft Account. Click Continue.
Now install the Your Phone Companion app on your Android phone. Open the app and link your phone with your PC by either signing into your Microsoft Account or scanning the QR code. Scanning the code is quicker, so tap the Is there a QR code on your PC? link and tap Continue at the next screen.
Back at the Your Phone desktop app, check the box for Yes, I finished installing Your Phone companion. Click the Open QR Code button.
A QR code will display on your desktop. Use your smartphone camera to scan the QR code.
In the mobile app, tap Continue and then grant the necessary permissions for Your Phone to access your contacts, phone calls, media, and messages. Tap Continue.
Choose to allow the app to run in the background for now. You can always change this later. Tap Allow to let your phone connect to your Windows PC. At the next screen, tap Done. The next screen confirms that your phone and PC are linked.
On your PC, tap the Let’s Go button. You should then see your linked phone listed in the Your Phone app.
In the Your Phone app, click Settings > General and turn on the switch under Allow this app to show photos from my phone, if it’s not already enabled.
Your last 25 photos and screenshots should automatically appear on the main screen in the app. If not, click the entry for Photos and then select the See photos button. Click on any photo to open it. For more settings, right-click on an image to open a pop-up menu with options to copy, share, or save the photo to your computer.
Now, let’s look at a few third-party photo transfer apps for the iPhone, iPad, and in some cases, Android devices.
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Photo Transfer App
Photo Transfer (iOS, Android) allows you to move photos from your iPhone or Android device to your computer via Wi-Fi. If you’re using the free version of the mobile app, you can transfer up to 10 photos at a time. For $6.99, the paid version kicks in more features, such as no transfer limits and full-resolution transfers.
Install the app on your phone and use the dedicated web page to transfer photos onto your computer. Open the app on your phone and click the Send button. A variety of options are available for sending photos, but try the one to send photos over Wi-Fi. If you’re using a Windows PC, tap the Windows icon. The next screen tells you to run the Photo Transfer App on your computer or use your web browser.
If you plan to use the software on a regular basis, I suggest installing the free Windows or Mac version on your computer, as it’s easier to use than the web page. Open the app on your computer, click the Discover Devices button, then select your phone. You can select either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to run the transfer.
On your phone, authorize the connection. Your phone’s photo albums and libraries should appear in the app on your computer. You can now browse through your photos. Right-click a specific photo to download it to your computer, delete it from your phone, or download and delete it. You can also select multiple photos to download or delete in one shot.
PhotoSync (iOS, Android) also uses mobile and desktop apps. You can transfer photos to a Windows or Mac computer, a network-attached storage device, or an online storage site such as OneDrive or Dropbox. The basic app is free but limits your photos to low-quality JPG images. For a one-time purchase of $13.99 or a subscription of 99 cents a month or $2.99 a year, you’ll get higher quality image transfers and other bonus features.
Download the app onto your phone and then install the free PhotoSync Companion for your Windows PC or Mac. Fire up the mobile app, and it automatically displays your camera roll. Select the photos you want to transfer. Tap the red transfer circle in the upper-right corner. You can now opt to transfer all the photos in your library or just the selected images.
Choose the destination, such as your computer, another phone or tablet, or a storage site. If you select your computer, make sure the companion app is running on your Windows PC or Mac. In the mobile app, tap the name of your computer. Your photos are then transferred, and PhotoSync creates a subfolder under your Pictures folder. That folder then opens automatically for you to view the transferred photos.
WiFi Photo Transfer
The free WiFi Photo Transfer app (iOS only) generates a local web page on your network from which you can view and download photos from your phone. Fire up the app on your phone and enter the URL displayed on the screen into your desktop browser.
The page shows all the photo libraries from your phone with your most recent photos at the top. Click the Recents link to see all your latest photos. Click the Download in .zip button. Select one or more photos and click the download selected pictures button. The photos are downloaded in a single zip file that you can then unzip on your PC.
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Do you transfer files between your PC and Android phone ? How do you do it? Most people use a USB cable to connect to their PC and then transfer files between the PC and Android phone. But, there is a more convenient way to do that. You can transfer files between your PC and your smartphone wirelessly. Does that sound good? Let’s see how it is done.
Things You Need to Transfer Files between Your PC and Android Phone Wirelessly
Before you start the process of transferring files between your PC and Android phone wirelessly, you need to install various applications on your phone.
- ES File Explorer: ES File Explorer is a file manager application for Android users. The app offers various features like a built-in search option, LAN browser, image viewer, etc. The LAN browser helps to transfer files through a Wi-Fi connection.
- swiFTP : swiFTP is a lightweight file transfer protocol (FTP) server that allows you to transfer multiple files to your PC. The file transfer is done through a secure FTP connection.
Once you’re done with installing the apps, which is available in the Play Store, you can start the process of transferring files between your PC and Android phone wirelessly.
Enabling FTP Access to Your Android Phone
After you are done with installing swiFTP in your Android phone, you need to launch it. It will ask for a username and password. So, create yourself a login and then connect to the swiFTP server. When you run the application, an IP address will be displayed, you need to note down the IP address along with the port. This information is required for you to establish an FTP connection.
Upload Files to Android Phone
The next step in transferring files between your PC and Android phone is uploading files to your Android phone. For this, you need to create a shortcut for your Android phone in your Windows machine. Right click on the desktop and select “Add a network location.” Now, enter the IP address you noted down earlier. You need to enter the same username you used in swiFTP and press the “Next” button. Give a name to the connection and press the “Next” button again. Now, you have successfully created a shortcut to access your Android phone from your PC.
Now, tap on this shortcut and enter the password you used for the FTP and you can easily access files and folders from your Android phone within your computer wirelessly.
Transferring Files Between Your PC and Android Phone
Here, you can transfer files between your PC and Android phone through the ES File Explorer . You just need to run the ES File Explorer and then move to file explorer and tap on the “New” button. Give a search and it will display all the shared folders in the LAN tab. Now, go back to your local tab and from there, copy the files and folders you need to copy to the PC and then come back to the LAN tab and paste it in the shared folder. Through this way, you have successfully transferred files between your PC and Android phone .
Transferring files between your PC and Android phone wirelessly is now easy with the help of the apps discussed here. It may seem complicated at first, but you will find it much easier in the long run than having to search for a cable to transfer your files.
Over the past few years, Android has evolved to become the best mobile operating system. Android devices are more like computers that we carry in our pockets. We store essential data on our Android devices like documents, photos, videos, music, etc.
Let’s admit; there are times when we all want to share data in between devices wirelessly. There are Android apps available to transfer files between PC and Android or from PC to Android.
3+ Methods to Wirelessly Share Data Between PC & Android
So, in this article, we have decided to share some of the best ways to share data between PC and Android smartphones wirelessly. So, let’s check out.
1. Using Airdroid
Well, Airdroid allows you to access and manage your Android Phone from windows, and that’s for free. In addition, you can quickly transfer your files between your devices with the help of Airdroid. Here’s how to use the AirDroid Android app.
Step1. You need to make sure that you have a working wifi connection between your computer and Android. Next, download and install AirDroid on your Android.
Step 2. You will be asked to Sign in or Sign up first. Signing up is not necessary as it provides the option of Sign up later. You need to click on Sign up later.
Step 3. Once the app is opened, you need to click on the option of Configure Wi-Fi network. Next, you need to enable the wifi and connect both of the devices.
Step 4. Once you have confirmed your working wifi connection, you will be given a web address of Airdroid as well as the browser URL. You need to head to http://web.airdroid.com on your computer browser where you will see a QR code.
Step 5. You need to scan the QR code from the mobile app to connect with your browser. That’s it! You will now see all files of your phone on your PC. AirDroid acts like an Android PC suite for PC.
You can now easily upload or download files to your computer with the help of AirDroid. For example, if you want to download an image, click on “Photos” Open the photo and download it. It is as simple as that. You can also use Android’s camera as a webcam.
The best part of this app is you don’t need to install any 3rd party app on your computer to access your android files on PC.
2. Sharing Files via Cloud Services
You can also rely on cloud storage services like Gdrive, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc., to share files between devices.
However, this method is only useful if you want to share small files. Popular cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive allow users to upload files from a computer or phone and then allow them to access those files from any device.
Moreover, cloud services like Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive have their app for mobile devices. So, you can use those apps to sync files between your devices. First, you need to visit the cloud provider’s website and then choose the plan.
3. Through Bluetooth
Well, the use of Bluetooth is diminishing day by day. But, technology is very popular before WiFi. There is still some space left for Bluetooth for file transfer, especially if your phone doesn’t have WiFi connectivity.
If you have a laptop, Bluetooth might be available, and if you have a desktop computer, you can buy a Bluetooth adapter for pc. The file transferring process with Bluetooth is much easier compared to WiFi which needs apps to work.
However, Bluetooth is much slower compared to WiFi. Bluetooth could be the best option if you need to transfer files below 100MB.
Apps to transfer files wirelessly.
Well, just like the above apps, there are plenty of other apps available on the internet. These file-sharing apps rely on WiFi to share files between PC and Android.
Here we will list down some of the best Apps that you can use to share data between PC and Android smartphones.
Feem is one of the best Android apps that does a simple thing. It transfers files between devices that were connected to the same WiFi network.
The best thing about Feem is that it’s available on almost every platform, and it can transfer files of any size.
2. Resilio Sync
Well, Resilio Sync is a little bit different compared to all others listed in the article. It’s pretty much similar to the cloud file storage services. The great thing about Resilio Sync is that it allows users to create their own private cloud.
After creating a private cloud, users need to connect devices to sync files between MAC, PC, NAS, and even servers.
It is one of the best Android apps available on the Google Play Store, which can share data between PC & Android wirelessly.
However, the app is mainly used for controlling Android from PC, but it also has some file-sharing features. Users need to install the Google Chrome extension or Windows app to mirror Android screen to PC.
4. Send Anywhere
It is another best Android app on the list which can be used to shared data between Android and PC. The great thing about Send Anywhere is that it allows users to transfer any file type without altering the original.
The app relies upon WiFi Direct to transfer files that don’t use data or the internet to exchange files.
So, in this article, we have discussed everything about WiFi file sharing. If you have any doubts related to this, let us know in the comment box below. I hope this article helped you! Please share it with your friends also.
Consumers will soon be able to transfer files wirelessly between the Samsung’s Link to Windows app and Microsoft’s Your Phone app for Windows 10. Sending files and photos from your PC to your Galaxy phone or visa-versa is about to become much quicker and simpler, provided your devices meet all of the requirements. Though the feature is only live for Windows 10 Insiders at the moment, the fact that it was included in the newest test build means general consumers should soon get their hands on this update.
Wireless file transfers will only work on Samsung devices that can run the Link to Windows app version 1.5 or higher. Devices that have been greenlit for this version are the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S20, and Note 10. Any users using devices older than these will need to make sure their device supports Windows app 1.5 or newer.
At this time, only 100 files can be transferred at a time via Link to Windows–not to mention each individual file must be 512MB or less. In order for this process to work, both devices must be connected to the same WiFi network.
Do your devices meet all of these requirements? Finally, here’s how you can wirelessly share files between your PC and Samsung smartphone.
Before you are ready to share files, you need to:
- Make sure your PC and smartphone are connected to the same wireless network.
- Open the Link to Windows app on your smartphone and make sure the Link to Windows option is turned on.
Send Files from your Samsung Galaxy to your Windows PC
Now that your devices are ready, here are instructions for sending files from your Samsung phone to your PC:
- Use My Files or Gallery to find the file(s) on your phone that you want to transfer.
- Press and hold the file you want until a checkmark appears–now you can select any other files you wish to transfer at this time.
- Long-press again, then drag the files you selected to the desired location on your PC.
- Wait until the transfers complete.
Send Files from your Windows PC to your Samsung smartphone
If you’re looking to send files in the other direction, here are instructions for sending files from your PC to your Samsung smartphone:
- Open the Your Phone app on your PC.
- Drag and drop the file(s) you wish to transfer to the Your Phone window.
- Wait for the files to transfer. (Note: Minimizing or closing the Your Phone window before the files have been copied will stop the transfer.
Transferred files are sent to your Samsung smartphone’s Downloads folder.
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AnyTrans is a name that has existed in the realm of mobile data management for years. iMobie’s AnyTrans utility has gained more and more features over the years with regular updates. We have also covered this incredibly easy-to-use piece of software on a few occasions before. It has been updated yet again, this time adding a whole new Android app and a web app too. Using AnyTrans for Android you can wirelessly transfer files between your PC and Android.
You can download the installer file from the official AnyTrans website linked below. It has the installer files for both Windows and macOS. Once you download the appropriate installer for your system, run it and you’ll see the options to install the iPhone & iPad Manager, Cloud Drives Manager and the Android Device manager. Since the app does a lot more than just wireless file transfer, it’s neat that it gives you the option to choose only the features you want to install.
How to connect AnyTrans For Android and your Android device
When you have the software installed on your PC, you’ll then be required to download the AnyTrans app on your Android device. The link to the app’s Google Play Store page is provided below.
AnyTrans Android Device Manager
To connect AnyTrans for Android on your PC with your Android device, you’ll either need a USB cable or both your devices on the same WiFi network. For most people, the latter should be a lot more convenient.
For some reason, I could not get the QR Code feature to work at all. After multiple retries, I resorted to using a USB cable instead. If you plan on using it, you’ll still need the Android app. Moreover, you’ll also be required to enable USB debugging on your Android device.
After that, when you connect your Android device to your PC, you’ll have to grant USB debugging permission to your computer. If you’ve previously connected your Android to your PC for using ADB or any other similar tools, you’ve probably already granted it. Make sure you check Always allow before you tap OK. If you don’t, you’ll have to grant the authorization each time you connect your Android to your PC using AnyTrans.
To learn how to authorize ADB commands on Android, go through our detailed tutorial.
With the app open on your PC, open the Android app on your Android device. Tap on the scan button in the top-right, and scan the QR code being displayed on your PC.
Note: You can also use the AnyTrans web app instead of you prefer to not install something on your PC.
When your Android device is connected, you’ll see something like the screenshot shown above on your PC. We probably don’t need to provide any tutorials for how to what here. Everything is laid out so perfectly and noticeably. Anybody should be able to simply start using the Device Manager.
Together, the Android App, the dedicated PC and Mac Apps, and the web app make sure that you can always wirelessly transfer files and data easily between your Android device and any kind of computer you use.
Wirelessly Transfer Files with AnyTrans Android Mover
AnyTrans Mover is another part of this app. It lets you transfer files wirelessly between Android devices as well as between iOS and Android devices. It’s the perfect tool for anyone who is buying the new Samsung Galaxy S10 right now.
You can move your iCloud backup, your iTunes Library, as well as all the data from your previous iOS or Android device to your new Galaxy S10.
Do you know?… You can easily track your Android device in case it’s lost or stolen. Read our article describing 3 ways to track Android phones.
AnyTrans Media Downloader
If all of that wasn’t enough, there’s even a built-in media downloader. The AnyTrans Media Downloader supports more than a thousand popular websites from where you can download audio and video files. The chief amongst these are websites like YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo, TED, Dailymotion, etc.
In the screenshot above, as an example, you can see all the different video and audio formats that you can directly download a video into, from YouTube.
If the new update seems interesting enough to you, you can download and install AnyTrans for Android for free. many of its features are free but if you like it, you can buy the full version. Here’s a link to the official download page.
If you are a long-time Android user, by now you probably have your go-to ways to transfer files between your PC and your phone. In this article, we will explore some of the different methods to get the photos or videos you just took from your android phone to your Windows PC as quickly as possible without a wire. What are our options? Let’s dive in.
There three main different ways to transfer photos between the PC and Android over the WiFi. I will try to break it down into specific categories rather than specific applications that perform similar actions or work similarly.
Method One: Native Windows integrations
The idea is you will be running apps like Microsoft’s Your Phone app on Windows and your Phone Companion app on your phone to pair up. Once you have them paired up you will have access to the photos right from your PC. There are some catches with this, you are limited to the setup on your PC and if you need the transfer to happen on a different machine this method is not portable enough. At the current stage, the Your Phone app offers different features based on the type of android phone you have. If you have a recent Samsung device it offers more integrations than any other android phone. The experience also varies depends on the version of Windows you are running. Microsoft is constantly working on improving this but for most of the users that don’t have Samsung devices, there is no two-way sync. It’s difficult for you to send a photo from your Windows to your android via this method.
I also want to point out, Microsoft’s Your Phone app isn’t the only choice you have for such type of deep integration. For example, if you have a Xiaomi device, they offer this deep integration with your PC called MIUI+. You can download and install a Windows integration app via https://plus.miui.com/
And you need to pair up and set up the connection similar to how it’s done with the Your Phone app. What you get seems to be more than what you get from Microsoft’s Your Phone app, but the feature is still under Beta and it’s not completely located, half of the app (Windows side) is not localized and you won’t be able to use if you don’t read Chinese.
I’m sure with other phone manufacturers there might be similar integration apps exist. Look this up if you are interested especially if you rely to do your work on your computer most of the time.
Method Two: Android Apps to allow remote access
There are tons of Android apps like PhotoSync or utility apps like AirDroid that existed and refined over the years to allow you remotely control part of your phone’s functions. Some app essentially hosts a small web server or FTP server to allow you to access this from any local network’s computer to both download and upload photos to the phone.
Method Three: Via Backup Sync Apps to public or private clouds
Use auto backup and sync apps like Google Photo, Dropbox, OneDrive or your private cloud-like Synology (DS Photo). The idea is to have an app that runs either on-demand or constantly in the background to enable two-way syncing between your phone and the cloud. More and more folks are opting for this method but like anything becomes popular. The more the demand the higher price you have to pay. If you have a large photo library you will likely need to pay up if not now but shortly. Google Photo will start charging you for storage starting June this year. Dropbox has always been the alternative and if you don’t trust public clouds run by big corporations you can always opt for your personal cloud like a Synology NAS.
Bonus: What about Bluetooth?
You can, but I don’t recommend using solely via Bluetooth. Because it’s slow unless we can have integrations like iOS’s airdrop that uses Bluetooth to establish a connection but uses WiFi to transfer the files at high speed on Windows. Bluetooth alone is too slow for my liking.