How to Share Files Between Mobile Phones – Which OS do you use?

Music, Documents, Photos, Videos, you name it. There is always that ringtone you want from your friend or there is that meme you have on your phone that everyone wants for a good laugh. Whatever the case, it is possible to share files with mobile phone, regardless of the OS you are on. The main challenge still posed is that iPhones do not always readily share files with other platforms and you then have to take the long way around to do so. Below are some of the ‘scenic routes’ you can take to share files on any and all OS.

Bluetooth: This is by far the most classic and foolproof way of sharing files between mobile phones. As long as you have your Bluetooth on and are discoverable over a selected number of seconds, have given the other phone permission to pair with your phone and the receiver has sufficient storage space on their phone, then you are at liberty to send all types of files whether someone is on Windows, iOS, Android or Mac.

File Storage & Transfer apps e.g. Dropbox: When you install Dropbox either on Mac, PC, or get the app, you are able to store files which then makes it possible to share files with mobile phone. There is a sync option on Dropbox which can auto-store any files that come into your phone or desktop. You can then share a link with someone else and they can in turn view the files in your Dropbox and vice versa.

WhatsApp: The hype around this simple messaging app is through the roof. You can actually share files, especially images, audio and video. Select the person or chat group you want to share a file with and click ‘send’ after attaching the file. WhatsApp works on all platforms so you do not have to worry about your file not getting to the receiver.

Anysend App: This is a desktop and mobile application that is easy to use to share files with mobile phone. You just download the app from the website for your selected platform and then you can be able to select the desired file, select the receiver and send. Just make sure your Wi-Fi is turned on.

Google Drive: This was initially assumed to be a strictly Android app but you can now download it on Mac, Windows, PC or Android gadgets. Google Drive is perfect for large files and you get an introductory 15GB to play around with. You can share files privately or give a wider network a chance to edit or view the stored documents. What’s so cool about Google Drive is that when you take pictures of documents, it can automatically store them in PDF format. Talk about scanning made easy!

Pushbullet: This is so much more than a file transfer app. You can also share links, respond to chats and texts from whichever gadget you are on and also get information on your interests. You can receive notifications from your phone or desktop on all Pushbullet synced gadgets, wherever you are. It is available on iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, and PC and is compatible with all known browsers (Chrome, Firefox Safari, and Opera). Getting to share files with mobile has never been this easier.

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4 Responses

  1. Jasmine2015 says:

    I have used Google Drive in the past when sharing some files it has been great. I heard of Whatsapp before but have never used it. Thanks for the tips on file sharing.

  2. Theonewhoknocks says:

    I have an iPhone and I typically use dropbox and google drive whenever I want to share my files to other people. A lot of my friends have android phones so I just like using an easy app where I can have the ability to send my files even if we do not have the same OS. These two apps are very useful and provide enough storage for my pictures and videos.

  3. madbunnyXD says:

    I used to play with an Ubuntu netbook, so even if I wanted Google Drive, I’d have to use a third-party program to access it. I use something called Copy right now. I think it also starts with 15 GB freebie. I got extra storage from referrals though. It’s good enough for me since I was able to use it on my phone, my Ubuntu netbook, and the PC.

  4. Diane Lane says:

    I haven’t really explored any of these methods of file sharing. I was using iOS for a long time, so would actually either email, or use Kik messenger to share things such as photographs, but now that I’ve read this, I’ll have to investigate some of the options presented in the article. Thanks for such a comprehensive list.

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