4 Ways to Simplify Android File Transfer (Not Just Android WiFi File Transfer)

Do you find using your traditional way to move files between your PC and your Android phone a waste of time? Do you wish you could easily send photos and files between Android devices? This article shows some easy ways to move files between Android devices, or between an Android device and PC.

Method 1. Bluetooth - Transfer Android Photos and Apps Wirelessly for Free

Bluetooth, a wireless technology, can be used to transfer files between Android phones or tablets over a short distance. In the following, I list out its advantages and disadvantages to help you get understood. After that, you can follow the easy steps to do Android file transfer with Bluetooth.

Advantages:

  • Requires no internet.
  • Quick and easy.
  • Simple to use on almost all Android devices.
  • Move files from Android-to-Android and Android-to-PC.
  • Free of charge.

Disadvantages:

  • Only able to transport small files.
  • You cannot select several files to transfer.

Follow 3 steps to transfer Android photos over Bluetooth

Step 1: Select the photo or file you wish to transfer on your Android device, and select the ‘share via' icon, and choose ‘Bluetooth'(if your Bluetooth is not turned on, then you will be prompted to turn it on).

Step 2: Your device will then start searching for Bluetooth devices nearby it. Note, it is important that the receiving device has its Bluetooth turned on- this can most often be easily achieved by going into ‘settings' and finding the Bluetooth option, which will be easy to find on almost all Android devices. Once it is found, select it.

Step 3: Your receiving device will then notify you that there is a file being sent to it. Accept the incoming file. You will then have the new file on your device.

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Bluetooth can also be used on many Android devices to transport apps - for example on the Samsung Galaxy Note, you can send apps via Bluetooth by selecting the applications badge on the main menu and then tapping the menu button on the bottom left-hand side of the device, and you will see an option to ‘share app'.

Method 2. Google Drive – Do File Transfer for Android Effortlessly

Google Drive is a very useful Android WiFi file transfer app. It's created by Google, which gives you the power to upload your personal data, including photos, document files and more from your Android device to the cloud. Then, you have easy access to these data wherever you go and share them with your friends and families.

Advantages:

  • You can access your files from any device through your Google Drive Account.
  • You can select many files, create folders, share with groups of people and access it all from any device that supports Google Drive.

Disadvantages:

  • Requires Wi-Fi.
  • The space provided for free is limited (15GB, but more can be purchased).
  • Doesn't automatically back up all the information on your device, you have to manually select.

Follow 6 steps to do Android file transfer with Google Drive.

Step 1: Open the Google drive app and upload new documents by selecting the upload icon, at the bottom left of the screen.

Step 2: Choose the app through which you wish to complete the action. That is, if you want to upload a song, you could select the ‘Music Player' option.

Step 3: The photo you have uploaded will appear.

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Step 4: Now, on your Android device or any other device you have with Google Drive installed, if you log into your account all your documents will load and appear.

Step 5: You can now select the image you originally uploaded on another device, and download it onto which ever device you want the file on.

Step 6: You now have the file permanently in your Google Drive account, and can access it and download it onto any device through the Google Drive app.

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Method 3. AirDroid – Transfer Android files to PC over WiFi

AirDroid is a very famous tool, letting you manage and transfer Android photos, ringtones, video and more from a web browser.

Advantages:

  • Wirelessly back-up and manage your entire Adroid files from your PC.
  • Send messages, take photos, edit contacts all without any USB cable required.
  • An extra bonus is being able to wirelessly track and monitor your Android phone if you lose it, and if required you can delete all the information on it.
  • Free

Disadvantages:

  • Require a same Wi-Fi connection between your PC and Android device.

Follow the 6 steps to use AirDroid to transfer files from PC to Android, and vice versa.

Step 1: Open the Google Play Store, search AirDroid and download it.

Step 2: Open AirDroid on your Android mobile device, it will come up with a pop up asking you to enable real time sharing with your PC, select "Enable". You will be then taken through to the AirDroid homepage.

Step 3: In order to access this service, you will be required to provide an email address and a password. Alternatively, you can sign in through a Google Account, Facebook or Twitter.

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Step 4: After having signed into your account on the PC, you will now need to do the same on your phone.

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Step 5: An option with this service is to enable ‘Find Phone', this has the very useful feature of being able to remotely wipe your phone of all important data in case of theft, or if you lose your phone.

It also can monitor how many times the passcode has been entered into your phone, and you can change the maximum attempts allowed before the device locks itself. You do not have to accept this if you do not wish to, but it is an extremely helpful tool and can relieve much of the panic and stress around losing your phone, particularly if there is important information on it.

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Step 6: Congratulations! All of the information from your Android Phone has now been wirelessly transmitted to your computer. You can now operate your phone through your computer.

You can send phone messages to people from your computer, and then when you are out and you can still follow the same conversation on your mobile. Every time you change a contact on your computer, it will automatically update on your phone when it is connected to WiFi, as shown below:

android wireless file transfer

Method 4. One Click to Transfer files between Android Devices

Unfortunately, many apps that are available to wirelessly transfer photos and files between Android devices are unstable and are complicated to use. In addition to this, transferring files over Bluetooth is much slower, and only allows small file transfer. So, if you want to transport a lot of photos, it is not that helpful.

Luckily, dr.fone - Switch allows you to connect more than one Android phone or tablet to the PC using USB cables, so you can easily move apps, photos, and more between Android devices. What's more, it supports almost all Android mobiles and tablets.

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Follow the steps to transfer files from one Android to another.

Step 1: Download and install dr.fone. After launching this tool, connect both devices to your PC, click "Switch" in the main menu, and wait until the devices are recognized by the tool.

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Step 2: In the new screen, you can see both Android devices appear. You can click "Flip" to specify any one as the source device and the other one as the destination device.

Step 3: Select the file types for transfer and click "Start Transfer".

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Step 4: Then you can see that all files can be transferred in just a while.

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