There are a lot of apps can help Android users share their files between mobile phones, or between mobile and computers, such as SHAREit, Zapya, Xender and many others. Some of them are free to download and use. However most of these apps come with annoying ads. In an earlier post, we introduced the ShareMe free file transfer, a very complete and versatile app. It is very clean, no ads and is valid for almost all Android devices. You don’t have to own a Mi phone, in order to use this free file transfer. It also works on Samsung, Huawei, OnePlus, Lenovo, ZTE, Nexus, Oppo, Vivo, Tecno, Infinix, and other Android powered devices. Today, we will show you how to send a file from Android to the computer or the other way around using this free file sharing app.
ShareMe can share all kinds of files between Android and computer, photos, music, videos, apps, documents and any other file types. You can share what you want without the need for an internet connection. If you have a router or Wi-Fi network, connect both phone and PC to the same same network, then ShareMe can copy files between them in your local network with blazing fast speed. As we mentioned above, it is not necessary to have an Internet connection to share files. The data exchange happens in your local network. If not router or Wi-Fi network available, the application can set up an access point or hotspot on your mobile phone, so other phones or computers can connect to it for file sharing.
Shareme sending files to PC via FTP
This is the way we highly recommend. The app turns your mobile phone into a FTP server so that it can be connected from a FTP client or a desktop browser to access all the files of the phone, and copy files and documents between them. It is ideal for bulk file transfer.
First of all, connect both phone and computer to the same Wi-Fi network. Then run ShareMe on the phone. You will see two big buttons, ‘Send’ and ‘Receive’, along with several other options below them.
Touch Share to PC option to open the Connect to computer screen in ShareMe. The Wi-Fi status displays the current Wi-Fi network it connects to.
Tap on the Start button at the bottom, then choose a connection type, either Portable (not sure) or Password-protected. If you are the only one in the same Wi-Fi network, you can go Portable; of you are the same Wi-Fi with others and you don’t want them to access your phone, choose Password-protected and go to set a username and password which are required in order to access your mobile phone. In this demo, we will just choose Portable, then tap on OK button. After that, the FTP address displays at the bottom.
Now launch the file manager on your computer to access this FTP address and you will then be able to browse through files and folders on your phone from your PC or Mac. Copy files or folders from the mobile phone or desktop computer, then paste them to the other.
Here we’d like to recommend a free open source FTP client, FileZilla, which is the most popular and easy to use FTP Client. It is feature rich and available for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Do a search for filezilla on Google, download and install this free FTP client onto your PC or Mac. Launch the FTP program. Enter ShareMe FTP server address in the Host field and FTP port in the Port field. If you have created secured FTP server protected with user/password, also type in them in the Username and Password separately. Hit the Quickconnect button to connect to your mobile phone from your computer via FileZilla.
Scroll down to the Local site and Remote site section to find and open the source and destination folders. Files beneath these folders will be listed in the Filename boxes. Choose the source files you like to transfer, right click on the selected files and choose Upload or Download to copy them over from PC to phone or phone to PC.
Android file sharing via ShareMe WebShare
When no Wi-Fi network available, the file transfer app can create a hotspot on your mobile phone, so other devices can connect to this hotspot network for file sharing. To do that, launch ShareMe on your Android phone, you will see Webshare at the bottom right corner, just besides the Share to PC option. Tap on Webshare, then Share, you will be taken to the file categories to select the files and documents you want to share. Choose the files, then tap on Send button at the bottom. The Webshare screen opens with hotspot network name and its password.
Ask your friend to connect to this network just like they connect their phone or computer to a Wi-Fi network. Go back to the Webshare screen on the phone, tap on Next button to show the web share address. Ask your friend to enter this in to their browser’s address bar to download files you have selected on your phone.
FTP vs Hotspot file transfer
FTP transfer is ideal for batch file transfer from phone to computer or computer to phone. Webshare over Hotspot only helps with file transfer from phone to computer, not the other way around. And due to the permission issue, the file sharing app may fail to create hotspot on the phone.
Other apps to transfer Android files
Xender is a file transferring and sharing app for Android, iOS, Windows, Mac and more. The app allows user to easily transfer and share files. Check out this guide to files between Android and computer using Xender for free.