Seven ways to transfer files between an Android phone and a computer

Seven ways to transfer files between an Android phone and a computer


Sometimes you need a file from your Android phone on the PC and vice versa. Although a few years ago that was almost synonymous with plugging the phone to the PC using its cable, today there are plenty of alternatives to transfer files between a PC and an Android phone.

For you to choose the one that suits you, here we suggest X ways to transfer files from Android to PC and vice versa, both with external applications and with generic, common and not so common methods.

With a USB cable

It is, in a way, the standard way to access the files of the mobile from the PC, although it has the disadvantage that you need to use a quality cable and that, sometimes, it may fail or be a bit slower than other methods.

All you need is to connect the mobile phone to the PC using a USB cable and choose the option Transfer photos or Transfer files on the mobile. Both options have similar behaviour, although the technology behind varies. In essence, the result is that the mobile folders are displayed in the file browser, so you can copy and move files as you wish.

In Windows, you will find your mobile phone under the name of the device, being able to access its internal memory or micro SD card (if any). Although it behaves just like Windows folders, the system is a bit slower, so it is better to copy files and do operations little by little to avoid saturation.

With the official application

The official Android mobile applications for PC are a few doldrums, but some manufacturers like Samsung or Huawei are still betting on them. They don’t really differ too much from the cable connection, except that you use a special application to handle the files.

The use varies from one brand to another, although generally, you must follow a series of steps to make the connection between the application on the mobile and the mobile. Nothing complicated, except accept connections on the mobile and connect the cable at the right time. Usually, an assistant is included to help you during the process.

Via Bluetooth

Sending files via Bluetooth is a bit out of order because it is not entirely practical and somewhat slow, although it is good to take it into account when other options are not available. The good thing is that, if your PC has Bluetooth connectivity, you don’t depend on other apps or cables.

In this case, you need to be more proactive because you must send the file from one device and accept its reception on the other. To send a file from Android you must use the Android Share menu, but Windows must be configured to wait for the reception of a file. This is done with a right-click on the Bluetooth icon in the Notification Area, choosing to Receive a file.

To do the opposite, that is, to send files from Windows to your mobile, you must right click on the Bluetooth icon and choose to Send a file. Then you need to choose your mobile in the next step and, finally, the file in question. In the mobile, you must accept the reception of the file.

With AirDroid, PushBullet and the like

In addition to official applications, there are third-party offers that also serve as a bridge between the mobile and the PC. The most famous is AirDroid, although it is not the only one. Another well-known alternative is PushBullet, although in this case, the free version has more limitations.

Basically they are like the official applications we saw before but running on a large number of devices instead of just a specific brand. In this case, they require that you install an application on the mobile and another on your PC, although AirDroid also has a web version.

The Google Drive, OneDrive and company cloud

Another way to access PC files on mobile and vice versa is synchronizing them in the cloud. In Android the most common is to do it with Google Drive because it is preinstalled on most devices, in addition to the PC has a web version (with an application to facilitate synchronization).

Whether you use Google Drive as Dropbox or OneDrive, the operation is the same: you upload the files from one device to be able to access them from another, being able to generate a download link to access the files more quickly.

Telegram, WhatsApp and the like

A classic way of saving and transferring files from one site to another has always been by sending them to yourself, by one means or another. If a few years ago it was normal to send the files by e-mail, now what it takes is to use the messaging applications.

In this, sending files from one ladder to another Telegram is one of the best alternatives, since its cloud service offers virtually unlimited space and even has its own section to talk to yourself. Technically it is possible to do it also with WhatsApp, although it requires a few additional steps. Facebook Messenger is another viable alternative to send files that you can later recover on other phones or PCs.

Shared folders and FTP

Finally, we cannot forget some classic and generic alternatives, such as the connection to shared units or the use of FTP servers. For this, you will need a good file browser, such as MiXPlorer (only the Silver Mix paid version is available on Google Play ).

The configuration can be somewhat tedious, but the good thing is that you only need to carry it out once. From that moment, you can access a shared folder of the PC on your mobile. It is the same story for FTP, although it requires that you have an active FTP server or on the PC or mobile. By the way, that MiXPlorer itself can create FTP and HTTP servers with the press of a button.

If you create an FTP server on your mobile, you must use an FTP client to connect to the mobile and access the files. The advantage of the HTTP server is that it works like a web page, so by entering the web address in the browser, you can now access the files.

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