Send Audio Files: 8 Ways To Share Music & Songs Fast

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This article covers 8 ways to send audio files online. We’ll take into account file formats used by professionals, and MP3 format used by the general public.

The solutions we’ll look at are:

  1. Email
  2. Bluetooth
  3. WhatsApp
  4. Facebook Messenger
  5. Google Drive
  6. One Drive
  7. iCloud
  8. Filemail

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Most Popular Audio File Formats Shared

All types of audio files are transferred between people and organizations. In personal situations, it could be voice recordings, songs, and music files. In a professional capacity, it can be things like voice-over, sound effects, music, and songs. 

Professionals who work with audio will either use lossless compression or uncompressed formats when sending audio files. This is because they need to preserve the quality and fidelity of the sound. File types they typically work with include WAV, AIFF, and FLAC. Lossless compression in this case is file types such as Zip and RAR.

Non-professionals who share audio, certainly in the case of music and songs will use the ubiquitous MP3. 

Typical file sizes for 1 minute of popular audio file formats 

File Format Kilo Hertz (kHz) Bit Depth File Size (MB)
WAV
44.1
16
10.09
AIFF
44.1
16
10.09
FLAC
44.1
16
5.58
MP3
44.1
128 kbps
0.914

How To Send Audio Files

Depending on the format, and the resultant file size, some methods to share audio files are better suited than others.

1. Email

email audio files

The easiest way to transfer MP3 files is by mailing them to the senders. Use the attachment option to attach the desired audio files, and hit send. 

Email service providers have limits on how large an attachment you can send. Typically, the size is 10 MB to 25 MB depending on the provider. You can use lossless compression such as Zip or RAR tools to reduce file size. But even then, you are still severely hampered in your ability to send large audio files.

Pros & Cons Of Emailing Audio Files

Pros

1. You’ll have an email address, and know-how to attach and send emails. 

Cons

1. Due to the attachment size limit, you can’t send high-quality audio files, nor many files.

2. Bluetooth

use bluetooth to share audio files

Bluetooth has been around for many years and is often on mobile devices. Not only can you use it to connect various peripheral devices such as speakers and headphones, but also to transfer files. 

How To Share Audio Files Using Bluetooth

1. Enable Bluetooth on both sending and receiving device.

2. Pair the devices with each other.

3. Select the audio file you want to share, and click on the Share icon.

4. Select the Bluetooth icon and press Send.

5. The recipient will have to accept the transfer.

Pros & Cons Of Bluetooth File Sharing

Pros

1. Easy to use.

2. Wireless so no messing with wires.

3. Bluetooth is a popular feature that is often present on mobile devices, and easily installed onto devices that don’t have it.

Cons

1. Slow transfer rates mean this is not a feasible option for sending large files.

2. Bluetooth shouldn’t be used to transfer high-resolution audio.

3. Bluetooth transfer can only be done with devices no more than 100 m apart.

3. WhatsApp

using whatsapp to share music

WhatsApp is a very popular messaging app that is often used to share images, documents, videos, and audio files. 

How To Send Audio Files Via WhatsApp

1. Go to the contact you want to share with

2. Click on the Paperclip icon that is in the message box.

3. Select the Audio icon

4. Browse to and select the desired audio file

5. Click on send to transfer the file

Pros & Cons Of Using Wireless To Send Files

Pros

1. Quick and easy to share.

2. A popular messaging app, so there is a good chance the app is installed on a device.

Cons

1. Both parties will need to install WhatsApp and be on each other’s contact list.

2. Can only send up to 100 MB file.

3. Audio recorded using WhatsApp can only be 16 MB in size.

4. WhatsApp will compress audio files, so you will lose quality.

5. Due to iOS limitations, you can’t use an iPhone to share audio files.

4. Facebook Messenger

facebook messenger

Facebook Messenger is a free messaging app that lets you contact your friends on Facebook. As well as the ability to send chat messages, you can share photos, videos, and other files including music and songs.

How To Send Music Files Via WhatsApp

1. On a desktop computer, log in to Messenger.

2. Go to the person you want to share with.

3. Click on the “+” icon, then click on the Paperclip icon.

4. Select the file you want to share.

5. Press “Enter” to send the file.

Pros & Cons Of Transferring Audio Files Via Facebook Messenger

Pros

1. It’s free to download.

2. It is simple to use.

Cons

1. Can only send files from a desktop computer.

2. The maximum file size is only 150 MB.

3. Slow transfer speeds.

4. Privacy concerns.

5. Google Drive

google drive logo

If you use Google services such as Gmail, then you will have Google Drive. Google Drive is a cloud-based hosting and sharing service. You upload your file, then share the link with whomever. 

How To Share Music With Google Drive

1. Go to Google Drive.

2. Click on New, and select the file you want to upload. Alternatively, you can drag and drop the desired file.

3. Once uploaded you right-click on the file, and select the Share option.

4. Enter the email address of people you want to share the file with. 

5. Alternatively, you can right-click and select Get Link. You can then share the link with people who can then download the file.

Pros & Cons Of Using Google Drive To Share Music

Pros

1. Free, with paid options.

2. Easy to use interface.

3. Tight integration with other products in Google’s ecosystem.

4. Multi-platform apps

5. The maximum file size is 5 TB. 

Cons

1. Only have 15 GB of storage space in their free tier.

2. Transfer speeds can be slow.

3. You’ll need to have a Google account.

4. Privacy concerns as Google will analyze your content.

5. No password protection of files.

6. No notification if a file you shared has been accessed.

6. One Drive

one drive logo

One Drive is Microsoft’s cloud-based offering. Similar to Google Drive, you upload a file, get a link and share it with whomever you want.

How To Use One Drive To Share Files

1. Go to OneDrive.

2. Click on Upload which is near the top of the window.

3. Navigate to and select the audio file you want to share, alternatively, you can drag and drop the file instead.

4. Once the file has been uploaded, you highlight it, and then select the Share option which is at the top of the window.

5. You can choose to get a shareable link to the file or email the link to intended recipients.

Pros & Cons Of Using One Drive To Transfer Files

Pros

1. Free, with paid options to upgrade.

2. Strong integration with Microsoft’s many products including in-built support within MS Office.

3. Multi-platform apps.

4. The maximum file size is 250 GB. 

Cons

1. You’ll need to have an account associated with a Microsoft product, typically an Outlook, Hotmail, or Live email address.

2. You only get 5 GB of free storage space.

3. No notification if a file you shared has been accessed. 

7. iCloud

icloud logo

If you are an Apple user, you have an additional option to share the file with other Apple users through iCloud.

File Sharing Via iCloud

1. Upload your file by clicking on the ‘cloud with an upward arrow’ icon.

2. Go to your desired file and click on open.

3. Once uploaded, you open the transferred file.

4. Make a note of the URL that indicates where the file is stored in iCloud.

5. Share that URL with the required recipients using email or a chat app.

Pros & Cons Of iCloud File Transfer

Pros

1. Free, with paid options.

2. Tight integration within Apple’s ecosystem

3. The maximum file size is 50 GB.

Cons

1. Need to have an Apple account.

2. Not as easy to share files when compared to other services.

3. Only get 5 GB of free storage.

4. No notification if a file you shared has been accessed. 

8. Filemail

use filemail to send audio files

Filemail is an online cloud-based sharing service that lets you send data files or folders of any type and size. Our desktop software uses UDP transfer acceleration which is much faster than TCP-based solutions, for example, your browser. 

We have a free option that you can use to send up to 5 GB a day. Our free option includes not only usage of our website, but all of our apps. You can send files from Android, iPhone, iPad, Mac, and PC.

How To Use Filemail To Send Audio Files For Free

1. Go to our home page or if you want to use an app go to our apps page.

2. You can choose if you want to, send it as an email or, receive a download link which you can share in other ways.

3. If  you are sharing as an email, fill in the To and From email fields. Enter a Subject. You can also add a message if you want to.

4. Click on Add Files or Add Folder, alternatively, you can drag and drop the intended files.

5. Click on Send. The files will be uploaded to our web-based service.

6. The recipients will get a link which they can use to access and download the shared files. If you selected Send As Link, you will get a URL link that you can share on social media, forums, in chat apps; the choice is yours.

Pros & Cons Of Filemail Free

Pros

1. It’s free, with paid options to upgrade.

2. Any music file type.

3. Get notified when someone downloads your files.

4. As easy as sending an email.

5. Multi-platform apps.

6. Fast transfer rates.

Cons

1. Free option only lets you send up to 5 GB a day.

2. Files are only stored for 7 days. 

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WiFi File Transfer: Free & Alternatives

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In this article we will cover how to share files using WiFi file transfer apps. We’ll also show how you can use alternatives such as Windows 10 Your Phone app, Windows 10 Nearby Sharing, Apple AirDrop, and Filemail. 

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What Is WiFi File Transfer?

WiFi file transfer is a solution to help you share files to and from devices connected to the same WiFi network. This means that the devices have to be fairly near to each other, and the router. 

This is different from WiFi Direct which doesn’t need a router. 

The best part about WiFi file transfer is that it isn’t slow like Bluetooth. 

Since all Windows, Apple, and Android devices can connect to a WiFi router, you can wirelessly transfer files between the various operating systems.

But you do need the assistance of some software on your mobile device to execute this method, and the process can be fiddly.

How Does WiFi File Transfer Work?

Apps like ShareIt, Zapya and others work in a similar way, so let’s take a look at what is involved.

wireless file transfer

The Basic Premise In WiFi File Transfer Between Mobile Devices

1. Install a WiFi file transfer app on both mobile devices.

2. On the sending device, click on Send and select the files you want to share, click on Send again. 

3. Follow the instructions, which will typically be things like turn off mobile hotspot, turn on Bluetooth.

4. On the receiving device, click on Receive, turn on Bluetooth. You will see a QR code.

5. On the sending device, scan the QR code shown on the receiving device.

6. You can now send the desired file.

WiFi File Transfer Between Mobile Devices And A Computer

1. Install a WiFi file transfer app on the mobile device.

2. On the sending device, click on Send and select the files you want to share, click on Send again.

3. You will be given a URL, that you must go to on your computer’s browser.

4. On your browser you will see a QR code, that you must scan using your mobile device.

5. On your computer, you will see the file you shared, download it.

When Is It Best To Use WiFi File Transfer?

wifi local sharing

If you are looking to transfer files locally between different platforms, then this method has its uses. It does the job of sharing files between two or more cross-platform devices.

There is no need to have a USB or Lightning to USB cable on you as you can use a wireless connection. In some cases, you will have to install an app on both the sending and receiving device. There is some fiddling about in terms of receiving devices going to specific URLs, scanning codes, and what-not.

WiFi File Transfer Substitutes

There are substitutes to WiFi file transfer apps, where the goal is to share files locally. If you don’t have an appropriate USB cable handy, or you want to share using a wireless network, you can use:

1. Windows 10 Your Phone app.

2. Windows 10 Nearby Sharing.

3. AirDrop.

1. Windows 10 Your Phone App

windows 10 nearby sharing

You can use the Your Phone app to transfer files to and from a Windows 10 PC to Android and iPhone. The connection between PC and phone is via WiFi.

How To Get Up And Running

1. Open Your Phone App.

2. You will be asked “What kind of phone do you have?”. Select Android or iPhone. For this example, we’ll go with Android. Click on Continue.

3. You will be told to go to www.aka.ms/yourpc on your Android phone, and to install the app Your Phone Companion. Or you can go directly to Google Play Store, and search for Your Phone Companion – Link To Windows.

4. Once installed on your phone, you click on Link Your phone and PC.

5. On your PC, check “Yes, I finished installing Your Phone Companion”, then click on Open QR Code.

6. Scan the QR Code using your phone. Check and accept the various permission requests.

What Types Of Files Can You Share?

Depending on the phone, you will either be able to share images from your Gallery only or images from Gallery and My Files.

How To Transfer Files From Android Phone To PC Using Your Phone App

1. On Your Phone app on your PC, click on Apps, then click on Phone Screen.

2. Go to the files you want to copy to your Android phone.

3. Drag and drop the desired files onto Phone Screen on Your Phone app.

How To Transfer Files From PC To Android Using Your Phone App 

1. On your PC open the Phone Screen.

2. Navigate to either the Gallery or My Files.

3. Drag and drop the desired files from the Phone Screen to your PC.

Pros

1. Sharing locally between some Android devices and Windows 10 is easy.

2. Can upload or download multiple files at the same time.

Cons

1. PC must have Windows 10 May 2019 Update.

2. Graphics card that supports Direct X 11.

3. Android device must be running Android 9.0 or higher.

4. You have to install Your Phone Companion – Link To Windows app on some devices.

5. Can’t share files over long distances due to the need to be connected to the same WiFi.

6. Files can’t be larger than 512 MB.

7. iPhone is not supported properly.

8. Depending on your device you may only be able to share images.

2. Windows 10 Nearby Sharing 

your phone app for wifi file transfer

Nearby Sharing can help you share files between PCs using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

To Share Files Using Windows 10 Nearby Sharing

1. Make sure that WiFi and Bluetooth features are turned on both your devices. Furthermore, disconnect from any network, including the internet, to start sharing files with another computer.

2. Go to Start > Settings > System.

3. Near the bottom on the left-hand side of the window you’ll see ‘Shared Experiences’

4. Go to the bottom-right of your Windows desktop screen and open the action center (marked by a message cloud icon). 

5. Click Nearby sharing and turn it on. Repeat the same process on your other Windows PC.

6. From the file explorer, find and select the file or files you want to share. Right-click on the selection and click Share.

7. For weblinks, go to the website you wish to share using Microsoft Edge. Click Settings and more and then Share.

8. Choose the name of the computer you want to share your data with.

9. On your other Windows device, click Save on the notification that pops up on the screen, and your transfer is finished. 

Pros & Cons Of Using Windows 10 Nearby Sharing

Pros

1. Quick and easy data sharing between PCs.

2. Secure method of the file transfer. In the settings, you can pick and choose which devices you are visible to. 

3. You don’t need an internet connection or a WiFi router for this transfer. 

Cons

1. PC must have Windows 10 May 2019 Update.

2. Graphics card that supports Direct X 11.

3. Nearby Sharing features only allow you to share files between Windows computers. 

4. The method doesn’t cover long distances because of the low range of the WiFi connection. 

3. Apple AirDrop

apple airdrop

If you are an iPhone user, you must have heard of AirDrop. 

Airdrop is an Apple exclusive feature that lets you share files between iPhone, Macs and iPads.

With the flexibility of Airdrop, you can easily transfer all your data to any Apple device of your choice. And the app doesn’t only work for photos and videos. You can share texts, locations, website links, and much more.

How To Share Files Using AirDrop On iPhone

1. Go to the Control Center on your phone and turn on both Bluetooth and WiFi. Also, tap the AirDrop icon to turn it on.

2. Choose the files you wish to send and press the share button on the bottom left side of your screen. 

3. Any Apple devices active around you will show up on your phone. Tap the one that you want to share your data with. 

4. Accept the file on your other device and the transfer will be completed.

How To Transfer Files Using AirDrop On Mac

1. Selecting your file of choice, click on the Share option in your app window.

2. Now choose the relevant file recipient from all the options that appear on your screen.

3. Click Accept on your other device when you get a notification of the file transfer. 

Pros & Cons Of Sharing Files Using AirDrop

Pros

1. Having a dedicated free app for transferring files makes it easy to send and receive files between various devices.

2. With AirDrop, you can easily send or receive any file, no matter what the size. This makes it especially convenient to transfer large photo and video files between devices.

3. You don’t need to connect any wires. As long as all your devices are close by, you can transfer any file you like.

4. Apple’s trademark file sharing app is not only free but is also safe from hackers. It is constantly updated to keep you and your data secure.

Cons

1. As the app uses Bluetooth and WiFi technology, you can share files over distances longer than 30 feet.

2. AirDrop is not compatible with non-Apple devices. Also, iPhones don’t have the regular Android feature of Bluetooth file sharing. Meaning you can’t transfer anything to your Windows PC using this app.

3. If you have an old device, from before 2010, you can’t use the AirDrop wireless feature.

Filemail: The WiFi File Transfer Alternative

filemail wifi transfer alternative

WiFi and even Bluetooth work perfectly when both devices are close to each other and file sizes are small.

But how can you transfer files to a device further afield? Or share files with friends and family? 

Certainly in a professional capacity, you will often have to send files to people and organizations that are distributed globally.

That’s where Filemail comes in. No complicated setups, no scanning QR codes, no jumping through hoops. Sending a file is as easy as sending an email.

How To Send Files Using Filemail

Go to Filemail.com and follow these simple steps:

1. On the homepage, type in the recipient’s email address in the To field.

2. Write your email address in the From field. Then type in the subject of your email. Also, add in a message if you like.

3. Click on Add Files to pick individual files for transfer. Or click Add Folder to send an entire folder worth of data.

4. Click on Send. Your files will be uploaded to Filemail’s cloud.

5. The recipient will get an email with a link to download the shared files. Or you can get a secure link and share that however you want.

Benefits Of Using Filemail To Share High-Quality Photos

Pros

1. Send up to 5 GB free

With Filemail, you can send and receive data without paying a penny.

2. Easy To Use Interface

The app has a user-friendly interface that is easy to use and understand. 

3. The Recipient Doesn’t Need Filemail

The person at the receiving end doesn’t need to install any app.

4. On All Platforms

We have apps for Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac computers, and a browser-based application. This means, you can use the same software to transfer all your files, to any device, near or far.

Cons

1. It Needs Internet

The only real con for this method is that you need a stable internet connection to use it. Both the sender and receiver must have a strong network connection to upload and download files respectively.

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How To Send High Quality Photos: 6 Free Methods

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This article mentions 6 ways you can use to send high quality photos without losing quality. The methods are:

  • Email
  • Bluetooth 
  • AirDrop 
  • Wi-Fi Direct 
  • Google Photos
  • Filemail: File-Sharing App

If you want to share files using a USB cable or SD card, then check out our article on how to transfer files from phone to computer. 

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Problems With Sending High Quality Images

Imagine being a photographer who works with high-resolution images. Where would you go if you want to upload your work on the internet? What would you use if you wanted to send high-quality photographs to your clients? 

There are many solutions you can use to send photos. But, when it comes to sending high-quality photos some of these solutions bring their own set of problems:

  • Uploaded images suffer from a loss of quality due to automatically being compressed or converted to a lossy file format
  • Unable to upload large file sizes
  • You can’t upload certain file types
  • Unable to share files over large distances

It’s not just photographers who have to circumvent these problems, but also those who work with high-resolution images. Countless e-commerce businesses require high-resolution photography only, so they can show the products they sell in a manner visitors and buyers demand. 

With that out of the way, what methods can you use to send high-resolution images?

6 Methods To Send High Quality Photos

There are many methods to share high-quality photos, each has advantages and disadvantages. Let’s take a closer look at each method. 

1. Email

email audio files

Email wasn’t designed to send photo’s, but it can be used if the image files are under the maximum attachment size. Typical attachment sizes for the major free email providers are shown below.

Email Provider Maximum File Attachment Size
Gmail
25 MB
Microsoft Exchange Server
10 MB
Outlook
20 MB

How To Send Photos Without Losing Quality Using Email

1. Click on New Email or Compose.

2. Type the email address of the intended recipient.

3. Fill in the subject, and optional body text.

4. Click Attach File, and select the images you want to send.

5. Click on the Send button when ready.

If sending from a PC, you can compress multiple images into a single archived file such as a Zip or RAR file. You then attach the archive via the attachment option, and you’re good to go.

If you plan to send photos via email on your smartphone, you can go directly to your gallery and select the images you want to send. When you select the sharing option, the menu will show you various methods. One such method will be via your primary email account that is linked to your phone.

You will still need to fill in the recipient email address, subject line, and optional body text.

Pros & Cons Of Using Email To Share Images

Pros

1. Sending an image is as easy as sending an email.

2. Multiple images can be sent either as attachments or compressed into a single folder.

Cons

1. Email attachment size can prohibit sending large images.

2. Some email clients and providers will automatically compress or resize images.

3. Sending a lot of images can be laborious and time-consuming.

2. Bluetooth

use bluetooth to share audio files

Bluetooth had once been the major image-sharing method for years. It was the easiest option to send high quality photos, certainly when sharing with friends and family.

Most smartphones are equipped with Bluetooth, and you can install a Bluetooth dongle on your PC as well to share high-quality images.

How To Send Photos Without Losing Quality Via Bluetooth

1. Turn on Bluetooth on the device you want to send images from. 

2. The receiver must also switch on Bluetooth.

3. You’ll then need to pair the devices:

i) PC as the sending device

a. Go to Start > Settings >  Devices > Bluetooth & Other Devices.

b. Click on Add Bluetooth or other device.

c. Select Bluetooth.

d. On the next screen, you will see your receiving device listed, click on it.

e. On your receiving device click on Pair, and on your PC click on Connect.

ii) Android phone as the sending device

a. Go to Settings > Bluetooth.

b. Look under Available Devices to see your receiving device listed, click on it.

c. You will get a notification on your PC: Add a device, Tap to set up your [device name].

d. On your phone click on Paid, and on your PC click on Connect.

4. Go to the image you want to share.

i) Sharing image from PC 

a. Right-click on the image and select Send To > Bluetooth Device. 

b. Select the listed receiving device, and click on Next. 

c. On your phone click on Accept.

ii) Sharing image from your phone

a. Tap on the Share icon.

b. Scroll to the Bluetooth icon.

c. On the Choose Bluetooth Device screen, tap on your PC Name.

d. On your PC confirm you want to receive the file.

Pros & Cons Of Sharing Images Using Bluetooth

Pros

1. Common technology present on mobile devices, printers, and many other gadgets. 

2. Free to use if you already have it present on your devices, and cheap to install if you don’t.

3. The technology is wireless; hence you don’t need an internet connection.

4. You can keep the image quality intact while sharing the files.

Cons

1. Devices need to be close to each other, the maximum distance is around 100 meters from each other.

2. Low bandwidth and slower transfer speeds of up to 25 Mbps.

3. Sending images one at a time is inefficient.

3. AirDrop

airdrop high quality pics

Airdrop is a file-sharing service that Apple users can use. It can be used to share images between all types of Apple devices such as iPhone, iPad, and MacBook.

It is a wireless transfer service that uses both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. You can transfer files over short distances, so the receiver can’t be more than 30 feet away.

How To Send High Quality Photos Using AirDrop

1. Open the control center on your iPhone. Tap on the AirDrop icon and select Contacts Only or Everyone.

2. After that, turn on the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, if they were not automatically switched on. 

3. The receiver will also need to have AirDrop enabled, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on. 

4. Go to the image you want to share, and select the Share option.

5. Under the AirDrop option, you can select the person you want to share the image with.

6. The receiver will need to accept the file being transferred.

Pros & Cons Of Using AirDrop To Transfer Pictures

Pros

1. The image size remains intact.

2. It is a speedy service.

3. AirDrop makes it easy to share files.

Cons

1. Only for Apple users which means devices such as iPhone, Mac, iPad, etc.

2. The devices should be near each, otherwise, the service doesn’t work.

3. AirDrop won’t work if both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are not switched on.

4. Wi-Fi Direct

use wifi direct for high resolution picture transfer

Wi-Fi Direct sometimes referred to as Wi-Fi P2P, is a wireless communication technology that enables two devices to establish a direct connection and share files. The technology enables browsing and file sharing possible without an internet connection, nor a Wi-Fi router.

You can use Wi-Fi Direct to share high-resolution images between devices. It’s like Bluetooth, although transfer rates are faster, and you don’t need to pair the devices. 

How To Use Wi-Fi Direct To Send High Quality Photos

1. On Android go to Settings > Wi-Fi, scroll down and tap on Additional Settings.

2. Select Wi-Fi Direct. If it is not available, you’ll need to turn on Wi-Fi and GPS Location.

3. Make a note of the network name and passcode.

4. On your PC go to Settings > Network & Internet.

5. Select Wi-Fi > Manage Known Networks, and then Add A New Network.

6. Type in the Network Name, and Security Key (Passcode). Your PC and Android are now connected.

Pros & Cons Of Sharing Using Wi-Fi Direct

Pros

1. Secure connection using the WPA2 protocol.

2. Direct connection and communication between devices.

3. A Wi-Fi Direct device can work with legacy Wi-Fi devices that do not have Wi-Fi Direct.

4. Transfer rate can be up to 250 Mbps, which is faster than Bluetooth. 

5. No internet connection required. 

Cons

1. You can only share data with nearby recipients.

2. Relatively high power consumption when compared to other solutions.

3. Wi-Fi Direct isn’t available on Apple devices, so you can’t use this method to share files between Apple and non-Apple devices.

4. Not as universal as Bluetooth.

5. Google Photos

google photos to transfer high quality images

Google Photos app is a cloud-based application that you can use to upload and manage your images. You can also use it as backup storage to free up space on your smartphone and PC.

How To Send High Quality Photos Using Google Photos

1. Go to the album or photo you want to share. 

2. Tap the Share icon (three connected dots).

3. Select the desired share option, such as contact name, email address, or phone number, of the person you want to share with.

Pros & Cons Of Image Sharing Using Google Photos

Pros

1. Ad-free.

2. Strong integration with Android.

3. Free storage up to 15 GB, but this is shared with Google Drive.

Cons

1. The maximum file size is 16 MB for images which may be insufficient for people who share very high resolution images.

2. As always with Google products and services, there are privacy issues.

6. Filemail: For Sending High Quality Photos

filemail to share high resolution pictures

File sharing applications are cloud-based services. They all operate on a basic premise which is, you upload files such as images, videos, and documents via their website or apps. The files are stored in their clouds. Your intended recipients are given a link which they use to access and download files.

File-sharing services will typically offer a limited free service, with paid plans that offer more features. 

Filemail is one such file-sharing service, and we also offer a limited free service. You can send up to 5 GB free, with no restrictions on the number of recipients, nor the number of downloads. 

Steps To Share High-Quality Images Using Filemail

Sending files with Filemail is as easy as using email. You can share images by:

1. Attaching the files or folders you want to share, alternatively, you can drag and drop the images.

2. Add the recipient’s email addresses.

3. Add a Subject to your message.

4. Fill in the Body of your message, although this is optional.

5. Click on Send.

Your recipients will get an email that gives them a download link, so they can access all the files you shared. Or you can share the download link in whatever way you want, via WhatsApp, forums, social media, etc.

Benefits Of Using Filemail To Share High-Quality Photos

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How To Transfer Files From Phone To Computer: 4 Free Methods

how to transfer files from phone to computer

In this article we will cover how to transfer files from phone to computer. We’ll go over 4 methods which are:

  1. Transferring files using a USB cable
  2. Transferring files with an SD card
  3. Transferring files wirelessly
  4. Transferring files using a cloud-based solution

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Introduction

We use phones for almost everything nowadays.

Taking photos, videos, storing important documents, social media, playing music, you name it. Some of us even use it to call another person.

Because of this reliance on phones as a gadget with many uses you’ll end up storing many files on your mobile phone.

But what do you do when you have to get these files from your phone to your computer? No matter how much storage capacity your phone has, eventually you’ll have to transfer files from your phone to computer.

Let’s have a look at four transfer methods to send files from phone to PC or Mac.

1. How To Transfer Files From Phone To Computer Using A USB Cable?

usb cable to transfer files

USB cable transfer is by far the preferred method for many folks. And why wouldn’t it be?

All it takes is to connect your phone to your computer. A few more steps to set up and voilà!

Now you can both send and receive files through either of your devices.

1.1 Sending Files From Phone To Windows PC

How to transfer files from Android to PC using a USB cable?

Let’s see how you can transfer files from your Android mobile or iPhone to a computer running on Windows.

1. Plug your phone into your computer via a USB cable.

2. You will see a message about the USB connection in the notification bar. Make sure it is set to ‘transfer files’ mode.

3. Now double-click My Computer and you will see your phone show up, under Devices and Drivers.

4. You can now move files from your mobile to a folder on your PC.

How to transfer files from iPhone to PC using a USB cable?

For iPhones, you will have to put in a bit more effort.

1. First up, make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your Windows computer.

2. Link your iPhone to your PC using a lightning to USB cable.

3. Open the iTunes app on your Windows device. Make your way to the top-left corner of the screen where you will see the ‘Device’ tab. Click it and then click ‘next’ on File Sharing.

4. Select your target apps. iTunes will let you choose which files from these apps you can send to your computer.

5. After selecting your files, hit ‘Save To’, to begin transferring your data to your PC. All done!

1.2 Transferring Files From Smartphone To Mac

apple usb for file transfer

How to transfer files from an Android phone to Mac using a USB cable?

This is definitely not as straightforward as shifting documents between Android and Windows devices. But still, nothing too complicated.

1. The first step is to install the Android File Transfer app on your Mac. The application should run and install itself.

2. Now just plug your phone into your Apple device using a USB cable.

3. Browse the contents of your phone as you please and transfer them to the desired folder on your Mac.

How to transfer files from iPhone to Mac using a USB cable?

Follow these steps to send files from iPhone to Mac:

1. Connect both your Apple devices using a Lightning to USB cable.

2. The iTunes app will open up by default. If not, then you have to start the app yourself.

3. In the top-left corner, click on the iPhone icon. This will open up a new window.

4. Here at the bottom, you will find information on your device’s storage. You will see sections for audio files, photos and videos, apps, documents, and other items.

5. Click on the relevant section to start sending files from your iPhone to Mac.

1.3 Pros & Cons Of Using USB Cable To Transfer Files

Pros

1. It is quick, easy, and fail-proof every time.

2. With USB file transferring, you don’t need an internet connection.

3. You don’t need to spend a lot as USB cables are quite cheap.

Cons

  1. You will need to be physically near your computer, or at most as far as your USB cable allows.

2. How To Transfer Files From Smartphone To Your Computer With An SD Card?

They may be small, but SD cards sure are mighty. They carry anywhere from 64 MB to 1 TB of data on a single chip.

Just like USB cables, SD cards are a widely used means of transferring data. All you need to make this method work for you is an SD card slot on your computer device.

2.1 How To Transfer Files From Android Phone To Windows PC Or Mac Using An SD Card?

If your Android phone stores all your files on your micro-SD card then transferring files will be easy.

Follow these steps:

1. If you have files saved on phone memory, you’ll first have to put an SD in your mobile and transfer the relevant files onto the SD card.

2. Remove the micro-SD card from your phone and place it in a card reader.

3. Insert the card reader into the memory card slot of your computer device.

4. Now you can just copy-paste files from your card to your PC or Mac. Yes, it is that simple.

2.2 How To Transfer Files From iPhone To Windows And Mac Computers Using An SD Card?

iPhones don’t have an SD card slot. So, transferring files from your iPhone to your computer won’t be as quick. To start the process, you will also need an extra tool in the form of a Lightning to SD card adapter.

1. After connecting the Lighting port to your iPhone, insert the memory card into the card reader.

2. Head to the file you want to transfer. For instance, a photo you want to send to your computer.

3. Select the item and press the option to Share.

4. Next, tap on Save to Files. This is when your phone will show you the available options. Select your SD card, which mostly shows up as No Name.

5. From there, select the folder where you wish to store your file.

6. To complete the transfer, eject your SD card after saving your files on it. Insert it into your desktop or laptop device. You will now be able to drag and drop files from the card to your device.

2.3 Pros & Cons Of Using SD Cards For File Transfer

Pros

1. For Android devices that come with micro-SD card slots, this method is a huge time saver.

2. It is easy to follow, and you can transfer large files within minutes.

Cons

1. Probably not the ideal method for iPhone users because you will have to buy a Lightning to SD card adapter.

2. The process is slow and involves many steps.

3. How To Send Files Wirelessly From Phone To Computer?

If you feel using wired connections to send and receive files is outdated, then why not give wireless transfer a shot?

You can avoid the hassle of using cables or SD cards by transferring files from phone to PC using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

Let’s see how:

3.1 How To Send Files From Phone To PC Using Bluetooth?

use bluetooth to share audio files

Sending Files From Android Phone To Windows Computer Using Bluetooth

1. Head to the settings of your cell phone and tap on Bluetooth. Turn it on and make sure that it is discoverable for nearby devices.

2. On your Windows computer, go to the start menu and click on the wheel on the left side, to go into Settings. Type Bluetooth in the search bar and click the option when it appears in the drop-down menu.

3. On the right side of the window, you will see an option to send or receive files via Bluetooth. Click it to open the file transfer wizard.

4. Select Receive Files before selecting your mobile device from the available devices list. Then, select Next.

5. In the meanwhile, unlock your phone and long-press to choose any files you want to transfer. From the settings, press share and then select Bluetooth.

6. Select your PC from the list of “available devices” on your phone.

7. On your computer, click Finish after choosing your preferred folder to save the received file. And that seals the deal.

Sending Files From Android Phone To Mac Using Bluetooth

1. Turn on Bluetooth on your Android phone and set it to discoverable.

2. On your Mac, go to Bluetooth in Preferences through Settings and turn it on.

3. Tap Pair on your mobile phone when you see your Mac show up in available devices nearby.

4. Now get back on the Mac. From the Preference window, click on Sharing. Tick the box next to Bluetooth Sharing. Select your output pathway, and now you can begin sharing.

When you send your documents through Android, a notification will pop up on your Mac. Your files will go straight into the specified folder when you hit accept.

3.2 How To Transfer Files From iPhone To Mac Using Apple Airdrop?

airdrop to share files locally

While your iPhone can’t send files using Bluetooth, it has something else in its arsenal.

Airdrop is a special exclusive feature made for Apple devices only. This makes sharing files between devices feel like nothing. Moreover, it works both on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Follow these handy steps to file share with Airdrop:

1. In the Control center on the iPhone, press the Airdrop icon to turn it on.

2. Head into your app from where you have to share files. For instance, to share photos, select all the images you want to send to your Mac.

3. Now tap the Share button that appears first in line at the bottom of the phone screen. Select your Mac from the devices that show up. And that is it.

It really is that easy!

3.3 How To Transfer Files From Smartphone to PC Using Wi-Fi Without Internet?

use wifi direct for high resolution picture transfer

Receiving Files from Android Phone or iPhone to Window PC Using Wi-Fi Router

Got a Wi-Fi router?

Great! Now you can start sending and receiving files between devices.

But before you go, you will need to install any third-party FTP app on your Android or iOS phone to make things work.

And since Windows doesn’t support airdrop, you can’t use Bluetooth to send files from your iPhone to a Windows computer. That is why you can use this same method for sharing files from your iPhone to PC with a wireless connection. For this:

1. Go to the Internet Settings on your phone.

2. Locate the Wi-Fi hotspot feature in Hotspot & tethering settings and simply turn it on.

3. Open the FTP app that will show you a URL.

4. On your computer, go to My Computer.

5. In the address bar at the top, type in the URL from your phone app. Your Android storage will be now visible on your computer.

Transferring Files from Your Android Phone to Mac using Wi-Fi Router

You can actually use the same FTP storage sharing method on your Mac. But you will need to install an FTP-supported app on your computer as well.

Copy the URL from your Android and paste it into your FTP app on your Mac. And you will start seeing your phone storage on your screen in no time.

3.3 Pros & Cons Of Using Wireless To Send Files

Pros

1. No need to bother with wires anymore. Connect to any device with just a few taps.

2. You can connect to multiple devices at the same time.

3. Airdrop makes file sharing very easy and convenient.

Cons

1. You can’t share files between iPhone and Windows PC with Bluetooth.

2. Wireless transfer is never as fast as a wired connection.

3. You will need to install an FTP app on your phone.

4. Airdrop doesn’t work for Android and Windows enabled devices.

5. Airdrop needs both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled.

6. Both sending and receiving devices need to be on the same Wi-Fi network so distance between them is limited.

 

4. How To Share Files From Your Phone To PC Using Cloud-Based Providers

cloud based providers

If you have access to the internet then forget about all other file sharing methods. Because you can use the most efficient way of transferring files.

We are talking about cloud-based file sharing. It is super easy, even your grandma can use it.

Here is how it works:

1. Download the relevant cloud-based sharing and storage apps on both your devices (phone and PC). Some popular ones include Google Drive, iCloud, Microsoft OneDrive, and Dropbox.

2. Place any files you want to share in your cloud-based app folders. Set it to Auto-sync on your phone and computer.

3. Now you can share files from anywhere, anytime with anyone.

Super easy, right?

4.1 Pros & Cons Of Using Wireless To Share Files

Pros

1. It is the file-sharing method of the future. Many devices already use cloud-based file storage and sharing methods. The Google Pixel phones are a popular example.

2. Each file on the cloud server has a unique URL. You can share this with anyone, and they can access the link from anywhere across the globe.

3. There is no limit to how much you send via some cloud-based solutions. You may run out of space, but you can always buy more.

Cons

1. No internet? No cloud sharing.

2. Sadly, you can’t send or receive files without a reliable internet connection. Moreover, these services may also require you to buy extra storage space.

3. Unfortunately there are some cloud-based service providers who don’t let you send very large files.

Transfer Files From Your Phone to Your PC Easily with Filemail

share files from phone to computer using filemail

Filemail is a cloud-based solution that lets you send files to anyone you want.

With our website, or multi-platform apps, you can send and receive files on any platform- be it your PC, Mac, Android, or iPhone.

All you need to do, is attach your target files, type in the email address of the recipient, and hit send.

No more watching endless tutorial videos to figure out the upload process. You send the files and your intended recipients get the link in their email. No lengthy registrations and no need to share personal details. Filemail lets you transfer anything while ensuring the security and secrecy of your data.

So, download Filemail on your phone right now to send documents, music, photos, videos, and more to your Windows or Mac computers. 

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