We are in 2020 and almost every adult human uses a smartphone. It is their personal cum professional hub that is somewhat an answer to their problems. A smartphone doesn’t just have a physical aspect but it also houses a virtual world, through which some of you are reading right now. Managing a phone isn’t easy, given all the data exchanged throughout the day.
One of the challenging things about data is the source and transferring it. You see, not every phone is blessed with unlimited cloud storage like Google Pixel devices. So at one point in your life, you’ll have to move those memories you call photos or the important office documents somewhere safe to make room for new ones. It is effectively called file transfer, as you might know.
You see, a few years ago cables, SD Cards, and Bluetooth were the only best options to transfer the data but today, there are so many options that while researching for this article, I got lost into the ocean of possibilities. I have listed methods that each one of you might be aware of unconsciously but haven’t used it for a while. If you aren’t an iOS user, you might want an AirDrop equivalent which technically doesn’t exist but I have tried my best. So, without any further ado, let’s transfer those 25,000 photos to a safe place via methods that suit you the most.
How to transfer files from Mobile to Laptop
There are various methods to transfer files from Mobile to Laptop. You can find a method that suits you the most.
1. The good old USB
Wireless technology has taken over the world, which means that the old tech has fallen out of favor. USB connectivity has seen better days but it’s still the old school option many people. It is preferred as there’s limited to no hassle in using a pen drive or other devices that adhere to the USB. The wire that you charge your phone with also connects to your personal computer, which is the easiest way. You just need to give necessary permissions on either side so that both the devices are visible to each other.
Transferring your data from a USB connection is much safer than transferring your data wirelessly. Moreover, if you have multiple devices and a lot to transfer at once, it could weigh down the wireless connection. The alternative to USB is external hard drives that use SD cards or USB drives that create their own hotspot which gives you many connectivity options for your mobile and PC.
Electronic mail, or more commonly known as e-mail, was invented back in 1971. Even though this medium is used for professional purposes more often, you can easily transfer files if you have logged into both your PC and mobile’s email client. You can only send up to 25MB of files as of now but if that’s what your file size, rejoice! Emailing oneself is an easy way to transfer files when other methods aren’t at your disposal.
Websites have become a part and parcel of life, thanks to our everyday consumption. There are literally billions, trillions of websites that cater to every person’s needs. So it’s obvious that there ought to be a ton load of websites that handle file transfer. Well, yes. We Transfer, Send Anywhere, etc. are a few websites that help you transfer data wirelessly. You just need to punch in a code. WhatsApp Web is also a great option.
WeTransfer lets you send files up to 2GB for free and if you need more space, you’ll need to register. The files are encrypted for security reasons which are deleted after seven days. You’ll need a pro account to delete them sooner but I guess you’ll just be fine with the regular one.
4. Cloud Storage
Cloud Storage might be Apple’s go-to platform, it isn’t just limited to iPhones. In fact, there are over hundreds of decent cloud storage clients that offer a better price for storage of your preference. Google Drive offers 15GB of free storage, while MEGA offers 50GB of free storage. Be it any service, you just need to upload a file on it and log in with the same account on your smartphone. If you need more than the storage mentioned above, you need to pay the penny.
Windows 10 OS is set to cross the 1 billion mark. It was controversial but the constant updates have lifted the weight of being a slacker. Windows gives you many options to transfer files. The aforementioned USB definitely works here but there are other underestimated methods that work phenomenally well. Bluetooth is still alive, believe it or not. You can still use the good old Bluetooth to send files only if you have patience. The transfer speeds are no Flash, as you can get a max data rate of 2.1 Mbps.
The other viable option is Wi-Fi. Yes, you can transfer files over the ubiquitous wireless method. Your PC and smartphone need to be on the same network. Once all the conditions are met, you can use Portal by Pushbullet. It is free and needs no signup. On your PC, go to portal.pushbullet.com to use the QR code.
All the Mac owners out there can use the USB cable and the Cloud Storage option. There might be a few UI changes, but apart from that, the process is the same. Send Anywhere and We Transfer have their respective apps for macOS.
How do I transfer files from my phone to my laptop?
There are two ways to transfer files from your phone to the laptop: Wired and wirelessly. To do a transfer with a USB cable, connect your phone to your computer and tap the “Charging this device via USB” notification. Under “Use USB for,” select File Transfer. Doing so will open the Android File Transfer window will open on your computer. To transfer files without a wired connection, you can use file transfer software like Send Anywhere, etc. listed below. The other option in the wireless section is Cloud Storage. You can choose any medium, like Google Drive and upload the files on it. Open the same file from Drive on your Android phone.
How do I transfer files from my computer to my android?
You can transfer files from your computer to your Android device with the help of a USB cable or wirelessly. Cloud storage is also a viable option.
How do I transfer files from my Android to my computer wirelessly?
How do I transfer files from my phone to my computer without USB?
Android as an OS is quite flexible. It has so many solutions for a single problem. Transferring files from your mobile phone have never been so easy but there’s still a lot of problems when it comes to Android as an operating system. Even though iOS has a lot of restrictions, its ecosystem is perfect.
Google is giving another shot at sharing files with its upcoming Nearby Sharing option that will effectively replace Android Beam. As of now, you can freely use the aforementioned options which are quick and don’t require any complex steps. There are many more methods but the ones in this article have a simplistic approach. Some are more useful for quickly sharing small files while others shine at moving huge amounts of data.
What do you think of the options? Did I miss any? What are the other options you use for transferring files from mobile to laptop? Let us know in the comments section below.