How to Share Files from PC or Laptop to Android Phone

Xiaobai Software  2022-04-17 14: 38  read 237 views

Smartphones have evolved to the point where they can easily replace our PCs for everyday tasks like email, video streaming and web browsing.No matter what your primary device is, sooner or later you'll need to share files from your phone to your computer and vice versa.

There are many different ways to share files from a computer to an Android phone, but the best method depends on the amount of data you need to transfer.Next, let's see how you can easily share files from your computer to your Android phone.

1. Use a USB cable to transfer files from your laptop to your phone

If you have to transfer many files between Android phone and computer, you should choose the oldest and most reliable transfer method.Sharing files from your phone to your laptop is still quick and easy, as long as you have a compatible cable handy.Plug your data cable into your computer and connect with your phone.

Once you have it set up, do the following on Windows or Chromebook:

1. Connect your phone.

2. Tap the notification screen labeled "Charge via USB".

 

3. Under USB settings, set Use USB for to transfer files or file transfer.

 

At this point, a file transfer window will open on your computer, showing your phone (and SD card, if you have one).Then you can start copying your files.

The instructions are pretty much the same on a Mac, but you'll need to install Android file transfer software first, or you can use OpenMTP to transfer files.

This method is suitable for copying large amounts of data.Try it when you want to transfer some movies or your entire music collection.It also lets you easily transfer files to your phone's SD card.

2. Share files between laptop and mobile phone without data cable

The Google account you set up on your phone gives you 15GB of cloud storage via Google Drive.This makes it easy for you to move files between your laptop and your phone.

You need to have the Google Drive app installed on your laptop.You can use Dropbox or Microsoft's OneDrive if you want, as they work basically the same way.

When you set up Google Drive, you need to log in first.Then select Back up all file types and click Next.

 

Next, select Advanced settings at the bottom.Select Sync my drive to this computer and click OK.

This will create a Google Drive folder on your computer.Everything in this folder will be synced to and taken from your Drive account.So, to upload files to your phone, just move them to the Drive folder.Open the apps on your phone and they'll be there after syncing.

This is one of the fastest file transfer methods, but the main thing to keep in mind is that the files displayed in the Drive app are not stored on your phone.If you try to open a file, it needs to be downloaded first -- a huge file can take up a significant portion of your monthly data quota.

To get around this, you have two options to download the files you need to your phone.Select a file and from the menu choose:

Use Offline: This will download the file so you can view it offline in the drive.Any changes you make to it will be synced the next time you go online.

Download: This will save a new copy of the file to the Downloads folder, which you can open in any compatible application.However, any edits you make will not sync and you will need to re-upload the files to the drive account.

 

Insufficient free space is the main limitation of this solution.However, you can always set up an additional account and transfer files from one Google Drive account to another.

Download: Google Drive for Desktop (free)

3. Share files from computer to phone using email

Emailing files to ourselves isn't the most efficient way to transfer data from a laptop to a phone, but we've probably all done it at one point or another.It can quickly share files when you can't use any other method.

 

Your attachments in Gmail are limited to 25MB.If you need something bigger, check outWeTransfer.This allows you to send files up to 2GB for free without registration.

Enter your email address on the website, then drag the file into the browser window and send it.You will then receive an email on your phone with a link to a file you can download.For security, files are encrypted and deleted after seven days.If you want to delete files faster or keep them for longer, you need a Pro membership.

4. UseMessagingApp to share files from computer to phone

Another easy way to transfer files between an Android device and a computer is to useWeb WhatsApp.If you have a fast internet connection, this is a great way to quickly share pictures, files, and even videos.

A popular way to share files with WhatsApp is to create a new WhatsApp group with just one contact and delete it as soon as the group is created.Since you are the only participant, you can use this chat room to send and receive files privately from any device.

 

To send a file from a PC, you first have to log into the WhatsApp website from your PC and upload the desired file in the newly created group chat.

5. How to Wirelessly Transfer Files from Laptop to Phone

You can share files wirelessly between your phone and laptop using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

Share files using Bluetooth

Bluetooth is a great way to go when you have some smaller files that need to be moved to your phone.Once you have it set up, it's super easy.

 

To send files to your phone via Bluetooth from your Windows 10 or 11 laptop, you'll first need to pair the two devices.Go to Settings > Devices, tap the toggle button, and turn on Bluetooth.Make sure it is also enabled on your phone.

Now go to Add Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth and start scanning.After a short delay, your phone will show up.Select it, then click Connect on your computer and Pair on your phone to complete the process.

To share files via Bluetooth, go to Settings > Devices > Send or Receive Files via Bluetooth > Send Files.Then select the file you want to share.

 

For other platforms, the names of the menu options will be different, but the process will be the same.First you need to pair and then you can share.

Bluetooth is slower than some of the other methods we've listed and is best for smaller files and casual use.

Share files using Wi-Fi

You can't beat Wi-Fi when you need to move a lot of data to your phone on a regular basis.As long as you connect your phone and laptop to the same Wi-Fi network, you can move files quickly and securely.

To copy files over Wi-Fi, you need a specific app installed on your phone, but nothing extra on your laptop.

我们 推荐snapdrop, it is free and does not require registration.Since you don't need to install Chrome on any Mac or Windows OS, it's very handy.

Download and install the Android app from the Google Play Store to get started.

Download: snapdrop (free)

 

Launch the app on your phone and open it in a desktop browsersnapdroppage.As long as both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, they will detect each other.

To send files from your phone to your laptop or PC:

1. Tap anywhere in the mobile app.

2. The file manager will open, find and click on the file you want to send.

3. They will start sending immediately.

4. In the laptop's browser, click Save when prompted to download and save the file.

To send files from a laptop to a mobile device:

1. You will see an icon of a connected Android device in the middle of your browser's Snapdrop window.Click this icon.

2. Select the file you want to share and click OK or Open.

3. The file will start copying immediately.

4. Tap Save in the mobile app to save the file.

More ways to move data

There are more ways to share files from your phone to your laptop.If your phone supports it, you can use your SD card or a USB flash drive with an On-The-Go cable.Or for an ultra-technical solution, try FTP using a Wi-Fi FTP server app, or even utilize Network Attached Storage (NAS).With this option, you can share a hard drive with all devices connected to your network.

Share files from PC to mobile device

For most people, the five methods outlined above are the best ways to move data from your laptop to your Android phone.Some are better for quickly sharing small files, while others are good at moving large amounts of data.

If you want to transfer large amounts of data, we recommend using a USB cable to transfer the data.Otherwise, it's best to use one of the wireless sharing methods.

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