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

ways to transfer files between an Android phone

The progressive increase in the internal memory capacities of our terminals has been encouraging us to keep more and more files within them. It is no longer strange to see phones with more memory than some laptops, with read and write speeds more than noteworthy.

Although we save the data inside our phones, it may be the case of wanting to dump part of this content to our computer. Therefore, we show you several ways to carry out this process, so that in virtually any scenario you can perform file transfer.

1. By cable

The USB cable, of any type (microUSB, type C, etc.), is one of the most direct and simple ways to connect the mobile to our PC. It goes without saying that, depending on the same and the technology of our smartphone, the file transfer speed will be different. Specifically, in Android, just connect the phone in file transmission mode to access virtually all of its folders (except those that require root access).

The technology of the cable itself, as well as the support they give to the same mobile and PC, will influence the transfer speed of the files
Once connected, we only have to copy and paste files between mobile and PC. Important, as who disconnects a pendrive, extract the mobile in the “healthiest” way possible, to minimize the risks of file loss.

2. With AirDroid or similar

In Android we do not have a wireless transfer system like AirDrop, although there are some alternatives. Among them, we find, for example, AirDroid, an application that allows us to connect our mobile to the PC to send files remotely. Apart from as an application, we can use your web service (with a very careful interface, by the way), to perform the process.

AirDroid is free and available in the Google app store. If we want to go further, as an extra, we can receive notifications and control the mobile remotely from the application, although we let you discover these functions for yourself.

3. Through the official application of your manufacturer

Usually, large manufacturers have their own applications so that we can transfer files to the PC. Basically, what is offered is a cable connection that allows an identical process to be done without the application, providing extra functions such as contact synchronization, backup and others. Specifically, these are some of the manufacturers that opt ​​for applications to synchronize with PC.

4. By Bluetooth

Although Bluetooth is not the most used technology for sending files, due to its speed-level limitations, it is still a solution when sending files from mobile to PC. For obvious reasons, the receiving PC must be compatible with this technology and have it activated. That said, just send the file from the Android share menu, and accept the reception on the PC.

5. Through your recurring applications

Applications such as Telegram or WhatsApp (the latter to a lesser extent), can also be used to send files from the mobile to the PC. Specifically, I have to admit that I use Telegram daily as a way to send files, since there is no loss of quality, and the speed is amazing (if we have a good network connection). My recommendation here is to pin the ‘saved messages’ section and use it as a personal cloud. Having a search engine within the chats themselves, there will be no file without finding.

At a less ambitious level (due to its size limitations and its non-cloud-based construction), WhatsApp also allows you to send files from mobile to PC. To do this, we only have to create a group with ourselves, and then open the WhatsApp or WhatsApp Web application on the PC. It is a good different from having the files at hand, although quite far from Telegram.

6. Use of the cloud

Apart from the Telegram cloud, we can always opt for Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive or any other platform in the cloud to manage our mobile files and then send them to the PC. Another of the main advantages of these services is that some of them allow us to synchronize our photographs automatically, so, when accessing the PC platforms, we will have them available for download.


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