The Fastest File Transfer Methods Between PCs and Mobile Devices

MakeUseOf | 11/9/2018 | Joel Lee
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Remember when files had to be split between multiple floppy disks to move them between computers? Or the inconvenience of burning and ripping data from rewritable discs? Fortunately, we’ve moved on from such primitive methods.

While file transfers have never been faster than they are today, for many of us, file transfers still feel like they take forever to complete. Why can’t there be a quick and easy way to transfer files from phone to phone or between PC and mobile devices?

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Well, here are a few solutions you should check out. You may be surprised by how quickly you’ll be able to move files from now on.

The best method for a Windows-to-Windows data transfer depends on how often you will make those transfers. For one-time file transfers, you’re better off using something like Bluetooth or Wi-Fi Direct.

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For Bluetooth to work, both the sending and receiving Windows computer must be Bluetooth-compatible. Wi-Fi Direct is similar to Bluetooth, except files are sent and received directly over Wi-Fi instead. Wi-Fi Direct is much faster than Bluetooth, but the downside is that it isn’t as universally available across devices like Bluetooth is.

On the other hand, if you need to transfer lots of files every single day—maybe it’s part of your regular office routine or workflow—then it’ll be more convenient to set up a shared folder or shared external drive on your network that other computers can access and pull files on demand. See our intro to network-attached storage drives for details.

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