Your important business documents might be on your Mac, personal photos on your Android phone and movies on a Windows laptop. All your files spread across numerous devices all featuring different operating systems’ isn’t the best feeling in the world, especially when you are trying to bring them all together into a single device. And we don’t mean to make it worse when we say that there isn’t a clear cut method that will allow you to do so. However, as always, we are here to provide you work arounds and make sure you eventually get there!
So let us see how one can transfer files between two devices using different operating systems without using a data cable or USB cable. This will include Android, iOS, Mac and Windows devices transferring images, videos, email attachments, documents and even web pages. Following are the recommended methods or tools for achieving the same:
- Emailing files is and still remain a hot favorite among users for sharing files. Attach your file on one device and save it as a draft in your email account. Now log in to your email account from the other device and download the attachment. Due to size restrictions, you might want to use DropBox, OneDrive or Google Drive for the same. Just like your email attachments, you need to upload your file to the cloud and download it from the other device to complete file transfer.
- Google Keep is a recommended tool if you trying to share web page URLs to text snippets between different devices. All you need to do is copy-paste the required date in Google Keep and the same will be instantly available on your Android device. Scribe or BeamApp is what you need to perform this operation if you are on a Mac or iOS
- PushBullet is a Chrome extension available on all platforms that allows you to send text notes, map coordinates, URL’s etc across phones or computers.
- If you are using an Android device, your best bet to transfer files to and fro is the AirDroid app. This works by opening web.airdroid.com from your browser and scanning the QR code to establish a connection. Droid NAS offers similar functionalities from a Mac device.
- Lenovo’s ShareIt app has been a brilliant innovation as far as cross platform file sharing is concerned. This works without the establishment of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or data connection. An ad-hoc network is created using the device’s Wi-Fi which enables all devices to connect to this network and send or receive files as required.
- Android users can make use of SuperBeam for file transfer between Android devices. It again works on the QR identification technique which makes file transfer super fast and hassle free. There is a pro version that allows cross platform file sharing.
- ‘Send Anywhere’ is a very handy tool if you want to transfer files between an Android device and iPhone or iPad.
Choosing the right app can make file sharing between devices easy and interesting.