What are the best ways to transfer files?

asked by Nelia Neal
225 contributors
21 solutions
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    #1AirDrop

    AirDrop

    AirDrop is an Apple service that lets you share videos, photos, locations and more to a nearby iOS device. 

    Software

    Mac

    Free

    Phillip Lee
    Written on October 5, 2017
    "With the changing state of technology and file sharing, things have become very complicated for me at work and my home office. The issue I was having was that I always had to email myself photos or word documents from my Apple Macbook to my iPhone or vice versa. It was always somewhat complicated and cumbersome because I found this method of file sharing to be so tedious. I also didn't want to use my USB Flash keys either since I figured there must be a better way! Along comes AirDrop. It's basically the best friend I never knew I had! Thanks to the Apple Support site outlining exactly how to use AirDrop, I am now able to send photos, videos, text documents, and various other files wirelessly. It's so simple to set up to and once it's set up I just drag and drop the file I want to send to where I want it to go. Just like that, my file is where I need it to be, whether it's going to my phone or I'm sending files from my phone to my laptop. AirDrop has eased my frustrations in today's world and it's been such an effective tool. Did I mention it's built into my Macbook's iOS as well as my iPhone's iOS? Well it is, and it's free, Airdrop is simply a life saver for me. "
  2. 25

    #2Google Drive

    Google Drive

    Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service created by Google. It allows you to have all your files within reach from any smartphone, tablet, computer, and other devices.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, Chrome

    Free

    Carol Wood
    Written on October 28, 2017
    "Google Drive is far and away the best option for transferring and backing up literally any file. It's free, it can be accessed on any device, and there are tons of share options. Definitely worth it and my top pick."
  3. 24

    #3WeTransfer

    WeTransfer

    WeTransfer is a file transfer service that enables users to transmit files of all sizes of up to 10GB from pictures and videos to anyone using this software. It will send an email link with all your files and files must be downloaded.

    Online Tools

    Free

    Jordan Collins
    Written on November 4, 2017
    "I needed to send some files to lots of family members. I was able to bundle everything here and all they had to do was follow the email link to download everything in one swoop. Made it easy to send all the pictures and home movies to everyone."
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    #4Microsoft OneDrive

    Microsoft OneDrive
    Microsoft OneDrive is a file hosting service where you easily store, share and backup your files such as documents, photos, and other files from anywhere, on any device or computer. 
    Software

    Web, Android, iOS, Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Sean Bradley
    Written on October 6, 2017
    "onedrive is a pretty great way of quickly transferring files from one place to another. You get 5 gigs for free which is nice and you can use it on any internet browser to upload and download files. "
  2. 19

    #5Dropbox

    Dropbox

    Dropbox is a cloud-based file hosting service for personal or business use, available on computers and mobile devices. Easily store all your data in a safe and secure location that sync across all your devices or can be shared with friends or co-workers for collaborative work.

    Apps

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Varies by plan

    Betty Ruiz
    Written on October 12, 2017
    "Dropbox is one of the easiest ways to share files. I use it frequently to exchange files with clients. The only drawback is that, unlike some other file sharing services, you must create an account with Dropbox in order to use the service."
  3. 16

    #6iCloud

    iCloud
    iCloud makes sure you always have the latest versions of your most important things on all your devices.
    Software

    Mac, Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Vicky Wu
    Written on November 5, 2017
    "It explains everything on any device you might have. It quickly links all your device. You can see all of your files on any device you have. There is step by step instructions and makes it where you can enjoy your time , not spending it trying to go through different devices."
  4. 15

    #7Google Docs

    Google Docs

    Google Docs is a virtual space where you can write, edit, and collaborate with others wherever you are. This web-based app, website, and software is free and can be accessed using computers, Android, and iOS devices.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Teresa Ryan
    Written on November 7, 2017
    "Google Docs make it super easy to collaborate across platforms. Not everyone has access to or wants to work with Excel and Google solves that issue in an effective manner. It's easy to navigate and everyone has access. "
  5. 13

    #8Firefox Send

    Firefox Send

    Firefox Send lets you send files through a safe, private, and encrypted link that automatically expires to ensure your stuff does not remain online forever.

    Websites

    Free

    Michelle Wells
    Written on October 12, 2017
    "Anything sent through the web is generally accessible to anyone to do anything with. I think twice about posting a picture or sending something to a friend that I do not really want hanging around 20 years later. I send pictures of sketches and really want a private server and this is pretty darn close. Very good results and piece of mind."
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    #9WhatsApp

    WhatsApp

    WhatsApp Messenger is a mobile and desktop messaging app which uses a phone's Internet connection or Wi-Fi. This free app allows users to send multimedia, make calls for free, arrange group chats, and customize notifications and UI.

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Android, Windows

    Free

    Roy Webb
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Whats App is very popular, having just been bought out by facebook. I don't know that it's the best for all types of documents, however. Something like Google Drive or Dropbox may be better. "
  7. 10

    #10iTunes

    iTunes

    iTunes by Apple Inc. is a media player and a library, as well as an internet radio broadcaster, file manager, and a store where users can browse and buy different types of apps and entertainment products like movies and songs.

    Websites

    Free

    Howard Delgado
    Written on October 5, 2017
    "iTunes is extremely popular and a great media player! This software is needed if you have an Apple product. I use this program all the time to not only listen to music but to manage my Ipad and Ipod. Definitely a great product!"
  8. 7

    #11MediaFire

    MediaFire
    MediaFire is a free online file hosting, file synchronization, and cloud storage service focused on providing a complete and easy-to-use solution for managing digital content online and on the go.
    Online Tools

    Free

    Gary Lopez
    Written on October 12, 2017
    "I am looking for something that will make my life significantly easier when it comes to sharing and transferring files. Luckily, MediaFire is just what the doctor ordered."
  9. 6

    #12AirFile

    AirFile
    AirFile lets you manage multiple Dropbox, Box, GoogleDrive, OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, Bitcasa, Copy, OwnCloud, FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, DreamObjects in one place.
    Apps

    iOS

    Free

    Liu Gao
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "With so many different types of cloud storage that are available today, it can become difficult to manage them all. AirFile lets you manage all of your cloud storage in a single app. I have found it to be a great way to simplify my life and never have to worry about which cloud I saved a particular file in anymore."
  10. 4

    #13Telegram

    Telegram

    Telegram is a simple, fast and secure messaging app that allows your messages to be synced across all of your devices. Telegram is particularly useful for sending files and media as there is no filesize limit on what you can send.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Stephanie Harrison
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Telegram is decent but not one of the best ways to transfer files online for free. Since it's primarily a messaging app, the file sharing features are limited. It was fast for me, but I'd recommend sticking to the vendors who focus on file sharing."
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    #14SyncMate

    SyncMate

    SyncMate is a software exclusively designed for Mac and Apple users. It's a tool that allows you to synchronize all the files you want with your Mac and multiple devices. 

    Software

    Mac, Mac, Mac, Mac, Mac

    Free

    Ann Colpin
    Written on January 30, 2018
    "SyncMate allows syncing and transferring data between Mac and any of devices or accounts - Android and iOS devices, other Mac computers, Google, iCloud and Dropbox accounts, and mounted and MTP devices, Microsoft services like Outlook, Office 365 accounts."
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    #15Box

    Box

    Box.net provides Cloud Content Management for over 4 million users and companies ranging from small businesses to Fortune. This website features easy desktop access to cloud files, as well as security for ECM.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Jonathan Walsh
    Written on October 1, 2017
    "I use computers every day and a big part of what I do with them is communicate with people all around the world. I am also a musician who mainly works out of my computer. I use large files all the time and at times I need to send the files to friends I am working on music with, or want to share my work with. I usually use dropbox, but there is always an issue with the 2GB file size limit. I like that I can access the files on my phone, tablet, or computers. However, it's very limited and slow. After reviewing Box, it seems like it is a much better solution for what I want to do. The security level seems much higher than dropbox and the pricing far superior. I like how integrated it is and how it does not require users to download the files. Having quick access to files that can be shared and edited in a collaborative effort is pretty amazing. Overall box seems like a great service to share large file content."
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    #16SHAREit

    SHAREit

    SHAREit is a free cross-platform transfer tool that enables sharing of any file format to computers or mobiles. It also has a built-in music and video player so users can watch or listen to it inside the app.

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac

    Free

    Gloria Ward
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Why shareit is not available for pc I mean previously i have found but now i cannot find on ur website, did u changed to connect2"
  14. 0

    #17Send Anywhere

    Send Anywhere

    Send Anywhere is a free utility application that enables file transfer of any type without changing the original. It uses WiFi in transferring and it can share files to more than one person in one link.

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Paul Ray
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "Send Anything used to be so good but it has gotten pretty much unusable. There's far too many ads for what it and sometimes it fails to transfer things at all. It's nice that the developer is communicative but the fact that the app keeps getting worse just kills it for me."
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    #18FilePizza

    FilePizza

    FilePizza is website-based file-sharing services wherein people can transfer files with an easy step by only visiting its website and uploading the file to send it to the recipient. 

    Websites

    Free

    Jason Walters
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "FilePizza is a web based file transfer. They say they don't save any of the files but it is hard to know if that is the case. I'd be a little iffy about using it to move anything very important, but it is a simple way to transfer regular, unimportant files. It is simple to use. It fits the topic nicely."
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    #19Jumpshare

    Jumpshare

    Jumpshare is a fast file sharing way to instantly share files which can also be shared through email using the Jumpshare app. It can also preview over 200 file formats online.

    Apps

    Web, iOS, Windows, Mac

    Free- Varies by plan

    Ernesto Gálvez
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Jumpshare is a great app for file sharing and collaboration. It's simple to learn and use along with having a solid and good looking design. I have found it to be extremely helpful in my day to day activities when I need to share a document while out and about."
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    #20PodTrans

    PodTrans

    Podtrans Download is free software for transferring the iPod music to/from your computer -PC and MAC - without using iTunes. PodTrans Download allows you to transfer not only the music files but also any type of media files including video and audio.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Robert Jensen
    Written on January 4, 2018
    "What's the worst thing about itunes and ipod tracks? You can't transfer them to anything else. At least I couldn't. Now I can. I use this app and get it done, son! It's my music. I paid for it. Let me do what I want with it!"
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    #21iExplorer

    iExplorer

    iExplorer is a lightweight and efficient tool for transferring music, photos, or files from any iOS device backup to any Mac or PC Computer and iTunes. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Varies by plan

    Jacqueline Jacobs
    Written on January 1, 2018
    "This a professional app that is an asset for those who need to work in multiple environments, with various types of computers and people. It is costly, almost $70 for the best version, but if you need to transfer files quickly, easily, and not lose any precious data, then this is probably the app for you. It can make your personal and professional life a lot easier, and if you need to save and transfer text messages, the price is more than worth it. Sometimes you have to pay a bit but the ease of use makes it worthwhile."

Summary

Best What are the best ways to transfer files
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1AirDropSoftware 28 Free
2Google DriveApps 25 Free
3WeTransferOnline Tools 24 Free
4Microsoft OneDrive Software 21 Free
5DropboxApps 19 Free
6iCloudSoftware 16 Free
7Google DocsApps 15 Free
8Firefox SendWebsites 13 Free
9WhatsAppApps 12 Free
10iTunesWebsites 10 Free
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