We all have a giant amount of data we want to share with our friends. It can be a host of pictures we took at the outing to the wildlife retreat, or an HD movie we downloaded off the net, or a bunch of apk files we want our buddies to try. Now the thing that discourages us a lot of times is that this data can run up to Gigabytes! Sending them via Bluetooth is sure to take us a couple of hours. And USB cables are pure evil with all their free-willed tangledness. So what can we do instead? Thank heavens for WiFi!
WiFi isn’t merely to connect with the web. With the right knowledge, you can send all sorts of files; text documents, pictures and videos, apks, presentations, et al. You don’t need to email thousands of files to every person. With a little technical know-how, you can be done in a jiffy.
Here are a few ways to get your data flowing between one device to another, without spending half your day straining your eyes on the screen.
You will need:
1. A WiFi connection with manageable speed
2. Concerned devices connected to the WiFi.
3. A little bit of time to set up the things advised below.
OPTION 1: Google Drive or One Drive
Google Drive and One Drive are a great option to use if you have a lot of data to be shared and stored for long. Google Drive allows you 15 GB of space on its cloud storage, while Microsoft’s One Drive will let you store up to 1 TB of data on its cloud storage. Once uploaded onto the cloud, you can share the files with your friends. They will be able to access the files directly onto their devices, whether or not they are close to you, even if they haven’t met you. Plus you will be able to access your files anywhere, on new devices you log in to as well. This means no more sending your old phone’s multimedia files to your new device; you can just access it all on drive.
OPTION 2: Shared access over LAN
This is a great option for office environments, where your office is connected on one single LAN. Your PCs can be connected over LAN and you can share your files by enabling the Share settings. You will have to configure a username and password for other users to enter so that your data isn’t picked up by other users who might be on the same network. This option takes time, but it is the preferred mode of sharing files in professional environments, because you don’t have to get up from your place or install any third party software or use third party services.
OPTION 3: Use an app like SHAREit
There are quite a few data transfer apps in the market these days. They connect your device to a mock WiFi network and transfer your files over it. The mock network is private and secure too, so you needn’t worry. SHAREit is the preferred choice, because it is available on all Operating Systems; be it Android, iOS, Windows or any other popular Operating System. Apps like SHAREit are simple and intuitively designed. They don’t take a lot of space on your devices, but they can transfer huge amounts of data from/to your device.
Apps like SHAREit or ShowBox can be a great way of transferring a huge size of data. There are no internet costs involved at all, nor is there any download required on the part of the receiver to access the file. The app method is the quickest and arguably the most secure, since your files will go only to the people you want to share them with, and not with someone who might end up with your password or guess it right.