There are several different ways to transfer files between a PC and an Android smartphone or tablet. You can resort to the classic USB cable by enabling the debugging mode on your mobile device to make it work like an external drive or you can also share the files by means of online storage services such as OneDrive, Google Drive or Dropbox. However, there are easier ways that don't have to do with connecting devices by means of cables or uploading your files to the cloud that's operated by third-parties, making you lose control over them.
How to send photos, videos and other files from Android to PC, and vice-versa
An easier way is to use the Android app SuperBeam, for instance. It's a tool that allows you to transfer all sorts of file formats by interconnecting a computer and a mobile device wirelessly. How it works is very simple: you just need a phone and a PC that are connected to the same WiFi network and then, by means of a QR code, you authorize the access and reading of the download link between them both. In the event that any of the devices were not to have the app installed, you can generate a link from the sending device.
A fast and simple system, without cables and without your files being stored on third-party servers.
This software offers full compatibility between different systems as the Android APK works with all Windows versions (Windows 10, 8.1, 7, Vista...), macOS, and Linux, with an app for iOS devices such as iPhone and iPad in the works.
- High copy speed of files making use of the WiFi network.
- Pair devices using an NFC connection, QR codes or by generating links.
- Share all sorts of files: pictures, videos, docs, apps, ZIP packages, contacts...
- Share files individually or in batches.
- Check your history of files sent and received.
- Easy-to-use interface with a simple design to send and receive as quickly as possible.
- Different themes to customize its aspect.
This is the version of the application that can be downloaded for free, but there's also a Pro version with advanced features that allow you to connect several devices at the same time, send entire folders keeping their hierarchy, and remove all the app's adverts.