How to Wirelessly Transfer Files from PC to Android
Sure, you could plug in your Android to your PC using a cable and move files the old fashioned way, but that method is time-consuming and challenging to navigate. Instead, try wireless file transfers. Transferring files between PC and Android systems is vital if you have trouble managing all your documents, photos, and music. While Apple users can use AirDrop to move files wirelessly between iOS and macOS, Android users need to think outside of the box.
Just because Android file transfers require a third-party application, it doesn’t mean they are impossible. Since it’s easy to move your files without depending on a specific OS destination, you can transfer documents to both Windows and Mac, unlike AirDrop.
If you’re on the hunt for the best way to wirelessly move your computer files to Android, here are the top ways to do it.
Transfer Files from Your PC to Android Using a Wi-Fi Network (WLAN)
The best way to transfer files between your PC and Android is to send them over a shared wireless network. You can use many apps for this, such as WiFi File Transfer on Android and Air Transfer on iOS. Some file browsers also incorporate Wi-Fi file transfers. Just open the app, browse, copy, and paste into the other device’s folders. For file browsers, you generally go to the network section, WLAN section, or something similar. It searches for available devices, and you select the device you need.
Transfer Files between Android and PC Using Bluetooth
In the early days of smartphones, Bluetooth was the perfect way to swap small amounts of data. While it’s not ideal for bigger-sized downloads, it remains a convenient way to transfer files. Since most current-generation laptops are Bluetooth enabled, it’s also a snap to set up.
- Make sure your PC’s Bluetooth is on. If active, you’ll see the icon in the ‘System Tray.’ The icon will also display in the ‘Action Center’ whether Bluetooth is on or off.
- Once Bluetooth is enabled, right-click the icon in the ‘System Tray’ and select “Add a Bluetooth Device.”
- In the Bluetooth Settings window, select “Add Bluetooth or other devices.”
- In the ‘Add a Device’ popup menu, select “Bluetooth” to search for your Android device. On Android, you may need to open your Bluetooth settings and hit the refresh icon to reactivate search-and-find functionality, or Windows won’t discover it.
- Click on the device when it appears. You may also need to select the PC name on the Android device while Windows attempts to connect.
- Your PC will then show you a code to ensure that you’re connecting to the right device, which should also appear on your smartphone or tablet’s screen. Verify that the codes match, and then select “Yes.”
- Once you’ve clicked next, the two devices should pair, ready to swap files in the same way you would between two mobile devices.
Transfer Files Using a Wireless Media Reader
Devices that are increasingly handy for managing media include portable NAS drives and wireless media readers. These devices get loaded up with media via an SD card or USB drive, which can then be accessed by connecting to the device’s WiFi hotspot.
The key features of NAS drives or wireless media readers are the ability for multiple users to access them at once and the fact that they get used independently of an internet connection. Most of them can also act as a power bank to keep your phone or tablet going for more extended periods.
Transfer Files between Android and PC Using Dropbox
Google Drive and Dropbox are still some of the best options for wirelessly moving data. Both options are platform-agnostic and accessible from anywhere with an internet connection, making for an easy way to share multiple files or folders with minimal fuss.
Since Google Drive comes pre-installed on Android, we’d recommend that as your first stop. That said, if you prefer Dropbox, both apps work almost identically. The only drawback is the limited storage space on Dropbox’s free tier, but if you’re syncing a small number of files, it shouldn’t cause you much trouble.
Transfer Files between Android and PC Wirelessly Using Email
Finally, email is often the go-to solution for quickly sharing photos or documents with friends and co-workers, and for a good reason. It may be getting a little old, but emailing yourself the desired attachments is still a great way to swap files between your PC and your Android device.
Depending on the email service you use, there may be a cap to how much you can send. Sending an email with documents attached should work, but don’t expect to spend hours sending video footage without issues.