Transferring files from your Android smartphone to your Windows PC, or vice versa, used to be a difficult matter before. You connected your phone to a PC via a USB cable, tracked the file system until you found what you were looking for and then copied with the hope that nothing was disconnected or hung in the process is. Alternatively, after you first paired two devices, you used a slow file transfer process to share files on Bluetooth. Thankfully, with the development of apps, this process of sharing files from Android to Windows devices has become an easy matter. We list some free apps that you can try if you want to transfer files from your Android smartphone to your Windows desktop and guide you through every step how to know about them.
How to share files between Windows and Android using free apps
If you want to share a file between your Windows and Android devices, or you want to move one of them together, it is very easy to start by following these simple steps:
How to share files between Windows and Android using Feem
The Feem v4 app allows users to transfer files, photos, videos, audio files and apps for free. The app needs to download Android devices as well as on the window device to work. Both devices need to connect to the same Wi-Fi network. The company claims that the file transfer service is 50 times faster than Bluetooth and twice as compared to the Dropbox. The free version of the app is full of ads. Those who think that annoying Feem Pro can pay a premium which provides an ad-free experience.
How to transfer files between Windows and Android using Feem:
- Download Feem v4 on both your Android device and Windows PC from the Feem website.
- After installation, ensure that both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
- The application will assign a name to both your Windows PC and Android smartphone, and both will automatically show up in the Android/ Windows application.
- Click on the Android/ Windows device in any of the two applications.
- You can now send a single file or multiple files at once.
How to Share Files Between Windows and Android Using AirDroid
Like Feem V4, AirDroid allows you to transfer photos, videos, files, audio, and applications between Android and Windows devices for free. This allows the selection of multiple files, and can also be used to send text messages. The file transfer in our trial was as fast as the foam. There’s an option to view all your phone files on the desktop app and save them from there.
The free app share files also allow Windows Android Android app to read and send text messages.
Apart from all this, there is also a remote camera mode that allows you to remotely view your phone’s camera, and only view mode which allows you to see what’s happening on the screen of your smartphone on the desktop is. The free version of the application is supported by ads and allows only 200 MB data transfer per month (31 days).
How to transfer files between Windows and Android using AirDroid:
- Download AirDroid desktop and Android app from the AirDroid website.
- Register on the app, and then sign-in using the same credentials on the Windows app as well.
- Ensure that you’re connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
- Your smartphone and Windows computer will shop up under the My Devices section in both applications.
- You can now drag and drop/ attach the files you want to share.
How to share files between Windows and Android using PushBullet
PushBullet app also allows for file transfers from your Android device to Windows PC and lets you send and receive text messages as well as view your phone’s notifications. In our tests, we found file transfers to be slower than Feem.
free app transfer files Windows AndroidPushBullet allows for the transfer of files between Android and Windows
Unlike Feem, PushBullet doesn’t allow sharing of apps and is limited to files, photos, and videos. It also doesn’t feature the remote camera and view only modes seen on AirDroid.
How to transfer files between Windows and Android using PushBullet:
- Download the PushBullet desktop client and Android app from the PushBullet website. PushBullet offers extensions for Firefox, Chrome, and Opera, as well as a dedicated Windows App.
- Sign in with either your Google or Facebook account. Do note that you will have to use the same account on both the Android phone and Windows PC.
- The Android app will ask you whether you want to see your phone’s notifications on your computer. It will also display a similar prompt for text messages. Tap ‘Enable’ or ‘Skip’ depending on your preferences.
- Tap Remote Files on your the Android app, and your Windows PC will show up. Similarly, your Android smartphone will be displayed under Devices on the Windows application.
- Press the ‘Attach’ button to send the necessary content, and press the arrow key to send the media file to your PC.
- Check the PC app to view the file and download it onto your system.
How To Share Files Between Windows And Android Using Your Phone App
Your phone app was introduced by Microsoft with the Windows 10 October 2018 update, and it gives Windows users instant access to the photos and texts of their Android smartphone. However, the app only allows users to access up to 25 photos and screenshots, and nothing else.
free Android app for Android, your phone transfers photos from Windows to Android, but not vice versa
This does not allow users to send multiple files at once. Similarly, it only shows recent messages. The biggest disadvantage of this app is that it only allows transferring photos from Android to Windows, and not vice versa.
- Install the Your Phone app or Windows and Android.
- Feed in your country code and cell phone number in the Windows app. You will receive a text message with the link for the Android app.
- Download the app from Google Play using the link.
- Once installed, click ‘Connect my PC’.
- Sign in with your Microsoft account on both the Windows and Android App. On the Android device, allow all permissions and say ‘Yes’ to ‘Ignore battery optimisations’ if so desired.
- Open the Your Phone app on your Windows 10 machine.
- You will be able to access Recent Photos (including camera roll, screenshots) and Text messages (SMS messages).
Other simple ways to transfer files between Android and Windows
A special mention must be given to cloud storage services like Dropbox, OneDrive, We Transfer, Google Drive, and more. These services allow you to save files on to the cloud, and access them from any device, as long as you’re signed-in with the same credentials. All of these services offer limited free storage space, and after you’ve reached that limit, you can choose from various paid plans.