How to Transfer Files From Pc To Android Wifi Direct
Usually, there may be times when you need to transfer files from your PC to your android phone. The process of transferring files from pc to android is quite straightforward. But for someone who is not tech-savvy, it may seem a little complicated.
Don’t worry, this post outlines the entire process of transferring files from your pc to your android phone. PC here includes your laptop while android encompasses any device that runs on the Android operating system.
There are several ways to transfer files from a PC to an android device. But in this post, we will outline 5 easy ways to do so.
1. Transfer Using USB Cable
One of the ways to transfer files from PC to android phone is using a USB cable. Transfer with USB is the oldest and easiest way of transferring files from PC to Android and vice versa.
Pros of Using USB Cable
.It is easy to use
. You don’t need data to transfer your files
. You can use it to transfer big data.
The USB-C cables in most phones are not compatible with the cable you need for some laptops. If that is the case, you can buy a different USB cable that is compatible with your computer.
How To Transfer Files From PC to android Using USB Cable
This works mostly for windows computers
Step 1: Connect the USB. The smaller end to your phone and the bigger end to your computer.
Step 2: A notification will appear on your phone on what you want to do. The options are ‘charge this device’ and ‘Transfer files MTP’. Click on the second option.
Step 3: Another notification ‘select or choose what happens when you click on this device’ will appear on your system. Click on it and show the option that suits the file you wish to transfer. You can choose to transfer videos and images, or documents or audio folders.
Step 4: Choose the file you wish to download and click on import.
Step 5: When you are done, click on the notification tab on the lower right side of your Pc. Right-click the USB option and click on EJECT.
How To Transfer Files From Android To MAC Using USB Cable
The process of transferring files from android to mac using USB cable is the same as that of windows phone. The only difference is that you have to download the Android file transfer software to your MAC first before you initiate a transfer.
2. Transfer Using Bluetooth
If for one reason or the other, your USB cable is not compatible with your computer, you can use a Bluetooth to transfer files.
Pros of Using Bluetooth to transfer files from PC to Android
.It is very easy to transfer files
. It doesn’t require internet data to transfer
. It doesn’t require any cable or wire to do.
. It can be slow
.It is usually not good for transferring big files because of the first reason.
How To Transfer Files From PC to Android Via Bluetooth
Step 1: Enable the Bluetooth on your phone and computer. To enable your phone’s Bluetooth, go to ‘settings’ – ‘Connected devices’ – ‘Bluetooth’. Click on the Bluetooth option to switch it on. Make your Bluetooth is visible if not your computer’s Bluetooth may not be able to connect to it. To enable the Bluetooth on your computer, go to ‘settings’ ‘Bluetooth and other devices’. Click on the Bluetooth option to enable your computer’s Bluetooth.
Step 2: Connect. To connect, click on the ‘Add Bluetooth To Other device’ option and then click on ‘Bluetooth’.
Step 3: The Bluetooth on both devices should be connected now. Proceed to share a file over Bluetooth. Settings > Devices > Send or receive files via Bluetooth > Send files. Click on the files you want to share.
3. Transfer Using Wi-Fi
This is another wireless option available to transfer files from phone to PC. There are other software available to transfer using Wi-Fi, but the best option right now is the Xender app. Xender is an android app which you can download from the Google Playstore.
Pros of Using Wi-Fi to transfer files from PC to Android
. It is very fast.
. It is the best option to transfer big data.
. The transfer does not use your internet data. But you need to be connected to the internet to do this.
How To Transfer Files From PC to android Via Wi-Fi
Step 1: Download and install the ‘Xender’ application from Playstore
Step 2: Put on your computer’s Wi-Fi. Go to ‘Settings – Network and Internet– Wi-Fi and click to enable it.
Step 3: Put on your phone’s hotspot and data connection. For Hotspot, go to settings – Network and Internet – Hotspot and Tethering –Wi-Fi hotspot and click to enable it. (Note that some of these settings may be difficult depending on your device.). To switch on data, go to ‘Settings – Mobile data and click to enable your phone’s data.
Step 4: Click on your computer’s Wi-Fi to search and connect to your phone’s hotspot.
Step 5: Open the Google Chrome browser and type in http://192.168.43.1:33455
Step 6: Click and open the Xender app on your phone. Click on ‘Connect PC’ option. Choose the ‘Hot Spot option. Click on ‘Create Hotspot’. Finally, click on ‘Accept.
Step 7: Click on the files you wish to transfer to your phone and click on ‘Upload’.
4. Send Via Email:
If you are on the go or you need to send a file from your PC to an android phone elsewhere, the best option is via email. With your email, you can send and download the files into your android from anywhere.
Pros of Using Email to transfer files from PC to Android
.It is fast
.You can access the file from any location as long as there is an internet connection
.You can only use it to send very small data. There is a limit to the amount of file you can send via email. The limit is just 25 MB which is quite small.
How To Transfer Files From PC to android Via Email
Step 1: Open your email account preferably a Gmail account. Click on the ‘Compose option’. Enter the email address and the subject of the mail on the options provided. ‘Click on Attach file’ option. Choose the files you want to attach and ‘Open’. When you’re done, click on ‘Send’ to send the email. Note that you can use this method to send yourself an email. Open the mail via your android device and download the attached file into your device.
5. Send via WhatsApp
It is possible to connect and access your WhatsApp account via your computer. With that option, you can open and upload documents via WhatsApp and download same from your android mobile device.
Pros of Using WhatsApp to transfer files from PC to Android
. It is fast and easy
.You can access the file from anywhere as long as there is an internet connection
. You don’t need a USB cable to do this.
.There is a limit to the size of data you can transfer
.You can’t upload or download your files from WhatsApp where there is no internet connection.
How To Transfer Files From PC to android Via WhatsApp
Step 1: Connect your WhatsApp on your phone
Step 2: Click to attach and upload the files you wish to upload.
Step 3: Log into WhatsApp with your phone. Check the message on the number and download the file into your phone.
6. Transfer Via Cloud Account
Cloud accounts allow you to save your files and access them from anywhere. There are a lot of options available when you want to save via a cloud account. There is an option for Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft Onedrive.
Pros of Using WhatsApp to transfer files from PC to Android
.Can access your file from anywhere
.Can send bigger files.
How To Transfer Files From PC to android Via Dropbox
Step 1: Login to your Dropbox account.
Step 2: Click on Upload.
Step 3: Choose the files you want to upload and upload.
Step 4: Log into your Dropbox account via your android device. Click on the file link and download.
Fastest Way To Transfer Files From PC to Android.
In my opinion, the fastest way to transfer files from pc to android is via Wi-Fi. The reason is that it is very fast and you can transfer big volume files using Xender.
So far, the best options to transfer files from pc to android has been outlined in details. If you need to transfer small files that you can access from anywhere, you can use email or WhatsApp. For bigger files, your options are Wi-fi or via a cloud account.