File transfer is one of those common things you do on your smartphone. Every once in a while, you want to share that cool photo, video clip, music file or app with your friends. But how do you just do that? There are multiple techniques that you can use to easily share files between smartphones. It all depends on the platforms you’re using (e.g. Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone). For now, we’ll just focus on how you can easily transfer files between Android handsets.

NFC Sharing

Any NFC-enabled android device running version 4.1 or higher can send files via Android Beam. All you need to do I open the file or photo, press the handsets back-to-back and then a prompt shows up asking to wirelessly ‘beam’ the file to the other device. NFC-sharing works super quick for photos. However, it doesn’t work great with all other types of files.

Bluetooth File Transfers

Generally, Android smartphones have integrated Bluetooth hardware. Bluetooth happens to be one of the most common features when it comes to wirelessly transferring files between devices. This solution will work both inside and outside Android, so it’s highly operable regardless the smartphone you’re using. Just open the file you want to share, then tap the share button and hit the Bluetooth option that shows up. You’ll be asked to pair the two devices.

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Dropbox Share

If you’re sharing larger files, or both have a Dropbox account, this is a great way to go about wit. You can just easily share a link and the other person will directly download the file from Dropbox on their handset.

Email Sharing

Most times, you’ll realize that email is the most convenient way to send files to someone and have them open it without the need for a specialized application. This works for all files that aren’t too large (i.e. below 25 MBs in size). All you have to do is launch that favorite email app on your android smartphone, attach a file and then send it over to the other person’s email. Emails happen to be the most convenient way to send files between devices running on different platforms. Well, after all, the software and hardware we have developed, that’s a shame.

Dropbox works fairly well for slightly large files, but none of the other methods will suffice. For instance, if you want to transfer your entire music collection to a friend’s device, you are better off just copying it to your computer first via cable, then connecting to the other person’s phone and sending the files there.

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