There are bunch of apps in the Android Market that let you enjoy transferring files between your Android device and PC, over the air. If you’re still one of the few people who still use cable when transferring files, here are some of the apps you’ve been missing!
Transfer files wirelessly with these Android Apps
1. AirDroid (free)
AirDroid is probably the best WiFi file transfer app that you can find in the Market and it’s actually one of my top picks! To use it, you just have to visit the link shown in the app in your web browser, then enter the password, and you’re good to go.
This app not just allows you to transfer files wirelessly but also lets you truly enjoy your Android experience over the air. You can use it to send/receive SMS, install/uninstall applications, preview/import/export pictures, search/create contacts, play/search music.
I just noticed that it’s a bit slow when transferring files compare to the other apps, but other than that, Airdroid is really a great WiFi file transfer manager and it’s free!
2. WiFi File Transfer (free, Pro version costs $0.99)
WiFi File Transfer is the simpler version of AirDroid. It doesn’t have that beautiful web interface but it’s very fast when transferring files. Same with AirDroid, you just have to visit the link shown in the app, enter the password (this feature can be disabled), and start managing your files over the air.
As I said earlier, WiFi File Transfer’s web interface is not as visually appealing as that of AirDroid’s but it’s easy to use as well. You just have to remember though that the free version doesn’t allow users to upload files larger than 4MB. You can purchase the Pro version for only $0.99 and transfer huge files without any problem.
3. Android Manager WiFi (free)
Android Manager WiFi is more advanced compare to the first two apps above. It lets you manage your device’s data easily and wirelessly sync with your PC via WiFi technology including contacts, messages, photos, video, music, applications and calendar.
In order to use it, you need to install first the Android Sync Manager WiFi on your PC and the Android Sync WiFi Manager Agent on your Android phone. (Yup! It’s not browser-based)
One of the unique features of this app is synchronization which lets you automatically or manually synced items including contacts, calendar, camera, or other files every time you connect your device to your PC.
SwiFTP is an Android app that will make your phone function as its own server, allowing you to connect and transfer files wirelessly to your Android phone. With this app, you can browse your phone’s files just like a regular folder on your PC.
Check our simple tutorial on how you can mount SwiFTP as a network drive on a Windows PC so you can access your phone’s storage over your local WiFi network.
5. File Expert (free)
File Expert is an advanced file manager/WiFi file transfer app that lets you manage your files and other resources which are stored in your Android phone and tablet. Just like the other apps above, you can use it to share your files to your friends over WiFi network. It has a nice-looking web interface and a gallery that lets you view pictures stored in your device.
Aside from being a great WiFi file transfer manager, you can also use it to do simple things such as copy, paste, move, and rename files and folders, access various cloud storage including Dropbox and Box.net, uninstall/backup apps, view compressed files, and a lot more!
File Expert is free to download and supports rooted devices as well.