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Saturday, March 14, 2020

How to Transfer Files from Mobile to Laptop – Latest Quick and Easy Ways

We are in 2020 and almost every adult human uses a smartphone. It is their personal cum professional hub that is somewhat an answer to their problems. A smartphone doesn’t just have a physical aspect but it also houses a virtual world, through which some of you are reading right now. Managing a phone isn’t easy, given all the data exchanged throughout the day.
One of the challenging things about data is the source and transferring it. You see, not every phone is blessed with unlimited cloud storage like Google Pixel devices. So at one point in your life, you’ll have to move those memories you call photos or the important office documents somewhere safe to make room for new ones. It is effectively called file transfer, as you might know.
You see, a few years ago cables, SD Cards, and Bluetooth were the only best options to transfer the data but today, there are so many options that while researching for this article, I got lost into the ocean of possibilities. I have listed methods that each one of you might be aware of unconsciously but haven’t used it for a while. If you aren’t an iOS user, you might want an AirDrop equivalent which technically doesn’t exist but I have tried my best. So, without any further ado, let’s transfer those 25,000 photos to a safe place via methods that suit you the most.

How to transfer files from Mobile to Laptop

There are various methods to transfer files from Mobile to Laptop. You can find a method that suits you the most.

1. The good old USB

How to transfer files from Mobile to Laptop
Wireless technology has taken over the world, which means that the old tech has fallen out of favor. USB connectivity has seen better days but it’s still the old school option many people. It is preferred as there’s limited to no hassle in using a pen drive or other devices that adhere to the USB. The wire that you charge your phone with also connects to your personal computer, which is the easiest way. You just need to give necessary permissions on either side so that both the devices are visible to each other.
Transferring your data from a USB connection is much safer than transferring your data wirelessly. Moreover, if you have multiple devices and a lot to transfer at once, it could weigh down the wireless connection. The alternative to USB is external hard drives that use SD cards or USB drives that create their own hotspot which gives you many connectivity options for your mobile and PC.

2. Email

How to transfer files from Mobile to Laptop
Electronic mail, or more commonly known as e-mail, was invented back in 1971. Even though this medium is used for professional purposes more often, you can easily transfer files if you have logged into both your PC and mobile’s email client. You can only send up to 25MB of files as of now but if that’s what your file size, rejoice! Emailing oneself is an easy way to transfer files when other methods aren’t at your disposal.

3. Websites 

How to transfer files from Mobile to Laptop
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Websites have become a part and parcel of life, thanks to our everyday consumption. There are literally billions, trillions of websites that cater to every person’s needs. So it’s obvious that there ought to be a ton load of websites that handle file transfer. Well, yes. We Transfer, Send Anywhere, etc. are a few websites that help you transfer data wirelessly. You just need to punch in a code. WhatsApp Web is also a great option.
WeTransfer lets you send files up to 2GB for free and if you need more space, you’ll need to register. The files are encrypted for security reasons which are deleted after seven days. You’ll need a pro account to delete them sooner but I guess you’ll just be fine with the regular one.

4. Cloud Storage

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Cloud Storage might be Apple’s go-to platform, it isn’t just limited to iPhones. In fact, there are over hundreds of decent cloud storage clients that offer a better price for storage of your preference. Google Drive offers 15GB of free storage, while MEGA offers 50GB of free storage. Be it any service, you just need to upload a file on it and log in with the same account on your smartphone. If you need more than the storage mentioned above, you need to pay the penny.


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Windows 10 OS is set to cross the 1 billion mark. It was controversial but the constant updates have lifted the weight of being a slacker. Windows gives you many options to transfer files. The aforementioned USB definitely works here but there are other underestimated methods that work phenomenally well. Bluetooth is still alive, believe it or not. You can still use the good old Bluetooth to send files only if you have patience. The transfer speeds are no Flash, as you can get a max data rate of 2.1 Mbps.
The other viable option is Wi-Fi. Yes, you can transfer files over the ubiquitous wireless method. Your PC and smartphone need to be on the same network. Once all the conditions are met, you can use Portal by Pushbullet. It is free and needs no signup. On your PC, go to to use the QR code.


How to transfer files from Mobile to Laptop
All the Mac owners out there can use the USB cable and the Cloud Storage option. There might be a few UI changes, but apart from that, the process is the same. Send Anywhere and We Transfer have their respective apps for macOS.

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