Though you can send large files over email with some workarounds, email is generally not the best way to share large files. So what is? You should begin by trying SHAREit.
SHAREit is a Wi-Fi file transfer app. As long as two people on the same network have the app installed on their device, they can transfer files at up to 200 times the speed that Bluetooth allows. Indeed, the highest transfer speed is 20MB/s and no quality is lost. This means you can share a 1GB file in less than a minute.
The app supports many different file formats, allowing you to send long videos, share large files, and push music files to friends’ devices. SHAREit also has a built-in video player, music player, and a music discovery tool. You can even use it to find GIFs, wallpapers, and stickers.
Perhaps most importantly, however, the app isn’t just limited to Android and iOS. It also has releases available for Windows and Mac. As long as all the devices are on the same Wi-Fi network, you can bounce files between them in seconds.
SHAREit does not have a maximum file size.
Download: SHAREit for Android | iOS (Free)
Send Anywhere is a long-distance file transfer app that also supports Wi-Fi sharing.
Unlike many other apps that can send large videos, Send Anywhere does not require you to make an account before you can use the service. Instead, it uses SSL security and a six-digit key to pair two devices together.
The app supports sharing files with multiple people at the same time. It also lets you transfer files to a specific device in cases where lots of Send Anywhere-enabled devices are available on your network. All files are sent using 256-bit encryption.
In addition to the Android and iOS apps, Send Anywhere is available as a free web app. There’s also a premium version of the service. Called Sendy PRO (the old Send Anywhere PLUS premium service is in the process of being discontinued), it adds 1TB of cloud storage as well as features such as file links via email, a link management tool, folder management, and link comments. Remember, you don’t need cloud storage to share large files.
Shared files are only available for 10 minutes by default, but you can change this in the app’s settings.
Download: Send Anywhere for Android | iOS (Free)
Another of the best apps to share large files is Xender. It’s available on Android and iOS devices, but also supports Windows, macOS, and Tizen. For those who don’t know, Tizen is an open source Linux-based OS found in many of Samsung’s wearables and smart TVs.
Xender supports sending apps, music files, PDFs, ZIP files, and even entire folders. Like SHAREit, the app offers transfer speeds that are up far faster than Bluetooth.
We especially like Xender thanks to some of its extra features. There’s an MP3 converter than can extract a song from a video file and save it as an audio file, plus a social media downloader that allows you to save/share videos from WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram.
Xender does not have a file size limit.
Download: Xender for Android | iOS (Free)
Under the hood, Filemail is a file-sharing app. However, it tries to replicate the email experience as closely as possible.
When you hit the send button, the receiver will get a simple email link in their inbox. Click the link and the file will start downloading; you don’t need to perform the download via a standalone site. If the receiver has the Filemail app installed, they can also download directly via the app’s interface.
The sender will get an alert once the file was successfully received. You can use the Open With interface to share any file through the app. There is no limit on the number of files you can send or the file sizes. All you need to send the file is the recipient’s email address.
Download: Filemail for Android | iOS (Free)
Whilst not an app in the traditional sense, Nearby Share is set to become one of the best ways to send large files between Android devices.
Launched in August 2020 as a successor to the now-depreciated Android Beam, Nearby Share can use either Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy, WebRTC, or peer-to-peer Wi-Fi protocols for sending files. This means you can send files to other users when you’re offline and without worrying about data caps when you’re online. File sending and receiving works publicly or anonymously, and you have complete control over who can see your device when you’re in their vicinity.
Although it’s not available at the time of writing, Google has promised that Nearby Share will become available on Chromebooks in the coming months. Historically, it was difficult to share large files from ChromeOS if you didn’t want to use a web app, so Nearby Share’s imminent arrival is a welcome addition to the platform.
At launch, Nearby Share is only available for Google Pixel and Samsung devices. It will be rolled out to all users during the remainder of 2020. If you have a Google or Samsung phone and want to enable the feature, head to Settings > Google > Device connections > Nearby Share > Turn on.
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