I’ve gotta admit I am very lazy to reach out to my USB cable every time I want to transfer something from my Android phone to my laptop. Plus we have to connect USB, navigate, copy and safely remove every time, which makes me choose a wireless transfer service more often than not.
Of course, there is no denying that Dropbox is the one I use the most because of the convenience of perfect sync across all devices, and the ability to retrieve the files anywhere as long as there is an internet connection. I probably won’t be talking about how Dropbox works on Android because it is as easy as 1, 2, 3 and it is implemented system wide in the Android OS.
I’ve recently come across a website called Bump Beta (you HAVE TO allow the site to track your location in order for Bump to work) which allows you to bump your files from your Android/iPhone to your computer. It is very easy to use and definitely becoming one of my favourites.
First install Bump on your phone.
Then choose the file(s) you want to “bump” from your Gallery or File Manager (I use ES File Explorer) and select Bump in your sharing options.
Then you’ll be led to a screen where you can confirm your selections aka ready-to-bump screen.
After you confirm your selection, open the Bump Beta website on your browser and lightly bump your phone onto the Spacebar of your keyboard. You will be prompted on your phone to either confirm your connection with your PC or Mac, after which the photo(s) you’ve selected to bump will appear in your browser and you can just drag and drop them onto your desktop or folders to save them.
AirDroid is another impressive app that allows you to manage and control your Android phone (including files transfer, texting, viewing photos) over-the-air right within your browser. First download AirDroid to your Android phone and launch it afterwards.
You will be given a browser address to enter which is http://192.168.1.126:8888 (bookmark it so you don’t have to manually enter each time), and a password to enter. And that’s it; you can now browse your phone from your browser. This could be very convenient if you text a lot and would like to do it on laptop; I wish though that they would have more support for more apps such as Whatsapp, Path etc. when they got out of Beta.
Note: Both AirDroid and Bump require you to have the same network connection on both your Android device and laptop.
There are a bunch of other file transfer protocols out there but for the time being, I am sticking with Dropbox and Bump for daily usage.