Share Files

The easiest way to share files on the internet is to simply store them in some publicly accessible place and link to them. If you want to share a file, put it in your public html directory and give the URL for it. The trouble with this is convenience: you have to put it there and remember the exact URL.

A site like (geocities) will let you create a page that has links to many files, or even upload a bunch of files all at once, but they make you go through various menus and screens. The ideal system would combine the ease of uploading many files with the convenience of having them be immediately available to anyone who knows their URLs.

This is easy enough to do yourself, using nothing but software that comes with every Unix machine (and therefore every Mac).

The best way to share files is through a website. If you put them on your own site, you can keep track of who's downloading them and also make sure that the links don't get broken when you move to a different provider. Another advantage is that people will be able to find your files through search engines.

A good format for sharing files is PDF, which makes it easy for people to print them out (and hard for them to copy-paste stuff from them). This might seem like an odd suggestion coming from me, since I spent so much of my life fighting against PDF. But that was in the context of writing programs together with other people. When the goal is distribution rather than collaboration, PDF is great: it was designed precisely to solve the problem of how to make something look the same on different computers.

1 - Use OneDrive

  • To share files and folders, you can send a link in email or in a chat to invite others to open, view, edit or download your OneDrive files.
  • To use OneDrive to share files or folders:
  • Open the file or folder you want to share.
  • In the upper right-hand corner of your screen, click the Share icon.
  • At the top of the Share pane that pops out, choose Get a link. If you don't see Get a link, click Invite people instead and skip to step 5.
  • Choose whether you want to create and Edit link or a View link.
  • Click Create.
  • Copy the link and paste it into an email or instant message. Anyone with this link can access your file or folder.

2 - Share to a nearby device

  • To share files to another device that's close to you, follow the steps below.
  • On your Android device, open the app you want to share from. (Some apps, like Google Chrome, will only work if both devices have the latest version installed.)
  • If you have more than one file to share, press and hold on each file to select them. Otherwise, touch and hold a single file.
  • Tap Share. If you selected multiple files, tap More options > Share.
  • Choose how you want to share:
  • Bluetooth: To transfer files between two devices both with Bluetooth turned on and paired together.
  • Nearby Share: To transfer files from one device to another without using data or WiFi. Note: You need to be signed in with your Google Account and have Location permissions turned on for Nearby Share to work properly.
  • Gmail: To send files as an attachment in Gmail.
  • Drive: To upload files into your Google Drive folder.
  • Copy to clipboard: To copy a link that can be pasted anywhere you can paste text (like Gmail).
  • Other apps: If you have other compatible apps installed on your device like WhatsApp or Slack

There are several ways to share files between a PC and mobile device. You can use various apps or a home network. Below are the two most common methods:

3 - Share with an app

First, you'll need to install an app. There are lots of apps that can let you share files over Wi-Fi between your PC and mobile devices. Some popular ones include Pushbullet, Feem v4, and Portal by Pushbullet.

Once the app is installed, you'll be able to share files between your computer and phone or tablet easily and quickly. Simply tap on the file that you want to send and select the option to send it via WiFi Direct. The other device will receive a notification within the app once it's available for download.

4 - Share over a home network

If you're using a Windows 10 computer and a phone or tablet with Android 7 Nougat or newer (or Windows 10 Mobile), then you may not need an app at all to transfer files over Wi-Fi. The process is simple: just turn on file sharing over your home network on both devices and drag your files from one to another. The connection will be done through whichever Wi-Fi network you're currently connected to.

5 - Bluetooth

Bluetooth is a wireless protocol for exchanging data over short distances without a network connection. It is a popular method of transferring files between phones, tablets and computers. Bluetooth can be used to share photos, videos, music, documents and contacts. On Android devices, users can send and receive files from other nearby Android devices via Bluetooth by turning Bluetooth on and making their device discoverable by tapping "Allow others to see this device" in their phone's Bluetooth settings. A list of nearby devices will appear in the notification shade on your device, so you can select which one to transfer your content to.

6 - Email

You can share files with anyone by emailing them as an attachment if you have the person's email address. This is useful for sharing photos, videos and documents with relatives or friends who do not live in close proximity or use the same services as you do (e.g., WhatsApp). You can also use Gmail or Outlook to share large files that may be too big to attach directly to an email — these services will upload your file attachment to Google Drive or OneDrive respectively and send a link to it instead of attaching it directly.

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