How to Transfer Files Over Wi-Fi Without Internet

How to Transfer Files Over Wi-Fi Without Internet

How to Transfer Files Over Wi-Fi Without Internet

May 23, 2018

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Hundreds of times faster than via Bluetooth. Much more convenient than via USB.
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How to Transfer Files Over Wi-Fi Without Internet
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Each method of transferring files between devices has its drawbacks: Bluetooth cannot transfer large amounts of data, a USB cable is not at hand when you need it, Wi-Fi speeds can be too slow, and mobile Internet traffic is limited. But we found the best solution – using Wi-Fi without an Internet connection.

WiFi Direct function

If you need to transfer files from one smartphone to another, you can use the built-in Wi-Fi Direct function. Let’s see how it works using two Android phones as an example.

Open your smartphone settings. Go to the Wi-Fi (WLAN) section. It is not necessary to connect to the Internet. Go to the Wi-Fi Direct tab – it may be hidden in the additional menu.

Turn on Wi-Fi Direct on both devices and pair. Find the file you want to transfer in your phone memory, tap “Share” and select the “Wi-Fi Direct” sharing method. On the receiving smartphone, agree to download the file.

When transferring files between phones from different manufacturers, communication breaks and other errors may occur, so sometimes you have to use third-party software.

If you want to transfer files between phones, computers and tablets, use a local network or special applications to transfer data via Wi-Fi. Lifehacker talked about one of these programs. SuperBeam is available on Windows, Linux, macOS, Android and iOS. But this is not the only option.

SHAREit

To transfer files, you need to install SHAREit on both devices. The app is available for all platforms for free.

After installation, run the program. On the sending device, press the Send button and select a file or application. On the receiving device, click “Receive”. A radar will appear in the center of the screen, displaying the icon assigned to another device on the network. Click on it to connect and start the file transfer.

When moving data from the phone’s memory to a computer, you need to select the “Connect to PC” mode. Otherwise, there are no changes. A search screen will appear asking you to select the icon of the receiving device.

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filedrop

Filedrop works in a similar way. The application must be installed on all devices that will participate in the file exchange.

Run the program to establish a connection. Usually pairing is set up automatically, but sometimes you have to enter a four-digit code. On the phone, you can see it by clicking on the button in the upper right corner. On a computer, by right-clicking on the program window.

If you are transferring data from your phone, click on the box icon. A simple manager will open in which you can select a file to send. When moving data from a computer, you can simply drag it into the program window.

File transfer is also available through the Filedrop website. When opened in a browser, the main page displays devices running the application connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

But here you can encounter failures: some devices are not detected or do not accept files. When working with applications, such problems were not found.

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Instashare

The Instashare program once solved the problem with transferring files on Apple devices. However, after the mass distribution of the AirDrop function, the existence of Instashare only within the Apple environment no longer made sense. Therefore, the developers have made the application cross-platform.

Instashare works just like SHAREit and Filedrop. The only difference is that you have to pay for the program on a PC. Apps for iOS and Android can be downloaded for free.

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There are several other solutions for moving data between iPhone and Android smartphones – they all also use the Wi-Fi Direct function.

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