You want the ability to transfer files from your Android device to your Windows PC. There’s just one little problem. Windows and Android are two very different operating systems. How do you make them play nicely? Well, fortunately, there are several ways to connect your Droid to your Windows machine and move the files you need without too much hassle.
The Lowly Micro USB
The most obvious solution is the lowly micro USB. Connect your phone or tablet to your PC and transfer the files you need. Easy as pie.
Third-Party Cloud Services
If you want a “done-for-you” service, go with a third-party solution like Google Drive, DropBox, Amazon, OneDrive, Box, SugarSync, or any of the other third-party cloud services out there. For a nominal fee, you can transfer files between your Android and your PC pretty easily.
Now, not all services are created equal. For example, Google Drive is pretty good at transferring documents and images, but there are certain limitations that make transferring videos a bit dicey. DropBox is more of a syncing service than a dedicated backup or storage option, but it can sync pretty much anything on your computer – videos included (as long as you have enough space in your DropBox).
Homebrew Cloud Service
Synology is the name in personal and business cloud computing. Their drives aren’t cheap, but they’re some of the best in the industry. These powerhouse NAS devices act like a personal cloud service that you own and control. You can access your drive from your home wi-fi or through your carrier’s cellular service.
One of the best ways to transfer files between your PC and a Droid device is to use the Vuze Torrent Downloader. You can create torrents out of almost any file. And, if you have the free Vuze client on your desktop, you can send files to and from your phone, auto-transcode files you regularly download, and even share files with friends with different operating systems.
AirDroid is a way to share files over wi-fi with other computers, like your Windows PC. For this to work, you’ll need to fire up the browser on your desktop and enter the IP address along with the port number you see on your AirDroid main screen. Once everything is entered, you’ll be communicating with the AirDroid app. Enter your password on the authentication screen, and you’re in.
ES File Explorer
This is one of the lesser-known ways to share files between your Android and Windows PC – use the ES File Explorer on your Android device. It’s a program that lets you access your home PC via your home wi-fi through Server Message Block (SMB). Make sure file sharing is on. To do that, go to “Under Properties” and click the “share” button. Under “file sharing,” enter “Everyone.” Now click the “share” button at the bottom.
If you’re on your home network, choose open file sharing as it’s easiest. But, if you’re on an unsecured wi-fi connection, use the password-protected sharing option. Now you’re ready to sync your files between your devices.
Bert Bruton has always had a head for technology. After years working in data management, he enjoys turning his work skills into useful insights for people to maximize their file storage, sharing, and security.