How to share files between Android and Windows PC

Took some photos on your Android smartphone and want to quickly transfer it your Windows PC ? Is there a text snippet from Notepad in your Windows PC that you want to send to your Android smartphone easily?

The above situations are present in our everyday lives. In today’s environment, files and documents are spread across multiple devices from smartphones to tablets to laptops each one probably running a different OS like Android or Windows. Depending on the situation as to whether you want to transfer a file or text, we can use a range of apps to share files between Android, Windows PC, iOS and OS X.

Keeping files and folders in sync between Android and Windows PC

Perhaps the most well-known of these apps would be Dropbox which has a client available for Windows as well as Android. Simply load all your files into Dropbox and they will always be in sync on both Android and Windows, no matter where you access and modify them and no need to plug in your mobile as well. Dropbox basic plan comes with 2 GB of storage which is enough space for storing all your important documents.

A notable alternative is Google’s in house option – Google Drive. It works in the same manner except that it provides 15 GB of free space which is shared across your Google Account.

Sharing files between Android and Windows PC

But if you are just looking to transfer some files wirelessly from Windows to your Android phone/tablet or the other way around, the simplest one is AirDroid which lets you manage your files over your home’s Wi-Fi connection.

Also noteworthy is PushBullet which pushes selected files uploaded to onto your Android device. But if you are low on bandwidth or are on a metered connection, AirDroid is the way to go with no additional bandwidth spent on your network.

Transferring snippets of text between Android and Windows

If it just some snippets of text (grocery list, some phone numbers etc.) you want to transfer between Android and Windows, Google Keep is the simplest option. If you are on Windows PC, then open Google Keep in your browser and if on Android the Google Keep app.

The notes remain in sync using your Google account.

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