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Alternatives to SHAREit for file sharing on Android

Why should you look for an app other than SHAREIt?

A real shame that we should look for an alternative to a more popular and used apps for transferring files between devices, usually between mobile phones or from mobile to computer. Its main feature is the speed of file transfer between devices, even if there is no internet connection.

However, it sins of being vulnerable, since it has suffered several security problems. Adding the vulnerabilities that allowed an attacker to arbitrarily download files to the device and avoid their identification, the latest controversy reveals that it is possible to remotely execute code through SHAREit; which opens the door not only to the control of the app, but also to be able to install any other application secretly.

Without Internet, what connection do apps use to send files from one mobile to another?

It does not happen in all apps, but a characteristic that some applications with SHAREit comply with is that they do not necessarily need an internet connection to transfer files. We are not going to think that we must return to the USB cable to not require such a connection, but that these tools have other methods or protocols to work.

In this way, many of these applications use connectivity such as Bluetooth, NFC or QR codes to detect the synchronization between both devices. Another way that can be used, and that SHAREit uses, is a technology called Wi-Fi SoftAP that creates a personal network and allows other devices to send and receive files.

Applications to pass documents between smartphones

We are going with the applications that are going to get us out of the quagmire and that are going to eradicate the security problem that SHAREit faces and from which we no longer know if we are safe.

Zapya

Zapya is a great alternative to SHAREit, and also very popular. You can transfer files between platforms on iOS, Mac, Android, and Windows pretty quickly. The application serves as a hotspot and there is no data usage. It is available in many languages, which is why people use it all over the world.

The interface is very clean, although there are some ads from time to time. Like Xender, this application has a web service that is also very easy to use. You can send documents and photos, as well as large files like videos and music albums, quickly from a smartphone to a PC and vice versa.

Zapya WebShare - File Sharing in Web Browser
Zapya WebShare - File Sharing in Web Browser

PushBullet

It really is a breath of fresh air in the category of file transfer apps. You can use it to send files across platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS. It has a browser extension with the same functions as the application. Besides file transfer, important features also include messaging and notifications.

It’s like a social version of SHAREit, where you can send links to your friends and let them know what they need to send you. You can send them funny music and videos with just one click. You can enjoy the free version or decide on the premium one. The only downside is that PushBullet needs an internet connection to work.

Pushbullet - SMS on PC and more
Pushbullet - SMS on PC and more

Send Anywhere

As the name suggests, it can be used anywhere for transferring files between different platforms and devices. Unlike many other services, this one does not use cloud storage. Instead, it works like torrent sites with peer-to-peer, P2P file delivery.

This makes the process much faster and safer. Security is enhanced by mandatory six-digit codes for each file transaction. Forget about annoying pairing and having to log in with multiple devices to send files. There is no limit to the number of files you can send.

Send Anywhere (File Transfer)
Send Anywhere (File Transfer)

Xender

You can send files to and from the PC using the web application, a great feature that SHAREit doesn’t have. File transfer is pretty fast with Xender and the app is free.

As you can imagine, the app is ad-supported, as the business has to make money in some way. Fortunately, they are not harmful and do not appear too often. The user interface is elegant and easy to navigate and get used to.

Xender - Share music, video, save status
Xender - Share music, video, save status

Snapdrop

It is an option that will allow us send files between devices that are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. It is the only requirement to be able to use this tool, which also does not require installation, because we will use it from its web page in the browser on the phone.

It uses a fairly fast connection method between devices, which allows us send large files between two Android phones. In addition, without the need to install anything the phone, which is something that is especially convenient for users. You just need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network to use this method.

snapdrop

Snapdrop |  ShareIt
Snapdrop |  ShareIt

WeTransfer

Another well-known service to send files between devices, which we can also use on our Android phone. In addition, in its free version you can send files up to 2 GB in size without using an account, but if you have an account the capacity is greater. So most users will see their needs covered with this option.

Another positive aspect is that nothing has to be installed on the phone, we can use the web directly, but also its app, if we want. The other person you will receive an email with the link to access these files so that you can download them to your Android phone. A good method for sending large files between phones.

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Collect by WeTransfer
Collect by WeTransfer

AirDroid-remote access and file transfer

This tool has become one of the most popular in this field. It is probably well known for its ease of use, with a really simple interface to use, which allows all types of users, both experts and beginners, to be able to use AirDroid at all times in a simple way.

Airdroid is a powerful tool that allows us to capture screen, send files, synchronize notifications, remote control or make backup copies. It is kept up-to-date and the team behind it can quickly correct any sync issues that appear.

airdroid

AirDroid-remote access and file transfer
AirDroid-remote access and file transfer

Feem v4

Feem comes with a different user interface than SHAREit and other file sharing applications. But that shouldn’t pose a problem as it still works perfectly and is easy to use. The application offers a built-in chat function where you can talk to the users of the other connected devices. In fact, you only have to share the files in the chat view.

When you download the application on other platforms connected to the same network, the app automatically detects it. You don’t even have to scan the QR code or anything else. All you have to do is select the files you want to send.

Feem v4.  Share Files Offline
Feem v4.  Share Files Offline

ShareMe

Anyone using a Chinese Xiaomi cell phone has probably seen ShareMe among the pre-installed apps. The program serves precisely to share files wirelessly very quickly and without size limit, that is, even very large files can be sent with it.

Despite being developed by Xiaomi, luckily, ShareMe is available on Google Play and can be downloaded by people who use cell phones from other brands.

ShareMe - # 1 file sharing & data transfer app
ShareMe - # 1 file sharing & data transfer app

TeamViewer

It is a bit different from the apps mentioned above. File transfer is not its primary use; It is mainly used for screen sharing and remote device control. It works on all major platforms, but you will need good bandwidth to use it. Otherwise, you may occasionally disconnect.

TeamViewer for Remote Control
TeamViewer for Remote Control