Stop cluttering your inbox by sending emails with large attachments. Instead, head over to one of these free and fast file transfer websites for a more convenient way to share large files without installing anything.
Why does the internet have so many different apps for easy file transfers? Think of Dropbox, Google Drive, WeTransfer, or Jumpshare. The answer is, file sharing is one of the most common activities we do and everyone has different requirements for doing it. Some like speed and encryption, others want safe space for their office documents, and a few need to send large files. Do not worry; there is a solution for everyone.
1. wormhole (Web): Fastest file transfers, end-to-end encrypted
Wormhole is the fastest file transfer app on the internet today if you want to send large files as fast as possible. The app also emphasizes data security, with end-to-end encryption, unlike cloud services like Dropbox. This means that Wormhole cannot open your data at any time and only stores files for 24 hours before deleting them from its servers.
But the emphasis is on speed. Download a file and you’ll instantly get a link, even before the entire file has downloaded. Share this link and recipients can start downloading the file before it’s fully downloaded, too, using browser-based peer-to-peer (P2P) sharing protocols. It’s fast and a huge time saver compared to other apps where you have to wait for the file to finish downloading before you can share a link.
With Wormhole, you can upload files up to 5GB, share the link, and close the tab. For files larger than 5 GB, you should keep the tab open as Wormhole uses P2P file sharing to transfer data between you and the recipient.
2. Drop.lol (Web): Share files between devices on the same network
Drop.lol can be a handy tool to send data to transfer a file between your phone and computer or when your teammates are on the same Wi-Fi.
This is how it works. The first user should open Drop.lol to automatically create a room, then share a link with others to join that room. Those on phones can scan a handy QR code instead to quickly connect.
Once the others are in the room, each person is assigned a “tile”. Add files to your thumbnail so others can download them, check what others are sharing, or drag and drop to start the transfer. There is also a simple chat panel to post messages if needed. The whole thing works on peer-to-peer file sharing, so you’ll have to keep the tab open.
3. Dropall (Web): P2P file sharing on browsers, no size limit
Dropall is one of the easiest P2P file sharing apps to use on browsers. You don’t need to install anything or create an account; all you need is a modern web browser. Because it’s P2P, there is no file size limit, nor a limit on the number of files you can transfer simultaneously.
First, create a room with an optional username and password. Then share the link for that room with the recipients. The room itself shows all the files you’ve uploaded, and for common file formats, it even shows a preview. For example, text files are opened to display their notes, and image files are displayed as thumbnails, not icons. You can choose to download a file or open it in the app if possible.
Once a recipient chooses to download a large file, the downloader will need to stay online and in the room until the transfer is complete. The data transfer is completely serverless, which guarantees the security and confidentiality of your activity.
4. Send (Web): transfer large files (up to 30 GB) for free and resume downloads
Most file transfer services limit file sizes to 2 GB or 5 GB, with a few exceptions. For larger files, you usually have to pay. So far, among the best we have found has been PixelDrain with its 10GB limit making it one of the fastest free file sharing apps online. SendBig and its 30GB file size limit puts most of the competition out of the water.
You will need to create a free account to unlock the 30GB file size limit, but no other requirements are required. Additionally, SendBig fixes the biggest problem with downloading large files – a failed upload. If you are disconnected or if you cannot complete your download for some reason, SendBig will resume it the next time you reconnect to the service (as long as you still have the original file). This is an extremely important feature for large file transfers.
Other than that, SendBig offers all the features you would expect from a service like this. You can password protect the file, set how many times it can be downloaded, and set an expiration date when it will be deleted. You can also use the SendBig Snap service for self-destructing files which are automatically deleted when downloaded once.
5. Transfer kit (Web): Decentralized file transfer made easy for everyday users
TransferKit tries to make the benefits of decentralized storage networks available to any lay user, without any Blockstack accounts needed or other technical know-how.
Built on the Filecoin network, the file sharing process is as easy as any other file transfer service. Upload your files (up to 32GB total), then share the link for anyone to download.
The advantage of decentralized storage networks is that you are protected against hardware failure or cyber attacks. Then again, a file uploaded to the Decentralized Storage Area Network cannot be deleted due to its very nature, so your data will be there forever.
6. SendFileOnline (Web): Share files only with a 6-digit code
For more security when sharing files online, SendFileOnline (SFO) offers an interesting solution. When you upload files to the site, it gives you a unique 6-digit code. Share this code with your friends instead of a full link, and anyone reading your post won’t know what it is.
Of course, this requires you and your friend to discuss the SFO file exchange in advance. But once that’s set up, it’s as easy as sending those six digits, like a PIN, instead of full links that can be followed later. In addition, you can set which files to delete after 24 hours or a week.
Stop using email for file transfers
Look at the huge number of apps that let you perform file transfers, many of them without registration. Why then do we always use email to send us small files? This is how the inbox gets cluttered and you run out of Google Drive space.
Of course, email file sharing is a chronic habit, so it’s hard to get rid of. If you want to switch from email to a file sharing service, choose a free, no-registration file transfer app first. Then ask your colleague or friend you are sharing files with to agree to move on to this instead of the email. It’s hard to stick with it on your own, but it’s a lot easier if you and your sharers make a conscious effort to stay away from email together.
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