Apple's devices are popular for their usability. Watch someone who has never used an iPhone before and see how they figure out how to operate it in a matter of minutes. While these are great smartphones and some would say the best, they aren't perfect. One shortfall is that it can be difficult to transfer files from the device to your computer without iTunes. Luckily, there are apps that can help.
Here's two great apps that you can use to make the transferring of files to/from your iPhone onto your computer not only quicker but less taxing too.
This app started out as a way to share contacts with other iPhone users and has since been updated to include transferring files and pictures. A recent update introduced the capability to move files from your computer to your phone and vice versa.
How this process works is you install Bump on your iPhone, open the app and select a file you would like to transfer. On your computer you can navigate to bu.mp and then bump (hit) the spacebar with your phone. A new window will open with a preview of the file, giving you the option to download it, or share it.
If you would like to transfer a file from your PC or Mac to your iPhone, click on Send files to your device on the bu.mp page and select the files to send. They will be automatically sent to your phone and can be accessed by opening the app.
The app is free from the website, and works on both Mac and PC. There is a 20 mb per file size limit, so for larger files you would be better off saving them to a cloud storage app.
If you have a Mac, Instashare is new app that allows you to simply drag and drop files from your computer to transfer them to your iPhone.
Once you have downloaded the app on both your computer and iPhone, you then find the file on your computer that you would like to share, drag it to the app icon and let it go. As long as your iPhone is connected to a W-Fi network, the file will be transferred in as little as a few seconds. You can also send files from your iPhone through the app, selecting the file and dragging it onto connected computers. Instashare will take care of the rest.
This app is an easy way to transfer files within the Apple environment while not having to physically connect your device to your computer. It's also free, which could make it an interesting tool for your business. Download it from the website here, or search for it on in the App Store.
There are many other ways to transfer files from your smartphone to your computer, including using cloud storage. What are your favorite ways? Let us know. Or, if you are looking for a more efficient file sharing solution, contact us today.