21
Aug
WeTransfer

Everything stored on computers takes up data (this is going somewhere, I promise). We humans, being the social creatures that we are, feel compelled to share things with others. This biological inclination didn't go away with our relatively new obsession with digital things, so we now find ourselves regularly wrestling with the issue of getting data that's stored on one of our devices onto someone else's. WeTransfer and its new Android app can help with that. It's far from the only one that can, but its forgiving file limit makes it a compelling option.

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WeTransfer does one thing, and that's all it cares to do. It lets users share files up to 10GB in size without having to sign up for an account. With each transfer, the app asks your email address, a recipient's, and a short note to go along with the file.

This is the kind of service that gets tucked away behind the Android share menu (functionality the iOS version obviously lacks) and only surfaces when you need it. That's not to suggest that the core app isn't worthy of some attention. Its presentation is slick, and as your file uploads, various backgrounds appear to keep your eyes looking at something more than a slowly moving bar (or in this case, a circle).

Registration isn't required, but if you want to store and keep track of your downloads, you can do so with a Plus account for $120 a year.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Ben Lee

    Not available on OnePlus One, Galaxy S4 or Nexus 7 2013? Play is saying not compatible with any of these devices.

    • Not Ben Lee

      It works for my gs4

      • Ben Lee

        Which model GT-I9505? Wonder why it's incompatible with mine then.

        • HugePotato

          Xperia Z2 seems to be compatible, just saying.

    • clovervidia

      Play says compatible with my Nexus 5 but not my Nexus 7 2012.

  • Ryan

    whoa. your move, pushbullet

    • Guest

      But honestly, if I'm going to share a file like that, I'd rather it go into Google Drive or whatever first so that I can share again later. I guess disposable sharing just isn't my thing.

      • https://plus.google.com/+MichaelBond codemonkey85

        Uhh... I deleted this comment...?

        • Ben Lee

          disqus is generally a little flaky for deleting I find

        • G

          I guess disposable comment just isn't your thing.

    • Ben Lee

      Not really, Pushbullet is about far more than sharing individual files. They've nothing to fear from this.

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  • http://martyhalpern.blogspot.com martyhalpern

    The app is also incompatible with the original 2012 N7, so add this to the list that Ben Lee has put forth.

  • https://plus.google.com/+MichaelBond codemonkey85

    Honestly, if I'm going to share a file (especially a big one), I'd rather it go into Google Drive or whatever first so that I can share again later. I guess disposable sharing just isn't my thing.

    • StriderWhite

      I prefer Mega, more gigabytes!! :)

      • https://plus.google.com/+MichaelBond codemonkey85

        I did say "Google Drive or whatever". :-)

        Mega has more free storage, sure - but for paid plans in the range of storage I use, Google has it beat ($9.99 / month per TB vs. Mega's roughly $13.27 / month per TB). Actually, I think Google's prices are cheaper overall, but it's hard to compare directly because their plans are very different.

        • StriderWhite

          sorry, I meant more free gigabytes!

  • z-vet

    Looks like someone is trying to build an email addresses database.

  • primalxconvoy

    This is great! I hope I can use it to send camera video footage to YouTube via its dedicated email address. It's always amazed me that Android, owned by Google, can't send normal sized videos via the official YouTube app, via email or most other means to YouTube, which is also owned by Google (even on a WiFi connection).

    Hopefully, like most unfinished Google-led services and products, this third party product will fix it.

  • Stanley C.

    why they put a Samsung keyboard on a Nexus 5 screeshot?

    • jesuguru

      Probably hoping to catch the eye of both Nexus and Samsung users. Marketing people are pretty savvy about doing that kind of thing (or so they think).

  • RadarJammer

    Not compatible with my Xperia Z Ultra (4.4.4), while my S4 (4.4.2), Note 3 (4.4.2) and RAZR i (4.1.2) are compatible.

  • http://twitter.com/digideth digideth

    According to their website you can only send a 2 gig file. you have to pay $ to send 10 gig.

    Can someone explain why they don't make their app work with a Nexus 7?
    Oh on their help page I found this BS "Yeah, sorry. It's a limitation in the Google Play Store," Say what?

    I think this post needs to be changed to say WeTransfer Plus and not WeTransfer.

  • Vasilis K.

    No it DOESN'T let users send 10GB files for free. It does this for 2GB files. For up to 10GB it requires that "Plus" account. Correct this please...

  • Andronome

    First of all, who transfers up to 10GB worth of files from his
    smartphone? Secondly, why would anyone bother with applications that
    take up storage space, when they can share their files from web
    services? Furthermore, like most of the comments have outlined, you have
    to pay to be able to transfer up to 10GB. And seriously, how secure is
    this anyway? I'm not really sure about the purpose of this article..

  • Laurentiu

    Nice one

  • uopjo6

    Until you see your data plan

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003386080045 John doe

    or just download your favorite torrent client on the phone, create the torrent, send your friend the torrent file and your in business, no file size limits.