Share files over WiFi without a WiFi network

How to make and receive Android phone calls on Windows

The Windows 10 Your Phone app can use your Android phone to make and receivecalls.MicrosoftWith everything set up, you can now start handling your Android phone dutieson your PC using Your Phone.1. From Your Phone, in the left pane, tap Calls.2. To make a call, search for contacts or use the dialer.3. When a call is incoming, a dialog box will pop up that lets you accept or decline a call or send a message instead of answering. For another take on Microsoft embrace of Android phones, check out theupcoming Surface Duo.Originally published last year. Updated to include that it’s out of betatesting.How to Add Websites to the Home Screen on Any Smartphone or TabletYour smartphone or tablet’s home screen isn’t just for apps. Whatever platformyou’re using, you can pin your favorite websites to your home screen so youcan quickly access them.Some platforms offer bonus features. For example, Chrome for Android opensthese websites in their own windows with no browser interface, while Windows 8and Windows Phone offer live tile updates on some websites.

Windows 8, 8.1, RT

RELATED: How to Turn Web Apps Into First-Class Desktop CitizensWindows 8, 8.1, and RT devices also offer a way to pin websites to your Startscreen. This is obviously most useful on tablets, not on desktop PCs where youdon’t want to see the Start screen. On the Windows desktop, you can pinwebsite shortcuts to your taskbar for easier access.First, open the modern Internet Explorer browser — that’s what you’re probablyusing on a tablet, anyway, as it offers the most touch-optimized experience.Navigate to the website you want to pin, pull up the app bar — for example, byright-clicking or swiping up from the bottom of your screen — and tap the staricon. Tap the pin icon, enter a name for the shortcut, and click Pin to Start.The website will appear as a tile on your Start screen.Tap the tile and the website will open in Internet Explorer. Some websitesoffer live tile support — Windows will use an associated RSS feed to displaythe latest headlines and updates from a site if you pin it to your Startscreen. Most websites haven’t been configured to support this feature. If theyhave, you’ll see the updates after pinning it to your home screen.

Windows Phone

The process is similar on Windows Phone. First, open the website you want topin in Internet Explorer. Tap the More (…) button and tap Pin to Start in themenu that appears. Windows Phone 8.1 supports live tile updates from websitesthat have configured the feature, just as Windows 8 does.* * *If you have another type of smartphone or tablet, it probably has thisfeature, too. Just open its browser and look in its menu for an option namedsomething like “Add to home screen” or “Pin to home screen.”To remove a website shortcut from your device’s home screen, just long-pressthe shortcut and remove it like you would any other app icon.Share files (Photos, Music, etc.) between iPhone, Android, WP devicesFile sharing is an essential feature that we expect to find on all mobiledevices. But when it comes to Apple, file sharing options are fairlyrestricted within its own ecosystem. This could be a major turn-off in thecurrent situation, where iOS holds less than 30% of the global smartphonemarket share. But there are, in fact, convenient ways to share files among iOSand other smartphone platforms (like Android, Windows Phone, etc.). In thisarticle, we’ll explore some of them.

Share files via AirDrop

AirDrop is Apple’s proprietary ad-hoc service available on iOS devices sinceiOS 7 (iPhone 5 onwards). It internally uses WiFi (WiFi Direct) together withBluetooth, to connect and share files between supported iOS devices and Macs.You can follow the official AirDrop support page for details on sharingcontent using AirDrop. A file manager app (like Documents) comes handy forsharing a variety of file types with other iOS devices over AirDrop.

Share files via Bluetooth

AirDrop requires WiFi Direct supported hardware, which is not available onolder iOS devices (such as iPhone 4S). So, for sharing content with suchdevices, Bluetooth is a convenient option. There are a few Bluetooth basedfile sharing apps available on the App Store. Some of the Bluetooth filesharing apps available on the App Store include FileManager, File Hub, etc.For sharing files, turn on Bluetooth and use the same Bluetooth sharing app onboth the devices (sender and receiver). From the sending device, you can sharephotos, videos and files stored in the local storage of the Bluetooth sharingapp. Received files will also be stored in the app’s local storage on thereceiving device.

Transfer files between iOS and non-iOS devices

The above mentioned file sharing options are only available among iOS devices.When sharing files with other devices (Android, Windows Phone, etc.), you havetwo options here as well – via the Internet or via WiFi (without Internet).

Share files over the Internet

For sharing files via Internet, you can use any cross-platform online servicethat allows you to share content with other people. WhatsApp is one suchpopular service that allows you to share photos, music or videos with yourcontacts. But, if you want to share other types of files, SendAnywhere is adecent service for this purpose.SendAnywhere is available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and as a Chromeextension. It also has a web version for unsupported platforms likeBlackberry. To send and receive files using SendAnywhere, you need to installand open the app or website on both the devices.Using SendAnywhere on iOS, you can send photos and videos from the Camera Rolland any file stored in the app’s local storage. If the file you want to shareis not available in the local storage, you can import them using iTunes FileSharing or the Open In feature (if available) from other installed apps. OnAndroid and Windows Phone, you can select files to send from your device bybrowsing through the accessible storage locations.On the receiving end, files shared from other devices can be viewed within theapp. On iOS, received files are stored in the app’s local storage, whereas onAndroid and Windows Phone, they are stored in a predefined location. You canfind out the location of the stored files from the app-specific Settings.

Share files over WiFi (without Internet)

Sharing files over the Internet might not be feasible in all situations,especially when a considerable amount of data is being transferred. Suchtransfers are often time consuming and involve significant use of Internetbandwidth.In such cases, a WiFi network can be used to share files between connecteddevices without the Internet. The WiFi network may either be hosted by anexternal wireless access point (WiFi router), or by one of the file sharingdevices, via WiFi Direct technology.

Share files over WiFi using external WiFi hotspot

WiFi hotspots are common in home and public areas these days. And you may takeadvantage of these hotspots to share files between devices connected withinthe same WiFi network, without using the Internet.SHAREit from Lenovo, is a decent cross-platform app for sharing files overWiFi, which is available for Windows Desktop, Android, iOS and Windows Phonedevices. Platforms that do not have a native SHAREit app, can access andtransfer files via web interface (WebDAV). The steps below will guide you toshare files between iOS and the Android or Windows Phone devices over WiFi,using SHAREit. 1. Download and install SHAREit on the both devices that you want to transfer files between. 2. Connect the devices to the same WiFi network and open the SHAREit app on both. 3. On the sending device, tap on the SEND icon and select the file to send. Once the file is selected, tap on OK or Next to proceed. 4. On the receiving device, tap on the RECEIVE button. The receiving device should now be displayed on the sender’s screen. 5. Back on the sending device, tap on the receiver’s avatar to send the file.The file will be sent to the receiver and stored in the app’s local storage(on iOS) or a predefined location (on Android and Windows Phone). Check theapp settings to find out the save location.Note: On an Android or Windows Phone device, you can choose the file to sendfrom the photo or video library as well as via the file browser. On iPhone,iPad or iPod Touch, you can send files from the Camera Roll or in-app storage.If the file you want to send is not available in these locations, you canimport it to SHAREit’s local storage via iTunes File Sharing or by using the“Open In” option of another app, containing the desired file.If you are sharing files with a platform that doesn’t have the SHAREit app,open the app on the iOS device, tap on the Hamburger menu and select ConnectPC. An IP address will be displayed on screen. On the other device, open up aweb browser and type in the IP address.To send a file from the iOS device, place it in the SHAREit’s local storageand let the other device download it via the web interface. Similarly, toreceive a file on the iOS device, the other device needs to upload it via thesame interface.

Share files over WiFi without a WiFi network

If there is no WiFi hotspot available in the vicinity, you can take theadvantage of WiFi Direct to host a WiFi network on one of the file sharingdevices. The other device can then join this hosted network, and file transfercan occur in the same way as mentioned in the previous section, using SHAREitapp.Note: For hosting a WiFi hotspot, the platform must have support for WiFiDirect. Android supports WiFi Direct from version 4.0 (ICS) onwards, while allWindows Phone devices running Windows Phone 8.1 or higher supports WiFi Directtechnology. On iOS, AirDrop uses WiFi Direct internally for sharing filesamong AirDrop enabled devices.Even though iOS support WiFi Direct, Apple does not allow third party apps tocontrol this feature. Hence, for sharing files with iOS without an externalWiFi hotspot, the WiFi network has to be hosted by the other device (Android,Windows Phone, etc.). The iOS device needs to manually join the hosted networkin order to send and receive files, using the SHAREit app.

Transfer files from Android to iOS

If you want to send files from Android to iOS over WiFi Direct, follow thesteps given below: 1. Download SHAREit app on both the devices from the respective app stores. 2. On Android, open SHAREit and tap on SEND option. 3. Select a file to send from the Android device and tap on Next. 4. SHAREit will try to search for peers in the vicinity. On this screen, pull up the menu from the bottom of the screen and choose the receiver’s device type as iOS. SHAREit will now start a WiFi hotspot on the Android device. 5. On the iOS device, go to Settings >> Wi-Fi. Make sure WiFi is turned on and select the hosted network from under CHOOSE A NETWORK section. 6. When the iOS device is connected to the hosted WiFi, open the SHAREit app on it and tap the RECEIVE button. 7. On the Android device, the receiver’s iOS device should now appear on screen. Tap on the receiver to send the file.

Share files between iOS and Windows Phone

Even though WiFi Direct option is not available under the Settings menu onWindows Phone, there is a small trick to enable and use the WiFi Directfeature. The feature is hidden under the name of Internet Sharing.Sure, Internet Sharing option is ideally used to tether the cellular dataconnection over WiFi, but the WiFi network hosted from the Windows Phone usesWiFi Direct technology. And you can use it to transfer files between itselfand another device wirelessly without consuming cellular data.The below steps will guide you to share files between iOS and Windows Phonedevices using SHAREit app. 1. Download SHAREit app on both the devices from the respective app stores. 2. On Windows Phone, go to Settings >> cellular+SIM (or mobile+SIM) and turn on Data connection. 3. Next, go to Settings >> internet sharing and turn on Sharing. The hosted WiFi name (Broadcast name) and password will be displayed below. 4. On the iOS device, go to Settings >> Wi-Fi. Make sure WiFi is turned on and select shared WiFi network from under CHOOSE A NETWORK section.Once the iOS device is connected to the WiFi hotspot created by Windows Phone,you can send and receive files on the iOS device using the SHAREit app in thesame way as mentioned in the previous section.

Share music from iOS to another iOS, Android or Windows Phone

You might probably know that iOS does not allow sharing of files from theMusic Library. But if you want to share music anyway, you can do so with thehelp of a third party app with Music Library access and Open In feature.A number of apps (such as WorkFlow, iTransfer PRO, etc.) can help you toexport songs (using Open-in) from the iOS Music library into the SHAREit app.Once the music files are available in SHAREit’s local storage, you cantransfer it to other devices via SHAREit in the same way as mentioned before.Crazy ideas!If WiFi Direct support is not available on the non-iOS device, a portable MiFidevice can be used to host the WiFi network instead. A (charged) Power Bankalong with the MiFi device can help you set up an instant plug-n-play WiFihotspot.Do you know of any other workaround to send and receive files on iOS devices?If so, let us know about it in the comments below.

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