Xender is one of the most popular file-sharing apps available for Windows 10, but it’s getting too cluttered for normal usage. The developers added a game and social tab and then introduced pop-up video ads that are not skippable. That started making the app unpleasant to use.
Therefore, it’s time to look for Windows 10 compatible alternatives.
There are countless alternatives available in the Play and Microsoft store, but not all of them are worth downloading.
Here are our top five picks:
Send Anywhere is a very useful app for both desktop and mobile users.
It also features an Outlook add-in, WordPress plugin, and web app.
The layout of the app is simple, elegant, and easy to get used to.
All file types are automatically identified and labeled in tabs, as it is typical for such transfer apps.
You can select multiple files or drag and drop them in the client.
Send Anywhere will then generate a specific QR code and a passphrase for extra safety. You only have to scan the QR code to begin transferring the files.
Windows Nearby Sharing
Windows 10 has a built-in Nearby Sharing option. It was released about two years ago, and it’s only compatible with Windows 10 computers only.
There is no support for smartphones, but that could soon change, as Microsoft is working on integrating Windows with Android and iOS smartphones.
To begin sharing with Windows Nearby, click on the item you want to share then click on share. You can also do this in the Edge browser.
Windows will then detect and display Windows 10 computers. You will be able to send files via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
When the transfer finishes, both computers will receive a notification in the Action Center.
Shared files can be found in the Downloads folder, but you can modify the default download folder from Settings. To open it, press the Windows key and I simultaneously and then search for Nearby sharing settings.
From there, you have complete control of the service. You can disable or enable it, change the download location, and more.
Google Drive is one of the most potent cloud services of all time. It has excellent performance on desktops and mobile devices alike. Sharing large files is as easy as forwarding a link.
Google Drive is especially adequate for those who want to have advanced control over files like permissions on who can modify the content of the documents you own.
Google Drive also includes a decent office suite and free 15GB of storage, so you should consider using it.
AirDroid took file transfer to the next level. Signing in allows users to manage settings and control some features on your devices remotely. You can receive SMS and app notifications on Windows, and the service allows you to reply directly. You can also take pictures or record video with your smartphone remotely by using the Windows app.
Transferring files doesn’t require an account, and it works a lot like AirDrop.
There’s an option to send whole folders instead of having to select individual files.
The premium version of the service costs $2.99 monthly, and it removes ads, file size limits, and extra features that you didn’t know you needed!
SHAREit is not as capable as AirDroid, but it gets the job done. Users can scan a QR code or enter a passcode to connect to the service and download it.
Also, if your devices are on the same Wi-Fi networks, the app scans and displays them and connects directly.
SHAREit also has some neat extra features and gimmicks that you are welcome to try out!
Brian Dan is just getting his feet wet as a tech reporter but has already had his work featured in many major publications including Tech Spot and Tech Crunch. In regards to academics, Brian earned a degree in business from Fordham University. Brian has a passion for emerging technology and covers upcoming products and breakthroughs in science and tech.