Best File sharing Android apps 2020

File-sharing has always been a massive issue for Android users. As far as I can remember, users never had a single best way to share files between Android devices.

Sure, you can use Bluetooth for file sharing. But unless the files are small in size, Bluetooth can take from a few minutes to hours for the file-sharing process to complete. As for Wi-Fi direct, no one ever seems to know how it works. Moreover, users are oblivious if such a feature exists on their device or not, thanks to the smartphone vendors hiding it depths of Android settings.

Not having the single best file sharing method puts Android at a significant disadvantage against Apple’s iconic AirDrop instant file-sharing feature. But all is not lost as some Android file-sharing apps can share large files at high speeds, without any hassle.

Note: This list isn’t in order of preference. You are advised to choose the file-sharing app as per your needs.

Note: This list isn’t in order of preference. You are advised to choose as per your needs.

10 Best File Sharing Apps For Android (2020)

  • SHAREit
  • EasyJoin
  • Portal
  • Superbeam
  • AirDroid
  • Zapya
  • Send Anywhere
  • ShareMe (Mi Drop)
  • Files by Google
  • Xender

1. SHAREit

With over 500 million downloads, SHAREit is one of the best WiFi file transfer apps to share files of any format such as photos, videos, apps, and much more. Once the two devices are connected, files that are available for transfer are displayed. Thus, the receivers can choose the files they want without any further approval from the sender.

You can share files at a speed of up to 20Mbps. Additionally, the CLONEit feature is handy to copy data from the sender’s device. SHAREit also integrates a powerful media player. Also, you can share files to your PC by installing a PC side software. This fast file sharing app is free. However, ads run havoc on the app and can be annoying.

The file-sharing app has been banned in India, along with 58 other Chinese apps for illicit data practices. However, it hasn’t been accused of the same in other countries.

Play Store Rating — 4.1
App installs — More than one billion

2. EasyJoin

If you are looking for cross-device file sharing, then EasyJoin should be your first choice. Apart from sharing files and large folders, it also enables users to read and reply SMS and pick up calls from their PC.

Users can share files offline or on a local network. The Android app even enables users to share files over the Internet without requiring any external servers. The best part about the app is that it’s incredibly secure and follows end-to-end encryption while sharing files. Moreover, there are no ads, as well as no hidden tracking or unnecessary permissions.

Another feature of EasyJoin is the auto-sync clipboard, i.e., you can finally share links between Android and PC quickly. The Android app also allows remote control of PCs.

The file-sharing app for Android is free on XDA Labs, but a premium version of the app is available on the Google Play Store at $14.99. Overall, EasyJoin is the best file sharing app for Android in 2020.

Play Store Rating — 4.7
App installs — More than ten thousand

3. Portal

Portal allows you to transfer individual files, multiple files, and even entire folders at once. This Android file sharing app uses WiFi Direct to share files, so both the sender and receiver need not be on the same local network.

Unlike most other file sharing apps, Portal does not require a PC side software to transfer files to a PC. The PC side is managed with a web interface and is easy to set up using QR code. Devices that run Android Lollipop and above can save shared files to removable SD cards.

Play Store Rating — 4.1
App installs — More than one million

4. Superbeam

Superbeam is a fast file sharing app that again uses WiFi Direct to share files. It is a visually stunning app with light, dark, and AMOLED themes to choose from. You can share files with other devices in three ways; scan a QR code to connect (QR code scanner is included), connect via NFC, or enter a key to receive.

If both devices are connected to the same WiFi, SuperBeam will transfer files over WiFi. However, if you don’t have a WiFi router, Superbeam uses WiFi Direct to transfer files. File transfer can be resumed if the connection is lost.

With Superbeam, sharing files with your PC is easy using a web interface. The Pro version allows you to send files to more than one device, send entire folders, and much more. The app is free to download and ad-supported.

Play Store Rating — 4.2
App installs — More than ten million

5. AirDroid

AirDroid permits you to access your Android device wirelessly from your PC. You can transfer and receive files from your Android to PC and vice-versa at fast speeds. You can also send and receive messages and access installed apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, etc. from your PC.

AirDroid on PC also enables users to mirror and control their Android device. Moreover, you can back up photos and videos from the phone to the computer and locate your phone if lost. The free version of the app provides you with all the essential features. However, there are some in-app purchases for additional features.

Play Store Rating — 4.3
App installs — More than ten million

6. Zapya

Zapya is undoubtedly one of the best file sharing apps for Android with high-speed sharing capabilities for fast file sharing. It is a cross-platform software that permits you to transfer files from Android, iOS, Windows phones, Windows PC, Mac, etc.

You can share multiple files in all formats and can connect to up to four devices simultaneously. It also allows you to share content through QR codes. You can even chat and share streaming videos and audio with nearby friends without an internet connection. Moreover, you can connect up to 4 devices simultaneously and instantly share files with a group of friends.

Zapya is free to download with no in-app purchases and displays ads.

Play Store Rating — 4.5
App installs — More than fifty million

7. Send Anywhere

Send Anywhere is a cross-platform and secure Android file sharing app that lets you quickly transfer files of any size. The app can transfer files via WiFi direct. It also has a cloud storage service where you can move your files to the cloud. Once uploaded, you can share those files with any device.

Send Anywhere provides a secure way to share the file. You can scan a QR code to connect (QR scan is included) or enter a 6-digit key to receive. The files that you transfer are not stored on any servers. There is no limit to how many files you can share.

Send Anywhere offers a versatile way to share files with other people. It is also one of the best ways to share files between Android and Mac. It is free with in-app purchases and contains ads.

Play Store Rating — 4.7
App installs — More than ten million

8. ShareMe (Mi Drop)

Earlier, it was called Mi Drop, but Xiaomi changed it to ShareMe. It will be a suitable choice for anyone looking for a simple file transfer app for Android with no ads. It could be an alternative to Xender and SHAREit. The app is lightweight, fast, and supports all Android devices.

You can share all kinds of files, and it works without an internet connection. Moreover, the app has an intuitive user interface where all the contents are sorted into categories. You can also resume interrupted transfers without starting over.

Mi drop is available only for Android, and it currently doesn’t support multi-user or multi-device sharing. However, the app is an excellent one. It is free and worth a try.

Play Store Rating — 4.4
App installs — More than five hundred million

9. Files by Google

Google’s official file-manager app offers functionality for sharing files between Android devices. Users can share any kind of file with a speed of up to 480 Mbps. The best part is that file-sharing even works offline, as long as both parties have the Files app installed on their Android devices.

Since the app is from the Android maker itself, you can be sure of data privacy. The Android app uses WPA2 encryption to make file-sharing secure. Overall, Files by Google is one of the best file-sharing apps because not only can you share files at relentless speeds, you can use it as a file-manager as well. The Android app is free and has no ads.

Play Store Rating — 4.6
App installs — More than five hundred million

10. Xender

Xender is one of the most widely used file sharing apps for Android in 2020. It allows you to exchange any files at an excellent speed. You can transfer multiple contents to and from your device, simply by dragging and dropping. Moreover, it allows you to share between four devices simultaneously.

It supports cross-platform transferring between Android, iOS, Windows, etc. You can also share files to the PC without any PC side software installation. The app is free, and it also has a user-friendly interface. It does not contain any in-app purchases or display ads. Similar to SHAREit, Xender is not available in India.

Play Store Rating — 3.9
App installs — More than hundred million

So, guys, these were some of the best Android file-sharing apps in 2020 that you can install on your smartphone. You can use these apps to send large video files from Android to another phone or your PC. Since all of them are offered for free, I don’t think you’d face any problem jumping from one ship to another.

Do you need an Android file-manager in 2020?

Now that smartphone companies have come up with a home-grown solution to the file-sharing problem, the need for a file-sharing Android app is gradually fading away.

Google now has an in-house file sharing feature that enables fast sharing of files between Android devices. As of August 2020, the Android feature called “Nearby Share” is still in the roll-out stage, but it will eventually be available to all supported Android devices this year. Android’s Nearby Share works similarly to Apple’s AirDrop feature, and even allows file sharing while the device is offline.

Then, there is Xiaomi’s “Inter-transfer alliance” under which Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo users can easily share files. In May, Xiaomi announced that OnePlus, Realme, Meizu, and Black Shark joined the file-sharing alliance.

With Android’s Nearby Share and Chinese smartphone manufacturers having their cross-band file transfer functionality, it won’t be long before file-sharing apps become obsolete.

Abhilekh Das
A tech enthusiast who likes to stay updated on latest technological developments.