Best Ways to Share Files Between Android and Chrome OS

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Chromebooks that run Android apps have two separate file storage locations. And that’s by design: in order to keep Chrome OS as secure as possible, Android apps and files are kept in a different area on local storage. This is great from a security perspective, but can be a bit annoying if you want to transfer data between these two systems.

Like iOS and Mac, the ideal Android partner should be Chrome OS, as both operating systems are designed and developed by Google. But unfortunately, there is no native way to share files between Android and Chrome OS. Although there are lots of rumors that Android Nearby Sharing is coming to Chromebooks, until then, here are the best ways to transfer files between Android and Chromebook.

Share files between Android and Chromebook

1. Transfer files via USB

Similar to Windows and Mac, Chromebooks also support USB file transfer. The process is also very simple. Connect the phone to the Chromebook using a USB cable and click “I agreeon your phone to share data. If you enable automatic backup to Google Drive on your Chromebook, you will get a pop-up window asking you to backup files to your phone, you can allow or deny the notification. From there, you can simply select files and copy them from Android and paste them to Chromebook or vice versa.

Compared to other operating systems, the process is a bit slow, including file download time, transfer speeds, or time to open any file directly without transferring. But on the positive side, the process itself is quite reliable.

Best Ways to Share Files Between Android and Chrome OS - Android Chromebook

Benefits:

  • Fast transfer even for large files.
  • The process is easy to understand for everyone.

Negative points :

  • You need a USB cable and both devices to start the transfer process.
  • Compared to other operating systems, the transfer process is a bit slow.

2. Google Drive

Chromebooks are cloud-based devices. And as you might expect, Google Drive works surprisingly well for transferring files. Simply upload the file to Google Drive using your phone and download it from Drive to your Chromebook or vice versa.

But the downside is that if you want to transfer large files, this method is data-intensive and time-consuming. Since most of the other options can do this without consuming data, you can choose any of them.

Best Ways to Share Files Between Android and Chrome OS - Android Chromebook

Benefits:

  • Transfer is possible even without a second device nearby.
  • Cross-platform functionality where you can open Google Drive on any operating system.

Negative points :

  • This method requires an internet connection to send files.
  • It consumes a lot of data, so it’s not an ideal way to transfer large files.

3. Snapshot

Snapdrop is a third-party PWA application that can help transfer files between any operating system just by opening the webpage on the browser. Snapdrop is similar to Airdrop from UI design style to functionality. If you’re an iOS user, Snapdrop might seem a bit familiar. To transfer files, just open Snapdrop on your Android phone and Chromebook. Make sure both devices are connected to the same wireless network. You can watch your Android device on your Chromebook and your Chromebook on your Android device.

Just tap one of them from the device you want to send files from, select the files and click “openThe files will be sent to your other device via Wifi without consuming data.

Best Ways to Share Files Between Android and Chrome OS - Android Chromebook

Benefits:

  • Clean user interface.
  • Snapdrop is a PWA, so you can install Snapdrop on your Chromebook.

Negative points :

  • It needs internet to open the website and start the pairing process for the first time.

4.AirDriod

Airdroid is the most powerful file sharing option on this list. Snapdrop does all of that, but Airdroid has added more features that include sending messages directly from your Chromebook, viewing your call history, and being able to access all of your phone’s files without having to open it.

Just download the Airdroid app on your Android phone and skip the connection process to transfer files via WiFi. Now select the Airdroid Web option on your phone. Type the IP address into option 2 of your Chromebook’s browser. That’s it, you can access all the files on your phone from the browser. Simply drag and drop to transfer files.

Best Ways to Share Files Between Android and Chrome OS - Android Chromebook

Benefits:

  • It has additional features such as display screen, messages, call history, contacts, etc.
  • Files can be moved back and forth from your Chromebook.

Negative points :

  • The user interface is complex.
  • Files cannot be sent over WiFi while connected.
  • You need to install an additional app to get started.

5. Files by Google

Files by Google is a file manager Android app that also has an inbuilt file sharing option. Simply download the Files app on both devices. Open the app and go to the section To share now click send on the first device andreceive on the other machine as needed. On the sending device, you can see all the devices connected to that network, just tap on the device you want to transfer files to.

Now select the files you want to transfer and click on send. Files will be transferred via WiFi. This is similar to Snapdrop, but it doesn’t need internet to send files, you just need to connect to the same WiFi network or WiFi hotspot. The only downside is that the app takes longer to connect compared to services like Snapdrop. But the transfer speeds are quite similar.

Best Ways to Share Files Between Android and Chrome OS - Android Chromebook

Benefits:

  • It can also be used as a file manager as it has larger thumbnails than the default image for better viewing.
  • Google ML can be used to clean up junk files on your Chromebook.
  • No internet required like the other options on this list.

Negative points :

  • Slow delivery compared to other apps like Snapdrop.

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Of all the methods, I always prefer Google Drive because I don’t need to run it on both devices simultaneously. I can just upload files to Drive and upload them later when I need them on the other side. Anyway, what’s your favorite way to transfer files? Are there any other tricks you usually use? Let me know in the comments.

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