5 Fast and Free Web Apps to Transfer Large Files Locally or Online

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Need to share a file quickly? These five sites let you transfer files either on Wi-Fi or online. You don’t need to install anything, and they’re completely free.

There are several ways to transfer files between computers. Our most recommended app is Send Anywhere, which works on all platforms. But other apps have their own methods that make them worth a look, from torrent-like transfers to fully no-internet-needed sharing.

Firefox Send: Private File Sharing, Deleted After 24 Hours

In an age where you want to be sure that any private data isn’t stored on some company’s servers, something like Firefox’s Send is the order of the day. It’s a simple file-sharing site for those who want to protect their data.

Go to the site, upload your files, and share the unique link with any friends. The files will be downloadable for 24 hours from the time of upload. And yes, it works the same on desktop or mobile. This is like one of those no-installation apps to transfer files quickly.

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The extra reassurance is from the makers behind the app, as Mozilla Firefox puts a premium on privacy and security of Internet users. And no, you don’t need be on Firefox to use Send, it’ll work on any modern web browser.

NoFile.io: Previews, Encryption, and Dropbox Saving

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There are several apps like Firefox Send, where you upload a file and share a link. NoFile takes this standard file-sharing template ands adds just enough extra features to turn it into a powerhouse.

For starters, you can preview any file before download. This is especially useful for images and videos, so that you know exactly what you want to save. NoFile also encrypts files during all transfers, adding that little extra security layer.

And for extra-sensitive files, you can even encrypt before uploading so that no bot can check the file before your recipient downloads it.

Finally, in case you don’t want to download a file but still save it somewhere, NoFile offers to let you download it to your Dropbox directly.

Fastest Fish: Transfer Without Waiting for Upload

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Most transfers like Firefox Send require you to fully upload your file to a server. Then it generates a URL, and someone can download the files with that URL. For large files, this is a lot of time-wasting.

Fastest Fish uses peer-to-peer file sharing technology so that the upload and download is simultaneous. Think of it as all those piracy-oriented apps you grew up with, except this time, you’re using it for your own transfer needs.

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Fastest Fish requires a few things though. You need to ideally use Google Chrome, and both the sender and receiver have to be online at the same time. A simulated network loss on the sender’s side didn’t kill the whole transfer; when I resumed network connectivity, the file transfer picked up where it stopped.

Instant.io: Private Sharing via Web Torrents

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Instant.io combines the best features of Fastest Fish and Firefox Send into one app. This app is a private torrent-maker, letting you create a torrent with your own files.

Once you’ve added the files to Instant.io, share the torrent file or the Magnet URL with anyone who has to download it. They can put the URL in Instant.io and start the download immediately. Again, you’ll have to use Chrome, and all uploaders and downloaders will need to be online at the same time.

Instant.io is great for sharing large files when you’re in a large, distributed team, and is a perfect example of surprising legal uses for torrents.

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FileRoom.io: Share Files With Anyone on the Same Wi-Fi

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When you’re working in a coffee shop or a shared workspace, the entire network isn’t at your disposal. But if you and your teammates want to transfer files quickly and privately, hop on to FileRoom.

This is basically a place where one person can send files to many others, as long as you are all connected to the same Wi-Fi network. FileRoom gives each individual the name of an animal, which can get confusing if you’re in a large team. But for teams of three or so, the app is perfect for quick file-sharing.

There is no chat room, comments, or other paraphernalia here. The idea is that you are all next to each other, so you can talk in person. Use FileRoom only when you need to share a file.

If You’d Rather Install File Sharing Apps…

All of the above options are for for quick, last-minute transfer, so it helps those who want to use a web browser and avoid installing another app on their phone or computer.

But if you transfer files between computers regularly, you’re better off with one of these awesome apps for sharing large files.

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5 of the Best Websites to Download Free Stock Footage

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Whether you’re a filmmaker, student, designer, artist or just a history buff, you might be interested in stock footage. Stock footage is generally free of copyright. This means that you are free to do what you want with it. These video clips can be edited, chopped up, stitched together, and manipulated in any way you see fit.

Fortunately, the Internet has made it incredibly easy to track down stock footage, with entire websites dedicated to collecting clips free of copyright. We’ve rounded up some of the best websites that host a plethora of stock footage for you to browse and use, free of charge.

1. The Public Domain Review

The Public Domain Review was founded in 2011 as a not-for-profit dedicated to collecting works of art and literature. If the name didn’t tip you off, the site specializes in curating works that have fallen into the public domain. This means that everything you’ll find on The Public Domain Review is out of copyright. As a result, users are free to do whatever they like with the works found within.


The videos found on The Public Domain Review mostly consist of feature-length films. However, there is also a decent amount of stock footage, experimental shorts and even old TV commercials. In addition, there is even some vintage amateur footage.

2. Videezy

Videezy is home to Creative Commons stock footage. Most of the video found on Videezy is B-roll footage like landscapes, backgrounds and aerial shots. Furthermore, all the footage on Videezy is high definition, with a growing selection in 4K. However, be aware that most of the 4K content is only available to download by spending “credits.” At the time of this writing, 1 credit = $19, with other packages available that offer better value for the money.


Most of the videos found on Videezy are free to download. That being said, the use of some clips may be restricted for certain uses (e.g. commercial). So before you decide to use a particular clip for your own project, double-check the license to ensure you don’t run into any legal issues.

3. Videvo

Every single video clip hosted on Videvo is 100 percent free. In addition to stock footage, Videvo is also home to motion graphics. Clips are organized into a variety of different categories, from computer-generated abstracts to drone footage. Furthermore, Videvo also prides itself on being an active community, with new videos uploaded every single week.


All of the videos found on Videvo have one of two licenses. The Videvo Standard License allows you to download clips to use in any way you see fit, commercial or otherwise. You don’t have to credit the creator of the clip – you just have to make sure you don’t make the clip available for download anywhere else. Other clips are licensed under Creative Commons 3.0. This allows users to use the clips so long as you credit the author.

4. Pond5

Similarly to the Public Domain Review, Pond5 hosts a ton of public domain footage. The clips featured on Pond5 have a historical slant, including lots of footage from old news clips. Furthermore, Pond5 also has a paid section that gives users access to thousands of additional clips, at a price.


In addition to video clips, Pond5 also has a massive library of still images, audio files and even 3D animations. All of the media found on Pond5 is in the public domain, so you are free to use it however you wish.

5. Archive.org’s Stock Footage

The Internet Archive is a non-profit dedicated to preserving digital culture, namely everything and anything on the Internet. The Internet Archive is divided into cataloged subsections to make it easier for folks to find stuff. For those of you hunting for stock footage, you’ll be pleased to know that the Internet Archive has a ton of it.


The Internet Archive’s collection of stock footage is submitted by Internet Archive users. The vast majority of the clips are not meant to be used as standalone clips. Instead, the footage is meant to be used in other videos. The licenses attributed to each clip varies, but they are all under the Creative Commons umbrella.

Do you know of other websites that host free stock footage? Which ones are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!

How to Automatically Clean and Organize Your Desktop, Downloads, and Other Folders

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Chances are your computer’s desktop and other folders aren’t cluttered because you like it that way, but because you don’t want to spend time organizing every file that hits your hard drive. Automate your file organization and stay clutter-free without the effort.

(Awesome Belvedere logo by our good friends at What Cheer).

Few people are disorganized because it’s their preference. But organization takes time, and however little time it may be, it’s generally easier to do nothing than to take a few seconds to file something away in the appropriate folder. Easier, that is, until your desktop ends up looking like this:


(Photo by awjmfotos).

Sure, you could work harder to improve your digital organization skills, but if that hasn’t worked so far, let’s take a closer look at how you can automatically clean and organize your desktop.

Automatically Clean Up Your Hard Drive with Belvedere and Hazel

To aid you in your automated, self-cleaning PC, may we suggest you check out one of two applications: Belvedere for Windows users and Hazel if you’re on a Mac. Belvedere is completely free and open source (and was, in fact, developed in house at Lifehacker). At $22, Hazel costs a pretty penny, but it works like a charm and offers a 14-day free trial if you need some convincing.

Apart from the Windows/Mac divide, Belvedere and Hazel are very similar apps. Belvedere was, in fact, inspired by Hazel, so anything you can do on Belvedere, you should also be able to do in Hazel. (Hazel is easily the more fully featured application.)

With that in mind, I’ll focus on Belvedere for the rest of this post, but remember that if you’re a Mac user, most of the same ideas should still apply with Hazel. In fact, a few years back we even detailed how to set up a self-cleaning Mac with Hazel, so you can also jump over there for some ideas.

Getting Started


These applications work on a pretty basic principle: Once installed, launch the utility (Belvedere sits in your Windows system tray; Hazel installs as a preference pane in your System Preferences), then get the ball rolling by adding a new folder you’d like to monitor, clean, and organize. (Click the ‘+’ button like in the screenshot above.) Common choices include your desktop, Downloads, and Documents folders.


Then create new rules for how you want to organize files in each folder. (Select the folder you just added in the left sidebar, then click the ‘+’ button under the Rules section.) You’ll be met with the Create a Rule window, where your options for setting up rules are pretty extensive; you can match files based on file name, extension, size, modified date, last opened date, and date created, and you can create any combination of these criteria to get laser-precise with matching rules. When files match rules you’ve set up, you can choose to move, rename, delete, copy, open, or send the file to your Recycle Bin.

It’s all the ingredients of better hard drive organization, but it’s also a little confusing, so lets take a look at a few example uses.

Move Common File Types to Appropriate Folders

If you download a lot of content from the web, chances are your Downloads folder is overflowing with images, video, installers, documents, ZIP files, and tons more—leaving you with an absolutely unwieldy and completely disorganized folder. If that sounds familiar—whether your Downloads folder, Documents folder, or desktop is the offending repository—try setting up rules to automatically file away common files to pre-defined folders.


The above rule will automatically file images with PNG, JPG, GIF, JPEG, RAW, and BMP file types to a dedicated Images folder. (Note: When you’re using Belvedere’s “one of” rules, separate various options with a comma and no space.) If you take a lot of screenshots, you could set up something similar for filing old screenshots to an Archived Screenshots folder.

To take it further, you could set up similar rules for moving common video file types to your video folder, Word documents to your Documents folder, and so on.

Get Rid of Unnecessary Desktop Shortcuts

Despite keeping a keen eye on the requisite checkboxes, it seems like every time you install a new application, the installer places another link you don’t want on your desktop. That’s clutter you just don’t need. Try setting up a rule that sends .lnk shortcut files to your Recycle Bin so that even when the occasional link slips by, you don’t have to worry about it cluttering up your desktop.


Regularly Clean Out Old, Unused Files

Most of the stuff we download—or the stuff that ends up cluttering our desktops—is probably important when we first put it there, but what about after three weeks? A month? A year?

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Consider setting up a rule to monitor your common folders for those old, unused files, and send them to your Recycle Bin (e.g., files you haven’t opened in over 3 months):


Moving files around is one thing, but If you’re worried that a rule you’ve set up might accidentally end up deleting a file you need, you can vet your rules before you set them loose in a couple of ways.


First, before you set a new rule into motion, be sure to click the Test button to see what files match your rule. If something matches your rule that shouldn’t, your rule may need a few more tweaks.


Second, if you don’t like the idea of Belvedere moving around, copying, and deleting files, just tick the Confirm Action checkbox in the Rule Options. Before Belvedere takes any action on matching items, it’ll prompt you to green light any action.

Finally, if you’re a serious digital pack rat, you can always create a catchall Archive folder somewhere on your hard drive to file away the stuff that doesn’t really have a place but is taking up valuable place on your desktop.

Empty Your Recycle Bin on a Schedule

If you’re obsessive about keeping your Recycle Bin clean (at the very least, Lifehacker writer Whitson Gordon is seriously concerned with keeping his Bin clean), click the Recycle Bin tab in Belvedere’s main window, tick the Allow Belvedere to manage my Recycle Bin checkbox, then choose an interval for emptying it out. (I like to take out the trash once a week.)


Add Downloaded Music to iTunes

If you’re an iTunes user, I recently detailed how to use Belvedere to automatically add any song you download to your iTunes library, so for more details, check out that post. In a nutshell, you’re going to monitor your Downloads folder, BitTorrent downloads, and other common spots for new MP3s and other common music file types, then you’ll move those files to the folder that iTunes watches for new music. That rule will look something like:


How to Transfer or Send Files Without Uploading to the Cloud or a File Host

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If you need to transfer large files you can upload them to a cloud account, share them through a local network, or you can just transfer the file to a USB drive and share it with friends or colleagues.

Takeafile offers a much faster solution for sharing files with anyone anywhere in the world. It does, however, require that you leave your browser open while the files transfer.

It works by creating a live connection between your computer and the recipient’s computer. According to Takeafile, the files are never uploaded to their servers — rather, the encrypted transfer happens directly.

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Drag-and-drop your file onto the website, select the Live Transfer option, and the site will generate a link for you to share with someone else. Takeafile will prompt you to keep your browser open until the recipient clicks the link. You can share the link any way you choose: email, Skype, or even social media.

Once the link is clicked, both the sender and recipient can watch the progress bar as the file transfers. Speed and transfer times will, of course, vary depending on your own network connection.

You can send the link to multiple recipients simultaneously — as long as you keep your browser open on the Takeafile page, you can continue to share that link. Once you close it, you will have to generate a new link. Senders and recipients can use the service without signing up for an account and you can transfer files up to a whopping size limit of 500 GB.


What do you think of Takeafile? What’s your favorite method to transfer large files? Let us know in the comments.

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4 of the Best Android Apps for WiFi File Transfer

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Have you ever wanted to transfer a file to (or from) your PC from an Android device but don’t have time to fiddle around with cables and the like? If so, you may want to check out some of the Android apps on this list. Each one makes it very easy to transfer files wirelessly from one place to another.

In this article we’ll go over each app, rank them and talk about what makes them great apps. Each one is great in its own unique way, but which one is best for you?

1. Airdroid

Airdroid: A remote access and wireless file-transferring tool. The app works by asking the user to sign into an account, then by going to airdroid.com on a computer. Once there, Airdroid creates a virtual desktop with the abilities of accessing contacts, downloading apps from the phone to PC, sending text messages remotely, and transfering files back and forth.

The reason to consider Airdroid is simple: Not only will you be able to wirelessly transfer files back and forth with ease, but the added features are compelling. Being able to create an entire workspace from a phone or tablet and place it on a tab for access on a computer is incredibly compelling. Do yourself a favor and try out Airdroid as soon as possible, if you haven’t already!


2. Sweech

Many wireless transfer tools on Android are dressed-up FTP tools. The app itself hosts an FTP server for the user to connect to over the network. This works well, and even though FTP is a very old technology, it has its uses. Still, sometimes you might want to transfer files from one device to another instead of the standard “access FTP on a Windows PC.”

That’s where Sweech comes in. Not only does it make it possible for users to access the phone for file transfers via an IP address, but the app has other features as well. Does your Android phone have NFC? Install Sweech and use “Android beam” to wirelessly transfer files from one device to another. Additionally, it is able to generate a unique QR code for file-transfers because typing long IP addresses in web browsers can be really tedious.

Those looking for a solid WiFi file-transfer app on Android with great features should check out this app. It may not be very well known, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth checking out.


3. Amaze File Manager

For as long as there have been wireless transfer apps on Android, there have been file managers. And sometimes (but not always) these file-management apps have the ability to wirelessly transfer built right in. Amaze is one of these apps. Not only can you elegantly manage your files on Android with some really slick material design, but Amaze has the ability to host its own FTP file transfer server that anyone can connect to.

This means any user can fire up Filezilla (or any other FTP client) and quickly place or remove files from the Android device. However, FTP isn’t the only feature. Amaze also has the ability to mount Samba file shares. This feature is perfect for those who have a Samba file server on the network and want to wirelessly grab a file or two.


4. Portal

Portal is a wireless file transfer tool created by Pushbullet. It’s an application that allows users to throw files into a “portal” and transfer them wirelessly from any computer to any mobile device with the portal app installed. To transfer a file, all the user has to do is open the app, head to the portal website and scan a unique QR code.

After that it is possible to use the wireless network to instantly beam any file right away. This is an app that certainly fills a purpose. Many mobile users will be happy to know that they can easily get a file from one place to another. Unfortunately, transferring files with Portal is a one-way type of system. Currently there isn’t any way to transfer in reverse. Still, if what you want is a program that can send a file from PC to phone, Portal is a good choice.



As smartphones and computers get more entrenched into our lives, the need to get files onto them will grow. For the most part, Android has always had a plethora of different WiFi-transfer apps, but the sheer volume of them can get intimidating. Many users have a hard time finding out exactly which ones are good and which ones aren’t. Hopefully this article will shed some light on the better apps in this category.

What’s your favorite wifi file-transfer app on Android? Tell us below!