There may be times when you need to transfer files from phone to tablet, and luckily it’s easy to do! You may need to transfer photos or videos from your phone to your tablet, or perhaps you need to transfer contacts or calendar appointments from one device to another.
There are plenty of ways to transfer files Android to Android, so if you have an Android phone and tablet, it’s easy to transfer almost any type of file. Keep reading and we’ll introduce you to some of the best apps for file transfer between a phone and tablet, as well as other methods you can use, like USB, SD card, or Bluetooth transfers.
You don’t need an app to transfer files from phone to tablet, as there are lots of ways you can transfer files without using any app at all. If you’re wondering how to connect tablet to computer to transfer files, here are a few of the best ways:
If you turn on Bluetooth on both your tablet and your phone, you can easily transfer files from phone to tablet, no wires required.
Provided your phone and tablet both have an SD card slot (not all the latest phones do), you can easily store files to your phone’s SD card, eject the card, then pop it into your tablet. From there you can view the file or move it from the SD card to your tablet’s internal storage.
You can transfer files from phone to tablet using USB quickly and easily. Just plug your USB stick/flash drive into your phone, transfer the files you need onto it, then unplug it and plug it into your tablet. Easy!
NFC, or Near Field Communications can be used for Android file transfer between your Android phone and tablet using the Android Beam feature. This can actually be quite complicated to set up and isn’t recommended for beginners — there’s a handy guide on the Android Developers site.
Sharing to email
If the files you want to transfer aren’t too large, you can send them to yourself via email, then open your email on your tablet to download the attachment. For multiple or larger files, you can send them as a zipped folder, but there is a limit on the file size you can send via email.
Sharing to chat
Another way to perform an Android file transfer from your phone to your tablet is to share them in a chat, for example on WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. Of course, this only works if the files you’re sharing aren’t confidential, as anybody in the chat could read them or download them.
You could transfer files to your Google Drive account on your phone, then access your account on your tablet to download, print, or view files. This is quick and easy to do, provided you’re not transferring large files.
Don’t have Google Drive? If you have other Cloud storage accounts like Dropbox, you can easily upload files to your account on your phone, then log into your Cloud storage on your tablet and view, download, or print the files you need.
When it comes to how to connect tablet to computer, you could always add a third party to the mix. You can always transfer files from your phone to your tablet via your PC. Just plug one end of your data or charging cable into your phone and the other end into your PC. Then select the Charging this device via USB notification, and select File Transfer under Use USB For, to open a file transfer window on your computer.
You can then drag and drop files from your phone to your computer. To transfer the files to your tablet, disconnect your phone and plug your tablet in instead. Once your computer recognizes your tablet, repeat the File Transfer steps above to transfer files from your PC to your tablet.
If you are frequently transferring files from your phone to your tablet and/or transferring many or large files, it will probably be more convenient for you to use a third-party app for your transfers. In this chapter we’ll introduce you to some of the most popular file transfer apps and tell you about their pros and cons.
SHAREit is a free file transfer app for Android and iOS devices. With SHAREit you can transfer photos, videos, installed apps, and almost any type of file between devices. Transfers are superfast, up to 20M/s. The app also includes an integrated media player.
Supported OS: Android, iOS
Xender is a cross-platform file sharing app that works on iOS and Android devices. It’s fast, free, easy to use, and allows you to transfer files from Android to PC — in fact, you can transfer almost any type of file between Android, iOS, PC, and Mac. It also doubles as a video downloader for social media, and there are no file size limits.
Supported OS: Android, iOS, Windows, macOS
If you’re wondering how to transfer Android to Android, Pushbullet is a file transfer app that lets you transfer files across platforms, but there’s no Mac or iOS version, so you can only share files from your Android phone to an Android tablet or your Windows PC. In addition to this, you can also view your phone’s notifications from your PC, and send text messages.
Supported OS: Android, Windows
It’s easy to transfer files between your Android phone and tablet, or transfer files from Android to PC, as they’re designed to work together. However, what happens if you have an Android phone and an iPad? In this case, things can be a bit more complicated. Luckily, there’s MacDroid. This handy app connects Mac to Android and makes file transfer easier, faster, and more convenient.
MacDroid is a file transfer app designed for Mac that lets you transfer almost any type of file — even entire folders — between your Android device and your Mac computer. You can then transfer files from your computer to your iPad in the usual way.
MacDroid offers users a 7-day free trial where you can access all the app’s PRO features before deciding if you want to subscribe to the PRO version for $1.67 a month.
MacDroid is a feature-packed app that basically lets you mount your Android device as a disk on your Mac, allowing you to access the device’s internal and external storage (for example, if your phone has an SD card). With MacDroid you can transfer any type of file, or entire folders.
There are two transfer modes to choose from. With MTP mode, you can quickly and easily get started transferring files, with no complex settings to worry about. With ADB mode, larger files and folders transfer faster and you get more advanced options to adjust, great for more advanced users.
So if you own an Android phone but have a Mac computer and an iPad, MacDroid can make your life easier when it comes to transferring files from your phone to your Mac (and then to your iPad). The 7-day free trial gives you a chance to make sure the app’s right for you before you purchase a subscription.
We hope this article has helped you learn the many ways you can transfer files from your phone to your tablet. Whether you decide to use a third-party app, buy a MacDroid subscription, or transfer files via Bluetooth or NFC is completely up to you and may depend on how often you transfer files, how many files you’re transferring, and how large those files are.
However, in our opinion, the best, fastest, and most reliable way to transfer files is to use an app like MacDroid — and you can enjoy a 7-day free trial of the app right now.