Have you ever wanted to share a picture with one of your fellow iPhone friends, but you didn’t want to go through the trouble of sending a regular email message? If so, then you may be interested in the variety of free file transfer apps that are available for your iPhone. These are designed to work when you are actually at the same physical place as the recipient, making it feel more like you really are “handing” them the file.
Yes, you could email. Yes, you could already be following one another on Instagram. Yes, you could simply send the file via MMS or through WhatsApp. That’s all true, but the following five apps make sharing files just a little more fun, even if they aren’t exactly “useful” in the traditional sense. That said, they could be useful for exchanging iPhone contacts in some instances, but it is generally true that both the sender and the recipient have to have the app in order for the transfer to work.
Easily the most popular and well-known of the bunch is an app called Bump. As its name implies, the way it works is that the sender opens up the app and selects the file to be shared. The recipient opens up the app and prepares to receive the file. The two people “bump” iPhones, not unlike how you’d do a fist bump, and the file is miraculously sent over. This is true for sharing photos as well as contacts. The good news is that Bump is also available for Android, making the file sharing even more available to the masses.
As far as file transfer apps go, this has to be one of the more creative ways to do it. Whereas Bump gets you to fist bump your sharing buddies, Chrip uses the miracle of sound. When you prepared to share a photo, a link or a note, your iPhone plays a specific waveform sound. The recipient’s iPhone, which also has the app open, can then hear the sound and receive the file. One advantage is that you just have to be close enough to hear the sound and they say that it will work in noisy places too.
What if you could connect two iPhones and have it look as if they are sharing the same screen? That’s fundamentally how Hoccer works. When two devices are paired, you have the ability to drag the selected content from one iPhone screen to another. This effectively transfers the files, including pictures, videos, music, contacts, and more. You can also share with multiple devices by “throwing” your content and then allowing them to “catch” it. There’s even a web app that allows sharing to a computer.
The interface for Kicksend isn’t quite as creative as the other file transfer apps described above, but that doesn’t make this offering any less useful. Photos can be sent to other iPhone users who also have the Kicksend app, but you can also send photos to the desktop version for yourself (and other users). For those of you who still insist on having physical photos in your hands, Kicksend is also integrated with Walgreens, making it easy to send up to 30 photos for printing. Just pay at the store when you pick them up.
Working with a similar mechanism as Hoccer, Mover Lite is also designed to let you “flick” your files from one iPhone screen to another. You connect to one another using Wi-Fi and then you can put what you want to share on the Mover digital table. A simple flick sends it to the other screen and the transfer is completed. Mover Lite will only do photos and contacts, so you need to upgrade to the $1.99 Mover+ for additional file types and Bluetooth support.
Image credit: Bump