How to transfer large files online

Comparison of the top file transfer tools & services based on customer reviews and usage insights.

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Our top picks

Transferring large files is an age old issue. File transfer tools come and go and so do the best choices.

Below is our curated list of the best tools to transfer large files online. You can help us improve our suggestions by giving us feedback and suggesting tools 😊

Preview Name Max Size Adverts Encrypted Notes
Firefox Send 2.5GB with sign in (1GB without) No Yes Mozilla promotes their products via this tool
Mega 50GB No Yes Privacy focused service
WeTransfer 2GB No Yes
File pizza Unlimited No No Peer to peer
Google drive 15GB No Yes Lengthy signup required
MiDrive Transfer 10GB No No Download link is sent via email
Swiss Transfer 50GB No No Run by a hosting company to promote their services
MediaFire 1GB (4GB with signup) Yes No Popular file sharing site

Peer to peer file transfer tools

Peer to peer tools can be very useful for transfering large files due to their generally high or non-existent file size limits. This is due to these tools not requiring an intermediary server which uses lots of expensive network bandwidth.

The downside being that most of these tools require both parties to be online at the same time to use.

Find out more about how peer-to-peer file transfers work

Preview Name Max Size Adverts Encrypted Notes
Snapdrop Unlimited No No Peer to peer file transfers with devices on the same network
File pizza Unlimited No No Peer to peer
ShareDrop Unlimited No No Peer to peer file transfers with devices on the same network
Justbeamit Unlimited No No Peer to peer file transfers with devices on the same network
LinShare Unlimited No No Peer to peer file transfers with devices on the same network

App based file transfer techniques

These tools either already come with your device or need to be installed as an app.

Preview Name Max Size Adverts Encrypted Notes
AirDrop Unlimited No Yes Apple only. Wi-fi / Bluetooth based
Android Beam Unlimited No Yes Android only. Not very reliable & very slow
Send Anywhere 10GB No Yes Android & Apple

Other notable mentions

Tools here are worth a mention but we don't include them in our top choice lists.

Preview Name Max Size Adverts Encrypted Notes
Dropbox 2GB No Yes Signup required
Dropbox Transfer 100MB No No Premium required for any reasonable file sizes
transfer.sh 10GB No Yes Technical knowledge of command line tools recommended

Other userful online tools

Not related to file transfers but here are some other tools that we found useful.

Preview Name Description
Excel template for tracking employee holidays A great tool for anyone that has to manage a team. A very customisable Excel template for keeping track of employee absences and time off.