Mobile devices talking to one another

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by robgendreau, Oct 8, 2014.

  1. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    Anyone have a recommendation for a solution in a household with a coupla Macs, an Android phone and tablet (Galaxy), and an iPhone and iPad, where the users want to share files?

    I don't have a NAS, but I could slap an unused hard drive into the USB port on an Airport Express. And I'd prefer an app or apps that would have similar capabilities among all devices. We just need to share some documents, photos, and other files. Contacts, calendars and all that is handled cloud-wise so that's not an issue.

  2. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    google drive. Works great on android and IOS, mac/PC, etc.
  3. jrswizzle macrumors 603


    Aug 23, 2012
    McKinney, TX
    This - I use all the free ones to get the most storage possible. Dropbox, Copy, Onedrive, Google Drive, Box.

    I also pay for 20GB on iCloud Drive for my photo/video library.

    Part of the reason I went back to iOS was the ability to easily share files via iMessage and AirDrop as well. PhotoStream works great for albums of pictures too.
  4. robgendreau thread starter macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    Not too much of a fan of Google Drive. For example, I just had to restore from backup and rather than just reference and reconcile the existing files, I had to download everything again. SpiderOak, for example, doesn't do that.

    And I should have mentioned this, but we'd prefer something local. All the devices have Dropbox, etc anyway. We want something we can keep on the LAN, or even peer to peer.

    Thanks though.
  5. gotluck, Oct 8, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2014

    gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    I think iOS will have trouble with any kind of local sync like that

    bittorrent sync is popular with that use case on android

    pushbullet will allow files to be pushed from device to device (not sure about filetypes on ios), but it is not really a storage solution

    I use dropbox / onedrive personally

    edit: wow I was wrong bittorrent sync does have an ios app

    this may be what you are looking for :
  6. robgendreau thread starter macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    Thanks, but don't need anything that fancy. No push, no synch.

    Seems I found it; Files United. You can connect in a multitude of ways: Webdav, ftp, smb, etc, and it will set up your iPad to server files as well.

    Now I'll move on to the Android device and see if it can connect.

  7. gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    Oh yes you should be able to use one of many file managers

    I use solid explorer and es file explorer, should connect you to just about anything

    On ios I've found PDF expert and nplayer to connect to shared folders / play content well

    Or Ifile if jailbroken

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