Elias Pelcastre

The days of emailing yourself a file from a computer to a tablet or phone are over

Sharing files between a computer and a mobile device can be a pain. Let’s say you are working on a document on your Mac or PC and want to keep editing it on an iPad or Android tablet.

You would need to send the file from your computer to your mobile device using an email account. I do this regularly, but to be honest, I’m getting tired of it.

Portal is a sharing app that wants to change the way you exchange files – documents, songs, and videos – between platforms.

Portal offers a website for Mac and PC computers; it displays a QR code and a link to get the mobile app on your iPhone or Android smartphone.

Download the free Portal app to your device; open it and scan the QR code with your phone or tablet’s camera. Go back to your computer and drag the file to the Portal website on your desktop browser.

Portal will transfer the file from your PC or Mac to your Android or iOS device in a snap. The service uses Wi-Fi connection, so you don’t have to worry about Portal eating up your mobile connection data.

Once the transfer is finished, head to your iPhone and tap on the name of your Wi-Fi network to go back to Portal’s Home. That way you will be able to access the file you just synced.

When it comes to Android, tap on the file you just transferred to open it. Portal disconnects automatically after a few minutes to avoid any privacy intrusions over your Wi-Fi connection.

I thought Portal would have some limitations in iOS, but I managed to share a song from my computer to an iPhone.

You can open the files to transfer to Portal with a lot of mobile apps, like WhatsApp, Dropbox, and Drive. That way you can say goodbye to sending files to yourself by email.

What do you think of Portal? Did you find it useful? Please let me know in the comments section.

Download Portal for your mobile platform here; it requires iOS 8.1 or later, or Android 4.4.