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To share or transfer a photo to a friend or loved one, nothing seems easier than going through Whatsapp or Messenger. The interface is simple, sending is done in the thread of a discussion and in addition the photos are automatically added to the photo gallery of your smartphone (we explained some time ago how to fix it).
Whatsapp like Messenger have a big flaw: the transfer of photos (and videos) is systematically degraded when sending. Instant messaging services greatly compress the photos sent to their platforms. This is normal, their servers could never have enough space to store full format images, which can weigh up to several tens of MB.
So how do you properly transfer and share your photos with loved ones? Here are three different methods: they are not as simple as WhatsApp, but they have the advantage of not degrading the quality of your shots.
One-size-fits-all: cloud storage apps… and the good old cable
The most universal solution for transferring files is also the most expensive, since it requires going through a cloud solution such as Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive or any other online hosting solution.
These are expensive and impractical solutions, because online storage is chargeable (count around 2 euros per month for 100 GB of online space) and photo sharing solutions not very instinctive. In the case of a Google Drive, you have to take the time to upload your photos to a folder, then share the folder by entering your friend’s email address. It is very tedious.
One of the best alternatives to these cloud apps, however, is Google Photos. Its storage space will soon be linked to your storage space on Google Drive. But its interface is undoubtedly one of the most practical of its kind.
To share photos, you just have to select them within the application, then click on the share button. The application will automatically suggest “Create a link” to send to your contacts. In fact, Google Photos will automatically create an album which can then be viewed on a browser.
A practical and fast solution, but which has two constraints: the photos are not automatically downloaded to the smartphone and it is necessary to have a Google account to view it.
Finally, the most universal solution is still … to use a good old cable, USB key or external hard drive. Connect your smartphone to your PC or, using an adapter, transfer your photos from your smartphone to a USB stick. This is the most demanding physical method, but these photos can then be easily transferred to any device.
Entre smartphones Android : Nearby sharing
In recent months, Android smartphones released after 2015 all have a natively integrated feature: Nearby Sharing (or Nearby Sharing). The principle is simple: if Sharing near is activated on all Android smartphones near you, you can share any photo, video or file with them, simply by clicking on the share icon.
On Samsung smartphones, this is also the most prominent option in the sharing options. Select your photos, click the share button and then click Share nearby. Your smartphone will then automatically scan the surroundings to find Android smartphones whose option is also activated. Once your friend or loved one has accepted the request to send the files, they are automatically downloaded (via Bluetooth or WiFi).
Here again, the solution is practical, but has some constraints:
- Transfer and sharing can only be done with Android smartphones
- Bluetooth, Wifi and device location must be activated
- The photos are not automatically found in the gallery, but are located in the phone’s download folder.
From an Android smartphone to an iPhone (and vice versa): Send Anywhere
Transferring photos or videos from Android smartphone to iPhone (and vice versa) is simply impossible without going through a third-party app. While cloud storage apps are still a viable solution, the best third-party app out there today is called Send Anywhere.
Available on Android, iOS and even on computers, Send Anywhere tries to keep things simple. By default, the app displays the user’s photo gallery. All you have to do is select the desired photos, then click on send. A 6-digit code will then be displayed. Communicate it to your recipient (who must also have the application installed on their smartphone) so that the files are automatically sent.
Send Anywhere is also ultra complete and offers many sending options: via links, using direct WiFi or using Bluetooth to locate nearby devices.
The main constraint of this application is that you have to have the application installed on your smartphone and you have to pay 4.99 euros to remove ubiquitous ads. But to date there is no other simpler transfer solution between two devices under two different OS.