ShareIt, which used to be the best application for sharing files, movies, videos, games, and whatnot with our friends over WiFi. But now, rather being a simple file sharing app, it has turned into a ‘media’ hub filled with vulgar videos and very intrusive ads. It has been completely taken over by advertisements of all sorts, even when you are not using the app, you will still get some random ads on the notification bar.
You might be looking for similar WiFi sharing apps for some other reasons but most of the people are here because they want an ad-free offline file sharing app.
Regardless of your reason for searching “shareit alternatives”, this list will hopefully help you find your next file sharing app for Android.
Here are some of the best file sharing apps which can perform basic tasks like send and receiving files over wifi/hotspot but does not have those annoying ads/videos to ruin the experience.
Midrop used to come pre-installed with Xiaomi devices only but now is available to download for everyone from play store. It is a very fast and secure app to transfer ads over android mobile devices. The app can be downloaded for play store for free of cost and It does not bother you with annoying ads as ShareIt does.
The app has a very clean & interface, on the start page you will see a big Send and a Recieve button and that’s it, no ads, no unnecessary and unneeded features just simple file sharing functions. On Midrop, you can send files either via Wifi Hotspot or Bluetooth, and if you are facing trouble with connections you can also ask your friend to scan a QR code to receive the file as simple as that.
As many of you may remember, Xender used to be the top of line app in the offline sharing category, which was later de-throned by ShareIt. Just like share the reason for the downfall of Xender were very intrusive ads that the app used to have. But in recent months, Xender has gone the ‘ad-free’ route and at the time this post was written, Xender is totally free of any kind of ads.
Xender has multi-platform support, you can use this app to send/receive files on various handheld mobile devices like Android, iPhone and even Windows Phone.
Superbeam is a very old and trusted file sharing utility. It has a free version and a paid version, the free version comes with ads, but the only advertisement that I found was one little one on the homepage and it should not bother you and your file transfer in any way. You can transfer all kinds of different files using this app, namely Music, Documents, videos, Images and many more.
And by installing a simple little plugin for this app (SuperBeam Contacts) you can also share all of your contacts saved on your Phone to another device if you like. This app can also send a file over a network (LAN) so you can receive files on your Mac or Windows PC.
Xshare is another good alternative for ShareIt if you want a similar style but without any visible ads. It has separate tabs for music, videos, apps etc so searching for a file and then sending it becomes very easy.
Xshare has no visible ads on the screen, searching for files or apps is very easy, the User Interface is very similar to the one present on ShareIt. The app also has a ‘Shake to Send’ feature which can send files directly to the other user by just shaking the device a little bit.
The app like the others on the list is free to download and you can easily download it from respective app stores for your devices or from their website.
The simplest of all the apps on our list. Portal is a very small app available for both iOS and Android which allows you to share files & even folders if you are using your computer, you just need to connect to the same wifi network or creating a hotspot also works.
The sender needs to visit https://portal.pushbullet.com in any web browser and get a QR code, then the recipient needs to scan the QR code with his Portal app and voila! your devices are connected now. You can now send files by selecting them using the Upload button on the page.
This also works great if you want to send files or even a whole folder from your computer to your mobile phone. The process remains the same as mobile, the sender needs to open the URL, select or drag ‘n’ drop the file on the page. It is the most simple sharing app that I have ever used and you will find it useful too if you are looking for a ShareIt alternative for PC.
6. FilesGo by Google
Files Go is a File Manager and ‘cleaner’ app recently launched on play store by none other than Google, It does an excellent job in keeping files on your phone organized and also doubles as an offline file sharing app. This app is available exclusively for Android devices and does not support cross-platform sharing.
For sharing files, both you and your friend need to download the app and after that click on the Share tab on the bottom of the screen, the sender will click on the Send button to create a hotspot and receiver will click on receive to join the network. after the connection is made you can transfer files between your phones.
This concludes our post. I hope you found this post useful and hopefully you got what you were looking for.
Most of the apps sharing applications listed above have no advertisements at all and even a few of them which have ads, they are non-intrusive and very small/unnoticeable ads, they are not big screen sized ads or video ones, just small banners.