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Do you use Bump a lot? Get ready, because now it’s even better. From now, not only can you bump devices to transfer your photos, you can bump computers! When you bump your phone with a computer, the photos you’ve chosen immediately get transferred to that computer. It’s like magic.

If you’ve missed it, Bump is a mobile app which makes it possible to share files and photos between devices simply by bumping them into each other. It uses your geo-location and some statistics to recognize your specific bump among millions of others. In order to bump photos onto your computer, all you have to do is bump the space bar with your device.

But it gets slightly more complicated than that. To start, head over to You’ll need to download the Bump app for your phone, which is available free for both Android or iOS platforms. In the mobile app, choose the photos you’d like to transfer to your computer, and bump.

Bump works better if you let your browser use your current location, but it manages to work even without it if you’re persistent. If you’re worried about your space bar (for instance if your laptop’s keyboard is somewhat fragile), you don’t really have to bump your phone on it. Bump is looking for a bump on the device simultaneously with the space bar being pressed. I managed to bump the phone on the desk while pressing space, and that worked very well.


The first time you use Bump with your computer, you will have to connect your computer with your device and, once you do this, the photos will be magically transferred to the web interface. From there, you can drag them to your desktop, batch download them, get a link or share them on Facebook. Surprisingly, Bump works even better and faster than Dropbox for this purpose.

What do you think of Bump?

Source: Bump Blog

  1. Nishanth Kl
    June 1, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Photostream is way better

  2. Laga Mahesa
    May 26, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    1) Despite the usefulness of being able to transfer photos to a PC this easily, I refuse to use apps that require you to shake, bump or rattle a $700 piece of equipment.

    2) So Bump transfers your photos to their server, and then to the PC? Does this not transfer directly?

    Could one of you guys (Tim Brooks?) do a roundup of the best photo-transfer iOS apps? There are quite a few (and some editors have it built in) and pretty much all cost $$$. A guide in this area would be appreciated, I think.

    • Garey Boone
      May 26, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      This is great now I don't have to use the USB cable to transfer my photos.

      • Garey Boone
        May 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm

        Sorry I hit reply instead of comment

    • Yaara Lancet
      May 27, 2012 at 5:52 am

      Interesting point about shaking and bumping an expensive device, never thought of it that way. I shake my phone to silence the ring all the time, I actually love that feature.

      Yes, the photos are transferred to Bumps servers, but they seem to be erased from there after a little while, so it's not like cloud storage or anything.

      I will pass your post idea to the rest of the staff, great idea!

    • Mark O'Neill
      May 27, 2012 at 9:13 am

      I have started using Bump and I can assure you that shaking, rattling or bumping the iPhone does not harm it in any way. The hardware is made of strong stuff and as long as you maintain a firm grip, the phone won't go flying out of your hand across the room (where it really would them get damaged).

      Using this web app only requires a small bump on the keyboard space bar, using the iPhone. In fact, I am more concerned about any possible long-term damage to the space bar on my keyboard, more than anything else!!

      • Yaara Lancet
        May 27, 2012 at 4:52 pm

        Yeah, I was more worried about the space bar too, that's why I ended up bumping the phone on the desk while pressing the space bar manually. :)

        • Arthur Kutarba
          May 29, 2012 at 2:42 pm

          You can actually tap the space bar with your index finger while holding you iPhone. It will work just fine if you tap it as hard as you do while angry posting. You know what, you can make use of that tip every time you feel the need to be a hater. Send yourself some pictures instead. =)

          P.s. A web interface sounds obviously more like a workaround. I'm not sure I will use that.

          P.s.s. Bump app, on the other hand, is awesome. I wish more people in my area knew about it.

        • Yaara Lancet
          May 29, 2012 at 4:28 pm

          The web interface is surprisingly quick and useful, but you do have to access the website every time you want to transfer photos, which is a tad inconvenient.

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