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Cloud storage apps are one way to send files across, but they aren’t the best if you simply want to send files to colleague who’s sitting three terminals across. However, if your work isn’t wedded to one ecosystem, transferring files between devices can be a bit of a headache. Feem is one of the few apps that let you do this.

Functionality Over Form

When you first open Feem, you might be disappointed with its design. The app has an ugly logo, unappealing fonts and no tutorial to help you. While some of you love figuring out things on your own, a short tutorial would save some time for many others. Fortunately, there aren’t too many things to figure out. It took me around five minutes to get the hang of Feem.

Feem takes around 10-20 seconds to detect devices. If you’re using an iOS device, make sure that the screen is unlocked and Feem is open. Otherwise, the iOS device won’t show up in the list of peers on Feem. On all other devices, you’ll have to keep Feem running in the background to use it.

Feem-iOS

On the left hand side, Feem has a few icons — peers, send files, downloads, uploads and settings. You just need to hit the ‘send files’ icon to initiate transfers. It took me around 10 minutes to send 150 songs (420 MB) from a Windows laptop to an Android tablet.

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Although you can send songs and films to iOS devices, they won’t show up in the default music or videos apps. However, the “Open In…” feature works perfectly and I opened both videos and songs in my favourite player – VLC for iOS. Sadly, bulk actions aren’t supported, so you will have to individually save each photo (to camera roll) or video (to VLC, etc) on iOS. That isn’t the case when you send files from iOS to Windows.

On Android, I was disappointed to see that Feem didn’t show up when I tapped the share button from the Gallery app. Instashare, which transfers files across Mac, iOS and Android devices, showed up in that list.

Feem - Android share

However, I was able to import files through the Feem app without any trouble. My Android music app was able to add all 150 songs I sent via Feem without a hitch, so it is a good app for bulk file transfers to and from Android. If you have a better router, you’ll be able to send files faster.

Local Chat

Now that you know you can transfer files, don’t you wish you could quickly send messages across devices, too? Feem’s local chat feature allows you to do just that. If you’ve been wishing for a feature to sync your clipboard across devices, this is as close as Feem gets to answering your prayers.

Feem - Windows chat

I found myself using the chat feature to send links across devices.  The notification tone is annoying, but there’s no way to change that.

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Annoying Advertisements

Advertisements are another annoyance when using Feem. I tested Feem on Windows, Android (phone and tablet) and an iPhone, and asked a friend to use it on his iPad. Among these, the Windows version was the least annoying.

Feem - Windows register

Feem for Windows asks you to purchase a licence every time you open it. Since you will only launch the app when the system starts, the pop-up will show up just once.

Unfortunately, Feem’s Android and iOS versions aren’t as unobtrusive. There’s a banner ad at the bottom and a frustrating pop-up ad that appears randomly. The pop-up ad is borderline spam. It reads, “Download a free game now”, with no indication of where the link might lead.

Feem-iOS-ads

The placement of the ads is such that you will hit those accidentally. Also, the pop-up ads look downright ugly on tablets.

Although you can pay to remove ads, you’ll have to do so separately for each client. Feem for Windows costs $4.99 and the Android and iOS versions will set you back by $2 each. The price seems a bit steep, especially since the design isn’t great.

Conclusion

Feem isn’t perfect, but it is a good app for quickly sharing files over WiFi. Some of iOS’s limitations make Feem less useful than it could be. It lacks the polish of AirDroid or Instashare, but cross-platform availability makes Feem stand out.

Did you find Feem useful? Which apps do you use to share files locally? Leave a comment to let us know.

  1. abhishek
    March 7, 2015 at 4:52 am

    So can we use feem to transfer files between windows phone and android phone by creating a hotspot on android and connecting windows phone to it....ps. Both phone users don't want to lose their mobile data pack...and there is no wifi router around

  2. Duke X
    September 11, 2014 at 10:09 am

    I have being using Feem for a while now .It's a great app but its limitation rest in it's inability to be used across a different networks>That's users or devices my be connected to the same network to do file sharing.Loved the app but since an improvement still remains essential

  3. John
    August 4, 2014 at 10:57 am

    YooSEND is the best transfering and sendig files of all type and size on the market, you have several options such as: the ability to refuse or accept the transfer, sending multiple files to multiple users at once, olso to their attached devices, plus integration with dropbox, etc..

    Conclusion:
    YOOSEND is the best of the best!!!

  4. Anonymous
    April 3, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    I tried this app and wish I hadn't. Yes I only used the free version but even after uninstalling I kept getting pop up ads to purchase Feem. Avoid avoid avoid!

  5. Quincy Kwende
    April 3, 2014 at 11:24 am

    I tried Feem, it's a great tool for me.
    I use Ubuntu and iTunes doesn't run on it, so Feem bridge the gap between my pc and my iPhone.

    Feem is awesome :)

  6. Henree A
    April 1, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Send Anywhere is amazing!

  7. pistachio
    March 31, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Hi. I tried feem. Not up to the mark in my opinion. Couldn't send text to my pc from an android. And ads are annoying in android. I would prefer IP Messenger or Lan Messenger. IP messenger is free,and cross-platform.

    • halkun
      April 1, 2014 at 6:36 am

      Use Pushbullet. Much better than feem.

      I personally use pushbullet.

  8. Fritz
    March 31, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    I am Fritz... creator of Feem.
    First we wish to thank you for this fair assessment of Feem. We did two major updates yesterday. It's just a coincidence that we noticed this article a day after we pushed our updates :)
    1. Feem for iOS now automatically saves downloaded pictures into the Photos app. No manual operations needed as before.
    2. We've just released Feem for Windows Phone 8 ! This is great news because it shows we're truly committed to making local file transfers and chat painless across all platforms.
    Regards.

    • Howard B
      April 1, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      OK, now tell us what the name means...or did you just throw some Scrabble tiles in a hat? :)

  9. likefunbutnot
    March 31, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Everything but iOS can browse an SMB/CIFS share on a Windows machine and/or act as an SMB server at least well enough to facilitate transfers between devices. This application sounds from this article like it exists solely because of ridiculous limitations that exist entirely on iOS.

    • Simon
      April 1, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      Except that statement is only half true. I have many apps on iOS that can read directly from Windows SMB shares. iOS out of the box can't, that's right, however as is often the case on iOS, the answer lies in free 3rd party solutions like 'Documents from Readdle' which accesss all your local PC drives on shared computers, and cloud drives for easy transfer of files between devices. There are many more apps that allow all sorts of network protocols to be utilised. Documents is simply the best free one I've come across.

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