Downiton.mobi allows you to paste any file URL on a web form and push it to your Android device. No more manually typing URLs or emailing links to yourself — the future is here.
It’s one of the nicest things about Google Play: you can install an app to your mobile device from the browser on your computer. Just explore the Google Play website on your computer, then pick which device you’d like to install it on. If your device is on, the download will begin immediately – if not, it will begin the next time you start it up.
It’s a great feature, but does it work for files? No. Happily there’s an app that does – Downiton.mobi.
How This Works
Lets say you’re browsing our collection of free ebooks. You find one you like, and want to send it to your Android phone to read later. You could download the file, plug in your phone, then drag the book to your device’s drive – it works fine. But what if you left your phone at home? Or are too lazy to get it out of your pocket?
Either way, this app will work. Right-click the link to the file, then click “Copy”:
Once you’ve done this, head to DownItOn.mobi. From here you can paste the URL you just copied:
Almost instantly, your file will begin downloading on your mobile device – even if your device happens to be in your pocket:
You can send as many files as you like, they’ll queue in an orderly fashion. It’s simple, but surprisingly useful: the file ends up on the device where you want it, right away.
Setting Up DownItOn.Mobi
So this seems slick, but is it hard to set up? Not at all. To get started head to DownItOn.mobi on your computer. Sign up for an account, then install the free app to your device.
Now you only need to launch the app on your mobile device and sign in. Once you do, head back to your computer and refresh. You should now see your device listed:
If your device is there, the app is up and working. Start sending links! If not, you’ve got a problem. Personally, I couldn’t get this service to work while using my device’s second account, so take note of that.
There’s not much in the way of settings, but you can set both the folder files are downloaded to and whether downloads can be trigged when you’re away from WiFi:
The “Mobile Data” button is probably a good one to push if your data plan isn’t unlimited – downloads will be put off until you’re connected to WiFi if it’s clicked.
The best alternative is PushBullet, which can push files and more from your desktop. It does everything DownItOn.mobi does and a lot more, so check it out if you’re up for something a touch more complex.
But you might be curious as to why either apps even exists. After all, why not simply use Dropbox for Android? Well that service doesn’t actually sync files to your device – it just lets you get at them if you want. And while there are third party Dropbox apps for Android, maybe you don’t want every file from your Dropbox folder showing up on your mobile device – space is limited, after all. DownItOn.Mobi lets you quickly send an individual file to your device, then forget about it until you need it.
It’s also possible to send files to your Android device with AirDroid, and that app does a whole lot more. Doing so requires first downloading the file on your computer, however, and the application is overkill if all you want to do is quickly start a download on your device.
There must be other alternatives I’m missing, so let me know about them below, okay? I’m looking forward to reading about them.