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Better Than Dropbox: The 6 Quickest Ways to Share Any File With Anyone

Akshata Shanbhag Updated 26-02-2019

Want to share files with someone who doesn’t use Dropbox or isn’t tech savvy enough to set it up? Wouldn’t you rather share a link to the file and be done with it? That’s possible, because there are simpler ways to share files than Dropbox. We’ll explore six of them below.

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With these services, there are no mandatory accounts, no clients to install (unless you want to), and no interfaces to learn. All you have to do is upload your file, get a unique link to it, and share the link. That’s as easy as it gets!

1. WeTransfer

Online WeTransfer file uploader interface

WeTransfer lets you send files of up to 2GB at a time. You won’t find any limits on the number of times you use the service, so that’s a big plus.

You can send the files in an email message—that’s the default workflow—or grab the links of uploaded files to share them via chat or elsewhere. WeTransfer lets you include a custom message with the shared files.

If you want to protect the uploaded files with a password or if you want control over when they get deleted, you’ll need to pay for a subscription. That gives you file encryption and the option to store files for longer than the default duration of seven days.

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Visit: WeTransfer (Free, premium subscription available)

2. SendTransfer

SendTransfer file uploader interface

SendTransfer lets you share files in seconds via email, and is completely free of charge. To get started, drag your file into the file uploader box provided. You can also click on the Add Files to Transfer button to browse through your files and add them.

Next, type in email addresses of the people you want to send the file to, a message (if you wish to add one), and your own email address of course. Now, hit the Send button to send the uploaded file on its way.

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With SendTransfer, you can send files up to 10GB, and there are no bandwidth restrictions on either side. While uploading files, you can also set the duration for which you want the files to be store on SendTranfer’s servers—the default is seven days.

Visit: SendTransfer (Free)

3. Snaggy

MakeUseOf homepage screenshot in Snaggy's image editor

If all you want to do is share screenshots once in a while, Snaggy is the perfect solution. Grab the screen or a part of it with the default shortcuts assigned by your operating system to copy screenshots to the clipboard.

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From there, uploading to Snaggy is one keyboard shortcut away. Visit the Snaggy home page to paste the screenshot from the clipboard. To do this, on Windows, you can use the shortcut Ctrl + V.

On macOS, since the default paste shortcut (Command + V) works with the Paste and Match Style command and not the Paste command, you can either:

  • Click on Edit > Paste, or
  • Configure a custom shortcut for the Paste command (from Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts) and use that.

Once you paste, the image gets uploaded to Snaggy’s servers and you receive a unique link you can share.

Snaggy also works with marquee selections in image editing and other screenshot apps. It even lets you edit your picture before sharing it—you can crop, rotate, write or draw on your image.

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Keep in mind that Snaggy only works with one image at a time. Also, it doesn’t seem to work in Safari.

Visit: Snaggy (Free)

4. Droplr

Droplr file uploader online

Droplr is popular is as screenshot sharing and collaboration service, but you can use it to send all types of files. For easy file sharing, open the lite version [Broken URL Removed] of the app. This brings up the file uploader, where you can drag and drop a file from your computer to receive a shareable link to it. Any files you share are automatically previewable across all platforms and apps.

The service also offers macOS, Windows, and iPhone apps as well as a Chrome extension. These clients make it easy to grab bits and pieces of the web for quick and painless sharing from your desktop and mobile.

Plus, since Droplr integrates with popular services like Gmail, Slack, and Trello, file sharing within these services is a snap.

If you like what Droplr does, consider getting a free account with the service. It gives you 4GB worth of cloud storage and file uploads of up to 2GB. For password protection, custom file validity options, and so on, you’ll need one of Droplr’s premium subscriptions.

Visit: Droplr (Free, premium subscription available)

5. Ge.tt

Ge.tt file uploader

Ge.tt is another simple uploader service that has been around for quite some time. It’s an excellent way to share photo albums in an instant.

To use Ge.tt, drag and drop one or more files into the uploader box to get a shareable link. You’ll also find options to share your files directly to an email address, Facebook, or Twitter.

If you want to use Ge.tt without registration, you’ll have to work with a storage limit of 250MB and your files will get deleted after 30 days. If you create a free account, you get a storage upgrade to 2GB and can keep the uploaded files much longer. Both anonymous and free users can send files of sizes up to 250MB only.

Visit: Ge.tt (Free, premium subscription available)

6. Smash

Smash file uploader interface online

With file previews, zero file size limits, link customization, and password protection, the free version of Smash sounds too good to be true. The service is easy to use and its interface is pretty much like that of the other uploaders on this list. It sends files via email and Slack and also as a link.

Among other features, you get a file storage time of 14 days and options to customize the look of your download page. (You can also hide file previews if you want to.) To top it all, Smash has chosen to replace ads with fun creative projects to view while waiting for files to download.

Background customization options in Smash

Smash is quite generous with the features in the free version. But, if you want even more options, you can get them with a well-priced premium subscription.

Visit: Smash (Free, premium subscription available)

Get a No-Signup File Transfer Tool for Everyday Use

Dropbox and similar services have made sharing big files and multiple files as easy as saving them on your own computer. But they usually need you to sign up for an account.

If you’d rather not do that or if you prefer a quicker solution to share one-off files, the apps we have listed above are just what you need. And there are more where those came from! Take a peek at the best ways to share files with anyone over the web anonymously.

If you’re an Apple product owner, remember that you can share files with AirDrop What Is Airdrop? How to Share Files Between iOS and Mac Apple's AirDrop is a convenient service allowing you to transfer files between Mac and iOS devices. Here's how to use it. Read More between Mac and iOS devices.

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  1. John Smith
    March 2, 2019 at 2:47 am

    Misleading headline.

    Dropbox purpose is not primarily for sharing.

  2. Wes
    March 1, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    I use Feem a cross platform app to transfer files

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      March 2, 2019 at 5:40 am

      Good choice. We have previously recommended that as one of the fastest file transfer methods between PCs and mobile devices.

  3. kenijo
    February 28, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Do you have any suggestion for direct P2P file share?
    Let's say you are on the same network:
    - you don't want to spent time uploading outside your network, then time downloading the files back inside your network.
    - you want a bigger file limit to send files.
    - you just want to be able to easily drop in shared file to people you work with.

    Is there any free tool that is oriented towards team work with direct file share and messaging?

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      March 2, 2019 at 5:48 am

      The options we have covered in this article about file sharing on the same network can help.

      • Kenijo
        March 2, 2019 at 6:27 am

        Thank you !

      • Kenijo
        March 2, 2019 at 6:27 am

        Thank you

  4. Filip Zaleski
    October 5, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Hey,

    thanks for mention Droplr here! Since 2012 a lot of things have changed. We made our app more stable, we built a lot of collaboration features, what help work in team faster and easier. Also, we spent a lot of time on Droplr UX because we want to give the best possible experience for our users. Right now you can send even 10 GB size files using Droplr! Isn't that awesome?

    Best,
    Filip from Droplr

  5. Kubes
    August 7, 2017 at 7:21 am

    My favourite service is MyAirBridge (www.myairbridge.com). Totally for free and without any registration you can send up to 20 GB. Give it a try :)

  6. Max
    May 21, 2015 at 3:42 am
  7. Darlene Crochet
    July 25, 2012 at 10:56 am

    can't believe I hadn't heard of most of these, thanking for all the great links for sharing files

  8. Darcy Bross
    July 25, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Just like @Ashay I used to use the crap out of Drop.Io. That void has been filled for me by the awesomeness that is Dropmark:

    http://dropmark.com

    Really dig how it blurs the line between online and off by being able to share downloads alongside online content.

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 25, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      Dropmark looks awesome, thanks Darcy!

  9. Truefire_
    July 25, 2012 at 2:43 am

    Justbeamit.com is great too!

  10. Madonna Jones
    July 24, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Very nice. I have non-techy friends and family. Now I don't have to spend "hours" walking them thru, step-by-step ... oh, you get the picture.

    • Trevor Skelton
      July 24, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      Quite agree - very user friendly options for non-techy contacts

  11. JPBN
    July 24, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I use http://www.mediafire.com/
    It is a excellent file sharing website. It offers a free account that you can sign up for, or you can use the web upload with out a user account. It even offers apps for windows, Linux, and Mac, where you can upload from your desktop. It includes a ssl encryption for pro users, but free uses the normal protecall.

  12. sonalkhodiyar
    July 24, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Thank you for sharing.

  13. vividvilla
    July 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    They are good but not the best...I go with Dropbox then Google Drive

  14. fathur rahem
    July 24, 2012 at 4:00 am

    I try snag.gy but just loading

  15. Haley Quek
    July 23, 2012 at 8:49 am

    I like the snaggy idea just crtl+V. :D

  16. shreteh
    July 23, 2012 at 8:03 am

    very nice & useful services !

  17. Greg Laden
    July 23, 2012 at 12:28 am

    I routinely share files with people using a link from Dropbox. You may want to update the intro to this story to not indicate that this is a limitation

    Having said that, I will now be investigating some of these options! Great post.

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 23, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      Hi Greg,

      Yes, you're right in that it is possible to share files quickly in Dropbox. That being said, I still think the websites I mentioned make it easier for certain circumstances. Hope you can make use of them!

  18. Patrick McAuley
    July 21, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Lots of people commenting they like DropBox, and I like it too. But I wonder how many are aware of the leak of member email addresses that just occurred. If you've just started getting online gambling spam, as I have, then your address has likely been leaked. I know this was from DropBox in my case because I use disposable email addresses and the gambling spam I received was sent to the address that I only use for DropBox. Needless to say, I'm disposing of that address and changing to a new one for DropBox.

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 21, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      I haven't heard of this... thanks!

  19. Michael R Heronema
    July 21, 2012 at 1:12 am

    This is Great Info! My Folks are in their late 60's and early 70's and at this age they want simple, hehe.

  20. Kylee Kanavas
    July 20, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Dropbox=Crap Dropcanvas=Mind exploding awesome. Thanks so much you take the work out of the internet. Lol

  21. Cliff Jones
    July 20, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    MediaFire.com, hands down! They used to be one of those ultra-easy services where you didn't even need an account. Now since they've been adding a bunch of new features, I'm pretty sure you have to create an account, but it's still really easy. Check out the new image viewer/browser! They just put it out like a day or two ago (first I noticed it anyway).

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 21, 2012 at 3:32 am

      Thanks! MediaFire always seemed more like Dropbox to me, with plenty more features but also a mandatory account and everything. I didn't know it back when they didn't require an account.

  22. Hasitha Chaturanga
    July 20, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    this is usefull

  23. Choon Khai
    July 20, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Droplr got a nice interface, it's really easy to use. I took few seconds to teach my mother how to use it!

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 20, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      That's awesome!

  24. Tony
    July 20, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Am new to this site and had been impressed with the contents.

  25. Mike Vertx
    July 20, 2012 at 8:16 am

    I appreciate the post and research you've done, but in truth none of these match-up to dropbox as each has it's draw-backs many which are definite deal-breakers to most users (single file at a time / images only / very restrictive space / temporary storage deletes over time, etc), can't envision any of these options even coming close to dropbox as alternatives. They don't compare. I will offer a few alternatives I've come across ...

    Folders.io
    -> (very similar to dropbox), no sign-up for small files, super easy to get started / use, 2GB limit, not as convenient overall as dropbox folder on your desktop but a nice alternative that's as close as any seem to be.

    box.com

    Google Drive I'm starting to learn is fairly convenient for quick access forwarding/sharing files, serves a different purpose entirely. dropbox = a place teams can post and share documents like large reports or lots of photos, google drive = a place to store commonly sent files (example independent contract agreement forms, etc, easy attach docs to calendars/meetings etc)

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      Thank you Mike for the elaborate comment!

      I didn't mean to suggest any of these services could replace Dropbox entirely, only for certain purposes. I'm definitely not giving up Dropbox any time soon. :)

  26. Ron
    July 19, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Great website! Regarding the 6 file sharing recommendations, is there a way with any of them to prevent a person from inadvertently deleting the files I'm trying to share? This is a problem with Dropbox and frequently I've had to repost the files that I'm trying to share with a group of people because someone inadvertently deleted them.

    Thanks for any suggestions you can share.

    Ron

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 19, 2012 at 11:37 pm

      I believe Pastelink only provides a way to download the shared file, without the ability to remove it. Hope that solves your problem!

  27. ivan1232
    July 19, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    clipica looks cool..

  28. Joemamma Decayed
    July 19, 2012 at 5:00 am

    It is nice to see alternatives that do not require a login. Also, 2Gb of storage is quite generous for the majority of users.

  29. Yaara Lancet
    July 19, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Looks cool, thanks!

  30. Paulo Amaral
    July 18, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Why don't you ever mention YouSendIt.
    This is the best service ever.

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 19, 2012 at 4:06 am

      YouSendIt is not a free service, and even the free trial requires registration. It might be a great service, but it's not a good fit for this article.

  31. Yiannis Papanastasopoulos
    July 18, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Great article! There must be tons of them! I use this one https://www.wetransfer.com/ to send photos(mostly) to friends and bands. It's a great service.

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 19, 2012 at 4:04 am

      There does seem to be quite an abundance of these services. Didn't know about this one, thanks!

  32. BobBob
    July 18, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    After experiencing a number of document sharing services and their intrusive collection and selling of very personal/business information, I only recommend Skydrive. Sharing files, photos along with group collaboration is a snap, and yes you can email a link to non-account holders to share files. I can be anywhere with a connected web browser and easily create and edit content on-line using Word, Excel, PowerPoint even OneNote. Microsoft's Skydrive provides all this with up to 7gb storage for FREE.

  33. Sreejesh Kulaparambil
    July 18, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    A very nice article indeed! Though the alternatives mentioned here in this article are simple and could be used for short term purpose but personally I don't think there's any comparison between dropbox and these file sharing services. I still love dropbox. I have been using it for a quite long time and I am really happy with it. Anyway thanks for sharing the info. :)

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 19, 2012 at 4:02 am

      Dropbox is a name people recognize, so it's easy to make the comparison and give people context.

      I agree that these don't have to replace Dropbox, they can be used alongside it for different purposes. For some people, it can be a good replacement, though. Depends on what you use Dropbox for.

  34. Rigoberto Garcia
    July 18, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Thanks Yaara. Probably will use some of them in the near future, although with Dropbox I can do the vast majority of the features you mention in the services discussed in your post.

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 18, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      It's true that you can do it all with Dropbox (it's what I usually do). These services are more for when you need to share files quickly without opening accounts anywhere, etc.

  35. Manide
    July 18, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Picasa and Minus for photo.
    FileDropper and SkyDrive for other filetypes.

  36. Bobby Landers
    July 18, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Thank you Make Use of! Lots of useful sites. I like pastelink and ge.tt the most. ridiculously easy! my two kids can use it!

  37. Ashay
    July 18, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Does anyone remember drop.io
    I used it heavily around 2008. You could see image previews as well as listen to songs on the inbuilt webplayer. It could also fetch files through download links. So sad they had to shut it down. :-(
    Anyways, I use Skydrive now - the next best thing...

  38. Ashutosh Dave
    July 18, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Nice list!! I would be more happy to see a larges list including popular services like min.us and justbeamit.com! But I have to agree these are the simplest one!!

  39. Elsee Sea
    July 18, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    For real-time peer-to-peer free file transfer, try dushare.com. It's P2P, so the file is transferred from your computer to your recipients without first being stored on dushare

  40. 0c6892ade2f19fb5ad6953033450ad0b
    July 18, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Just too many choices, but I think I'll try DropCanvas to get pics & files to my "un-geeky" mother.

  41. Martin
    July 18, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    We use 'wetransfer.com' Up to 2GB per session. Fill out the email address of the recipient(s), fill out your own email address, select the files to transfer and upload.
    You will receive email about progress, i.e. upload and download. Forgot a recipient? Sent them the link in the progress email. And all FREE

  42. Ira Brandstein
    July 18, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Great article, will share big time!

  43. Susendeep Dutta
    July 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Do these online services will go out just like some video downloading,pdf converter sites?

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 18, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      I'm not sure I understand the question...

    • Oron
      July 19, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      Some will probably go the way of the dodo, but given that they're used for temporary exchange of files, this is not going to a major problem ; - )

  44. Jeff Bundy
    July 18, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Sharefile.com - now a Citrix property - is another excellent & simple option.

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 18, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      Thank you!

  45. Rahul Prabhu
    July 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Skydrive has that feature. It provides a download link for people without skydrive accounts. You can also choose between providing authorization to edit those files or just view and download.

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 18, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      Thanks for pointing it out. Dropbox has that feature too, but at least one side needs to have an existing account.

  46. syed asghar
    July 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Hi,
    There are many more file sharing websites available with good amount of storage space as well. One can share link,share file itself and some websites(4shared.com) gives freedom to copy and paste the file to our account after searching.This is cool.

  47. Shakirah Faleh Lai
    July 18, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Sharing made easier. Good to know that some file sharing service allow us to share without having an account.

  48. Suhel
    July 18, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Quite confused. You were the one wrote this article

    [Broken Link Removed]

    LOL

    anyways nice alternatives, thanks for posting :)

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 18, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      Yes! I know I know. :) I was just trying to get a point across. These services are better than Dropbox in that you don't need accounts and can simply start sharing. I guess my specific example was confusing. :)

  49. Muhammad Ahmad
    July 18, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Excellent article. But dropbox is dropbox. I always use dropbox to share files with my clients.

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 18, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      I love Dropbox, I still haven't found anything better. These services are for more short-term purposes, not for steady clients you always have to share files with.

  50. mansi
    July 18, 2012 at 5:39 am

    justbeamit.com is also a great way to share files

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 18, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      Thanks!

  51. Fyerman01
    July 18, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Justbeamit is another awesome file sharing tool. There is no account to setup and no file limit. The file transfer is direct and only limited by your connection.

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 18, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      Looks like a great service, thanks!

    • Victor Ong
      July 18, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      Yep. I use it too. The only problems being that my internet connection is (really) slow, and you can only upload 2 GB of files. The concept is a great one though - direct file sharing over different internet connections.

      • Brian Lawrence
        July 22, 2012 at 5:01 am

        I use Justbeamit as well, don't b eleive that it gets much easier than this. as far as the 2Gb goes, most files don't reach this limit and if they does it isn't difficult to split the file.

        Brian

  52. Benjie
    July 18, 2012 at 3:42 am

    Saw the date posted, so this is current. Im not sure if you know this, but you can also get links to share from dropbox easily. Just right click on the file, hover to dropbox and click "get link".

    Easy as 1,2,3. Where is the hard part on that?

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 18, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      Yes, I know. I guess I should have made it clearer in the intro. Thanks for pointing it out! I still feel the services mentioned are easier for short-term file sharing, though.

  53. Mounder
    July 18, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Great info, except that you don't have to be a Dropbox user to access shared Dropbox files. If you have a Dropbox account, you can share files or folders with anyone. Just copy and share the link via email or whatever.

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 18, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      Yes, I know about this option (I even wrote the article you linked to :) ). I guess I forgot to mention it in the article, though. But it's nice to have easy alternatives anyway!

    • GodSponge
      July 18, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      I use dropbox for most of my sharing. It's so much easier than those services because all I have to do is drag a file into my dropbox folder and get the link for it. It is nice to have alternatives though. Dropcanvas looks pretty cool.

  54. ferdinan Sitohang
    July 18, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Lots of option right now for sharing a file. Nice article, will use one of this to my needs. Thank you

  55. Shawn Ashree Baba
    July 18, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Great for "on the go" file sharing.

  56. lu1s13
    July 18, 2012 at 12:07 am

    What about min.us ?

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 18, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      min.us is a great option, I didn't include it because it's a much wider service and can be used for many things. It has lots of options, and might not be the best choice if you just want to share a file with someone who's not tech savvy.

      • lu1s13
        July 19, 2012 at 6:06 am

        Ok, I understand your answer. I prove the 6 services and i will use dropcanvas as first option and ge.tt as second option.

        Thanks for this article. ;)