An easy way to transfer any file
SHAREit is an app to send pictures, music, and more, to other devices without using an active internet or Bluetooth connection. This free program uses a private hotspot to share between up to five devices. While many alternatives offer a similar service, this app does away with the transfer limit. You can send data of all shapes and sizes.
The free app that connects tons of devices
When you download SHAREit, you stumble into a few ads and extra features you might not expect. Amongst the extras, you can play games, discover trending music, access a huge library of gifs and stickers, and stream videos. This divided attention impacts the quality of the main purpose of this app – to share files.
What this application might lack in functionality, it makes up for with compatibility. You can run SHAREit on Windows, Android, iOS, and Mac. This is where SHAREit really stands out. It brings all the different platforms together and makes them work together in harmony. There are few issues when establishing a connection between different devices.
This program also supports multiple connections at once. You can share the same file with up to five devices at a time. This works even when each of these is a different brand. Surprisingly, it can also reach up to 20mb/s on a transfer over wi-fi. This is more than 200 times faster than a Bluetooth connection.
No transfer limit
If you’ve ever tried to send a large file via email, then you’ve likely seen a message stating a size limit. This restriction is present on many platforms. You can share similar information with WhatsApp, for example, but it caps transfers at 16mb. SHAREit has no size limitations, so you’re free to send as many large files as you’d like.
Keeps original file quality
Many times, other applications lower the quality of larger transfers to save space. This app, however, is faithful to the original specs for each file. When you send a 320kb/s song to your phone, it stays the same throughout the process. If you need to send important documents or images, SHAREit is your best bet.
Problems on older devices
Most modern hardware can handle this app just fine. However, older operating systems and devices might struggle. SHAREit for Windows XP, for example, stutters and can’t keep a stable connection. It also works better with Android. This is because later installments of Windows have better built-in compatibility with other operating systems on the whole.
There are also a few issues when you try to send something to an iPad or iPhone. These devices have a strict operating system and take some time to configure. If you miss a step or two, you’ll have to start all over again.
No internet needed
One of the best parts of this application is that it doesn’t require an internet connection. For file-sharing, all you need is more than one device and a wireless hotspot. It’s easy to set up, and you simply choose what you want to share and hit send to transfer files. The SHAREit PC version is the fastest for creating a hotspot.
Tons of extra content
While this app does a decent job with file sharing, it has plenty of other tools to play with. You can listen to music, stream videos, tinker with a file manager, and toy with some unique games. While they aren’t associated with SHAREit’s main function, you can still find a use for them on a daily basis.
The file manager is simple and to the point. You can use it to navigate the information stored on your phone and find anything out of place or unnecessary. The SHAREit cleaning function is quite basic, though, limited to files with no relation to currently installed apps or programs. It’s also effective on mobile devices and mostly useless on Windows or Mac.
There’s a built-in music player with curated playlists and tens of millions of songs. While the variety might not match that of Spotify, it’s still a convenient addition to the app. It works while offline, though, so you can transfer files while jamming to your favorite tunes even if you’re in airplane mode.
The video player is fantastic. In this jack-of-all-trades app, this function stands out. It supports all current formats and offers an option to download files and watch them later. Yes, just like the music player, it has an offline mode. The transfer speed is a bit slower when you multitask with this function.
Manage files remotely
Another interesting feature in this app is the ability to monitor information on another device while you use your mobile phone or tablet. This is great if you’re in another room and need to grab a picture or important document from your computer.
An interface with an ad infection
SHAREit is filled to the brim with advertisements. In many cases, your screen is 80% ads and 20% app. With simple alternatives like Airdroid, a similar application with a clean and easy to use interface, this is especially frustrating. If the purpose of the program is to simplify a process, advertisements will have a negative impact in the long run.
Most of the latest free apps have ads that you can activate for benefits. This is convenient because you choose when you’re ok with a short interruption. However, SHAREit forces advertisements on you constantly.
Sharing made easy
This app shines because of its simplicity, wide range of tools, and fast transfers. It’s also compatible with tons of different file types. Installation is quick and easy, be it via the SHAREit apk or the official installer. While the interface is frustrating and filled with advertisements, it’s not complicated or over-cluttered.
In the latest update the developers added a chat feature where you can stay in touch with friends while you share files. You can also send your favorite apps directly to friends. There’s also a console you can access within SHAREit to control powerpoint presentations on PC and Mac.