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How to send files over a P2P connection from a browser

If you have to share files remotely i.e., the person you want to share a file with isn’t on the same network as you, you will have to use an intermediary service. Often, users either email files, or upload them to cloud drives and then share a link to them. While these methods work and are great because they provide a ‘holding area’ for the file(s) until it has been downloaded, it may not suit everyone. If you prefer direct transfer between computers, you’re looking for P2P transfer. Generally speaking, this sort of transfer is possible but for end-users, it’s not the easiest to set up which is why we recommend using ToffeeShare.

ToffeeShare works in your browser; you upload files and share a link with whoever you want to send the files to. Your browser must remain open and you cannot refresh or close the tab the transfer is active in until it is complete. The file itself isn’t stored online.

Send files over P2P

Visit ToffeeShare, and add the files you want to share.

Once the file(s) are added, ToffeeShare gives you a link to share and a QR code that you can scan making it a pretty simple way to transfer files to a smartphone. On that note, ToffeeShare also works great on a mobile browser. You cannot close the tab that the transfer is active in but you can minimize the window, or navigate away from the tab to a different one. The web app works in all modern browsers.

As for how long it takes to complete the transfer, it depends on the file size. Remember that your file is still being sent via the internet and your own connection speed, as well the connection speed of your recipient will play a role in how fast the transfer is.

ToffeeShare sends files securely, in fact, it uses end-to-end encryption. There are no limits to how big a file you can share.

This isn’t the first app of its kind. In fact, we reviewed a few like it in the past but file sharing apps like this tend to have a brief life in most cases. They’re useful but don’t tend to hold out in terms of profitability and end up shutting down. Let’s hope this one holds out. The file-sharing space is crowded with lots of cloud storage services like Google Drive, OneDrive, and Dropbox but not enough P2P transfer services.

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