After several years of exclusivity on iOS, WeTransfer has finally come to Android. WeTransfer is a notably streamlined cloud storage service that lets users send files up to 2GB in size for free, while paying customers can increase this cap to 20GB, along with other perks. The company also announced a feature called "boards," which are collections of media and links that you can share on social networks and elsewhere.
In the past, if you needed to send someone a large file, email wouldn't cut it. Gmail was limited to 25 megabytes for many years before integrating Google Drive, which bumped the cap up to 10GB. Since the free version of WeTransfer is limited to 2GB, it won't seriously compete with Google Drive, unless you prefer not to use it.
However, the WeTransfer does feature a transfer history log, which puts your sending activities in one handy place, whereas Google doesn't provide such a tool.
WeTransfer subscribers get some meatier features. In addition to the 20GB cap, you get password-protected files, the ability to store a file indefinitely (the free WeTransfer automatically deletes your file after 7 days), and a subdomain on the WeTransfer website where you can apply some custom branding. Subscribers get 100GB of total storage. The fee is $12 a month or $120 a year.
For reference, Google charges $10 a month for 1TB of Drive storage, but it doesn't offer subdomains or password-protected file transfers. Google account users get 15GB of storage, which is a shared bucket for Gmail, Google Docs, Google Photos, and Drive.
The new "boards" feature is also something that you won't find in Google Drive. Boards can collect images on your device, photos from your camera, files, scanned documents, and URLs, and put them into one package that you can share with a URL with family and friends.
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We noted that the free version of WeTransfer did not ask us to create an account to do this, even though the board contents are hosted on the WeTransfer website. When we took a look at the uploaded and publicly viewable test board, we also noted that the website did not appear to be adding compression to the images to save space. You can just click one of the pics in your board, click the download button, and you'll have the original version of the file.
However, WeTransfer does not strip the GPS metadata from your photos. So if you want privacy, you'll need to remove that info yourself, before uploading. Otherwise, people who download your images can know precisely where on planet Earth they were taken, right down to the square foot.
Also, deleting boards from within the app did not remove them from the website. So overall, people with privacy concerns may want to stick to other services like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram that automatically strip metadata from uploaded photos and give you the tools to take them offline.
- WeTransfer, a file sharing app that lets you send files up to 20GB, now has an Android version, and you can now share collections of files called "boards."
- Boards can't be deleted once they're published on WeTransfer's website (at least for free users), and the service does not strip metadata like GPS coordinates. GPS data can pinpoint where the photo was taken, down to the square foot, which is generally not good for privacy-minded users.
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