By Vivian / Last Updated December 13, 2021

How to transfer files from PC to PC over Internet on Windows 10?

“Hi, everyone. Can anybody tell me what can I do to transfer files from one computer to another PC if I am not on the same LAN? Is there any software recommended? Thanks in advance!”

6 Ways to transfer files from PC to PC over Internet on Windows 10

In some cases, we have to transfer or access files remotely within the different networks. In this tutorial, 6 ways are introduced to tell you how to transfer files from PC to PC over the Internet.

Way 1. Transfer files by using Email

Transferring files from a PC to another PC over the Internet via email can be a more secure solution. It's also a standard option that everyone has access to on a daily basis, making it much more convenient.



Transfer files by sending Email, on the other hand, has several disadvantages. Apart from potential encryption issues, the biggest disadvantage is that email file transfer has some attachment size limitations. Most email systems won't let you send attachments larger than 10 megabytes, and while you won't be sending 1,000-plus pages of text, 10 megabytes is a pretty small file size for most media files.

Way 2. Transfer files by using remote desktop software

Actually, we also can resort to remote access software to transfer files from a PC to another PC over the Internet like Chrome Remote Desktop. Ensuring that both your PC are Windows 10. Here are some specific steps about the way.

Step 1. On the remote PC, open the Chrome Remote Desktop download page. Click on Remote Support and then click the blue download button.

Remote Support Download

Step 2.Then the window will jump to the chrome web store, click Add to Chrome.

Add to Chrome

Step 3. Click on Accept & Install to install it.

Ready to Install

Step 5. Enter a name and then click Next.

Choose Name

Step 6. Choose a PIN with at least 6 numbers, and then enter it twice to start the program. 

Choose a PIN

Step 7. On the local PC, open the Chrome browser and navigate here. Then log in to the same Google account. Once logged in, you can see the available computers.

Remote Devices

Step 8. Click on the computer set up previously, and enter its PIN. Then you could start your remote control.

Enter the Setup PIN

Step 9. After successfully connecting, click the arrow icon on the right side. In the File Transfer column, you can find the options of Upload file and Download file, and then you can transfer the file according to your own needs.

Transfer Files

Way 3. Transfer files by using Cloud Storage

There are many cloud storage services that can help us save and reach our files easily, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, and so on. Once the file is stored or uploaded to cloud file storage, it is usually possible to transfer the file directly to another user or send that user a URL to download the file.

Google Drive

This is a quick and simple approach to transfer files from one PC to PC over the Internet, however, it has a tiny bottleneck. Unless you upgrade your membership, most cloud storage and transfer solutions have storage limits.

Way 4. Transfer files by using SFTP or FTP tools

When it comes to transferring extremely important files, it is recommended to use SFTP tools. SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol), can establish a secure connection. By using the Secure Shell (SSH) data stream, SFTP protects file transfer at a high level, which means that transferring files from a PC to PC over the network is totally secure and protected.


And another tool, FTP (File Transfer Protocol), allows the users to upload and download files, by which you can realize file transfer. However, FTP is encrypted so that file transfer is insecure. And it needs a long time to log in and transfer.

Way 5. Transfer files by using VPN

Using VPN (Virtual Private Network) is also a valuable approach that can be used to transfer files. VPN allows you to avoid broadband traffic management restrictions placed by your internet service provider (ISP). Many ISPs control upload bandwidth to restrict the size of files that you can upload.


A virtual private network (VPN) encrypts your data and ensures that your internet activities remain private. Your ISP is unable to observe the contents of your web traffic when you use a VPN. When it comes to file transfer, this means that your ISP won't be able to tell how big the files are and hence won't be able to impose any limits.

Way 6. Transfer files by using a USB

USB, which can be seen as external storage, is the most direct method for transferring files, in most people’s perception. Plug the USB port into the USB port, then you can see it in the File Explorer. Copy the files to another PC that you need, and then paste them on the USB. Or you can directly drag and drop the file to the USB. Finally, you can see the files after you plug the USB into the local PC.



How to transfer files from PC to PC over Internet? This post mainly illustrates 6 ways to teach you to realize file transfer, like using Email when the file is small, using USB for convienience and using SFTP for a high level of security, and so on. And you can choose the best suitable one for you.