By Ellie / Last Updated October 25, 2022

How do I transfer files remotely free?

“I want to transfer a batch of files from my office computer to my home computer. How can I do remote file transfer for free?

-Question from Reddit”

Actually, you’ve got lots of options to transfer files between computers. you are able to use the free remote desktop with file transfer features, the free Windows built-in file share tools, and the free online file transfer services.

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How to perform remote file transfer free [7 options]

In this part, we’ll introduce 7 ways to perform remote file transfer free. You can choose the most suitable way according to your own case.

Case1. Remotely transfer files via free remote desktop with file transfer features

The most significant advantage of using remote desktop software over other methods is that it allows you to not only transfer files remotely, but also completely control your work computer from home to perform remote work. Here are 3 free remote desktop software with file transfer.

Option 1. Free yet professional remote desktop software AnyViewer

The easiest and fastest way to perform remote file transfer free is to use the free remote access software with file transfer feature AnyViewer.

Benefits:
Wide compatibility. It works with several Windows versions, including the newest Windows 11 and Windows 7.
High efficiency. You don’t even need to appear in front of the computer which contains the files you want to achieve file transfer with AnyViewer.
Fast speed. It transfers files at a really fast speed, even if transferring large files over the internet. For example, it only costs about 20 seconds to transfer a 2 GB zip file from the local to the remote computer if they are on LAN.  
Improved security. The file transfer process is secured by Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) encryption, protecting your data from leakage.
Multiple features. As a remote desktop tool as well, it also allows you to easily control and manage another computer remotely. Besides, it is also a screen share tool.

Step 1. Download, install, and launch AnyViewer 3.0 or above on both Windows computers. If your version is lower, please upgrade first. 

Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7
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Step 2. On the Controller computer, go to Log in, and then click Sign up. (If you already have signed up on its official website, you can log in directly.)

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Step 3. Fill in the signup information.

Sign Up For AnyViewer

Step 4. Then you can see you successfully logged in to AnyViewer. Your device will automatically be assigned to the account you’ve logged in to. 

Free Editions

Step 5. Choose your target computer, and then click File Transfer.

File Transfer AnyViewer

Tips: You can also click One-click control to achieve unattended remote access to your office computer. Then you can completely control it just like you’re sitting in front of it. After the connection is successful, you can also click the Files button in the menu bar to transfer files.

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Step 6. Then a File Transfer dialog box will appear. You’re able to transfer files between devices freely by clicking the arrows after choosing the target files. You can also double-click the target file to achieve transfer.

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Notes:✎...
To transfer files freely, it is highly recommended to upgrade your account to a professional or enterprise plan. Here are what a professional or enterprise plan can bring to you:
Faster file transfer speed. Transfer speed for a free account is 500 KB/s, and for a paid account is up to 10 MB/s.
Increasing numbers of files are being transferred at once. For a free account, 100 files can be transferred at a time; for a paid account, this number is unlimited.
Larger size of a single file that can be transferred. The maximum size of a single file that can be transferred for the free account is 100 MB, and for a paid account is 1 TB.

Option 2. Copy and paste files between computers using Windows Remote Desktop

The second option is to use the Windows Remote Desktop Connection (RDP) to copy and paste files between computers to achieve file transfer. This is the Windows built-in software, you don’t need to download it and can get started right away.

But according to user feedback, transferring files via RDP is quite slow. A user has reported that it has cost him 15 minutes to transfer a 1.4 GB zip file via RDP. Also, you’re only allowed to copy and paste files smaller than 2 GB.

Step 1. On the client computer, search for Remote Desktop Connection in the Search box. And then open it.

Remote Desktop Connection

Step 2. On the main interface of Remote Desktop Connection, go to the Local Resources tab, and then check the Clipboard.

Check Clipboard

Step 3. Go back to the General tab. Enter the IP address and user name in the Remote Desktop Connection interface to achieve connection.

General Tab

Step 4. On the remote desktop, choose the folder that you want to copy to your local computer with your mouse, press Ctrl + C to copy files.

The Desktop of the Remote PC

Step 5. Go to your desktop or a folder of your local computer, and press Ctrl + V to paste the copied files. This is how to copy-paste from PC to remote desktop.

Transfer Files to Local PC

Option 3. Upload and download files via Google Chrome Remote Desktop

The final remote desktop software to be introduced is Chrome Remote Desktop. The way to transfer files with Google Chrome Remote Desktop is to upload files first and then download them. Here are the specific steps of performing CRD file transfer.

✍Attention: Chrome Remote Desktop file transfer are only available when the host computer is running Windows 10/11.

Step 1. On the host computer, open the Chrome Remote Desktop download page. Click Remote Support first and then click the blue download button.

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Step 2. After automatically jumping to the chrome web store, click Add to Chrome to download Chrome Remote Desktop.

Add to Chrome

Step 3. Click Add extension to confirm the installation.

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Step 4. Click on Accept & Install to install it.

Ready to Install

Step 5. Enter a name for your computer 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. (If you forgot Chrome Remote Desktop PIN, you can also get it back)

Choose A Pin

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

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

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Step 9. After successfully connecting, click the arrow icon on the right side to expand the sidebar. In the File Transfer column, you can find the options of Upload file and Download file.

Transfer Files

1. To upload from local to remote:

Click Upload file to send a file from your local (host) computer to your remote computer. On your local computer, it will launch an Open File file manager window. Click Open after selecting a file. You'll get the following notification when it’s finished.

Upload File

2. To download from remote to local:

Click Download file to download a file to your local computer (host) from the remote machine. On the remote computer, a Download File file manager window will appear. Click Open after selecting a file. On your local (host) computer, a GUI file manager Save File window will appear after the file has been transferred. Choose a location and save the file.

Case 2. Remotely transfer files using the Windows built-in file share tools

You’re also able to perform remote file transfer free using the Windows built-in file share tools. There are two options.

Option 1. Share files between computers via File Sharing

The first method is to use the built-in Windows tool File Sharing. Please keep in mind that when the computer that shares the files goes to sleep, the shared items become inaccessible.

✍Note: The following Computer A means the computer which shares files, and Computer B means the computer which receives files.

Step 1. Locate the folder you want to share on Computer A and right click on it. Choose Share with and then select Specific people....

Open with Specific People

Step 2. Choose people to share with using the drop-down menu and click Add. You can choose to share with Everyone, which means the files will be accessible on your local network to anyone even if they don’t have a password.

Share with Everyone

Step 3. Click the user you just added in the list, set permissions for it, and click Share. When you see Your folder is shared, click Done.

Permission Level

Step 4. Keep Computer A on and access the shared folder on Computer B. Find the computer name of Computer B in the Network section. Double click the name to open it, and the shared folder is located there. You can copy the shared folder anywhere else based on your needs.

Shared Computer

Attention: If you have trouble accessing shared items on the Windows 10 computer, please go to Network and Sharing Center> Change advanced sharing settings and change the following options for both systems:

  • Turn on network discovery
  • Turn on file and printer sharing
  • Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the Public folders
  • Turn off password protected sharing

Option 2. Share files between computers via Nearby Sharing

Another way is to use the Nearby Sharing. You should be informed before you begin that this method only works with Windows 10 and Windows 11, and that both devices need to be linked to the same network.

Step 1. Navigate to: Settings> System> Shared Experiences, and then turn on the Nearby sharingbutton.

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Step 2. Select the sharing pattern based on your own need from the drop-down menu.

nearby sharing pattern

Tips:

  • Everyone nearby means your PC will share or receive content from all nearby devices.
  • My devices only means your PC will share or receive content only with devices using the same Microsoft account.

Step 3. You can click Change to choose the folder location where you prefer to store the files being transferred to your PC.

choose folder location

Step 4. Go to the file explorer, right-click the desired file you want to transfer, and then select Share in the context menu.

share files

Step 5. Select the target device you want to transfer files to from the pop-up window.

select target device

Step 6. Then the target device will receive a notification. Click Save & Open to start the file transfer.

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Case 3. Transfer files between computers via online services

Another case is to transfer files remotely using online services, like email or cloud storage.

Option 1. Send files between computers using email

The first way to send files between computers via online services is to use email.

✍Note: Please keep in mind that the size of a file that can be attached and sent via e-mail is limited. Gmail, for example, allows messages of up to 25 MB in size, including the message’s text and any attachments. Outlook.com only allows 10 MB, which means you’re not able to transfer large files between computers.

We’ll take Gmail as an example to show you how to transfer files from one computer to another.

Step 1. Open Gmail official site on one computer, and create and sign in to your email account. On the main page, click Compose.

Compose Gmail

Step 2. Then type in the email addresses that have been logged in to another computer behind To. Click the attachment icon below to choose the picture files you want to transfer. Click Send to start sending picture files to the other computer.

Attach Files

Step 3. On the other computer, open and sign in to your email application to check and download the picture files.

Option 2. Computer to computer file transfer via cloud storage services

Cloud storage service is also a way to perform remote file transfer free. Technically, cloud storage service is more like a backup tool allowing you to back up and sync your files to your cloud and then download it whenever and wherever you want.

There are lots of cloud service providers at present. Here we’ll take Google Drive as an example to show you how to transfer files remotely using cloud storage services.

Step 1. Open the main interface of Google Drive, find and click My Drive in the left sidebar, click My Drive again, and select Upload files or Upload folder in the expanded menu.

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Step 2. For example, click Upload files, and a window will pop up automatically. Select the picture files you want to upload and click Open in the lower-right corner.

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Step 3. You can see the file upload progress in the lower right corner. After the upload is completed, you can find the file in the main interface.

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Step 4. Open Google Drive on the other computer and log in to the same Google account. Find the file you’ve transferred, right-click the file, and select Download in the expanded menu to realize remote picture transfer between different computers.

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Closing words

This post primarily focuses on providing remote file transfer free methods. The methods are divided into 3 categories roughly. First, you can choose to use free remote access software with file transfer feature. Second, you can use free Windows built-in file share tools. Finally, you can choose online services.