Fast File Transfer

Fast File Transfer

500,000 - 1,000,000 downloads

  • No data usage for file transfer
  • Receive doesn't need to install the app
  • Send single or multiple files
  • QR for faster setting up process
  • Set up process should be more intuitive
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+ By Florian Draschbacher

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Expert's Review

"A new era on file sharing"

Reviewed by / Feb 14, 2013

Fast File Transfer sets out a new and fast way to share files between devices

There are basically two wireless ways to share files between devices: Bluetooth and WiFi. Speed transfer with Bluetooth is quite low and WiFi requires having access to a hotspot nearby. Fast File Transfer by Florian Draschbacher sets out a new way of sharing files that keeps a good speed transfer with no need to have access to a WiFi hotspot. It achieves it by WiFi Tethering.

In other words, it uses your WiFi tech to turn your mobile device into a WiFi hotspot and create a WLAN. Then, files can be shared with any device that connects with it via WiFi. File transfer speed is obviously higher than with other technologies like Bluetooth. However, the setting up process should be more intuitive. Now, the basics steps are: click "Share" on any file you want to share, choose "fast file transfer", start WiFi on the other device, select connection you've set and type the password and finally open a web browser on the other device and enter a IP URL.

However, there's a way to speed up that process. Just tap on the instruction image to show QR codes for the current step. Using a QR reader on the recipient's phone, the whole process is faster and much easier. In addition, developer has announced that the next version will allow pairing via NFC which will make the app even more intuitive than with QR codes.

The best: high file speed transfer with no data usage (just for ads) and the receiver doesn't have to have the app installed. The worst: the setting up process.

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Developer's original description available here
"A new era of file sharing" -
"The beauty of this utility is its simplicity" -

Finally even older devices can send files at speeds like Wi-Fi Direct!

Fast File Transfer is an alternative for Bluetooth file sending.
The app uses Wi-Fi Tethering for establishing a connection between the devices but does not need the Internet.
Due to its high speed, this technology is especially recommended for sending big files.

• Up to 20x speed of bluetooth
• Easy to setup
• The receiver is device-independent
• No need for a common Wi-Fi connection
• No data usage for file transfer (Just for advertisements)
• The receiver does not have to have the app installed
• Send single or multiple files
• Displays QR codes for faster receiving
Just tap the instruction image
• Use NFC for pairing (in beta stage)

Using this app, you can easily send a file to an iPhone or any other phone that does not have Bluetooth but Wi-Fi.
Will Kelly from Techrepublic wrote a tutorial on how to send files from Android to iOS:

Simply tap "Share via" in any file exlorer or in the gallery app, choose this app and follow the on-screen instructions.

How to send multiple files?
Just select multiple files in your file explorer and tap "Send via" (or similar) -> "Fast File Transfer"
In some file explorers first tap "Send via" in the menu, choose this app and then your files.

I don't want to always enter the address on the receiver's phone!
Use the built-in QR codes or
Save a bookmark:
Send multiple files once and add a bookmark to the file index page in your web browser. Later just open this bookmark to receive files.

Where can I change the password and username?
Open the app from the launcher. The instruction screen will appear. Now press the menu button and choose "Settings".

This app might not run on some phones due to restrictions of manufacturers or carriers that make it impossible for the app to access WiFi tethering.
Please don't write bad reviews because of this fact, unfortunately I cannot do anything against it.
Please don't write 3-star reviews mentioning the app did not work on your device. 3-star-reviews influence the overall rating as well.


The app does not work on:
Most HTC devices
Motorola Razr XT910 (Restarts phone; Problem in Motorola's Android implementation)
Motorola Razr XT890
Some Galaxy Y devices
Devices that don't have WiFi Tethering setting, such as the Nexus 7

The transfer speed this app offers depends on the sender and receiver device. The highest value I measured is 33 Mbit/s which means 1 GB in under 5 minutes.

This app uses zxing ( for QR code generation.

Although I have never experienced such a case, I do not guarantee for any data fees caused by this app.

Recently changed in this version

• NFC (Beta)
For connecting to WiFi and opening web address
Install an app like WiFiTap on the receipient's device for connecting to the WiFi via NFC
Please note that WiFiTap won't connect to already known WiFis
Send me an email if you experience problems

• New notifications for progress, file size, transfer speed and estimated transfer time
• Hints for QR code and NFC
• Supports Android 2.2 (tested on ZTE Blade)
• Continues sending when screen is off or app is closed to background
• Bug fixes

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Comments and ratings for Fast File Transfer
  • (66)

    by jordan Haehl on 20/06/2014

    Does what I want it too

  • (66)

    by Peter Schutte on 19/06/2014

    This is a fantastically simple and efficient app, thank you so much for building it. I work in a high school teaching Maths and help run a BYOD programme and this is going to allow us a lot of freedom in sharing big files between different devices .

  • (66)

    by Ben Rossington on 16/06/2014

    App works on Nexus 7 2013 model. Just toggle AP on in OS first. I named the Android AP the same as fast files AP. Biggest issue I have is iOS refuses to download ANYTHING from this app. Don't know what the culprit is, but snagged an app for iOS that creates a WebDav thingy and now I can transfer files... But slow as hell. Really wish this apps method worked for me...

  • (66)

    by kartik gore on 16/06/2014

    Bst app

  • (66)

    by Cesar Navarro on 15/06/2014


  • (66)

    by Joshua Taylor on 15/06/2014

    Wanted to transfer to and from PC probably could have went through hoops to get a QR reader for my PC web cam but I would look pretty stupid holding my phone up close to my computer attempting a xfer if it even worked

  • (66)

    by Abhinav Singh on 14/06/2014

    Nice and handy app.