Once upon a time, the only way to transfer music from your PC to your Android device was with a USB cable. Nowadays, you can do without the cables, thanks to apps that allow you to transfer music, photos, videos and all sorts of files from your computer to your Android phone wirelessly. One of the best is Portal, a new web-based tool from the Pushbullet team.
Portal's main selling point is the fact that it uses your local Wi-FI network to transfer the files. This means that Portal can handle very large files or large numbers of files at once, so it can transfer a decent chunk of your music collection or a bunch of films with ease. It's also a lot faster than many alternatives.
The first thing you need to do is download Portal from the Play Store onto your phone. Then open the Portal site in your browser (preferably Chrome) on your PC. Then open the newly installed app on your phone and scan the code from the site.
Next, minimize the initial browser window on your PC and drag and drop any files you like – music, pictures, etc – into the relevant folder, and the app will send them from your computer to your phone. If you are using Chrome, Portal will also allow you to download entire folders.
Another advantage of using Portal is that it allows you to send files directly to a microSD card in the phone. To do this, you just need to change the destination (under Save Files to) in the Settings. You can also choose the destination folders for your pictures and music. Pictures will automatically go in your gallery and music into your music folder, but if you want them to end up somewhere different, you can decide that in Settings too.
A potential problem
This process is relatively straightforward, but there is one small issue that you might run into. You may have a problem with something called Access Point Isolation if your computer is connected to the router with a cable and your phone isn't.
This is mainly a security measure and doesn't really need to be activated unless you are using Wi-Fi in a public place. You'll be able to switch this off in your router's settings.
Alternate method: Airdroid
Another useful app for transferring music, photos and videos is AirDroid. Airdroid lets you organize and manage your smartphone on your PC or Mac, transfer files remotely, and send files the other way (ie from smartphone to computer). Find out more in our Airdroid tutorial.
Do you use Portal? Or do you have another way to transfer from PC to Android phone? Let us know in the comments.