The 15 Best Ways to Share Files With Anyone Over the Web

There are many ways to share files between people and devices, but a lot of those methods can be cumbersome by requiring app downloads, account registrations, cloud storage setups, etc. Who has the time for that? That’s why we prefer no-hassle file sharing websites instead.

By file sharing, we don’t mean the peer-to-peer torrenting variety. We’re talking about sites that let you drag-and-drop files and share links to those files so that others can download them right away, without registering.

Here are 15 of the best sites that you should bookmark to save time going forwards.

Powered by WebRTC, ShareDrop is a browser-based P2P file-sharing software. It works a little differently than the other file senders mentioned below.

To share a file, open the ShareDrop website and click the plus icon in the top-right corner. This creates a room that your friends can join through the link or QR code.

ShareDrop assigns an avatar to all the people in the room. Click on the avatar of the person to whom you want to send the file. Upload it and click Send. ShareDrop then sends the file once the receiver accepts.

Key Benefits:

  • Encrypted Peer to Peer Connection.
  • No Password Protection.
  • Uses WebRTC.


JustBeamIt is another peer-to-peer transfer service that works in a simple way: select a file, generate a URL, share the link to the recipient, and keep both browsers open while the transfer takes place.

The good thing about JustBeamIt is that there’s no limit on the size or number of files transferred. But, the file URL expires after only 10 minutes, so you’ll have to re-upload the file and generate a new URL.

Key Benefits:

  • File URLs expire after 10 minutes.
  • No limits on file size or number of files.
  • No encryption or password protection.

SendGB allows free transfer of files up to 5 GB. For most people, this will suffice. However, there’s an option to upgrade to premium plans.

It has three paid plans. One of these offers 1 TB storage, the other allows one-time sharing of 20 GB files, and the third extends the storage time.

However, even the free version can keep your files (under 250 MB) for up to 90 days. For larger files, the maximum storage period is one week.

SendGB can share files both via email and the URL. To protect your files, it allows the automatic destruction option. Similarly, you can password-protect your files.

Key Benefits:

  • Password Protection.
  • 5 GB free transfer.
  • Option to upgrade for sending larger files.

Uploadfiles lets you upload files to its servers without registering at all. It’s entirely free to use and is one of the least restrictive services out there. Highly recommended if you don’t want to use peer-to-peer.

Despite the generous free plan, it has Pro and Business subscriptions with more features and higher limits.

Key Benefits:

  • Unlimited uploads.
  • 100 GB file size limit (5 GB for free users).
  • Transfers are encrypted.
  • Files remain for 30 days.
  • Pro accounts allow for 1 TB file size limit, permanent storage, and password protection.

FileSharing24 is the best service to use for quick one-time transfers. Once uploaded, files can be shared by URL or email. You can also pause and resume uploads if necessary.

Key Benefits:

  • Unlimited uploads.
  • 5 GB file size limit.
  • Transfers are encrypted.
  • Password protection is available.
  • Files remain for 24 hours.

The File Dropper website is nothing special, but the important thing is that it gets the job done. Simply upload your file and share the resulting link with the recipient to download it.

Though you can share files without sign-up, creating an account gives you access to a clean dashboard to view the shared files in one place.

Key Benefits:

  • Unlimited uploads.
  • 500 MB file size limit.
  • Password protection and self-destruction available.
  • Unclear how long files remain on the server.

We’ve highlighted Send Anywhere before when talking about apps for sending large files, and while the web version isn’t as good as the desktop or mobile apps, it’s still fast and convenient to use.

Once you’ve uploaded your files, Send Anywhere gives you a six-digit code that you can share. Anyone who has that code can download the files you’ve uploaded. So simple, isn’t it?

Key Benefits:

  • Unlimited uploads.
  • 1 GB file size limit when using web app.
  • No encryption or password protection.
  • Files disappear as soon as they are downloaded.

PlusTransfer launched back in 2014, but never really gained much traction in the realm of file sharing sites. It actually bought out PipeBytes (a defunct peer-to-peer transfer service) but decided to stay with the traditional upload format.

No registration needed, but you’ll need the recipient’s email address to send the file. Multiple email addresses can be designated per file transfer.

Key Benefits:

  • Unlimited uploads.
  • 5 GB limit per transfer.
  • No encryption or password protection.
  • Files remain anywhere from 1 to 14 days, depending on your choice.

WeTransfer works on a principle similar to PlusTransfer: upload your files, input the recipient’s email address, and send the download their way. They’ve been around since 2009, and they’re still going, so you know they’re serious.

Key Benefits:

  • Unlimited uploads.
  • 2 GB limit per transfer.
  • Files remain for 7 days.
  • No encryption or password protection.
  • Plus accounts increase transfer limit to 20 GB and grant 100 GB storage.

We’ve also covered lots of great free WeTransfer alternatives.

FilestoFriends does exactly what it says on the tin—lets you send files to friends. It sends files only via email, so you’ll have to enter both your and your friend’s email addresses. You can also leave a message.

The free version allows sharing of up to 1 GB of data. On the other hand, FilestoFriends Plus allows 20 GB storage and sharing of 5 GB files. You can also customize the sharing page and access the history of shared files. The paid plan costs $10 per month with a 14-day free trial.

Key Benefits:

  • File sharing via email.
  • Limits the file size to 1 GB (free version).
  • No password protection.

MailBigFile doesn’t offer much to beat its competitors, but it works well enough in case none of the above sites work. It’s a bit too restrictive for most users, but if you just need to send a quick file, it’s fine.

Key Benefits:

  • Files remain for 10 days.
  • 2 GB limit and 5 max files per transfer.
  • Unlimited uploads. 20 downloads per transfer.
  • Three premium tiers are available, increasing limits to 4 GB, 5 GB, and 20 GB.

FileTransfer is a decent tool with a couple of unique features. It checks the file for viruses and has an option for requesting files (for business accounts only). Best of all, you can charge people for downloading files, which works great if you want to share work with clients.

FileTransfer offers three plans: Free, Plus, and Business. The free plan provides 100 GB of storage, but limits file size to 6 GB. The Plus and Business plans are more generous but cost $9 and $49 per month respectively.

It can send files through URL and email. The free plan allows 50 downloads, while the paid plans offer unlimited downloads. You can password-protect your files as well.

Key Benefits:

  • Antivirus Check.
  • 100 GB storage (in free plan).
  • Monetizable files.
  • Password-protection.

Sendspace was great when it first started back in 2005, but has since fallen out of favor because of its limitations. It’s still used by thousands of people every week, though, so don’t let the limitations stop you if you like it.

Key Benefits:

  • No transfer encryption.
  • 300 MB limit per transfer.
  • Files are deleted after 30 days of inactivity (no downloads).
  • Password protection only available to paid accounts.

File.io enables quick, hassle-free sharing of files via the browser. With a keen emphasis on security, it offers military-grade encryption.

According to the company, its server logs don’t store identifying information. Moreover, it doesn’t keep a backup of files and delete them when they’re downloaded or expired.

The only downside is that the free plan caps the file size to 100 MB, though it provides combined storage of 2 GB. It does have two paid plans with more storage and a higher file size limit. Best of all, it has an API.

Key Benefits:

  • Military-grade encryption.
  • 100 MB file size limit (free plan).
  • Provides API for sharing files.

Tresorit enables safe collaboration between team members through end-to-end encryption. For sharing files, it has a tool called Tresorit Send. It creates a shareable link for sending files, but you’ll have to provide your email to use the service.

Key Benefits:

  • End-to-end encryption.
  • Password protection available.
  • 5 GB file size limit.

How Do You Share Files Quickly?

All of these services share one important thing in common: you don’t have to register an account, download anything, or install anything in order to use them. All you need is the website and a file to share.

However, if you’re going to do a lot of sharing for the foreseeable future — such as passing files back and forth between teammates or coworkers — then you should consider getting a cloud storage account instead.

Similarly, you can use the other methods of transferring files between PCs and mobile phones, if you often need to share files between devices.

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