To help mobile phones users easily exchange files and documents, many smartphone manufacturers design file transfer and share tool and provide them for free. SHAREit is the most notable one. You can find this app in almost all Lenovo mobile phones and Lenovo PC. This is a cross platform file sharing app for Android, iOS, Mac and Windows PC.
There are two steps to use this app to send files from computer to mobile phone or the other way around.
Connect, share files between Android and PC – Video demo
In this video tutorial, we used a desktop browser, Google Chrome, on a Windows 11 PC to access SHAREit Web Share, then run SHAREit on Android to scan the QR code on SHAREit Web Share page to connect. Once connected, you can drag files from PC to SHAREit Web Share to send them to mobile phone, or select files on the phone and send them to PC in SHAREit app.
Many people may not know SHAREit provides also a lite version for Android which is Ads free and was firstly released in 2019. You can opt for SHAREit Lite for clean UI, distraction-free experience.
SHAREit for Windows VS SHAREit Web Share
With SHAREit app installed on the mobile phone, it is optional whether to install SHAREit client on PC or not. Since you can also access SHAREit Web Share from a desktop browser, could it be Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or else. Then use your web browser on the computer side as the portal to connect and send files.
This is how SHAREit for Windows v4.0 Beta looks like. The screenshot was taken in late 2016.
This is SHAREit for Windows version 4.0 which was released in earlier 2017 and still the most recent version up until now Aug 2022.
SHAREit Web Share can be accessed through link pc.ushareit.com using any web browser on your computer. You will be presented with a QR code which you can scan to connect from mobile phone side.
Once connected, you will be taken to the file transfer portal in your desktop browser.
Step 1. Connect up mobile phone and PC
Connect both PC and mobile phone to the same local Wi-FI network.
Run the SHAREit software on computer side, click to display the QR code. Or use a desktop browser to access SHAREit Web Share.
Run SHAREit app on your mobile phone, tap to open the main menu, choose Connect to PC >> Scan to connect, then scan the QR code displayed in SHAREit for Windows or SHAREit Web Share using your mobile phone. Your PC and mobile phone will be connected instantly.
Step 2. Share files between mobile phone and PC
Download and install SHAREit on your computer. Then run it, you will see its home screen like below.
Or use your web browser to connect SHAREit Web Share, then upload or download files through the web interface.
Connect Android and PC/Mac without Wi-Fi – via hotspot
When Wi-Fi networks are Not available, you can use Hotspot instead. See the following video tutorial to connect Mac to Android via SHAREit hotspot. It is the same to connect a Windows PC to Android via SHAREit hotspot. Basically you need to enable the built-in hotspot in SHAREit app on the mobile first, then connect your computer to this portable hotspot just like how you connect it to regular Wi-Fi network. Only after that, you can access SHAREit web share from computer without Wi-Fi networks.
Share files between mobile and PC using SHAREit – Video demo
Note that this video demo was made with an old version of the file transfer.
You can connect the phone and PC in different ways as below. If you find one method does not work for you, try another.
- 1). connect via LAN
connect both phone and PC to the same Wi-Fi network, run SHAREit on the phone to scan the QR code displayed in SHAREit on PC.
- 2). connect via Hotspot on PC;
when you run SHAREit on computer, you will get the hotspot name from its home screen. You can click your PC name at the bottom left corner to find out the password for the Hotspot on PC. On your mobile phone, connect your phone to the Hotspot on PC first; then launch SHAREit app on the phone, tap to open the main menu, choose Connect to PC, the SHAREit will automatically search your PC and establish connection between the phone and PC.
- 3). connect via Hotspot on phone.
run SHAREit on the phone, go to its main menu, choose Connect to PC, then touch PC Search Mobile at the bottom right corner, this will automatically turn on Hotspot on your phone. On the PC end, click Search Hotspot of Mobile from the home screen of SHAREit, then the SHAREit app for Windows should automatically detect your mobile phone, click the searched avatar to connect. Make sure to keep your phone screen awake, not timed out or locked, otherwise the SHAREit for PC may not detect or connect to your phone.
Send files from mobile to PC via SHAREit
When your phone and PC are connected, you will see the SHAREit screen on mobile phone like this. Tap the Photos or Files to choose photos, videos, music and other files on the phone and send them to PC wirelessly using this wireless file transfer app on the phone.
Send files from PC to phone via SHAREit
The main transfer screen of the wireless file transfer software on PC looks like below. Choose Pictures or Files to select files on computer and send them to connected phone using the SHAREit software.
What type of files can I send using SHAREit?
Any documents, photos, music, videos, and even apps. This app is idea for selective file exchange between different devices and phones.
Where are the received files stored on my mobile and PC?
The received files are usually saved in SD card/Qiezi if you have SD card installed. You can check this in SHAREit->Me->Settings->Common. You can see the transfer record in the Transfer History too.
If you sent files from mobile phone to PC, the files will be saved to your default Downloads folder. For example, it could be C:\Users\username\Downloads\SHAREit. You can check this and optionally change it from SHAREit->Me->Settings->File storage.
Why aren’t my music and video files playing properly?
SHAREit uses the player in the phone to play the received music and videos. So the phone must have the appropriate player to support the media type or format. The best solution is to download an appropriate player or convert the media files.
Update Aug 2022: originally published in 2016; removed Windows phone support; added download link to SHAREit; added SHAREit Lite, added an Android and PC connection and transfer video demo made with SHAREit Lite version V3.4.29; added Mac and Android connection via hotspot video tutorial also made with SHAREit Lite version V3.4.29.