Do you need to share some documents online with colleagues and / or customers but you don't know how to do it? Are you looking for a service that allows you to upload files online so you can access it from all your devices? Don't worry, there are dozens of solutions that might be right for you, all free (within limits) and extremely easy to use.
Now I recommend some of the best on the square, each with its own peculiarities. My advice, to be precise, is to rely on file sharing services, which allow you to send files to other people (in a public or private way) through specific links to be generated via the browser, or to cloud storage platforms which, on the other hand, allow you to keep your data online using special software to be installed locally and to share the elements of your interest with other users.
You identify the resource that seems to you best suited to your needs and immediately start using it following the instructions I am about to give you. However, I recommend that you make sure that the service you choose offers an amount of online space capable of meeting your needs, or consider upgrading to a paid plan to have more storage space available.
Upload Files Online with Sharing Services
You need upload files online, maybe large, and you would like to know gods file sharing services fit for purpose? Then try the ones that I have reported below: they are very simple to use even by those who do not consider themselves exactly a great expert in terms of computer science and new technologies.
The first among the file sharing services that I suggest you consider is WeTransfer: it is a free web service, working from any browser, which allows you to upload files online with a maximum size of 2 GB. To get around this limitation, you need to switch to the paid version of the service (at a cost of 12 euros / month), which allows you to send files up to 20 GB at once and offers other additional functions.
To use it, first connect to the WeTransfer home page, then click on the button Take me to the Free version and accepts the conditions of use of the service. Next, hit the button Add files and select, from your device, the file you want to upload to the Net.
Then fill in the text fields dedicated to sending the file: type in the field Send an email the email address of the person you want to send the file to and in that Email Address your email account. Add, if you want, a personalized accompanying message using the field Message and, finally, click on the button Transfer.
The recipient of the emails will receive a message from WeTransfer that will notify them of the availability of a file on the service. By clicking on the download button in the email in question, the recipient can download the file via the web page of the service that will open in his browser.
In addition to the way I have just indicated, you can possibly transfer your files with WeTransfer using the link for sharing. If this interests you, after uploading the file of your interest, click on the button [...], select the option link, type (if you want) your accompanying message and press the button Transfer. Afterwards, you will be returned a link that you can share with friends, colleagues etc. to allow them to download items uploaded to the Net.
If this interests you, I would like to point out that WeTransfer is also usable in the form of an app for Android smartphones and tablets and for iOS devices. Operation almost entirely resumes that of the online service. For more details, I refer you to reading my guide on how WeTransfer works.
Another great service you can rely on for uploading and sharing files online is Jumbo Mail: this is a Web service that allows you to send emails with files having a maximum size of 20 GB, free of charge and without the need for registration. Note that the files are stored on the company's servers for 7 days. Eventually, a paid variant of the service is available (with a base price of 11 euros / month) that allows you to take advantage of extra functions, such as the ability to activate a 250 GB online storage space.
To use the service, go to the Jumbo Mail website and fill in the field A with the recipient's email address, the Email Address with your email address, the field Subject with the subject of the message and the box below with your accompanying message, then click on the button The next.
Then drag the files of your interest to the new page displayed, corresponding to the wording Drag the files here or, alternatively, click on the buttons Add files e Folder to "manually" select individual files and folders to upload. Finally, click on the button Send.
Once this is done, the recipient will receive an email containing a button which, when clicked, will send them to a web page to proceed with the download of the files you have uploaded online.
As an alternative to how I just indicated, you can use Jumbo email to obtain a link related to your files to then share with the recipients. To do so, click on the button with the chain that you find on the left side of the home page of the service, fill in the fields on the screen with your e-mail address and any accompanying message and click on the button The next.
Then, upload the files proceeding in the same way as I indicated in the previous lines, click on the button Send, copy the link obtained in correspondence with the item Download page and share it personally with the people of your interest.
Another service that I invite you to consider for uploading your files online is File Dropper: this is a no-cost solution that allows you to share files with a maximum size of 5 GB on the Internet, which can then be shared with other users via a specific link. It is quite intuitive to use and requires no registration. Eventually, it is also available in a paid version (with a base cost of $ 0,99 / month) that allows you to take advantage of the related file hosting service.
To use File Dropper, visit the home page of the service, click on the button Upload File and select the file you want to upload online. Then wait for the upload procedure to be completed, then copy the link shown under the heading Link To Share This File With Anyone and share it with whoever you think is more appropriate to allow access to your file.
Alternatively, you can copy the embed code below to embed a button on forums, blogs and websites through which you can access your file.
Upload Files Online with Cloud Storage Services
As anticipated at the beginning of the guide, to upload files online you can also rely on cloud storage service, that is all those solutions that act by making available to users a sort of online hard disk in which to store their data and, if necessary, share them with other users.
Yes they can use after creating a special account and installing a special client. Basically they are all free, but with limits on the online space available for your files. Therefore, if you are interested in it and you wish to deepen the discussion, below you will find listed what I believe to be the best solutions in the category.
- dropbox - doesn't need too many introductions. It is one of the most popular and widely used “standalone” cloud storage services in the world. Its basic plan, free, allows you to have 2 GB of online space, possibly expandable, for a fee (at a cost of 9,99 euro / month or 99 euro / year), up to a maximum of 1 TB. Yes, it can be used via the Web, as well as via the dedicated client for Windows, macOS and Linux. It can also be used on mobile, as an app for Android and iOS. For more information on how it works, I refer you to reading my specific guide on how to use Dropbox.
- Google Drive - is the cloud storage service offered by Google. Each account has a free storage space of 15 GB available, which can be expanded up to 30 TB with the subscription of a subscription (the basic cost of which is € 1,99 / month). Also note that it is used by default for backup on Android and, of course, interfaces with many other services and tools offered by "Big G". Yes, it can be used via the web, via the client for Windows and macOS, and as an app for Android and iOS. For more information, I refer you to reading my guide on how Google Drive works.
- OneDrive - this is the cloud storage service offered by Microsoft. It is used by default for file storage on the company's Redmond operating systems and integrates with Microsoft Office. It makes available to all its users 5 GB for free, possibly expandable up to a maximum of 1 TB by subscribing to a paid plan (starting from 2 euros / month). It can be used via the web, via the client for Windows and macOS and via the app for Android and the app for iOS. For more details, I recommend that you check out my tutorial on how OneDrive works.
- iCloud Drive - is Apple's cloud storage service, around which the entire ecosystem of the "bitten apple" devices revolves. It is used for synchronizing Apple account data, but also for backups, archiving and file sharing. Basically it is free and offers 5 GB of space, which can be possibly expanded for a fee (with prices starting from 0,99 cents / month), up to a maximum of 2 TB. On macOS and iOS it is integrated directly into the system, while for Windows it is available as a free client. Note that the service is possibly also accessible via the Web. For further information, I suggest you read my tutorial on how to use iCloud.
- MEGA - it is a cloud storage and file sharing service created by Kim Dotcom, the founder of very famous (but now closed) services, such as MegaUpload and MegaVideo. It allows you to store files online using an advanced encryption system that makes data storage very safe. The files can also be shared with other users. Basically it is free and offers 50 GB of space, possibly expandable up to a maximum of 8 TB upon payment (with prices starting from 4,99 euros / month). Yes, it can be used from the web, via clients for Windows, macOS and Linux and as an app for Android and iOS. For further information, I suggest you read my guide to using the service.