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This article was published on June 16, 2015

    Pushbullet’s Portal lets you transfer large files between mobile and desktop over Wi-Fi

    Pushbullet’s Portal lets you transfer large files between mobile and desktop over Wi-Fi
    Nate Swanner
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    Nate Swanner

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    TNW's former West Coast writer in the PNW (Portland, Oregon). Nate loves amplifying developers, and codes in Swift when he's not writing. If TNW's former West Coast writer in the PNW (Portland, Oregon). Nate loves amplifying developers, and codes in Swift when he's not writing. If you need to get in touch, Twitter is your best bet.

    Pushbullet has announced a new service called Portal, created to move large batches of files between your computer and mobile devices.

    Portal transfers files over a Wi-Fi connection between an Android app and the Pushbullet Portal Web app. When you first visit the website, you’ll need to scan a QR code from within the Android app; after that, you’re ready to transfer files as needed.

    Pushbullet says Portal has been tested with files as large as 1GB.

    The Portal Android app also offers a look at what items you’ve recently transferred, where you can also open or re-share them quickly and easily. Portal also keeps its own folder on your phone, should you want to see your transferred files that way.

    If Portal sounds familiar, you’re likely thinking of Infinit — which transfers files between mobile and desktop over a Wi-Fi connection, too. Infinit has an iOS app in addition to Android (as well as a desktop app), while Pushbullet Portal relies on Android and the Web.

    Introducing Portal [Pushbullet]

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