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Best alternatives to WeTransfer in 2021

Best alternatives to WeTransfer
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The best alternatives to WeTransfer can make it simple and secure to transfer files between users.

The best alternatives to WeTransfer

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1. Microsoft OneDrive

2. Google Drive

3. Dropbox

4. Smash

5. Hightail

6. Terashare

WeTransfer itself has become a leading cloud storage service, with the ability for users to upload and share files for free and without even having to register an account, making it very accessible.

However, there are alternative ways to share big files, including options specifically for using file transfer software or else for ensuring that you share files securely.

All of these offer similar options but with a different service emphasis, allowing you to decide a provider based on whether you're simply looking to share files with friends or family, or whether you need an ultra-secure service for work files to be shared or worked on collaboratively with business colleagues.

Here we'll take a look at the best alternatives to WeTransfer, giving indications on selling points so you can decide which might be best for your own use and needs.

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1. Microsoft OneDrive

The best alternative to WeTransfer

Reasons to buy
+Tight integration with Windows+Very slick mobile apps+Massive 1TB paid storage+100GB file size

Microsoft OneDrive works like the other well-known consumer cloud storage options, the likes of Dropbox, Google Drive and iCloud: you specify the files and folders you want it to back up, and they get automatically synced with copies in the cloud, as well as all the other computers and devices where you've got OneDrive set up.

Drop a file or folder into OneDrive, and it's synced to the cloud (and your other devices) – if you want to save space on your local machine, you can just keep a copy in the cloud, which is handy. If you need to share files and folders with other people than that's a breeze too, as OneDrive will just generate a link for you.

While there are a number of cloud storage provider options, OneDrive excels for the simple fact that Microsoft 365 accounts come with a massive 1TB of storage. That, of course, is also the catch - you need to subscribe to Microsoft 365 to take full advantage of this. 

However, the free version of OneDrive available with Windows can suit if you'd rather not pay, but if that's the case you're missing out on what is probably he most cost-efficient cloud storage option out there. And OneDrive can handle files as large as 100 GB.

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2. Google Drive

Perhaps the best known WeTransfer alternative, and for good reason

Reasons to buy
+Free tier+Generous allowance+Price competitive+G Suite tools

Google lives in the cloud, so it's little wonder that it offers a cloud storage service. You can Google Drive to share files with friends, family and co-workers. 

If you stick with a free account, you're given 15GB of storage as standard, but you can upgrade this by paying a monthly or annual fee, with options up generous allowances from 100GB.

The sharing options available in Google Drive are impressive and varied. You can share individual files as required, or you can share entire folders of files. More than this, you can opt to give people different rights when you share with them, such as giving them only the ability to view the files you share, or allowing them to edit them. 

Flexible, powerful and easy to use, and with the option for collaborative work with G Suite tools such as Google's online word processor, spreadsheet and presentation software, the possibilities are near limitless.

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3. Dropbox

A generous alternative to WeTransfer with lots of sharing options

Reasons to buy
+Generous packages+Easy sharing+Permissions management

One of the best-known cloud storage services, Dropbox is a more than capable alternative to WeTransfer. 

As with other similar services, there are multiple packages available, with the free tier giving you 2GB of storage space – this is upgradable to 2TB or 3TB with the Plus and Premium packages. You can use Dropbox on the web, or via desktop software, and sharing options are simple yet effective.

Individual files can be shared by providing the recipient's email address (or recipients' email addresses) and a link will be sent out for you. 

In the case of shared folders, you can specify whether the people you share with are able to edit, or just view, the contents. They can also leave comments and you can choose whether they should be allowed to add files to their own Dropbox accounts to re-share. 

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4. Smash

A WeTransfer alternative that's ideal for bigger files

Reasons to buy
+No file size limits+No registration required+Free tier

If you have particularly large files to send, Smash could be the file sharing service for you. Not only is Smash free, but there are no limits on the size of file that can be shared – you do not even need to register an account to use it! 

The files you share are made available for up to 14 days, after which time they are deleted (if you upgrade to a Premium account, this increases to a full year). As a security measure, you have the option of password-protecting shared files too.

The website is beautifully simple, and the sharing process starts by dragging and dropping your files onto the Smash logo. Then you can supply the email addresses of those you wish to share with (or you can just grab a link to share through messaging services or other means) before configuring share options. 

You can choose how long the files should be available for, whether they are password-protected or not, and change the look of the page recipients see when they access the files.

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5. Hightail

A WeTransfer alternative that consolidates files from other services

Reasons to buy
+Free tier+Unlimited storage options+Sharing feature

Hightail's free Lite account lets you share files of up to 100MB in size, with a total storage limit of 2GB. Of course, more storage is available if you are willing to pay.

If you move to the Pro package, you get unlimited storage and an individual file limit of 25GB. The files you share via a free account are available for seven days.

Hightail uses 'Spaces' to manage your stored files, and although these can also be shared with others, there's also a separate sharing feature. 

What's interesting about Hightail's sharing is that it enables you to not only share files from your computer using drag and drop, but also to consolidate and share files from other cloud services (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and Core are all supported). There are no options other than these, but it gets the job done.

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6. Terashare

A torrent-based alternative to WeTransfer that takes a different approach

Reasons to buy
+BitTorrent approach+Free to use
Reasons to avoid
-Better for smaller files

Terashare is a little different from the other services we've looked at. It's based on BitTorrent which makes it ideal for sharing very large files, or sharing files with a lot of people. 

Because of the way it works, very large files (over 10GB) can only be shared when your computer is switched on and accessible to those you want to share with. 

However, Terashare's hybrid system means that files under 10GB – which is likely to be most of them – are stored on its servers and are therefore accessible regardless of whether your computer is switched on.

You can share smaller files (or folders) through the Terashare website, but you'll need to install the app for larger ones. A great option for sharing large video files.

Other WeTransfer alternatives to consider

Tresorit is a cloud storage provider that emphasizes enhanced security and data encryption for businesses and personal users alike. This service allows you to keep control of your files through 'zero-knowledge encryption' which means that only you and those you decide to share with can ever see your data. Your Tresorit account can also be secured by two-factor authentication login and you can even choose where to keep company data with Data Residency Options. A 14-day free trial is available and the company also has a free offering called Basic with 5 GB of storage.

Sofia Wyciślik-Wilson

Sofia is a tech journalist who's been writing about software, hardware and the web for nearly 20 years – but still looks as youthful as ever! After years writing for magazines, life moved online and remains fuelled by technology, music and nature.


Having written for websites and magazine since 2000, producing a wide range of reviews, guides, tutorials, brochures, newsletters and more, Sofia continues to write for diverse audiences, from computing newbies to advanced users and business clients. Always willing to try something new, sharing new discoveries is a major passion.


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