Ever had to transfer files or work documents from your smartphone or tablet to your computer? If so, you know how annoying and sometimes challenging it can be.
Well now there’s a much easier way to do it. A USB flash drive made specifically for 40 android phones and several models of tablets. The flash drive called Bridge 3.0, is made by Leef and comes with a regular full sized USB connector that fits your computer, and a micro USB connector for your mobile device. They both have access to the same memory too.
The flash drive works with Android phones running Jellybean 4.1 and up, as well as Windows operating systems running XP and later, Linux Kernal 2.6 and later, and Mac OS X and later.
Now, instead of using messy cables or relying on WiFi, you can simply insert the flash drive into your mobile device, add a file, remove the drive and insert it into your computer and you’re all set.
While some may argue that both methods are basically the same in terms of the time it takes you to transfer the files (under five minutes), this method of a USB capable flash drive is more reliable for the simple fact that it doesn’t rely on anything else like WiFi or the cloud.
The Bridge 3.0 comes in three different sizes, 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB. It is compatible with several models on top makes such as Sony, Motorola, Samsung, HTC, and LG. The flash drive is available to purchase only in Radio Shack for the time being.
Important tip: while being able to transfer documents and important files between devices is nice, it’s also important that you have them stored somewhere else as well, or “backed up”. This can be done any number of ways.
Computers often come with a free option to back your data up. In the case that it’s too late and your computer or mobile device crashes and you lose data, there’s always data recovery. Either hire a company or get some software and do it yourself.
Many of the mobile devices that the Bridge 3.0 is compatible with are capable of reading and writing data onto the flash drive but some require a third party file management app that are made available in the Google Play Store.
Users that have to download these apps will have to learn how to use them with the Bridge 3.0, and that may take a bit of time. So if transferring files between mobile devices and computers isn’t a task you often perform, you may want to stick with the old way of doing it.