Interested in moving large files from one device to another? I know I was after setting up an obsolete Win10 machine with Linux Mint to give it new life. One of the things I want to do is quickly move files from one device to another. While I had experimented with Syncthing, I had failed utterly with FTP server setup and client. Honestly, it’s been so long since I’ve dabbled in this, I was tempted to use sneakernet (via USB flash drive) to load the files. But, I persevered.

Syncthing is a continuous file synchronization program. It synchronizes files between two or more computers in real time, safely protected from prying eyes. Your data is your data alone and you deserve to choose where it is stored, whether it is shared with some third party, and how it’s transmitted over the internet. Source: Syncthing

Rather than persist with Syncthing, which has worked quite well for PC to PC transfers, I decided to give ResilioSync a try. It has an iOS app, which is one of the devices I want to try moving files to and from.

Resilio Sync

Although it’s a proprietary solution, I said, “Why not give it a shot?” (cue horror stories, right?). Of course, it looks like to get advanced features, one would have to pay for it. I am only using the free features for a one-time transfer, then I’m going to re-evaluate whether I want to use this much more.

Back to Syncthing

Ok, so that was a really short test. Syncthing just worked, even offering QR codes to connect my devices. In no time, I had data moving from one machine to the other. The only hitch was purchasing a $4.99 iOS app, Moebius Sync. Aside from that, all my files were transferred in a jiffy!

Highly recommend!