How to make files available offline.
Work beckons, but you don’t have any internet access to send your files. Don’t worry — learn how to share your files offline without an internet connection.
Use an offline file sharing app.
Offline file sharing apps are the easiest and fastest way to transfer files without an internet connection. They usually work by turning your device into what’s essentially a Wi-Fi hotspot, just without the internet.
The app that works best for you depends on which type of device you use:
- AirDrop (Apple iOS)
- Google Files (Windows or Android)
Both applications can send pictures, documents, and files wirelessly between two devices without an internet connection. The only downside is that they only work with similar devices.
Share files offline via Bluetooth.
If you don’t want to download another application, or if you need to send files between Apple and Windows devices, you can also share files offline using Bluetooth.
Most modern devices have Bluetooth capabilities designed to transmit data wirelessly between two nearby devices. Most of the time, it’s for music, but it can send files, too. Just follow these simple steps:
- Use your device’s Bluetooth menu to connect to a nearby receiver, be it a phone or computer.
- Select the Send or Receive Files via Bluetooth option in the menu.
- Choose Send Files from the Bluetooth File Transfer menu and press Next.
- Browse and select the files you want to send.
- Press Finish.
The process might vary depending on your device, but it should be similar. The receiving device needs to accept the file before the transfer can begin. Once accepted, a progress bar should appear, and your files will be on their way.
Offline file sharing via Bluetooth is much slower than using a dedicated application, but it works between different branded devices for universal sending capabilities.
Want to learn more ways to work with PDFs online (and offline,) too? Discover more about what you can do with Adobe Acrobat to simplify file sharing. You can also resize PDF documents, protect PDFs with passwords, convert files like JPG to PDF, and more.