While there are so many devices, we may sometimes need to send a file from one to another in varying combinations. SHAREit is the app to make this process easier. With it, you can share any sort of data, regardless of the network status and the modules each device has.
Design and Usability 8/10
It may be a little confusing when you see the app for the first time. But then you realize that there are just two buttons that matter: Send and Receive. You are led through the rest with detailed instructions; when it comes to establishing connections, instructions for the sending device are displayed on the receiving one. So it’s simpler to handle than it might seem.
The only complaint shared by its numerous users’ concerns ads. There are just too many of them. The rest is quite okay.
Key Functions 9/10
There are two basic modes: sending and receiving. With the iOS version, you can send photos, contacts, and all the files available through the file system (recently there are some indeed). With Android, there is even more freedom: you can access most files available on your device, with virtually no limitations.
To receive a file, you need to get the sender connected. So, when your device enters the reception mode, it creates an ad hoc network for the other device to connect to. Via this network, the file is sent as quickly as possible. Neither of the two devices has to be online, as clouds are not involved. On the other hand, you can download the file you send directly from a cloud, as services like Google Drive, OneDrive, iCloud, Dropbox and others are supported.
Security & App Purchases 7/10
The app is free, and very popular, so no wonder it’s heavily riddled with ads. They can’t be skipped immediately: you have to spend at least 5 seconds of your life watching them. There is no way to turn them off. Along with pop-up ads, it advertises games and apps on its home screen, and other apps by the same developer in Settings. The latter can even be found useful; I haven’t dug in yet.
As for permissions, the app doesn’t require too many of them. Neither does it send copies of your data to a server; it just can’t when both participants are offline. If there had been any issues and disclosures, the community would have made them heard.
SHAREit is one of the most useful apps when you’re often exchanging files from device to device. It’s irreplaceable when you’re offline, or when a file to send is too big to use available clouds. No wonder it’s been installed and used by 600M+ people. The real user number, though, may be smaller, as some may install a copy on each device of theirs to send files between them. At least, so did I to edit my video shot on iPhone with an Android app. And it worked well.