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WeTransfer vs Dropbox




A while back I wrote a guide on using Dropbox to share files. There are other ways to store and share files over the net. Torrent files are rarely used but are a great way to share files, especially very large ones. WeTransfer is another great way to share files. There are other online services that I use to share and store files. Today I’d like to review two of them, WeTransfer vs Dropbox and offer suggestions on when you should use them. These sites offer free and paid services, for now I’ll restrict my review to the free services they provide.

Update: WeTransfer now have a pro account at $10/month and you can store the files in the cloud forever. It’s very similar to dropbox, without the dropbox sync (which by the way is a great tool to have). I’d recommend the Dropbox pro account over WeTransfer – you can do more with 1TB dropbox account.

Dropbox

Dropbox is a “cloud” service that allows you to store and share files. The files are stored in the “cloud” which means you can access them through an internet connection from anywhere. A good metaphor for Dropbox is a USB storage drive that’s online. Dropbox and USB storage device are very similar: you have limited storage (2GB); you can create, delete, and undelete folders and files.

However, you do need an account with Dropbox to use the service. If you don’t have one you can register here. You can also share files and folders in your Dropbox account. The best way to share files is by using a folder, especially if you are sharing multiple files. Each file in Dropbox has a unique url. You can share this url link with someone and they’ll have access to the file. Dropbox also have a Desktop app that sync’s a local Dropbox folder with your online account.

The major drawback of Dropbox is the storage limit which is set at 2GB. They also have an upload limit of 300MB when using their website. If you use the desktop app, there are no limits.

When to Use Dropbox

  • If you’re looking for online storage for small files (less than 1GB).
  • If you’re looking to share and store multiple files.
  • If you want greater control of your files.

WeTransfer

WeTransfer is primarily a file sharing site. You can store files using WeTransfer but they limit the storage period to two weeks. WeTransfer does not require that you have an account with them. All you need is an email address and the file you want to share. You also need email addresses of all the people you want to share the file with.

What is so cool about WeTransfer, in addition to its great design, is that you can share a file of up to 2GB in size. And you can share as many files as you want. But you will need to upload each file individually.

The greatest limitation of WeTransfer is that all files are inaccessible two weeks after they are uploaded. You also have no control of the file after you’ve uploaded it. For instance you cannot delete the file or move it. You also have a maximum of 20 emails address that you can share the file with.

When to Use WeTransfer

  • If you’re looking to share multiple large files (more than 1GB, but less than 2 GB).
  • When you’re not looking for online file storage.
  • Want an easy to use, hassle free service.

Both Dropbox and WeTranfer are free file sharing and storage services that are perfect for different occasions. They are not interchangeable. You probably need both and they complement each other perfectly. I use WeTransfer to share large video and audio files that would otherwise clog up my Dropbox account and use Dropbox to share and store smaller files. Both are indispensable to our transcription business. However, we never use WeTransfer while working with confidential documents, especially when providing academic transcription services.

What other file sharing sites would you recommend?



By Kongo

Kongo enjoys sharing great and easy to implement tips on popular software and web technologies.

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Mike
Mike
7 years ago

Great post. Have you tried using cx.com. They offer 10GB storage space!

Clare michael
Clare michael
7 years ago
Reply to  Mike

I can’t see, to find a free trail for wetransfer. Do you might sending he link? Is this the best transfer for a 4 minute video?

Mary
Mary
7 years ago

I’ve been using google drive. It uploads very fast!

Steve
Steve
7 years ago

For my video editing work I now use:

flows.yobidrive.com

Super easy, super fast, and that creates a permanent link with your recipients.

I’ve a private access key that might still work: KCAM2UQP6ETA

Clare michael
Clare michael
7 years ago

I can’t fine a free wetransfer site. Do you mind sending a link? Is this the best the to se for a 4 mi ute video transfer?

Chris
7 years ago

Why do you not use WeTransfer for confidential work? I need a means to exchange files with clients on a project by project basis—confidential. Also, I need it to be easy for clients to send me files—they might send a rough video (1GB) and I’ll edit and return. Then they might send a video clip for me to append. Email isn’t practical, DropBox seems difficult on the client end unless they have an account.

Chris
7 years ago
Reply to  Kongo

Well, right now, people email their “confidential” files to me. That certainly isn’t secure but the stuff isn’t really that secret—presentations that they will give will eventually be seen. I hadn’t thought of opening the dropbox accounts for them. I need something as easy as possible—Sharing though dropbox seems a little complicated and vulnerable. The WeTransfer account (plus) is $10 a month. That is well worth it to me but I’m not sure the client gains an advantage with me having an account—i.e., they cannot upload to my plus account (I do not believe they can).

I look for simple because I have literally spent hours helping people upload and download files! The $10 would save me a lot of time as long as those links are not public—though they send them by email.

BILLY
BILLY
7 years ago

Great post Kongo–thank you. This comparison is exactly what I was looking for.

Sin Cos Tan
Sin Cos Tan
7 years ago

I absolutely LOOOOVE using Dropbox for ALL my storing and sharing needs, and HIGHLY recommend creating your own account (especially useful for college students), for free, AND download the many Dropbox related third party supporting apps on iphone or android!!!

Every time u refer others to join Dropbox through your website account, Dropbox, I believe, gives u an additional 500MGs FOR FREE on top of your initial 2Gs free storage space.

I maxed out at over 16Gs now, and I haven’t used half my space yet with all my documents, pictures, music, and videos there already. =D

brian
brian
6 years ago

How long does it usually take to upload a 1.5 gb folder

Sue Fordyce
6 years ago

I mail medical reports to doctors and they mail audio files to me via a cloud service, SendThisFile. This all has to be HIPPA compliant, so a password needs to be used at both ends of the transfer to be able to open the files. SendThisFile is now being bought out by AdobeSend BUT AdobeSend has dropped the privacy feature. I don’t need a lot of space and I don’t need to save files more than a couple of days. Can you suggest what I should use? Thanks very much!

RHS
RHS
5 years ago

wetransfer insists that you allow cookies .. Drop box does not ..

Privacy issues with Wetransfer..

Awadhesh
Awadhesh
5 years ago

Nicely explained

Chinary Ung
Chinary Ung
4 years ago

would like to cancel the WETRANSFER PLUS AMTESDAM NL
may i have a contact person.Thanks.

Mary
Mary
4 years ago

Nice writeup, I have Dropbox for large longterm storage, but have found it inconvenient for quickly sharing simple things like photos. Trying WeTransfer’s free service now. I hate the idea of having two subscriptions for essentially the same service, and if WeTransfers Pro service decreases the ease of use for the receiver of shared files, then that would defeat the point.

AbbasK
AbbasK
3 years ago

How do I get my uploading started from the same place(say after a 33% upload of 1.5 GB file) after losing an internet connection? Can you help?

Quictransfer
Quictransfer
3 years ago

Quictransfer Simple and easy-to-use no-registration upload and sharing of big files.
quictransfer.com

Cynthia
Cynthia
3 years ago

which is better to use We Transfer Plus or Dropbox Plus for sending videos? We Transfer Plus allows up to 20GB. Drop Box Plus has 1 TB storage but doesn’t say what is the max GB for file sharing. I would need something to be able to share videos over 10 min with people. I know I would have to upgrade with whatever service I choose. I just don’t know which one is better for sharing larger files. HELP!!!

Gavin
Gavin
3 years ago

For ease of use Wetransfer is the BEST! Nothing comes close. My subsidiaries transfer files to me all the time. Dropbox is much more complex and annoying.

Email of receiver…drag and drop file…send!

Beat that Dropbox!