This utility provides a great way to send larger amounts of data that are perhaps too large to send by email which could cause problems with the limited mailbox sizes of some email providers. Unlike some other utilities, WeTransfer is browser-based and does not require any software or special folders and it also provides excellent feedback. There is also no site registration or logging-in involved whatsoever.
There are free and paid-for versions, but the free one will suffice for most people and allows transfers of up to 2GB sent to a maximum of 20 recipients, although they are removed after a week. Below are a description and instructions for the free version.
How WeTransfer works
The sender gets an email from WeTransfer to confirm the upload and the recipient gets an email from WeTransfer which contains a link to the files which are stored online. On clicking the link, the recipient can retrieve the files as a web download and the sender gets an email from WeTransfer to tell them that the recipient has downloaded the files which is a useful feature. If the recipient did not download the files before the transfer expires, the sender will be notified of this.
The sender uses a web-browser, goes to the web-site www.wetransfer.com and selects the files to send and types in their email address and that of the recipient. The files are then uploaded and encrypted and stored on the WeTransfer system for up to a week, before they get automatically deleted.
Note that the following steps are for a first-time use and, for subsequent uses, your browser may remember you have visited before and behave slightly differently.
Sending files with WeTransfer
- Open a web-browser - e.g. Chrome, Firefox, Windows Explorer/Edge etc.
- Type "www.wetransfer.com" (without the quotes) into the address bar and press the Return key.
- This brings up their home page - usually with buttons to get either the paid-for or free versions.
- Find the button saying "Take me to Free" and click that.
- A pop-up now asks you to agree to Terms of Service & Cookies etc - just click on "I agree".
- Now you should see the simple WeTransfer App interface...
- Click on "Email to" and carefully type in the recipient's email address.
- Likewise, click on "Your email" and type in your own email address.
- Now click the "+" by "Add your files" and a File Browser will open for you to choose what to send.
(You can't select folders, only single files, although you can select several from the same folder at once by clicking the first and then pressing the "Ctrl" key whilst clicking others. Click the "Open" button to add these to the transfer which also closes the File Explorer. If you click "Open" when a folder is selected, it simply takes you into the folder rather than adding it - as mentioned, you can only add files, not folders.)
- After adding one or more files, they will be listed in the App window with their number and size left.
- There isn't room to see many file-names listed, but there's a tiny scroll-bar to view them all if you want.
- You can add further files, as above, by clicking the "+" which now says "Add more files".
- When all the files you want to send are selected, check the info carefully and click the "Transfer" button.
NB: Take extra care that email addresses are typed correctly.
Receiving files from WeTransfer
The recipient recieves an email from WeTransfer which says who the sender is and lists the number and total size of the files included.
There will be a "Download" button which needs to be clicked and will open a browser window. You may see the "ToS" & Cookie info box again - if so, simply click on "I agree" to continue.
Now click on "Download all" which opens a pop-up to either "Open with" or "Save File" - click the latter to begin the transfer which should store the files in a zipped archive in your usual downloads folder.
After it's done, navigate to your downloads folder and find the archive which will be named "wetransfer-123456.zip" for example. Clicking on it should open a file browser where you can do an "Extract All" to unzip the files into a similarly-named folder and then move them to your chosen location.
THESE PROCEDURES ARE CORRECT AS OF FEB 2017 BUT MAY CHANGE IN FUTURE - IF SO, FEEL FREE TO LET US KNOW OF ANY CORRECTIONS NEEDED.