transferring digital files between family members

transferring digital files between family members

Written By

Ryan Foy

In our new house, the office is pretty far away from the living room. I immediately found it incredibly frustrating to run back and forth across the house when I needed to look something up online or use the computer. Thus the need for a shared family laptop that floats around the house was born. Luckily, I had an old MacBook lying around that I had been trying to sell on craigslist, and instead it now lives tucked away in the living room for family usage.

In setting up this computer, I quickly realized that we needed a way to access settings and files on the computer to make switching users and computers easier. While it easy to set up different user accounts on a sole computer, there are steps you can take to make the transferring of files seamless between home computers.

By utilizing a cloud storage service, you can place all of your documents and files into shared folders so that every family member you invite always has access to what they need. I am partial to Dropbox (especially since I have been a member for a long time and have accrued an impressive amount of free storage from referrals), but there are numerous services that can handle your basic file transfer needs. Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, and the newly revamped iCloud Drive are all great options as well.

I like to create a shared folder for each family member, so that if my wife needs to send me a PDF or collection of images, she can just place them in our shared folder. The living room computer has been great so far; we each have our own user accounts that allow us to keep our own bookmarks for some easy couch web surfing. Do you have any special ways to transfer digital files between family members?