SuperBeam: Speedy File Transfers Without Wifi

If you’ve ever wanted to transfer a movie or a huge file on to a smartphone, you’ll know it can be quite a time consuming process. Whether you use bluetooth, an online service or just the old trusty USB cable, it seemingly takes ages.

What Superbeam does is that it uses the Wi-Fi-Direct method to directly pair up with a device that’s in range and shares data with it. The good thing about Superbeam is that it doesn’t need to connect to any existing Wi-Fi networks. It also doesn’t restrict the types of file you are sharing. The data can be just about anything from music, videos, pictures to other files like APKs.

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To start sharing stuff, both the devices must be running Superbeam. Then you simply choose the file you want to send and press share button. To start the sending process, the app will generate a QR code which can be read from the receiver phone’s camera or a key which can be entered in the receiver phone. If you can’t be bothered, just bring both phones near each other and it will use NFC to pair up the devices.

In our tests, it only took around 2 minutes to share a 1 GB movie between two Sony Xperia Z’s. 

We can think of it as Android Beam or Samsung’s S beam but the difference is that Superbeam is faster and it doesn’t restrict you to a specific set of phones. You can use it on any Android phone. You can even use it as an alternative to a USB cable as you could share data without connecting your phone with a PC.

In our tests, it only took around 2 minutes to share a 1 GB movie between two Sony Xperia Z’s. Transfer rates were about 20-40 Mbps on average devices while on high end devices, you can even get up to 70-75 Mbps. The time of sharing varies device to device as every device packs different hardware.

Superbeam is available on Android, iOS and PC (Windows, Mac, Linux).


  • DJ

    Without Wifi?? Please correct it is based on Wifi But uses wifi direct 2ndly a -ive is that both handsets should have this application to transfer data but yes it is a good application i have used and it is very fast.

    • Arsalan Shah

      Without Wifi Means, it doesn’t need an active WiFi AP (Router) to connect to and then be able to transfer. It can make a DIRECT connection to the device. Seriously – you can make a world best useless critic out of a paki!

      • DJ

        Ohh Shit i never knew this app uses Wifi Direct instead of Wifi – AP .. and as per your logic Wifi Direct is not consider as Wifi :)
        you made me laugh without knowing any one and making a comment as useless critic :)
        For your Wifi Means ”
        a facility allowing computers, smartphones, or other devices to connect to the Internet or communicate with one another wirelessly within a particular area.”

        • Arsalan Shah

          Mr. DJ. I am not a critic, I am just trying to make a negative thing as positive :)

          Yes, I agree what you’re saying is correct, admin has made a mistake, but most of us do understand what is the point of this article.

          I am not making a point about Wifi, nor I said even once Wifi isn’t Wifi Direct. Just telling you to stay focused on the essence of the article, rather than criticizing on the admin for each and every mistake which we can rectify ourselves :)

  • Bilal Iqbal

    Same is true for Zapya which cross plateform sharing app. Android ios and pc…

  • Ahmad Khan

    Lonovo’s share it has been doing the same but better, I have experiences speeds upto 7 MB/s, not to forget its, cross platform , works on Apple devices and computers as well as windows and android , also works as slideshow remote and many other features.

    • faisal shahid

      lenovo share it is exclusive for lenovo devices, s-beam is exclusive for samsung devices and we need something that doesnt have any boundaries to it and superbeam is a really nice app. i’ve used zapya and hitchernet but superbeam is the best

      • Ahmad Khan

        Brother, Share it is not only for lenovo devices. I dont have a Lenovo phone and have been using shareit on all computers and phones.

  • Adeel

    already using Zapya and its wonderful

    • Ovi

      Zapya is slow

      • Bilal Iqbal

        Slow??? Upto 5-7 MB/s

  • adil

    Using wifi direct in android for two years and I connected sony mobile to Samsung once and it worked so what’s the need of this app

  • Farrukh Javaid

    It uses Router’ wifi link (Why did you write “Without Wifi” in title) & Router capable of 150Mbps data rate can transfer at such a high speed of 17 MBps b/w two devices connected with it. And the app (Superbeam) splits one file into pieces and downloads them simultaneously (IDM method). Thats it

    • Faisal

      It doesn’t uses wifi router

      • Ahsan Nawaz

        i think it uses

  • Umar Farooq

    Xender is Best for file sharing

  • Moiz

    Never tried to share such big movies, I am gonna try now….

  • App keep asking for JRE that I already have. AirDroid is better.