Let's say two persons would like to share files with each other without knowing each other's emails, using messengers or social networks, but they do know each other's phone numbers.

First thing that comes to mind is to upload it to One Drive or Google Drive and send the link via SMS-message, so that the other person would type it in the address bar. But links are complicated and long.

Files have to be downloaded using PC's Internet, not phone's.

  • How long must the link be accessible?
    – gronostaj
    Dec 9, 2020 at 14:28
  • Don't most text (sms) apps recognize URL's and make them clickable? Otherwise, just use any other messaging app such as Whatsapp to send a link to the shared file.
    – Berend
    Dec 9, 2020 at 14:34
  • This question comes down to, use a method of communication that accepts phone numbers (whatsapp, telegram, etc) and send a link through any service that provides one, such as wetransfer, google drive, etc... because the options are quite big here, this question is highly opinion based.
    – LPChip
    Dec 9, 2020 at 14:35
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    @Berend, LPChip - "But links are complicated and long." I think the essence of this question is how to get the random, not user-friendly link from the computer to a phone.
    – gronostaj
    Dec 9, 2020 at 14:50
  • @gornostaj from an hour to a day.
    – R St
    Dec 9, 2020 at 14:52

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You can use YellKey to generate a short-lived human-friendly alias to the sharing link. YellKeys use real English words, so they are harder to get wrong than randomly generated IDs. YellKeys live up to 24 hours.

Alternatively, you can use some method to send the SMS using your computer. Google has a service for this for Android users. It lets you read and write messages on your phone using a computer. There are also 3rd party alternatives such as Pushbullet. This method isn't time-limited, but both sides have to use it: first to send the link, then to open it on a computer.

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