The developers of Bump have made it easier to transfer files between your iPhone/Android and your computer by introducing a new version of their web client. Bump has been around for a couple of years, but in case you are unaware, files are able to be shared between two phones that have Bump installed on them. The action of bumping the phones together physically. Now, you can bump your phone with your computer’s space bar and receive the same connection. Simply visit bu.mp and open Bump on your phone.
I remember when Bump first hit the app scene. The concept intrigued me, but it didn’t seem like it would catch on. It seems to me that the more that files have ‘gone to the cloud,’ services like Bump have become more popular.
The amazing thing about Bump is that it works. I connected my phone and laptop through the bu.mp web app and connected with very little problems. Once connected, I the transfer was very quick between the two devices. I even transferred an 11.5MB video from my iPhone to my MacBook Pro and it transferred flawlessly.
With Bump between two phones, you can tap the two phones together or each person can tap their own phone simultaneously with the other person to awaken the Bump function. With the transfer to computer, you have to ‘Bump’ your phone with your space bar. Do this with caution as you could easily end up wearing out the button’s function. I attempted simply tapping the space bar with the web app open and the phone app open and the two did not communicate.
The function of Bump is a great concept, but I never saw the real purpose in it since you have to be in the same room as the person holding the other phone. Why not just text or email the file you want to send the person? Now, the web app gives Bump a new purpose. If you haven’t tried it before, give it a try now.