I sometimes have the need for a way for transferring relatively large files (e.g. zip archives) between two computers, and don't always remember to have a USB stick with me. Is it possible to use a Windows Phone to do this sort of thing at all (like you could with Windows Mobile devices)?
If you have the Zune installed and synchronized with the device, there is a hack to get windows phone to be used as a mass storage device on that machine.
Here’s how it’s done:
Open the registry editor on your PC by typing regedit in your Start menu and go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\USB;
Now modify three entries (note, if you have multiple WP7 phones, you have to do it for each one)
- Change ShowInShell from 0 to 1
- Change PortableDeviceNameSpaceExcludeFromShell from 1 to 0
- Change EnableLegacySupport from 0 to 1
Windows Phone 8 supports the Media Transfer Protocol and can be used like a mass storage device on supported target operating systems. Windows Vista and later natively support MTP, but additional software is required for older versions of Windows, Linux and OS X.
So as long as your disconnected computers are running Vista or later you can easily transfer files between them and you WP8 device. For other operating systems, you may need to install additional software.
Windows Phone does not support this kind of use natively.
There are a few apps which mimic this kind of behavior but require companion apps on each PC and so are a more complex solution.
The "Windows Phone" answer would be to adopt the "3 screens and the cloud" approach and transfer files via the web. Windows Phone users get 7GB (no longer 25 GB) of storage on OneDrive so why not use it?