Leef Bridge is a USB stick that lets you transfer files between PC and Android seamlessly

One of the biggest problems I’ve run into when it comes to file transfers is the cumbersome nature of it all. Whether it be having to tether my device to my PCs, eject and insert memory sticks, or deal with slow network-based transfers, it’s always been a bit of a pain. That’s why the newly-announced Leef Bridge has our interest.

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Leef Bridge is a two-pronged USB flash drive with a micro-USB connection on one end (for Android phones and tablets) and a full-sized USB connection on the other (for use with your Mac or PC). The two connections access the same internal memory, and you can switch between them using a slider on the side.

The Leef Bridge can be used with any Android device that has Android 4.1 or higher, and is also compatible with on-the-go USB connectors in case you need that compatibility. Leef Bridge also works with ASTRO file browser out of the box, with Metago adding seamless functionality for the product. Bridge doesn’t require ASTRO, but the folks at Leef say it makes the experience that much more sweet.

You can find the device available for sale today in 16GB and 32GB flavors for $17.99 and $28.99, respectively. Leef has also confirmed that a 64GB model will be on its way this July, though pricing for that variant has yet to be announced. Take a look at the Leef Bridge on Leef’s website for more information, and be on the lookout for a review from us in the near future.

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  • Shawn_Locke

    AirDroid has always worked wonders for me, but of course you have to be connected to WiFi: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sand.airdroid

    • Ton

      Actually no, you can transfer to the cloud with AirDroid, and thus transfer files between phone/pc. But you only get 100MB space for free.

      • Shawn_Locke

        Even better. I’ve never had to use the feature but it’s good to know its there.

      • Drew M

        You can also transfer over a USB cable using USB tethering…the transfers occur at native bus speeds. It’s the best option when transferring gigabytes.

      • Xx1WarChild1xX

        or your can something like swifi and transfer files to ur computer via ur WiFi network no need for cloud storage here

  • brianzion

    i find moving files around with google drive a breeze but this looks ok.

  • Jason Ervin

    “One of the biggest problems I’ve run into when it comes to file transfers is the cumbersome nature of it all. Whether it be having to tether my device to my PCs, eject and insert memory sticks, or deal with slow network-based transfers, it’s always been a bit of a pain.”

    –What’s so cumbersome about plugging a micro USB cable to a PC? This product looks great, except you have to wait for the files to transfer from the device to the stick, then wait yet again to transfer files to the PC. Seems like it would take twice the time and effort to use this product versus a micro usb cable.

    • Jordan Caviness

      true, but what if you are on-the-go and need to make space on your phone? then you can transfer data straight to the usb device,make room on your phone,and then transfer it to PC when at home or near one. this would be much quicker than cloud uploading at any given time when away from a pc.

    • JulianZHuang

      if you look closely, this thing is actually same as transfer cable. i smell advertisement.

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        Moving files from phone to phone
        easily will be really handy, too. Wireless is fine, as long as both
        phones are ready right now and will stay in range long enough to
        complete the transfer, and it doesn’t crap out in the middle.

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    • Leef

      A cable is pretty nice. There is a huge difference though- most cables I have seen have no way of storing data. Share files AND store data with the Leef Bridge. Its great!

      • Jason Ervin

        Well, Leef, most USB drives I have seen have no way of charging my phone while maintaining one seamless uninterrupted low-cost connection between PC and device.

        Besides that, I already have a non-cumbersome way to share AND store data: My phone and a USB cable.

        Thanks.

    • DonMcCall

      You are making the assumption that the device you want to make transfers to will always be with you. I can assure you that is not always the case. With this device, you can have files stored indefinitely on the drive, and transfer them whenever you want. It’ll definitely be a huge timesaver for installing custom ROMs on multiple devices.

      • Jason Ervin

        Multiple devices? I’m a dork, but yet I still have one primary device, therefore permanent storage is reserved for my 750GB hard drive, not a 32GB USB drive. Score another point for me..

        • DonMcCall

          Obviously you’ve never worked with multiple phones, for example in a repair shop. Why in the world would I want to continuously transfer the same files over and over while sitting at my PC, when I could do it once and take care of it at a counter or anywhere else? You may be a dork, but I’m a tech and a nerd. This is a timesaver at minimal cost over a standard flash drive.

          • Jason Ervin

            Be that as it may it’s a redundant solution for the average person using one device to transfer data at work and home.

  • Jeff Jansen

    Moving files from phone to phone easily will be really handy, too. Wireless is fine, as long as both phones are ready right now and will stay in range long enough to complete the transfer, and it doesn’t crap out in the middle.

    • Jason Ervin

      Admittedly I still recoil when a product is for 4.1 or higher being that I’m still on a rooted Evo running a gingerbread ROM.

      • timmyjoe42

        I would recoil because you are still using a phone with a gingerbread ROM. ;)

  • Christopher Woodruff

    Neat concept, but a cable is still ultimately less cumbersome.

    • Justin

      This thing is pretty cool though. With a cable you can’t store your files. This Bridge is like extra storage for your computer and your phone. neat

      • Christopher Woodruff

        True but I have a flash drive and a USB on the go cable plus dropbox, Google drive, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I might get one but right I don’t view this as a must have.

  • ggfb20

    Usb otg Cables are less expensive, far more universal, and can be used with many different combinations of devices. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B009YPYORM/ref=redir_mdp_mobile/186-4639871-1697657
    They can even be used with hard drives.

    • Justin

      but they dont store data…

      • ggfb20

        Justin, the otg solution allows you to use just about any flash device you have Laying around to store the data, ie. Hard drive, usb flash drive, you could even transfer files directly from camcorders and cameras.

        • DonMcCall

          Every phone doesn’t support OTG. Even the Nexus 4 has issues with it. Considering this isn’t much more than a standard flash drive the versatility is much welcome. I for one wonder why nobody has done this before.

  • Brandon Golway

    I thought this would be some brand new concept, but it’s just a flash drive with two connectors on it. Nothing special. I’ll stick with my 64 GB MicroSD card and card reader thanks.

    • angelo

      I think you will find it is not so interesting when you want to copy the viedo from your computer and then transfer to your friends’ cellphone while they are waiting for you in the outside of street~
      How do you do like this usually?

      • Brandon Golway

        I usually don’t have friends waiting for me outside to transfer videos to their phones lol but if I did I would use either wifi direct or the most direct method: swap MicroSD cards, no extra hardware needed.

  • Dan

    I don’t see the point, micro USB cable has always worked for me flawlessly.

    • Justin

      Its not necessarily a transferrer of files. more like a storager of files it seems. I gotta get my hands on one of em.

    • Michael Landauer

      Same here, but I see so many forum posts from people having issues with MTP, something like this could be really useful for some. Plus it’s a flash drive that can store files on it own, not just transfer.

      • Dan

        In that instance i agree it would be useful

    • Ajmcnicol

      Its not a matter of the cable as portability. With some phones coming with only 8 gig or 16gig of space..and the OS taking up multi gigs (cough s4..cough)..u end up only having a handful of gigs to play with. and with games now coming in at hundreds..and some even multigigs (cough gameloft)…that leave barely any room for other things.
      This is great when you are on the go..took a bunch of pictures at highest res..took a bunch of 1080p video..and are running out of room. ur not home to transfer but u pop this is in, move stuff over and boom..more room.

      also great to share large files between friends. hell of a lot faster giving a friend on the a train or plane a 2 gig movie or a season of tv shows (cough torrents) with this then to try and use a wifi share or something.

      • Dan

        Yeah I guess so. Still, I would simply use a micro sd card. It’s pretty easy to use a 64GB card and to run large games off of it If you are rooted, also you can lend that card to your friend if he wants some files. also, if you run out of room you can always carry an extra card.

        • angelo

          I think the biggest convenience of the Leef Bridge it makes the data transfering more easily between the the people’s cell phones~
          Also, the cell phone and the computer~~
          I think this products can make our life better!

      • Hugh MacLeod

        You should see someone about that cough.

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    • Justin

      Yeah those are cooooool. not.

  • user311

    Myphone explorer plus an asus ac router seems a lot less painful.

    • Justin

      this is called the Leef Bridge. Its two words long. its way less painful to say bridge than to say whatever you just said.

      • user311

        Because the name equates to the simplicity. Thanks Justin, or Leef or whatever fake account you posted on. Your comments are making your product look more desperate than a single 30 year old secretary on a Friday night.

  • Larkhillv

    Seems like it’d be a nice product, if it were lighter on the pocket.

  • Dan Sabau

    or you could use AirDroid: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sand.airdroid
    which, by the way, is free ;)

    • Ajmcnicol

      and way slower since its wifi instead of a physical connection. try moving a 500 meg movie over airdroid and through usb..its a big difference

  • Dudikus

    Ginormous!

    Give us something the size of a Sandisk cruzer fit with the micro-USB connection and you’ll have my attention.

  • Ajmcnicol

    The point of this isnt convenience when your home. Its not a matter of the cable as portability. With some phones coming with only 8 gig or 16gig of space..and the OS taking up multi gigs (cough s4..cough)..u end up only having a handful of gigs to play with. and with games now coming in at hundreds of megabytes..and some even multigigs (cough gameloft)…that leave barely any room for other things.
    This is great when you are on the go..took a bunch of pictures at highest res..took a bunch of 1080p video..and are running out of room. ur not home to transfer but u pop this is in, move stuff over and boom..more room.

    also great to share large files between friends. hell of a lot faster giving a friend on the a train or plane a 2 gig movie or a season of tv shows (cough torrents) with this then to try and use a wifi share or something.

  • ggfb20

    I totally agree re every phone not supporting usb otg, but those same phones would more than likely not support this device either for that matter. In theory the leef is just an otg built into a flash drive, unless the manufacturers of the keef bridge have special drivers that no body else has .

  • Greg Eden

    Not all Android phones and tablets work the same, nor have the same storage options. So there might be niche uses for this device. But if you install AirDroid you can move files from computer to Android and back on all devices without any cables – as long as both devices are on the same WiFi network. And it is free.

  • Eric Junior

    If it had a slot that I can plug any SD card into, then it might be worth getting.