Work or entertainment, smartphones nowadays are capable of anything. Slowly, we all are moving away from desktops and laptops and are getting more inclined towards smartphones and tablets. However, one of the major sections where the smartphones are lagging is the storage space. While we have devices with up to 128 GBs, they are not enough at a time and are pretty expensive.
As a solution, we started to use cloud storage. While some users went ahead with the idea of using cloud storage. Some still had thoughts about privacy and pricing. But you know what? If you have a desktop at home, you can use it to store content and then stream it any there without any issues. Completely free, unlimited (the storage of your computer) and secure.
While services like Plex are already available that can stream media and files, they are not entirely free to use and charge as much as $39.99 a year and if I am not wrong, that’s more than what I would pay for cloud storage. So, offering an alternative that’s free and surprisingly amazing at the same time, I recommend Younity.
Try Younity for Streaming Media
Younity currently works on Windows, Mac and iOS devices and an Android app is expected to come out soon. The idea behind Younity is that one can make a desktop as a server and then connect all the devices to stream all your media and files to your mobile devices. Moreover, there is no limit set to it for now, so go ahead and give it a shot.
After you install the apps on desktop and smartphone, you need to log in. Social login from Facebook and Google+ is allowed, but you can create a Younity account with an email.
After you log into your computer, you will have to select the location on the hard drive which you want to make available to other devices. You can choose the entire hard drive, but it will take time for Younity to index all the files and replicate on all the devices.
Now, on your iPhone, log in using the same credentials you used for the computer and you will be taken to the screen where you will see the options to view photos, videos and other media files from your computer. All you need to do now is navigate to the folder you wish to stream the data and tap on the file to play it.
The App also syncs with your iTunes library and, therefore, makes it very easy to even manage music across the network. Talking about the network, Younity automatically stops internet usage when you are connected on a local Wi-Fi network. You can also download media items to your device and then view them offline.
There is no option to upload the files and the mobile devices can only be used as a streamer or a reader. You can set up a pin to lock the app which works with Touch ID as well.
Looking Forward to Android App
Currently, there is no limitation to the number of devices that can connect or the amount of data that can be streamed. If you have an iPhone, try out the app today and I hope the developers will come out with an Android app soon.