younity 1.5 has some great new features, but perhaps the most exciting is our fun and unique file sharing feature that lets you share any file, with anyone you know, anytime. People love sharing files for all reasons, however much of the time these reasons are spontaneous – perhaps you have a conversation about a trip, or a new band you saw live, or a video you took. Obviously, we aren’t able to plan ahead to have every file ready when these moments happen, and with younity you never need to. younity lets you share any file, even those you don’t have access to, right from your mobile device. Here’s how to check this out.
Once you’ve installed younity on your computer(s) and mobile device(s), you can browse all the files you have across all your devices right from your mobile. Find a file you want to share, click the ‘Download/Share’ button in the lower left corner, choose the “Share” option (not the “Download” option), then select the green plus next to the file you want to share (see picture). When you do this, you’re given two methods to share your file: 1) Facebook; and 2) younity.
To share via Facebook, you need to first make sure your younity account is linked to your Facebook account. If you don’t see Facebook as an option in the sharing methods, it means you need to link your accounts. To do so, go into younity’s ‘Settings’ menu and “Connect” your Facebook account.
When sharing via Facebook, you need only pick your friend from your friend list. Once you do this, they will get a private message indicating you are inviting them to try out younity – Facebook controls this message, after they’ve accepted their first invite it will tell your friends’ that you’ve shared a video/photo/document/song with them from that point going forward. Once accepted, your friend will have the younity Facebook App running within their Facebook account. They will be able to access all files shared with them via younity, sorted by their friends’ names, types of files and more. Keep in mind, Facebook Apps do not run in Facebook’s own mobile app, they only run in the browser. If your friend accepts your share using Facebook’s own mobile app, it will send them to the iOS App Store to download younity. Again, Facebook controls this.
Alternatively, you can share files directly from one younity account to another. If you choose this option over Facebook sharing, you will enter your friend’s email address and, if they are not a current younity user, they will get an email indicating you shared a file with them. Once they download and install younity on their mobile device, they can access all files shared with them from within younity. For existing younity users, all new shared files will result in a push notification going to your phone, just like you see with an email or a text message.
One thing to know about how younity shares files, we are striving to make this very secure. Thus, while we allow users to download photos and documents, we do not allow you to download any music or videos that are shared with you – they can only be streamed. Also, keep in mind that the device the shared file is stored on must be on or there will be a message indicating the file is ‘unavailable’.
Lastly, all shared files are shared for a default period of one month. We welcome your feedback on this, please provide it here. If at any time you want to stop sharing a file with someone, simply open the ‘Sharing’ menu from the younity main menu and scroll to the bottom option, called ‘Files you’ve shared’. From that view, you can un-share any file that has not yet expired.
We hope you love this feature as much as we do and we hope to hear your feedback on how you like to use it, as well as how we can make it better.