Zapya is a peer-to-peer file sharing app. While the app was initially conceived for the Chinese market, it has spread to neighboring countries such as Myanmar, Pakistan, and India and is available across multiple operating systems.
Wang Xiao Dong, Steve Gu, and Shanping Change designed Zapya. The app enables users in countries with low internet penetration and poor internet architecture to transfer and share files without using the Internet, by creating a Wi-Fi hotspot to which other devices can connect. The app allows communities to make a local network and then subsequently transfer data – apps, videos, music – back and forth. In addition, Zapya’s “Phone Replicate” feature can easily backup and transfer files from an old mobile device to a new one.