Just because AirDrop is not compatible with Windows doesn’t mean you cannot transfer files wirelessly from your iPhone, iPad to a Windows PC.
There are actually several apps that mimic AirDrop file-transfer feature you can download for FREE for your iPhone/iPad and Windows. I will show you the best ones below.
These applications have the ability to establish connections between multiple devices in the same Wi-Fi network, so you can share data over it.
If there is no Wi-Fi network nearby, it still works. You can turn on Personal Hotspot and connect your computer to the hotspot. These applications only utilize the Wi-Fi connection, it won’t drain your mobile data.
Zapya allows you to share all types of files between your devices wirelessly using Wi-Fi tethering or hotspot feature. The developer claims that the transmission speed can be up to 10MB per second, it is even much faster than AirDrop.
Zapya is completely free to install and use. On your PC, go to Zapya’s homepage and download and install the version for Windows PC. On your iPhone/iPad, launch App Store, look for the Zapya app and install it.
How to use Zapya
First off, connect your iPhone/iPad and your Windows PC to the same Wi-Fi network or with hotspot and then launch Zapya on both devices.
Now on your PC, in the Connect tab, select Join Group. It will scan and list out the Zapya-enabled device. Click Connect to start connecting two devices. Or you can connect from your iPhone by using the Radar like below.
Once both devices are connected, you can start sending files between them. You can send photos, videos in the Photos app, music and contacts. Files that are imported from other applications will be shown in the File section.
Just select the files you’d like to transfer and then tap the send button, the files will immediately be transmitted.
On your PC, you can find the files in the Record tab. Click on the folder icon next to each file to open them in the folder window.
Of course, you can transfer files from your computer to your iPhone iPad, too. Once you’ve joined both devices, just drag and drop files onto the Zapya window, or click the Send Files button and browse to the files you want to send.
Once the files are transferred to the Zapya app on your iPhone or iPad, you can use the “Open in” feature to share the files to other apps as well.
Zapya is a cross-platform application, it also works Android and Windows Phone. So if you’re wondering if you can use this app to transfer files wirelessly from your iPhone to your friend’s Android phone, the answer is absolutely YES!
SHAREit is the major competitor of Zapya. It’s also a free app with ads.
Like Zapya, you will need to install the SHAREit app on both your iPhone/iPad and Windows PC. If you have an Android device and want to connect it to your iPhone, you can use SHAREit too.
After you’ve installed SHAREit on each of your devices, connect two devices to the same Wi-Fi network.
Or you can turn on Personal Hotspot on your iPhone, then connect to the hotspot from your PC. That will create a local Wi-Fi network (Wi-Fi Direct) without a mobile data plan.
Then open the app on your iPhone:
- Select Send, choose a file then select a connected receiving device by tapping on its avatar.
- Select Receive if you want to receive files sent from the computer.
SHAREit & Zapya works based on the same method, using a client application on each of your devices. You can try both of them to see which one provides a better experience.
Xender is another transfer software that using Wi-Fi utility. Unlike Zapya and ShareIt, you don’t have to install any program on your computer to get it working. Xender claims that their software is even easier to use than AirDrop. But I don’t think so 😉 AirDrop is very well-integrated in the system and I’ve never used anything better than that.
However, Xender still can get the job done for Windows users. Below are the steps involved in the process of transferring files between two devices: iPhone and your computer.
1) Download and install Xender on your iPhone. It’s free.
2) Make sure two devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, or your laptop must join the Personal Hotspot created by your iPhone.
2) On your computer, open a web browser, and go to http://web.xender.com. The web page will then show you a QR code.
3) Open Xender on your iPhone, swipe right, tap “Connect PC” on the side menu. Then tap the Scan button, scan the QR code appearing on the computer’s screen. Now both devices should be connected to each other, and the site will reload, giving you control over the files on iPhone.
4) Now you can upload files from your computer to the iPhone, or download files from the iPhone via the web browser.
To copy photos & videos from your iPhone, you can hover the mouse over the photo or video and click the Download button under it.
Or you can bulk transfer by selecting the items you want to transfer, then click the Download button in the top corner.
AirDrop to PC is pretty simple once you have chosen the right app. Which app do you prefer to use? Or you know another option not covered that even works more effectively? Either way, let me know in the comment below 😀 I’m happy to learn from everyone’s ideas and suggestions to make this post better.