Apple’s AirDrop, the excellent file-transfer feature, unfortunately only works between Apple devices. There is no “AirDrop software” for other platforms to install, which means you won’t be able to use it if you’re a Window or Linux user.
But just because AirDrop is not compatible with Windows doesn’t mean you cannot transfer files wirelessly from your iPhone, iPad to a Windows PC and vice versa.
In fact, AirDrop is an implementation of Wi-Fi Direct, the technology that allows two devices to establish a wireless connection and share data. So there will be some alternatives that let you achieve the same thing on other platforms as well.
In this article, I will show you several alternatives to AirDrop that do a great job transferring files between iPhone, iPad and Windows PC. Keep reading and enjoy!
AirDrop Alternatives for Windows
These applications have the ability to establish a connection between devices in the same Wi-Fi network, so you can transfer data wirelessly. If there is no Wi-Fi network nearby, that’s fine. You can turn on Personal Hotspot and connect your computer to it. These applications only utilize the 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 functionality.
Once both devices are connected, you can start sending files between them. You can send photos, videos in the Photos app, transfer music, 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.
Xender is another transfer software that using Wi-Fi utility. Unlike Zapya, 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 click hover the mouse over the item 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.
And that’s how you can “AirDrop” between an iOS device and a Windows PC. Hopefully, this article can help you resolve your issue while dealing with transferring files. And which app do you prefer to use? Do let me know in the comments below.