Despite having multiple file transfer services like Apple’s AirDrop, Realme/Oppo/Mi Share, Samsung’s Quick Share, Google’s Nearby etc., it’s still a hassle to transfer files across devices specially across different platforms. Most of the services mentioned above are limited to their own ecosystems.
We have found an extremely easy and seamless way to transfer files across platforms (be it mobile or desktop OS) and devices. So, in this tutorial, we are going to share the fastest way to transfer files across devices and platforms.
Transferring Files Across Devices and Platforms (Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Linux)
The application we are talking about is Snapdrop. It’s a web-based file transfer service which allows you to send files across devices and platforms. Snapdrop works across Android, Windows, iOS, macOS, Linux and every other platform that has a web browser. Snapdrop uses common technologies like WebRTC and WebSockets to send and receive files. On top of all, it’s open-source and free, so, you don’t need to sign up for transferring files. Worried about security? It’s completely encrypted by TLS encryption, so, no one can intercept and read the data packets in the common network during the transfer. Let’s see how it works.
First of all, connect both devices to same WiFi network and open snapdrop.net on both of your devices (the sender and the receiver). You will be able to discover each other’s devices instantly.
Now, sender needs to tap on the device and select a file to send. Almost immediately, the receiver will get a notification of the file. Receiver can either download the file or ignore it. This is how quick and easily you can transfer files across devices and platforms within seconds using Snapdrop. In our test, we sent a 20MB video file and it only took 3-4 seconds to transfer it which is quite fast.
If you don’t feel good typing web address every time you need to transfer a file, you can install Snapdrop as a PWA app from your browser. Simply click the install (+) button on the address bar and it will create a shortcut of Snapdrop on your desktop. You can use it as a standalone app. You can also pin it to your taskbar for quick access.
Another great feature of Snapdrop is that you can use it while being completely offline. However, you have to create PWA app of Snapdrop to make it work without the internet.
To use it while being offline, first create a hotspot and then connect other devices to this hotspot. Now, the devices will show up in snapdrop.net and you can send files easily. Due to the offline support, you won’t need to install apps like ShareIt and Xender which have become bloatware and a great privacy risk.
Transfer Files Across Devices using Snapdrop
Above tutorial explained, how you can use Snapdrop, a web based service to transfer files across devices. Snapdrop doesn’t require you to install any app on sender or receiver device. Also being web based service, it works across all the major platforms using the web browser. Another best part of using Snapdrop is that is uses high-grade TLS encryption. Images and files having size 4-5MB are sent in a flash. So, if you ever wished for an AirDrop alternative that works across platforms with top security and speed, Snapdrop is what you were looking for. You can also donate for this service if you want to support this open-source project. Hope you liked the tutorial. Feel free to share your queries and suggestions in the comment section down below.