5 Best Airdrop Alternatives

5 Best Airdrop Alternatives

Nowadays there are several suitable alternatives for AirDrop, which have several advantages. These services work on different platforms and are configured in seconds, without registration, accounts, and logins. So you can save time when transferring data to a colleague in the office, a classmate in the audience or a coworking friend.

Airdrop allows you to share files between devices almost instantly. But the only problem is that it only works on Apple gadgets. The considered alternatives are able to function on all existing platforms, including not only iOS and macOS but also Android and Windows.

1. Shareit

Availability– Windows, iOS, Android, macOS.

The detailed review here.

Shareit has been the defacto choice for wireless file sharing. The application is pretty popular. In fact, many of the users are unaware of the technology and they often confuse it with a feature like Bluetooth. Shareit works by creating an invisible hotspot (WiFi direct) and then transfers the file by using the same. The users have to search for the receivers WiFi network and it also offers a QR scanning method that can be used to send files to PC.

 

Pros:

  • Share all kinds of files
  • Good speed transfer
  • Supports multiple platforms

 

 

Cons:

  • Lack of instructions
  • It doesn’t always work
  • There is that reopen connections for new transfers

2. Zapya

Availability – Windows, macOS, Android,  iOS.

The detailed review here.

Zapya is also a quite famous file transfer app among mobile users. The app is apparently known for its seamless connectivity and the ease with which it can be used. Zapya works by creating a WiFi hotspot and allows users to share files without bothering about the internet connection.

Pros:

  • Allows you to use a wireless network to connect to different devices
  • Easy to use with no complicated setup
  • Supports unlimited file transfers
  • Offers group connectivity option
  • With built-in media player and gallery
  • Offers fast and free file transfers

 

 

Cons:

  • Media player needs to support HD videos

 

3. Xender

Availability – Android and iOS. The detailed review here. Xender in fact is very similar to the previous 2 applications, including the ability to transfer files to the whole group at once. The program is very pleasant to use. Is that not as popular as the two already reviewed.

Pros:

  • Simple design
  • No data usage
  • No need to connect to a computer
  • Transfer any file

 

 

Cons:

  • Often asks to modify settings
  • Slow to transfer larger files
  • Sometimes hard to locate other phones when transferring personal information

 

4. Send Anywhere

Availability– Windows, macOS, Android, iOS.

The detailed review here.

While most apps in the list use WiFi for file transfer, Send Anywhere is a bit different. It uses P2P file transfer protocol, meaning your files are sent over the Internet but without saving them on any server. So, you can send files not only to people connected to your WiFi but also to your friends in a different city. Though, this also means, Send Anywhere requires an internet connection to transfer files. Between Android devices, however, you can transfer files without an internet connection using Wi-Fi Direct mode.

Pros:

  • Pretty cool privacy protection
  • It’s multiplatform
  • User support is cooperative
  • It enables you to transfer a big amount of data

 

 

Cons:

  • Music-sharing is forbidden
  • Ads are irksome
  • Sometimes transferred files aren’t arranged in alphabetical order
  • It needs a connection to work

 

5. SNAP.SHARE

Availability– Windows, macOS, Android, iOS.

The detailed review here.

Snap Share is a relatively lesser-known wireless file transfer app. Similar to the other apps, Snap Share can transfer photos, music, ringtones, apps, e-books, docs and other file types across various devices. It doesn’t require an internet connection as the app creates its own hotspot. The publishers claim that Snap Share is 150x times faster than Bluetooth.

Pros:

  • Transfers large files

 

 

Cons:

  • Sometimes lag

 

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