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 platforms.
So, we have found an extremely easy and seamless way to transfer files across platforms (be it mobile or desktop OS) and devices. Not sure if you have heard about it, but we are talking about Snapdrop.net website. Snapdrop allows you to transfer files across devices and platforms by just using the web browser.
Transfer Files Across Devices and Platforms (Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Linux)
Snapdrop is a web-based file transfer service which allows you to send files across devices and platforms. Snapdrop works across Android, Windows, iOS, macOS, Linux. All you need to have is a web browser that supports WebRTC and WebSockets protocols, which most of the modern browsers already do.
Another good thing about it is that, it’s open-source and free. So, no sign up required for transferring the files. Besides that it uses TLS encryption, so, no security issues either. Let’s see how it works.
Step 1: Open Snapdrop.net on Both Devices
Step 2: Send Files from Mobile to PC using Snapdrop
Now, first we will see how to send files from mobile to desktop PC. So, tap on receiver icon and select the files to send.
Almost instantly, the receiver will get a notification of the received file. Just click Save button to download the file.
This is how quickly and easily you can transfer files across devices and platforms within seconds using Snapdrop.
Step 3: Transfer Files from Desktop to Mobile using Snapdrop.net
Just like mobile device, you can also send files from your desktop PC to your mobile phone. Just click your mobile device icon on snapdrop.net on your desktop browser. After that, browse and select the files you want to transfer between devices (even across platforms).
Just like desktop, you will receive file notification on your mobile phone too. Just click Save button to download the file to your phone.
Step 4: Create Progressive Web App of Snapdrop for Offline File Sharing
Another great feature of Snapdrop is that you can also use it offline. Yes, you can easily create a progressive web app (PWA) of Snapdrop and use it without internet. It is going to be very useful in todays times when most of the file sharing apps have turned into bloatware causing serious privacy risks. Just launch PWA and transfer files between devices across platforms without a hitch.
So, to create PWA of Snapdrop on Android device, simply tap on PWA icon at the top and then select Install. It will create a home screen shortcut for Snapdrop on your Android phone. You can now directly launch it from there even without internet.
Similarly, you can install PWA of Snapdrop in your desktop web browser also. Just click on PWA install button at the end of address bar and click Install.
Now, to use Snapdrop offline, turn on hotspot in your mobile phone (without internet will work fine) and connect your PC to it. After that, launch Snapdrop PWA app on both devices and send files easily.
Quickly Transfer Files Across Devices and Platforms using Snapdrop
Above tutorial explained, how you can use Snapdrop, a web based service to transfer files across devices and platforms. 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.
You can also use Snapdrop as an AirDrop alternative that works across platforms with top security and speed. You can also donate to the developer 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.