Have you ever wondered if there’s a cross-platform airdrop or (dropbox) counter-part with similar functionality? Gone are the days of USB transfer/ email transfer for sharing files cross-platform. There’s one service called SnapDrop which is not exactly a counter-part but works similarly to AirDrop and the best thing about it is that you don’t need an app to use it.
AirDrop is an ad-hoc service in iOS and macOS operating systems, which allows the transfer of files among supported Macintosh computers and iOS devices without using e-mail or cloud-based sharing. AirDrop uses Bluetooth to create a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi network between the devices, which works like wifi-direct (Androids) but only better since it automatically detects nearby devices and uses BlueTooth to establish a good Wifi connection but there’s a catch; you need to have apple devices in order to use Airdrop. That’s where SnapDrop is needed.
SnapDrop is a web-based file sharing service, similar to AirDrop, but without the platform restrictions, which inadvertently means that Snapdrop can be used across multiple operating systems and devices. Since it’s web-based, we don’t need to install any app to use it. And it works really fast and you can expect to not lose video or image quality as we lose on WhatsApp or Instagram. And we don’t need to have any login credentials and other verification stuff which makes the transfer seamless. The only thing we need to share files/images/videos between the devices is for those devices to be connected to the same Wifi network.
Snapdrop claims to not save any file on their service so a big thumbs up for privacy concerns as well at a time when our favourite apps are becoming annoying with privacy issues (*cough* WhatsApp). One thing where Airdrop stands out is seamless connection; during my testing of the AirDrop alternative occasionally I would lose the connection between devices even without leaving snapdrop.net in both the devices, but it would be fixed as soon as refresh the page.
[Our testing was done with iPhone and Windows laptop]
How To Use SnapDrop
1. Open https://snapdrop.net/ on both the devices
2. Make sure both the devices are connected to the same network.
3. Click on the device icon to select the device for file sharing.
4. Click yes to start downloading the files on your laptop or vice-versa.
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