Try Snapdrop: An AirDrop Alternative Offers Cross-Platform File Transfer

AirDrop, as we all know, is limited to iOS and OS X systems and doesn’t work on Android or Windows platforms, and is of course a versitile ad-hoc service in Apple Inc.’s operating system, which helps you wirelessly send photos, videos, websites, locations, and more to a nearby iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac computing systems. AirDrop makes transfering files between Macs and iOS devices pretty easy and quickly, but if you’ve started at a Mac that refuses to see nearby machines or seems to stall when sending or receiving a file, then you’ll be well-versed in some of th issues that AirDrop has historically suffered from. Though we had much better luck with the iOS iteration of the technology, but on Mac, things can be a bit less straight-forward.

One thing is sure this isn’t the only one, but there are plenty of alternatives to AirDrop. All varying degrees of speed and ease of use, and in similar fashion one of which recently caught our eyes was named Snapdrop. Billed as the easiest way to transfer files across different devices like AirDrop. Snapdrop is accessible via the website – the web app works simply enough – with all that’s needed for files to be transferred is for two devices, be it Macs, Windows PCs or iOS devices, must be on the same network and have the Snapdrop website open at the same time.

Enter Snapdrop, an interesting web-based HTML5 clone of AirDrop by German developer Robin Linus. Snapdrop runs in a web browser and does not require you to install any special software. The tool is available by visiting the Snapdrop webpage in Safari, Chrome or other modern desktop or mobile browser. Nevertheless, the user interface resembles AirDrop and it couldn’t be simplier, really.

Not only on Windows PC running Chrome and an iPhone running Safari, but it works on Android running Firefox, the website can be opened on any combination of web browsers, so no need to install extra apps to make this work, and nevertheless, it doesn’t have any sort of limitation on the size of the files that can be transferred either. Any devices that have Snapdrop open will automatically appear within the webpage and can then be selected to begin sending files. The only thing is the recipent device will then have to accept the transfer for the files to be downloaded.

The connections handled via peer-to-peer protocols. Importantly, this open-source project never has access to the files transmitted because they never touch any servers. That’s a big plus point over other methods of sending and receiving files, meaning privacy-conscious need not worry here. This project is very helpful and who wants to check out on what Snapdrop is doing can do just that. It’s all up on GitHub.

Free to use, and easy to connect with no account creation required, Snapdrop is worth checking out if you really need to move files between Macs, Windows PCs, Android and iOS devices.