Airdrop Alternative 1: Transfer Files Using Nearby Share
Like Airdrop, Nearby Share uses Bluetooth and WIFI features to establish a secure connection between two phones to make the transfer. You can use it to transfer photos, videos, documents, contacts, and more.
However, it only works on Android phones, Windows PCs, and Chromebooks. It’s a built-in feature on Android phones running on OS version 6 or later. You can say it’s the “Airdrop” version for Android.
On your Android phone’s Settings, Tap on Google > Devices & Sharing > Nearby Share. There, toggle it on and hit Device Visibility. You may choose from the options: Everyone, Contacts, or Your Devices.
Go back and tap on the Data section below Device Visibility. Select WIFI only. After that, you can start sharing files with Nearby Share. Just go to the file and hit the Share button.
There, select Nearby and choose the target device to start the transfer. Just wait until the circle above the device name turns green.
Tests reveal that transfer speeds using Nearby Share are inconsistent. Sometimes, it’s as high as 20+ Mbps and as slow as 150 Kbps.
Airdrop Alternative 2: Transfer Files Using Quick Share
If you have a Samsung phone, you can still use Nearby Share, but we recommend using Quick Share as it’s easier to enable. It’s more like Airdrop as it’s ready to go once you need to use it.
Like the previous one, Quick Share can transfer a variety of files such as photos, videos, documents, and more. However, this feature only works if both phones are Samsung and they should be running on Android 11 or later. Here’s how to use it.
Enable Quick Share on both devices. You can do it via the Quick Settings panel by scrolling down the notification bar. Set the visibility to Everyone. After that, proceed to the source Samsung phone.
Look for the files you want to share. Select them and tap the Share button. There, you will see all the nearby devices. Choose the target Samsung phone and it should receive a request prompt. Accept it and the files should start sending.
That’s it! After the process is complete, you may turn off Quick Share on both devices the way you enabled it. Moreover, transfer speeds are the same as Nearby Share.
Airdrop Alternative 3: Transfer Files Using Shareit
Another way to ‘Airdrop” files is via Shareit. It’s a popular file-sharing app that’s available to download on the Google Play Store as long as your phone runs on Android 4.1 or later. It can share photos, videos, apps, music, documents, and more.
However, the app must be installed on both devices before you can send any file. If you want to try it, here are the steps to follow:
Install Shareit on both phones. After that, select RECEIVE on the target device to make the device visible and tap SEND on the source device to scan for nearby devices.
Once detected, tap on the target iPhone’s name/icon to establish a secure connection. Then, you can select from the files you need to transfer. Then, hit Next and send them. Just wait until the transfer process is over before disconnecting both devices.
But to our recent experience, Shareit can be inconsistent when it comes to scanning as some nearby devices don’t show up on the radar, especially the receiver is an iPhone. Not to mention, it sometimes heats up when transferring many large files.
Bonus: Transfer Files from Your Android Phone with MobileTrans
While the wireless Airdrop alternatives above seem great, they have limitations that could be deal breakers. Nearby Share and Quick Share only work on Android/Windows-supported devices. Shareit may be useful for Android to iPhone transfers, but it’s glitchy at times. You need to transfer files the wired way.
So, if you are transferring files from Android to Android, iPhone, iPad, PC, Mac, and other external storage devices, MobileTrans is the way to go. It’s a phone transfer program that you can install on a computer (Mac/Windows) and it can manage cross-platform transfers effortlessly.