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How to Work Between Android/Windows for Apple Users — Snapdrop: Airdrop for All

Transferring files across platforms

What do you do when there’s an Android or Windows device and you want to transfer a file, but Apple’s Airdrop won’t work? to the rescue!

I’m a massive fan of Airdrop, but it only works for Apple devices. I can share files easily across any of them, and it works great.

Until I want something on my Windows system. Or If I want to share a file to my Mac from an Android device, especially using something like Filmic Pro. 

This is where Snapdrop comes in. It allows you to send files between different systems on the same network. This is great for your home, the office, or wherever all your systems are networked together.

Open a browser window on each device and go to You’ll see everyone else who has Snapdrop open. 

Each system gets a unique identifier based on a color + an animal. As far as I’m aware, you can’t change it. In an office of ten people, I imagine you’ll need to figure out a method to know who is who.

Sharing files with Snapdrop


You can choose what files to send by clicking on another system in the open browser window. If you right-click (or double-tap on mobile), you can send a message to that user. Snapdrop takes the file(s) and sends it to the other system. They don’t even have to accept it. This is just like Airdrop.

I’ve used this on the road while on location. I’ll set up two or three devices, all joining my iPhone as a shared hotspot. Then I can send files between them, regardless of the OS.

According to the developer, none of the files are ever sent to a server; everything is sent between peers. Snapdrop doesn’t use a database, and WebRTC encrypts the files on transit. What if you’re especially security conscious? You can run your own local/private instance via Docker if you’re so inclined. 

Snapdrop solves a big workflow problem for me. It allows someone shooting on an Android phone to quickly and easily send me files—sometimes to my Mac, sometimes to my Windows system, without installing any software. Hope you find this helpful!

Jeff Greenberg
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Jeff Greenberg is an Editor/Colorist/Consultant in post. An early adopter, he sent his first email in the 80s. He chairs conferences and is a Master Trainer (teaches the “Train the trainer” classes for the major NLEs.) Most of all, he’s a Dad and Filmgeek. And hates being defined by fifty words. Just like you.
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  • Worth pointing out this isn’t out-of-band connectivity between devices like AirDrop offers. Both devices need to be on the same Local Area Network, which makes it less functional than AirDrop. Nevertheless, thanks for pointing this service out, I definitely can identify niches were it will prove useful.