How to use Snapdrop to transfer files between Linux, Android and iOS

Xiaobai Software  2022-03-28 19: 04  read 180 views

At some point, you may need to transfer files between different devices, which can be a hassle.If you want to share files between Linux, Android, and iOS without installing any apps, you now have a tool at your disposal, which issnapdrop, a web-based file transfer service.

Although, you can also use services like AirDrop, Nearby Share, and Quick Share, but they only work within their ecosystem.Therefore, if you want to transfer files from Linux to Android/iOS devices, you need a cross-platform file sharing service.While it is true that you have some different options in this regard, snapdrop is the most efficient file sharing service of its kind.

Snapdrop is essentially a web-based clone of Apple AirDrop.It uses a P2P (peer-to-peer) connection to facilitate file transfers between devices, so you can use it with just about any device, no matter what operating system it's running.The best part is that you don't need to sign up for the service to use it.

As for privacy and security, Snapdrop uses WebRTC, which enforces encryption, so all your files are encrypted in transit.Furthermore, the service claims that it never stores users' files because it doesn't even use a database.

Since it is an open source service, its source code is available on GitHub.If you're concerned about its security implications or want to learn more about how it works, you can check out the code yourself.

How to use Snapdrop to transfer files between Linux, Android and iOS

The only requirement to use Snapdrop is a WebRTC based browser.Since almost all major web browsers today like Chrome, Brave, Edge, Firefox, etc. use WebRTC, you are free to choose any of these browsers.

Next, we will demonstrate the file transfer process between Linux, Android and iOS devices through Google Chrome.

Transfer files from computer to mobile device

1. To share files across platforms First, you need to make sure both devices are on the same network.

2. Next, open a web browser on your computer and navigate to the Snapdrop website.Repeat the same steps on both devices where you want to share files.


If your devices are on the same Wi-Fi network, they should be visible to each other on Snapdrop.Your discovery name will appear next to "You are known as" below.If multiple devices on your network access Snapdrop, they will also appear on the screen.

3. Now, select the device you want to send to and Snapdrop will open a file explorer on your computer.You can use select and transfer files.

4. Next, on your receiving (Android/iOS) device,When prompted by the file receiving window, clicksavebutton to save the received file, orClickignoreRefused to accept.

If you want to save yourself the trouble of manually saving files, uncheck the option to ask to save each file before downloading and Snapdrop will automatically download and save incoming files for you.

Transfer files from mobile device to computer

Just like transferring files from a computer to an Android/iOS mobile device, you just have to do it the other way around.

more features

Besides the convenient and quick transfer of files between different devices, Snapdrop also provides some additional features to improve usability and user experience.

1. Send a message

This feature allows you to send a message to another device on Snapdrop.This is useful when multiple users on your network access Snapdrop and you want to identify the right people before sharing files with them.

To send a message to another Snapdrop user on Linux, right-click the person's name, enter your message in the Send Message window, and click Send.

To send a message from an Android or iPhone device, tap and hold the device you want to send the message to until you see the Send message option.Enter your text in this window and click the send button.

2. Enable notifications

Snapdrop lets you enable on-site notifications, so you never miss out whenever someone messages you or shares a file.

3. Turn on dark mode

If you prefer a dark interface, you can tap the moon icon in the upper-right corner of the screen to switch between light and dark modes.

4. Save Snapdrop as an app

Finally, Snapdrop also lets you save a website like an app to your smartphone's home screen, so you can easily access it with just one click instead of typing the website address in the URL over and over.

In addition to that, since Snapdrop is a cross-platform service, you can also use it to share files between Android phones and iPhones and other devices.

All in all, if you need to frequently transfer files between various devices, Snapdrop will be your best choice.


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