How to Share Files and Content with AirDrop from or to Windows PC?

Share Files with AirDrop AirDrop for Windows Posted by Estrella H.| Last Updated: December 1, 2016

Can't Share Files with AirDrop on Windows? Try the Alternative.

Sharing files with AirDrop seems no complicated way. But how come there is only few people use this method, and some even have never heard of AirDrop. It's weird, but Why?


Apple Inc. introduced the ad-hoc service in Mac OS X Lion (OS X 10.7) and iOS 7. The previous OS versions won't have the AirDrop feature. It is not universally applied partly because it has too many limitations such as in device types and distance therebetween. Moreover, complains come and go from users in regard to the time-consuming connecting and transferring speed. Even worse, AirDrop is not working occasionally.

Support OS versions:
iOS: iOS 7, iOS 8, iOS 9, iOS 10
OS X: 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, 10.12

Supported devices:
iPhone: iPhone 5, iPhone 5s/5C, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7/7 Plus
iPad: iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 4
iPod: iPod Touch 5, iPod Touch 6
Mac: MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, MacBook, iMac, Mac Mini, Mac Pro

Supported file types:
photos, videos, messages, notes, websites, locations, contacts, Passbook passes, Voice Memos, content from apps, etc.

In a word, we are supposed to transfer photos, videos, contacts and many other files with AirDrop between Macs, from Mac to iPhone, from iPhone to Mac, from iPhone to iPad, from iPad to iPhone/iPod/Mac and so on. However, as for sharing files with AirDrop on Windows, the answer is disappointing.

How to Share Files with AirDrop from or to Windows?

To send files from or to a Windows computer, you have to rely on an alternative method, such as the wired file transmission by using WinX MediaTrans.

AirDrop Does Not Share Files for Windows. Try the Alternative:

WinX MediaTrans: Transfer Files between Windows and iOS

  • Share files from PC(/Mac) to iPhone/iPad/iPod or vice versa.
  • Support photos, music, videos, iBook, ringtones, voices, etc.
  • Make iPhone a USB drive to backup any files.
WinX MediaTrans

The safest and fastest way to share files without data loss.

After downloading WinX MediaTrans on a PC running Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 (32 & 64 bit), please install it following the wizard and then refer to the step-by-step guide:

Step 1. Launch the AirDrop alternative for Windows, click your iOS device to PC via a USB cable.
Note: To prevent files on your iOS device being sync by iTunes on a new computer, check "Edit > Preference Settings > Device" and check "Prevent iPhone, iPad from automatic sync with this computer".

Step 2. Get ready for sharing photos, music, videos,
For photo transfer:
Hit "Photo Transfer" item on the main interface and enter the directed interface. If you are to send files from iPhone to Windows PC, select the photo files needed, and press "Export" button.
>> Also refer to: How to Add Photos from PC to iPhone.

Share Photo Files from iPhone

For Music transfer:
Hit "Music Manager" item on the main interface and go to the music section. Press "Add Music" and select the songs from your iPhone/iPad/iPod, and then click "Export".
>> Also refer to: How to Add Music to iPhone from Computer.

For video transfer:
Hit "Video" item on the main interface and direct to the video backup interface that will display all your Home Video, Video Recorded, TV Show, Music Video, Movies, etc. Select all the videos you want to transfer before tapping "Export".
>>Also refer to: How to Transfer/Copy/Send File from PC to iPhone.

For E-book transfer:
To transfer EPUB books from computer to iOS device, please click "Book" button on the main interface to step into the iPhone iBooks manager window, choose "Add Book" and select the E-book files to be added.
>>Also refer to: How to Backup iPhone Media/E-book Files.

For sharing other types of files:
If you need to send and transfer documents (e.g. Microsoft Words, XLSX Excel, PDF), PPT, cached game files, ZIP files, installation files (.exe, .dmg) and any files that are not supposed to be compatible with Apple device, please fall back on the "Flash Drive" feature of WinX Mediatrans. It will turn your iDevice into a temporary USB drive that can receive all kinds of files from a computer, and unload them to another computer you need:
Press "Flash Drive" on the main interface -> choose "Add File" on the top left to add a file or folder from PC.

Step 3. Cick "Sync" button on the right bottom and start syncing the files that have been added.

How to Share Files with AirDrop between iOS and/or OS X Devices?

Before sharing files between iOS and/or Mac OS devices, please make sure that your equipment is running a new OS so that it supports AirDrop feature, also make sure both devices are signed in to iCloud

Step 1. On an iOS device: In "Control Center", activate Blutooth and Wi-Fi, and tap AirDrop. You'd better turn off Personal Hotspot.
On a Mac: Finder window sidebar -> Go -> AirDrop.

Step 2. Set: Allow me to be discovered by "No One", "Contacts Only" or "Everyone".

Step 3. Go to the file or content on any app you want to share with AirDrop.

Step 4. Click the Share button and choose the person and device nearby your'd like to share to.

After a while, the recipient (the other iOS device or Mac) will receive the file or content you are sending to.
>> How to use AirDrop with your iOS device
>> How to use AirDrop from your Mac

External Source:
What Is AirDrop: It is an ad-hoc service developed by Apple Inc. that enables the transfer of files among supported Macintosh computers and iOS devices without using mail or a mass storage device.

Transfer Files from Computer to iPhone with WinX MediaTrans

WinX MediaTrans: With the help of a USB cable, this Windows app can realize two-way file sharing (between a PC and an iOS device). It is capable of transferring photos, music, videos, voice memos, ringtones, E-book files and so on as fast as possible. It also auto converts video and audio files to Apple friendly formats, makes iPhone ringtones, mounts iPhone to flash drive and manages photo albums and music.

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