[SOLVED] How to AirDrop from iPhone to PC

LANDrop

AirDrop enables you to transfer files between your iPhone, Mac, iPad or iPod, which is a handy feature exclusive to Apple products. However, things may become more complicated when you need to share files between iPhone and your Windows 10 PC, since Apple doesn’t provide AirDrop support for the Windows OS.

The good news is you can still “AirDrop” files between iPhone and Windows 10 PC. All you need is a free and open source cross-platform tool: LANDrop.

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What is LANDrop

LANDrop is a free local area network (LAN) file sharing software. With LANDrop, you can transfer any file to any device on your LAN. The app is available in Android, iOS, macOS, Windows and Linux, which means you can easily share files between devices in different platforms.

LANDrop is secure. It uses state-of-the-art cryptography algorithm so that others cannot see your files. When transferring files, all data is only transmitted “point-to-point” in the intranet of the local area network. In other words, it will not pass through any third-party server and will not be uploaded to any place on the Internet. Therefore, your privacy and security can be guaranteed to the greatest extent.

In terms of transfer speed, there is no speed limit on the software side. It utilize your local network to transfer files when both devices are connected to the same network. Technically speaking, its maximum transfer speed can reach the intranet bandwidth of your router. If you’re outside, LANDrop can also work on your personal hotspot, without consuming cellular data. Most importantly, it doesn’t compress your photos and videos while transferring.

“AirDrop” from iPhone to Windows 10 PC

With LANDrop, you can “AirDrop” documents, photos and videos from your iPhone to your Windows 10 PC easily. Here’s how to do it:

  1. On your iPhone, go to AppStore and search for LANDrop. Download and install the app on your iPhone.
  2. On your Windows 10 PC, Download LANDrop for Windows from its official site.
  3. Extract the .zip file and double-click the file LANDrop.exe to run it.
    double-click LANDrop.exe to run
  4. Check the box next to Private networks, such as my home or work network if you’re prompted with the Windows Security Alert, then click Allow access.
    Allow access to private networks
  5. Launch LANDrop on your iPhone, tap the add image icon on the top-right corner to select the photos you’d like to send. If you want to send documents, just tap the “add file” icon.
  6. After you selected the files, select the Windows10 device you want to send files to in the Devices section.
    Select files and the devices you want to send to LANDrop
  7. On the Windows device you selected, a small window will pop up to ask if you’d like to receive the file. Click Yes to start receiving the file.
    Click Yes to receive the file

The time to complete the transfer depends on the size of the file you send. If you’re sending a photo, it just take several seconds.

transfer complete LANDrop

Send files from Windows 10 PC to iPhone

If you want to share files from Windows 10 PC to your iPhone, you can follow the steps below:

  1. Launch LANDrop on your Windows PC and iPhone.
  2. On your Windows PC, right-click on the LANDrop icon in the system tray and select Send File(s)….
    click send files LANDrop
  3. In the small window that pops up, click Add… to select the file you wan to send. You can also drag the files you want to send to this window. Then click Send.
    click Send LANDrop
  4. On your iPhone, tap to receive the file.
    Receive files on iPhone LANDrop

That’s it! Pretty easy, right?

Share files between iPhone and Android device

Sharing between iOS and Android device also becomes much easier, and there are 2 ways to do this. You just need to launch LANDrop, select the files you want to share, then select the device to receive the files, which is similar to the steps for sharing between your iPhone and your Windows 10 device.

You can also send files to other devices via LANDrop through the share menu:

iOS-share-menu-LANDrop
LANDrop share menu on iPhone
Android share menu LANDrop-2
LANDrop share menu on Android phone

To sum up, LANDrop has lots of advantages over other similar tools: it’s completely free, open source, cross-platform, easy to use and no speed limit. If you need to frequently share files between different devices, you must give LANDrop a shot!

Any thoughts? Just leave me a comment below. Thanks for reading!

By Bin Zeng

Bin Zeng, a Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate, is a technical writer by practice and an optimist by nature.

6 comments

  1. It sounds good but I cannot find a single app review on this app – not one person ! if its that good there should be hundreds even thousands of reviews by now. Apple store only has a handful of anonymous ratings without reviews. Unfortuantely I’m not prepared to allow this kind of “open door” on my phone and pc wihtout some kind of verification that it is safe to do so. So I’ll wait until thousands have balzed this particular trail ahead of me. 🙂

  2. just because you are the Forerunner,of course you can’t see so many people walking in front of you.

    1. Hi Ya’ir,

      Thanks for your feedback.

      In most cases, this error can be fixed after you restart your computer.

      If this fix didn’t help, you may want to contact the app developer Jerry for help.

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