Snapdrop – How to Transfer Files Between Linux, Android, and iOS

Cross-platform file share is not possible. However, you have AirDrop and Nearby Share. These services work only within their respective ecosystems.

If you want to transfer files from Linux to Android/iOS devices, or vice versa, then you will need to use a cross platform file-sharing site. Snapdrop is the best service.

This guide will show you how to use Snapdrop to transfer files between Android and iOS devices.

Snapdrop: An Introduction

Before you start to transfer files with Snapdrop, here’s some information about Snapdrop.

Snapdrop is a web-based version Apple’s AirDrop. Snapdrop allows file transfer between devices using a P2P connection. Snapdrop can be used on any device regardless of its operating systems.

Snapdrop requires encryption to be used. Snapdrop’s encryption is mandatory.


You can find the source code on GitHub.

File transfer between Linux, Android, and iOS

Snapdrop requires you to use a WebRTC web browser. You have the option of using any major browser, such as Chrome, Brave, Edge, and Edge.

This guide uses Google Chrome to demonstrate how files can transfer between Linux, Android, and iOS devices.

Note: File transfer is not limited to the same browser.

Sharing Files: Linux to Android and iOS

Before you can share files between an Android and Android computer, make sure that they are both connected to the same network.

Next, navigate to Snapdrop’s website using your web browser.

Snapdrop will allow you to view your Android/iOS computers if they are connected via the same Wi-Fi network. Snapdrop will also show you as.

These steps will allow you to transfer files from your computer to Android/iPhone:

  1. Click on the device to which you want to send files.
  2. Snapdrop will open your file explorer on your computer. This will let you navigate to the directory containing the files you want to transfer.
  3. Click the file that you want to share and hit the OK/ Open button.

You can open the browser and the file manager simultaneously to save time. Drag-and-drop files directly into the file manager to your device.

Open the File Received window of your Android/iOS device. Next, tap the Save button. To deny the request, hit Ignore .

It is possible to save time by not selecting the option. Ask Snapdrop for each file that you want to be saved. Snapdrop will automatically download and save all files received.

All files you receive are saved to your filesystem. These files can be accessed via the Files app for Android or the default file manager on iPhone.

Copy files from Android/iOS to Linux

Files can be transferred from Linux to Android/iOS easily.

Make sure both devices are connected to one network. Next open both Android/iOS browsers and then go to the Snapdrop website .

Both devices must be visible after Snapdrop has been installed. These steps will vary depending on the smartphone that you use to send files through Snapdrop to your Linux machine.

On Android

  1. Snapdrop will show you the name of your Linux computer. Click on it to display the name of your Linux machine.
  2. Click the files you want to share and hit Choose


  1. Tap the Snapdrop name to open the Files app. Choose Browse.
  2. Navigate to the folder you want to share files. Click on the file you want to share, then click Open.
  3. Alternativ: You can also share photos by selecting Foto Library from the menu and choosing the photos you are interested in.

Switching to Linux will bring up a dialog asking you if you want to save the files.

The option to download downloaded files automatically to your computer can be unchecked

Snapdrop Options You May Like to Explore

Snapdrop’s appearance and functionality are minimal. Snapdrop is minimal in appearance and functionality. However, there are some additional options that can be added to enhance usability and user experience.

You can change these settings and options.

1. Leave a message

This feature allows you to send Snapdrop messages to another device. This feature can be used when you have multiple Snapdrop users.

To send Snapdrop users a message on Linux click the right-click icon beside the name of the person. Next, enter your message in the Send a Message window, and hit SENDER.

To send an SMS using an Android phone or iPhone, tap and hold the device until you see the Send a Message option. Enter your message by clicking the SEND button.

2. Allow Notifications

Snapdrop lets you enable on-site notifications. This will allow you to be notified when someone shares or messages a file.

3. Switch on Dark Mode

To toggle between dark and lighter interfaces, click the Moon icon in the upper-right corner.

4. Snapdrop, saved as an app

Snapdrop allows you to save the site to your phone’s homescreen as an app. You can quickly and easily access the site by clicking on it.

Go to the website with your Android phone. Click on the Phone symbol at the top-right and click Installation. Open the website using an iPhone and click the Share button. Then, select Add To Home Screen.

Files can be easily shared between Linux, Android and iOS

This guide will demonstrate how to use Snapdrop to share files easily between your Linux computer and Android/iOS devices.

Snapdrop allows you to share files across multiple platforms, including Android and iPhone.

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