By Demi / Last update September 6, 2021

Can I use AirDrop with Windows 7?

I want to use Airdrop for local transfer, however, I have a PC with Windows 7. Is there a program which enables Airdrop for Windows?

- Question from GSM-S

Released in July 2011, AirDrop provides a close-range wireless communication for Apple users to share files with each other. However, if you are using a Windows PC, it can be impossible for you to AirDrop from iPhone to PC. Luckily, you can rely on some AirDrop alternatives online fro Windows. Keep reading this passage, and choose one as you like.

Airdrop Icon

Part 1. AirDrop alternatives online for Windows

The following 2 alternatives are all web-based, which means you don’t need to download apps on your computer. However, before using anyone of them, you need to know that an active Internet connection is a must.

Alternative 1. Snapdrop

Snapdrop is probably seen as the best AirDrop alternative because you don’t have to go through a setup process just like what AirDrop does.

Snapdrop Icon

How to airdrop by Snapdrop: Open the Snapdrop webpage on both iPhone and PC > Click the icon representing iPhone > Select files you want to transfer > Accept files transfer on Windows.

Tip: Since it works on the web browser, a stable internet connection is an essential prerequisite. 
Charge: Free.
Availability: Web.

Alternative 2. Send Anywhere

Send Anywhere is one of the best AirDrop alternatives for Windows, which is different from most of the other file transfer apps. Send Anywhere allows you transfer to Windows online without the limitation of distance, which means you can airdrop files anywhere in the world. What’s more, it doesn’t compress the size of your files or take a long time to finish the upload.

Send Anywhere Screenshot

To send files via Send Anywhere, 

Step 1. Go to the webpage of Send Anywhere > Add your files to send > Select Direct and click the Send button to get a 6-digit key.

Step 2. On the receiving device, enter the 6-digit key to start. The 6-digit key can be used within 10 minutes.

Tip: 10 GB storage space may be enough for most users, but if you want more, you have to pay $5.99 monthly. You can also enjoy faster transfer speed and customizable expiration time etc. after you pay the bill.
Charge: Free, $5.99/month.
Availability: Windows, Android, iOS, Mac, Linux and Kindle.

Part 2. AirDrop-like apps for Windows

Sometimes, web-based alternatives can be frustrated and inconvenient. If you are searching for airdrop apps for Windows, you can try the two tools below.

Alternative 3. Instashare

Instashare is another great AirDrop alternative for Windows, which supports all file types and no limitation on file size. It is multi-functional and user-friendly, and it even includes a clipboard, so that you can share links and texts easily.

Instashare

Here’s how to do with it: Open Instashare on both iPhone and PC > Click the icon representing iPhone > Drag and drop the file you want to transfer on iPhone > Accept files transfer on Windows.

Tip: Just like AirDrop, Instashare can just airdrop one file at a time. Thus, it’s not recommended if you want to transfer a large amount of files.
Charge: 7-day free trail, $5.90 to buy this app.
Availability: Windows, Android, iOS and Mac.

Alternative 4. AOMEI MBackupper

The three tools we mentioned above require a stable Wi-Fi or Internet connection, whcih means the process may get stuck at any time.

To guarantee a higher speed to transfer files, why don’t you use a USB connection, which is more stable than its WiFi counterpart. AOMEI MBackupper is the most suitable tool for you. It can transfer 100 photos in 2 seconds.

AOMEI MBackupper is also:
Simple and user-friendly: a clear interface and user-friendly design.
Enabling a selective transfer process: preview and select files while transferring.
Able to transfer large files: Large files can be easily transfered with no harm to existing data.
Fully compatible: from iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone SE2020/12, latest iOS 14, as well as latest iPad/iPod etc.

Let’s take transferring photos from iPhone to Windows PC as an example. But first of all, download the software on your Windows PC for free.

Download Freeware Win 10/8.1/8/7/XP
Secure Download

Step 1. Connect iPhone to Windows with a stable USB cable. Your iPhone will be detected automatically. Then tap Trust This Computer on iPhone.

Step 2. On the home screen, click Transfer to Computer option.

Transfer To Computer

Step 3. Click the “+” icon> Preview and select the photos you want> Click OK to confirm.

Choose Photos

Step 4. Select a destination to save the photos> Click Transfer to start.

Transfer

Step 5. Click OK when the transfer is completed.

Tips: 
⁕As you can see in the pictures above, you can transfer music, videos, and contacts at a time.
⁕Besides transferring files between computer and Apple devices, there are many other functions available in AOMEIMBackupper. For example, you can full backup iPhone or backup it in a selective way.

Conclusion

Now, you can airdrop online on Windows easily with the help of these AirDrop-like apps. Apparently, AOMEI MBackupper is much more reliable than others. Or if you are wondering how to transfer files from Windows to iPhone, AOMEI MBackupper can also help you to make it.