Snapdrop, new «AirDrop» for the browser that, like Sharedrop, is not as good as Apple's


Although I spend most of my time on Linux computers, it is not the only operating system I use. In fact, for mobiles and tablets I prefer Apple, but I am very aware of its restrictions. The Cupertino company does many things very well, and one of them is its AirDrop, a system to share files quickly if we are connected to the same network. That's basically what you want to do snapdrop, but with differences.

AirDrop is one of those good softwares that Apple develops and that only allows it to be used on their devices. The transfer speed is very high, and that is why I have added part of that in the headline. Moreover, we have software like warpinator, from Linux Mint, but can only be used between Linux devices. If, like me, you also use Windows, macOS, Android and iOS / iPadOS, this tool is not worth it. Yes Snapdrop is worth, because all you need is to go to this site on both devices, tap on the user that appears and send you the file, as long as we are on the same WiFi network.

Snapdrop seems faster than ShareDrop

In my personal test, I have sent a 160mb video to my laptop with Manjaro and it will have taken about a minute. Then I have tried to do the same in ShareDrop And it shows that the older option is slower, so if we choose one to use in the browser, I think we should stick with Snapdrop.

And here is my personal opinion: I'm very sorry, but I can't trust an option like this to send large files. I can't because, at such a slow speed compared to Apple's AirDrop, nothing guarantees that sending a 1GB file will stop. I would recommend it for slightly smaller files, but that's what I use Telegram for.

In any case, Snapdrop is a cross-platform option, it exists and is faster than ShareDrop. Waiting to see how the Nearby sharing from Google, may be something to consider for many users.

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  1.   Rafa said

    I liked this option to share files, I have always used samba between computers on linux, windows does not exist around here, but being able to transfer files from the mobile with android to the pc has seemed as great as it is simple

  2.   Rafa said

    Although I must say that Sharedrop is superior in the sense that if I choose many files to transfer, it will create a zip and with a single download they will all come, in snapdrop you have to download each file one by one, I hope they fix this, because otherwise it is a torture. And really from the moment that you can't share a folder… I think I'll continue with samba.