"I want to AirDrop pictures from my iPhone to my Windows 10 desktop. I have Bluetooth turned on, and my iPhone is paired. My desktop does not appear as an eligible receiver on my phone."
- Microsoft community
As one of the handiest features on your iPhone, AirDrop allows you to easily transfer files between Apple devices. However, if you have a Windows PC and want to AirDrop to a PC, can you get AirDrop on a PC?
Don't worry. This article will walk you through the problem in detail.
Part 1. Can You AirDrop to a PC?
Part 2. How to AirDrop from iPhone to PC via iTunes File Sharing
Part 3. How to AirDrop from iPhone to Windows PC with Coolmuster iOS Assistant
Part 4. How to AirDrop to Windows 10 Using LANDrop
Part 5. How to AirDrop Photos from iPhone to Windows 10 with Cloud Services like Dropbox
Part 6. How to AirDrop to Computer via Snapdrop
Part 7. How to AirDrop iPhone to Windows 10 via SMB Protocol [Complex]
Unfortunately, you cannot AirDrop from iPhone to PC since AirDrop is a proprietary wireless service for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and MacBooks running iOS 7 or macOS X 10.7 or later. By now, AirDrop does not support other operating systems except for iOS. If you wish to AirDrop to Windows 10, you can use other alternative methods introduced below.
Apple provides iTunes File Sharing To help you AirDrop to Windows 11/10. It works seamlessly on your Windows PC and is safe and reliable.
Note: You can use iTunes File Sharing to sync documents created by Numbers, Keynotes, Pages, or other apps that support File Sharing.
How can I transfer files from iPhone to PC?
1. Install and launch the latest version of iTunes on your Windows PC.
2. Plug your iPhone into the computer via a USB cable and tap the iPhone icon when it appears at the top-left of the iTunes window.
3. Click File Sharing on the left panel, choose the file you want to transfer, and tap the Save button at the lower-right corner.
4. Define a location on your computer to store files and hit Apply.
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Coolmuster iOS Assistant is the best way to transfer iPhone to a Windows PC. It supports everything on your iPhone, like contacts, photos, bookmarks, calendars, videos, music, apps, iBooks, etc. You can selectively copy desired items to the computer or back up all iPhone content on the PC in one click.
What can you do with Coolmuster iOS Assistant?
How to transfer files from iPhone to PC?
1. Download and install Coolmuster iOS Assistant on your PC.
2. Connect your iPhone to the PC using a USB cable and trust the computer on your iPhone. When connected, it will display your iPhone information on the home interface.
3. Choose the data type you want to transfer on the left side, for instance, Photos. Preview the thumbnails on the right side and tick off the desired images. Next, press the Export button on the top to save them to your PC.
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LANDrop is a free local area network file transferring app that enables you to transfer files to any device on the same network. It supports point-to-point file sharing among Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, and Linux and doesn't compress media files during transfer.
To AirDrop from iPhone to Windows 10:
1. Install LANDrop from the App Store on your iPhone.
2. Download LANDrop from its official website on your Windows PC.
3. On your PC, extract the LANDrop .zip file and double-tap the LANDrop.exe.
4. If the Windows Firewall prompt pops up, select the Private networks, such as my home or work network option and tap the Allow access button.
5. Run LANDrop on your iPhone and touch the add image/file icon at the upper-right corner. Later, pick the pictures/files you want to transfer and choose your Windows 10 under the Devices section.
6. Choose Yes on the pop-up window on your PC to start the file sharing process.
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You can also use a cloud storage service to AirDrop from iPhone to PC. First, you must upload the files from your iPhone to the cloud storage. Then, download the uploaded files to your PC. Note that the cloud storage service may not support all iPhone data.
Here, we will take Dropbox as an example to illustrate how to AirDrop from iPhone to PC.
1. Install and run the Dropbox app on your iPhone and sign in with your Dropbox account.
2. Click the + icon at the lower-right corner > Transfer Files > Add from Dropbox or Add from Camera Roll. (Note: You cannot add folders from iOS to transfer.)
3. Choose the wanted files, click Continue, and tap Set expiration to set up an expiration date. If you use Dropbox Professional, Advanced, Enterprise, or Education, you can also add a password to protect your files.
4. Click Continue > Email or Get link to share your transfer link.
5. Copy & paste the link to your computer browser. Then, it should download files directly.
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If you are looking for an AirDrop clone app, look at Snapdrop. This web-based app imitates AirDrop and allows you to sync everything from an iPhone to a PC over the same local network.
To AirDrop from iPhone to PC via Snapdrop:
1. Connect your iPhone and the PC to the same Wi-Fi network and pen snapdrop.net on both devices.
2. Tap your computer's nickname on your iPhone and select the files you want to share.
3. Tap Save to accept the files on your computer.
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SMB is a network transfer protocol that lets apps on your computer read files or request services on the same network. Briefly, you can AirDrop from iPhone to PC over Wi-Fi after setting up the SMB server. Before starting, ensure that your iPhone and Windows PC is on the same Wi-Fi network.
Afterward, continue with the following steps.
1. Open the Windows PowerShell or Command window to find the PC's IP address.
For Windows 10/11, press and hold Windows + X keys together and tap the Windows PowerShell (Admin) option from the Start menu. Next, enter ipconfig on the command window and press the Enter key.
Much information will appear. Find the IPv4 Address under the Wireless LAN adapter Wi-Fi section, and the numeral data will be your computer's IP address. Note down the IP address for later use.
2. Create a new folder on your PC's desktop and name it iPhone File Transfer. After that, right-click the folder and choose Properties > Sharing > Advanced Sharing > check the Share this folder option.
Afterward, tap the Permissions button below > choose Everyone > allow all the boxes under Permissions for Everyone > hit OK and Apply, and close the window. This will make the folder a shared one.
3. Launch the Files app on an iPhone that runs iOS 13 or later and click the three-dot icon at the top-right corner. Now, touch the Connect to Server option from the menu and type in smb:// followed by your PC's IP address. After that, click Connect to continue.
On the next screen, choose Registered User and enter your Windows username & your Microsoft password. If you don't remember the username, check the command window in Step 1 and find the path C:\Users\USERNAME\Desktop or something similar. The name after Users will be your Windows username.
Then, tap the Next to establish a connection between your iPhone and your PC. After a successful connection, you will see the shared folder iPhone File Transfer on your iPhone.
4. Open the Photos app on your iPhone, click Select on the top, and pick the desired pictures to transfer.
5. Tap the Share icon at the bottom > find and click Save to Files > tap the IP address of your PC > iPhone File Transfer > hit Save. The photos will be transferred to the shared folder immediately.
6. Open the shared folder iPhone File Transfer on your PC to access the synced photos from your iPhone.
That's how to AirDrop to a PC. You can select the way accordingly. If you are looking for the easiest and quickest method, you can try Coolmuster iOS Assistant. It uses wired transfer and will be much more stable than any other method. Moreover, you can preview the content and choose whichever to copy if you only transfer part of your iPhone data.