Many of us don’t know how to share files between an android and ios. But recently zapya made sharing files b/n ios and android easy. Learn how to do it
- First, install the app on both devices.
- Ensure that both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
- Once the app has installed, launch it on both devices. On the Android device, tap Create Group .
Now, tap the menu (three horizontal lines) button in the top right, and tap on Connect to iOS Device . You’ll see the name of the network and the host device
- On the iOS device, you will first connect to the Wi-Fi network listed in Step 3, and
then launch the Zapya app. Choose Search and join in the pop-up menu, and tap on the device name listed on the
The two devices are now connected and you can share files. You can share installed games and even other apps directly to other Android users, and you can share your media and other files equally easily across platforms.
- Swipe the main screen to the left or right to switch between categories. To search for a file, swipe right to get to the first
screen – other free apps didn’t include a search function, only browsing for files, which is why we’re recommending Zapya.
Swipe right to browse through categories, and all the way to the right to browse through the file system.
- To share a file, tap on it, and then tap Send in the pop-up menu. If you want to send more than one file, tap Multi , then
tap all the files you want to share, and tap send.
- On the other devices, a pop-up menu will inform you that files are being transferred
and will show you the progress. To stop the download at any point, you can tap on Cancel on either device.
This method allows you to easily share files using just Wi-Fi, which means that it is faster
than using cloud services – also, since you are not uploading or downloading anything, this
doesn’t cost you anything or use up your data limits. It is of course slower than using a USB
based transfer method, but particularly for getting files out of an iOS device, that can be
cumbersome or even impossible in some cases.
There are some limitations – from the iOS device, you’re restricted in terms of the content
you can send. You can send photos and videos from iOS devices – to share other files, open them using the corresponding apps, then tap
the share icon and share the file to Zapya first – this usually works, but causes the app to crash fairly often too. Since Android has an open
filesystem, it’s much easier to send files from Android to iOS – just browse or search for the
file you want and tap send, and it ends up in the Inbox tab in Zapya on your iOS device. You
can then just tap the file and choose Open in , to open it in the correct app.
We tried several other apps, but the ones we liked the most were Feem WiFi, which is also
available on iTunes and Google Play , and also Xender, which also has iTunes and Google Play
apps. Feem is easy to use, but it is ad supported and these take up a fair bit of the screen. We
accidentally clicked the ads for some apps and also for the paid version of Feem and this takes
you out of the app and directs you to either the App Store or Safari. Xender is very similar to
Zapya, and has a Phone Replicate feature that lets you copy all the stored data on a phone with just one touch, but we couldn’t find a way
to search for specific files in the app. If you don’t have too much local content, that’s not
an issue, but we prefer having the option to search.
If you have used any other methods for sharing files between iOS and Android devices, tell us via the comments
posted by: nick