A wireless transfer app is necessary for smartphone users who need the freedom of file and data share on the go. A year ago, we tested a free file transfer app and we were disappointed that it lacked the HD photo support. The pictures will be compressed before transferring to other phones. To avoid the image quality downgrade issue and transfer pictures between mobile phones in full size and quality, we then found a great alternative, the Shareit wireless file transfer. If you send media files frequently, from phone to phone, from phone to PC, from PC to phone, we highly recommend this easy to use and fast file transfer app.
Bluetooth is very popular for short distance data exchange. With this technology, we can send files from one mobile phone to another without the need for Wi-Fi network or mobile data. However its performance is poor, and the transfer speed is slow. The user experience with data exchange between iPhone and Android devices via Bluetooth is terrible. Recently portable Wi-Fi hotspot or personal hotspot has gain plenty of attention. Most phone makers have this feature built-in so their users can activate and use it without third-party apps. It is mainly used for internet sharing between different mobile phones. As this technology gets refined, a lot of developers jump in. As a result we can now find many file transfer apps make use of this technology for wireless file exchange between mobile phones. File transfer via hotspot has the freedom and flexibility as Bluetooth. Meanwhile it has improved the speed and performance, makes it the ideal solution for bulk file transfer and heavy media files exchange for mobile phone users.
SHAREit makes use of this technology for data exchange between iOS, Android, Windows phone, PC and Mac. If you want to send photos and videos from iPhone to Android phones, you can go to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot on the Android phone in the help of this file transfer app. Then go to connect your iPhone to the Android phone’s portable hotspot, just like you connect the phone to any other Wi-Fi networks. Finally run the Shareit free file transfer app on iPhone, browse to your Camera Roll or other photo albums within the app, select any photos, videos, contacts, phone numbers, PDF docs, music and other files and send them from iPhone to Android phone wirelessly and quickly. You do not need any Wi-Fi network, internet access. It does not use any of your cellular data for file transfer. If you are interested and want to know more details about where to download and how to use it, check out below instructions to find out.
Method 1. Send photos videos from iPhone to Android phone through hotspot
Get the Shareit free file transfer app here before we use it to send photos, videos and more other files from iPhone iPad to Android mobile phone without internet, Wi-Fi network or cellular data.
Step 1. Enable Receiving mode on Android and setup hotspot
Run the file transfer app on Android phone, touch Receive button from its home screen to enable the file receiving mode. The transfer app will automatically create a Wi-Fi hotspot on your Android phone, you can find the network name in the Shareit app screen.
Step 2. Connect iPhone to the Android phone’s hotspot
On your iPhone, go to Settings >> Wi-Fi, find and join the above hotspot network on Android phone.
Step 3. Select photos, videos on iPhone and send to Android
Run Shareit free file transfer app on iPhone, touch Send button from its home screen.
Then browse to Files tab, Photos tab, or Contacts tab to select any photos, videos, contacts & phone numbers, PDF docs, music and other files on iPhone and send to Android phone instantly.
Method 2. Transfer files from iPhone to Android phone through WebShare
Can’t connect your iPhone to Android hotspot via SHAREit? You can try SHAREit WebShare on Android or iPhone.
Essentially it uses your web browser for Android or iOS as the SHAREit companion app. This tool was originally developed for Mac/PC users I guess. But I found it can also be used as a workaround when you encounter connection failure issues with the SHAREit app. So whenever you are having trouble connecting iPhone to Android in SHAREit, do not have or don’t want to have this app installed on iPhone or Android, you can use SHAREit WebShare over the SHAREit app. Here’s how SHAREit WebShare works on Android.
Here we assume you have SHAREit installed on iPhone, not Android. Following are the steps to share files between them with only SHAREit on iPhone.
Step 1. Connect to Wi-Fi or hotspot
Connect both iPhone and Android mobile to the same Wi-Fi network. SHAREit WebShare works through hotspot as well. That’s to say, you can also enable personal hotspot on iPhone, then connect Android to the iPhone hotspot; or turn on portable hotspot on Android, then connect iPhone to Android hotspot.
Step 2. Access SHAREit WebShare on Android
Visit SHAREit WebShare address, http://pc.ushareit.com/, in your mobile web browser on Android phone. A QR code displays on your Android web browser. If you can’t see the QR code, try to enable screen auto-rotation, and put your phone sideways to rotate screen.
Step 3. Connect to SHAREit WebShare from iPhone
In SHAREit app on iPhone, tap on the Add icon (+ inside a circle) at the upper right corner. You will see a drop-down menu, choose Scan QR Code and then use your iPhone camera to scan the QR code on your Android. Alternatively choose WebShare from the menu list, then tap on Scan button to scan the QR code from Android.
Step 4. Sharing files on iPhone with Android
You will find they are now connected and you can simply tap on the Send button in SHAREit app to select files on iPhone and send them to Android phone. As usual, files received or downloaded through web browser can be found in the Download folder. Open the Files manager on your Android, browse to internal storage > Download. If you sent photos from iPhone to Android through SHAREit WebShare, you can also find it in your Gallery. Open the Gallery app, then choose Download album, the photos can be found in this folder.
Bonus tips about the file transfer from iPhone to Android
- This app can also help you move files the other way around.
- Since the iOS 11, Apple introduced the HEIC new image format. This format however is not widely supported by Android phones and Windows computers. You may need an image editor to convert it to more universal image format, such as JPG, JPEG, PNG. The iOS system has the built-in feature to allow users export them as JPG. What you need to do is to head into the iOS system Settings and tweak some file transfer options.
Update 2018: this article was originally posted in 2016 and has since been updated. in this update, we added extra tips on how to solve image and video incompatibility issues between iOS and Android.
Update Sep 2022: added the method to files from iPhone (with SHAREit V3.8.88) to Android phone through SHAREit WebShare.