I wish I could transfer files from iPhone to Android or the other way around via Bluetooth so I don’t have to install any extra apps. Unfortunately, it does not work.
There are different ways you can transfer files between Android and iPhone. For example, you can attach the files and documents you want to share to an email and send it to yourself from Android or iPhone, then download the attached files to the other phone. You can use cloud storage services like Google Drive, Dropbox, or One Drive to transfer files between the two devices. Simply upload the files to the cloud storage from one device and then download them to the other device. There are many file transfer apps available that can also help you transfer files between Android and iPhone, such as SHAREit, Xender, and Send Anywhere.
Today, almost all Android smartphones come with a file manager, file browser or explorer. These file management tools are very helpful. For example, you can use them to copy, move, delete, rename files on mobile phones; some of them can even help users connect to a computer, server, other mobile devices for data transfer. We can find a lot of third party file explorer or manager on the App Store for iPhone, notably the Documents app, FileMaster and Owlfiles. These apps are designed with file management and transfer in mind. You can not only use it to manage all kinds of files on iPhone but also share files between iPhone and PC, Mac, Android in an easier way.
In this article, we will describe how you can share files, such as photos, videos, music and more documents between iPhone and Android phones using Documents and FileMaster file managers for iPhone. At the lower section of this post, we will also suggest other great file transfer apps that are free, cross-platform, powerful and easy to use.
Method 1. Transfer files between Android and iPhone over WiFi using Documents
Documents by Readdle is a very popular file manager, media player and web browser app for iOS. You can download and use it for free, with in-app purchases.
To transfer files between your iPhone and other devices or computers using the Documents app by Readdle, you can follow these steps.
Make sure your iPhone and the Android phone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Open the Documents app on your iPhone. Tap the My Files tab at the bottom if you’re not already there. Tap the More menu (three dots icon) in the top-right corner, then choose Connect to Computer from the drop-down menu. Documents app will then give you the web transfer address and a code to sign in.
Access docstransfer.com using a web browser on your Android phone and enter the provided code to establish connection. If the manual input of the code doesn’t work for you, use the sign in with QR code instead. This will open a web-based file transfer interface. You’ll see your iPhone’s file directory on the web page.
Navigate to the folder containing the files you want to transfer. Select and download files from iPhone to Android device.
To transfer files from the Android to iPhone, tap the Upload Files button on the web interface. Select the files you want to upload from your Android phone and confirm the upload.
Method 2. Transfer files between Android and iPhone over WiFi using FileMaster
Firstly go to download it from App store on to your iPhone. You do not need to install any app on Android phone for the file exchange. We will use the stock internet explorer or web browser on Android phone as the client to communicate with the iPhone file manager and share data between them.
Run the File manager on iPhone, tap on the More button and choose WiFi Transfer from the pop-up menu, see below screenshot.
Slide the toggle to on in the WiFi Transfer screen, so you will get an iPhone file wireless transfer address.
Connect your Android phone to the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone. Then launch the internet browser on the phone to access the above iPhone Wi-Fi file transfer address, you will then get the access to all kinds of files and folders from the iPhone file manager on your Android device.
Here are how you can transfer files between iPhone and Android:
Transfer files from iPhone to Android
- You will firstly need to import files from iPhone to the iPhone file manager app;
- Then visit iPhone file transfer URL address using the web browser on Android phone. Browse to the folders from iPhone and download files from iPhone to Android.
Transfer files from Android to iPhone
- Visit iPhone file transfer URL address using the web browser on Android phone. Click the Upload button to select files you want to upload from Android to iPhone.
- The files will be uploaded from Android phone to the iPhone file manager app first. You can then export the files from the file manager to iPhone, open the received files with other compatible apps on iPhone, share the received files from iPhone to others or other devices using compatible tools or apps on your iPhone.
Using this wireless transfer utility, you can easily exchange photos, videos, music and more documents between iPhone and Android phones.
More free phone transfer options
There are many third-party apps available on the App Store that allow you to transfer files between an iPhone and iPad. Except FileMaster, here are more popular file sharing apps for iPhone and iPad:
A popular file transfer app that allows you to send files of any type and size directly between devices without any internet connection.
A file transfer app that allows you to share files with other devices over Wi-Fi, and it works across different platforms like iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac.