Use This AirDrop Alternative To Easily Share Files Between Macs Via WiFi [OS X Tips]

Use This AirDrop Alternative To Easily Share Files Between Macs Via WiFi [OS X Tips]

Seriously, it’s that simple.

AirDrop is a pretty slick app that was first available in OS X Lion. It basically allows any Mac see any other Mac with the protocol enabled on the network, with no configuration or knowledge of file sharing needed. You just drop a file onto any available AirDrop icon, and your file heads over to that user’s Mac. No muss, no fuss, just simple.

At least, that’s the concept. In reality, I’ve not seen AirDrop ever work that easily. Luckily, there’s an alternative that’s even simpler: Any Send, a free Mac app that lets you send files to any other Mac using WiFi.

Grab Any Send from the Mac App Store, and install it. Once it’s downloaded, it will be accessible in your Applications folder as well as Launch Pad, where all good Mac App Store apps go when they’re ready to use. Launch the app, run through the three step tour, and you’re ready to go.

Now, install Any Send on your second Mac, or send your friend to grab a copy of Any Send for their Mac. Once it’s downloaded, installed, and launched on the second (or third, or fourth) Mac, you’ll be able to click on the Any Send icon that now resides in the menu bar of any of the Macs with the app running, and send any file along to any other Mac, as long as they’re on the same WiFi network. As the Tour says, it’s ridiculously simple.

The Mac receiving the file will get a message that lets them know you’re trying to send them a file. They can decline, or click OK and the file will move across. You can also set up Any Send to auto-accept files from any trusted Mac by clicking on the Always button to accept the file.

So, if AirDrop is a bit wonky for you, give Any Send a try, and let us know how it works for you in the comments below.

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  • bullshitconsult

    One other you can promote is File Transfer. It to is free.

  • Geoffb3

    I have never had a problem using airdrop.

  • Benavente Patricio

    AirDrop works without any problem, and it is very easy to use.

  • roblef

    AirDrop works without any problem, and it is very easy to use.

    I’ve encountered some wonkiness in the past, and figure this was a good alternative for those who have as well. I like that Any Send is coming to iOS, as well, which could make it an even better option.

  • roblef

    I have never had a problem using airdrop.

    I have, and I’ve heard of other reports of it not working as simply as it should. Any Send seems like a good alternative, though.

  • roblef

    One other you can promote is File Transfer. It to is free.

    Thanks for the tip – I’ll check it out.

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