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How to Transfer Files between iOS Devices without AirDrop?

iOS 7 introduces a great new feature – AirDrop for iOS. The function is very similarly to the feature of the same name on OS X. When you want to quickly share a file between nearby devices, you can use AirDrop to seamlessly transmit the file without having to go through email, iMessage, or other services.

AirDrop uses a combination of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct to locate your friends, and connects to your iCloud contacts so that you can see your friends’ names and photos on the share sheet instead of random device identifiers or email addresses.
It’s certainly making sharing files between iOS devices a lot easier than sending them through Mail, while AirDrop isn’t perfect yet.

AirDrop limited compatible devices

Owners of an iPhone 5 or later, iPad fourth generation, iPad Mini and the fifth-generation iPod Touch will be able to take advantage of AirDrop. Besides, iCloud requires iOS 5 or later on iPhone 3GS or later, iPod touch (3rd generation or later), iPad, or iPad mini. It means that if your iOS devices are lower versions or your iOS version is lower than iOS 5, you will be not lucky enough to enjoy file-sharing with AirDrop.

AirDrop limited compatible apps

At the present time, AirDrop works with the following built-in iOS apps:

  • Notes
  • Contacts (send a business card to another user)
  • Voice Memos
  • Photos (AirDrop lets you preview the photo before accepting it)
  • Safari
  • Passbook
  • Maps
  • Podcast

So how to transfer files between iOS devices without Airdrop?

Faced with limited compatibility and limited file types transfer, the third-party iPad transfer will help you. The iTransfer Platinum for Mac from Imtoo and iPad Magic Platinum for Windows from Xilisoft are the top-rated programs. Take iTransfer Platinum for example, it supports all iPad/iPhone/iPod devices, and can transfer various file on iOS devices, like music, movie, Pictures, TV Shows, Podcast, iTunes U, eBooks, Camera Roll, Ringtone, SMS, Contacts, Voice memos and Camera shot, Even better, the program not only supports files transfer between iOS devices, but also support backup iOS files to Mac/iTunes and transfer local files(including video and DVDs) to iOS devices.

Step 1. Download iTransfer Platinum for Mac and install it on your computer.

Step 2. Connect iPad and another device to your computer.

Step 3. In the left directory tree, select the target device file list that you want to import files into. And then click “Copy to Device” drop-down button, choose “Add File(s) to List…” option, select the files you want to add in the dialog box that appears, and load them to your another device. Okay, done.