As mobile camera technology shifted towards high-resolution, DSLR-like experiences, the problem of how to share photos between devices has come to the forefront. There are tons of apps for this, but most of them are unreliable even within the same OS platform, let alone being able to seamlessly transfer photos from iPhone to Android and vice versa.
Bluetooth as a standalone technology has come a long way from the minutes of waiting for a device to pair with another and failing several times before the two gadgets got it right. But on its own, it’s not really a versatile tool for file sharing, especially high-resolution images and other visual content, and across OS platforms.
The iPhone obviously has its own Bluetooth capability, but there are several limitations to its use for transferring files because of iOS. To be honest, using Bluetooth to share photos between an iPhone and an Android device is still a massive headache. Not only will you need to jailbreak your iPhone, which poses a major risk in itself, but there’s no guarantee that the method will actually work for image transfers. iOS and Android are such different operating systems that it’s almost impossible for them to work together.
However, WiFi is an ideal bridge between iOS and Android. Since photos are the same format whether they’re on iOS or Android, there won’t be a format conflict when transferring files.
Here’s how you can quickly transfer any file including images from your iPhone to an Android device
- Step 1: Download and install a WiFi file transfer app that’s available on both iTunes and Play Store. You can try apps like SHAREit, and also Zapya, which uses QR codes to transfer data from one OS platform to another.
- Step 2: Once you’ve installed the same app on both devices, you may have to do some extra steps on iOS, such as trusting the other device.
- Step 3: When that part is done, you should be able to select images from your camera roll and transfer them to the Android device. Some apps allow batch transfers while others only let you send one at a time. Depending on what your need is, go with an app that fills that need.
- Step 4: Unfortunately, if you have problems transferring data with a particular app, you’ll have to start the process all over again.
One way to avoid all the hassles of finding the right photo transfer app is to use a premium phone switching tool like Dr. Fone – Switch. Essentially designed for data transfers when moving from one device to another with a different operating system, premium software such as Switch will allow you to not only transfer photos, but nearly any kind of data type between iOS and Android devices.
Bluetooth may not be a viable option as a cross-platform photo transfer or file transfer application, but there are several other ways in which you can accomplish this.
Email: This process might be a bit slow because of file size limitations. For example, Gmail automatically converts large files into Drive uploads and only sends the link via email. If you don’t mind the wait time or if you only have a few photos to share, this might be a good solution for you.
Cloud: Alternatively, you can also upload images directly from your iPhone into a cloud service like Google Drive, and then download them from the same shared location using your Android device.
Social Media: Yet another way is to upload photos to an album on social media and share that album privately.
Desktop Software: There are many free and paid programs that are able to move photos between Android and iOS devices. It is faster and convenient. If you don’t mind about the money, then it is the best way to transfer photos. Here is a demo on how to easily move photos from one device to another.
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If you’ll notice, all these methods require Internet connectivity. If cellular data is expensive or you don’t have access to WiFi, the best way would be to pay once and purchase a premium lifetime license for a solid piece of software rather than pay your carrier every time you want to transfer a photo.