How to stream large pictures, videos, or documents between Android and iOS devices

How to stream large pictures, videos, or documents between Android and iOS devices
File sharing – a simple concept that is a bit shaky even in our day. And the problem isn't caused by technogy not being advanced enough – oh, no – it usually rears its ugly head when you try to share files across platforms. Sending pictures from your Android handset to another device, running on Google's OS is a simple enough task – just do it over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi direct. However, try to send those party snaps to your friend's iPhone and things can easily become a chore. Different ecosystems still don't play nicely and, sure enough, that's a business decision – it's the small things that sway the customer's decision on whether to buy or stay with a manufacturer's products.

Sure enough – there are ways. Email is an often used solution, but when it comes to clips or bulks of pictures – a size constriction bars the users from using it. Cloud storage is another one – services like Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and others will allow the user to send hyperlinks that lead to the files they wish to share. But keeping those clouds clean and organized after some months of sharing is done could become a hectic ordeal.

But fear not! App and service developers are becoming more and more inventive, and nowadays, there is a way to simply stream the pictures and videos that you have on your phone or tablet directly to another mobile device – regardless of whether it's an Android or iOS one. Check the slideshow below for more information.



1. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Nice, maybe the iPhone can teach Android how to do pdf and gif files natively, without jumping through hoops, or third parties apps.

2. gustavoace

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

You're not familiar with native apps concept...

3. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Yeah and Android could teach Apple how to send files thru Bluetooth natively without usong any third party apps

5. mixedfish

Posts: 1569; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Oh god that's the worst thing ever about the iPhone. I wanted to send some family photos to my cousin's iPhone via bluetooth, but she was insistent that bluetooth is not a data transfer technology only for audio headsets. That conditioning.


Posts: 226; Member since: May 10, 2015

Nah, Apple can teach the definition of smoothness, lag-free and quality apps to all Android users

9. AlikMalix unregistered

What the fq do you think airdrop uses? Could it be..? No... Really? Yep - Bluetooth. All iOS share with airdrop using BT, all androids also use BT to share. The more you know, right?

10. mixedfish

Posts: 1569; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

No s**t airdrop is facilitated by BT, but try maybe using an industry standard instead of proprietary apps. All good and all having the same apps to do this (perhaps an idea world), but the truth is when is having to download an app just to do the basics even regarded as a good thing. This is what 'native' function is, it doesn't need to be the best, it has to be reliable and there when you need it.

13. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

S Beam uses Wi-Fi Direct which is much faster than BT, also there are apps in Playstore which use Wi-Fi for sharing like SuperBeam

14. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

The fact that virtually all mobile OS except iOS can share files within themselves without restrictions, basic files like media and stuff sans the system files. I wish iPhones can do that to other phones via BT without the help of any app.

4. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Never had a problem with PDF or GIF... Google Drive was pre-installed on my device, and bought from the official store (no network carriers in between) so you can say that the app is actually native. And it handles PDF without issues (though I prefer Adobe's PDF Reader) And the Album app has also native support GIF... However I my iPhone-using friends do envy when I share songs and pictures over Bluetooth with other Android users... This article is very interesting in this regard though I wish Apple would open up Bluetooth Transfer protocol at least for pictures...


Posts: 226; Member since: May 10, 2015

Never think of any connection with Lagdroid phones because it may bring lag to iPhone, lol.

12. mixedfish

Posts: 1569; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

With hardware devoid of features, you won't have content to share anyway. lol

8. AlikMalix unregistered

I prefer airdrop to multiple iOS devices at once - the 2 "lucky" android friends get emails or links - sorry android u need to catch up. As far as photos - I text them more often than airdrop. Really really prefer the airdrop to anything else though.

11. mixedfish

Posts: 1569; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

I prefer to give my raw photos on a USB stick. The 'lucky' few Apple users I regard as friends who have incapable devices of hosting industry standard equipment can grab my work in an email or via BT...oh wait.

15. mk47perfect

Posts: 2; Member since: May 26, 2015

I have tried sunshine between my android and friend's ios...just tried to share a pic in is taking time to load on other phone. seems like it is uploading on one side and downloading at the other. it is not like what is mentioned in the description...what a crap!!!

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