How to Connect iPhone to Chromebook and Transfer Photos

The iPhone and Chromebook are products of two tech giants that are distinct in their approach and often at a crossroads in software compatibility. And as American students are increasingly using Chromebooks as their primary laptop and iPhone as their smartphone, the compatibility issue is becoming even more vital. We tried installing iTunes on Chromebook, but it didn’t work as expected. So, in this article, we are going to see ways to connect iPhone to Chromebook to transfer photos and files. We mentioned USB and wireless methods to sync iPhone and Chromebook. So, on that note, let’s go ahead and learn about the steps in detail.

Connect iPhone to Chromebook (2021)

Here, we have mentioned the wired and wireless methods to connect iPhone to Chromebook. Based on your preference, you can access the relevant guide from the link below.

Connect iPhone to Chromebook and transfer photos via USB

1. Similar to Mac or Windows PC, connect your iPhone to Chromebook with a USB Lightning cable. Instantly, you will get a popup on your iPhone to allow access to the media. Tap “Allow” and you’re almost done.

2. Now open the Files app on your Chromebook and you will find “Apple iPhone” on the left panel. Open it further and you’re done. All your iPhone photos and videos will be available on your Chromebook. Now, you can easily transfer media from your iPhone and edit photos on Chromebook with ease.

Connect iPhone and transfer photos to Chromebook via USB

Connect iPhone and Chromebook Wirelessly Using Snapdrop

If you’re looking for a perfect way to transfer photos, media files, documents, etc. from your iPhone to Chromebook, Snapdrop is the best way to go. It’s a wireless method and works like a charm without installing or signing up for an account.

Also, it uses the HTTPS protocol and the transfer is DTLS encrypted, similar to the iPhone’s AirDrop service. The only thing you need is a WiFi network where your iPhone and Chromebook are connected to the same WiFi point. Having said all that, let’s now move on to the steps.

1. Launch Chrome and Open on your Chromebook.

Connect iPhone and Chromebook Wirelessly Using Snapdrop

2. Then open Safari or Chrome or any browser of your choice on iPhone. now open on your iPhone. you will find your Chromebook Destination on the iPhone. Now tap on it and select an image, file or anything you want and it will be sent to your Chromebook right away.

Connect iPhone and Chromebook Wirelessly Using Snapdrop

3. On your Chromebook, tap “download” and you are done. You have successfully transferred a file wirelessly from your iPhone to Chromebook. You can do this from both ends. That’s pretty easy, right?

Connect iPhone and Chromebook Wirelessly Using Snapdrop

Connect iPhone and Chromebook Wirelessly Using AirDroid

If you are looking for a complete wireless solution where you can send not only files but also clipboard, URLs, etc., AirDroid is a better solution. This is also a wireless method and requires a common Wi-Fi network between the two devices.

1. First, install the AirDroid app (Free) on your iPhone and create an AirDroid account.

2. Then go to the “My Device” section and tap “AirDroid Web”. Now, tap on “Scan QR code” and scan the QR code I mentioned in the next step.

Connect iPhone and Transfer Files to Chromebook Wirelessly

3. Click on this link to open AirDroid Web on your Chromebook. After that, scan the QR code on the home page and it will connect to your iPhone. Now, log into your AirDroid account on Chromebook as well.

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4. Finally, you will find all your iPhone photos, videos and files on your Chromebook. All of this is being done locally so that no data is sent to cloud servers.

Observation: Keep in mind that the connection is using the HTTP protocol, which means the data transfer is unencrypted and not as secure. If you are using a public or regular Wi-Fi network for work, I recommend that you use the USB cable.

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Sync iPhone and Chromebook Like a Pro

So that was our little article on how to connect iPhone and Chromebook. As we can see, Chrome OS has gained support for iOS devices and you can easily access media files through the native file manager. There’s no need to mess with anything. However, if you want to connect your iPhone and Chromebook wirelessly, you will need to use a third-party app.

On the other hand, if you want to connect your Android smartphone to a Mac, follow our linked guide to learn the same. Anyway, that’s all for us. If you want to learn more Chrome OS tips and tricks, visit our linked article.

FYI: This method works perfectly for iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, etc.

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