Instashare - Transfer files and photos the easy way

Developer: Lukas Foldyna

Current Version: 1.4.5

Last Updated: 2 years ago

Download Size: 8.1 MB - Download


Transfer files the easy way, just drag & drop the file and we will handle the rest. Like Apple AirDrop, but works and on all major platforms and computers that don't support AirDrop. Apps are available for iOS, OS X, Windows, and Android.

With millions of downloads in the App Store, thousands of happy users and millions of photo and file transfers, this app is a necessary tool for your iOS device.

You don't need to be tech-savvy to share files, photos or videos.

It adds Airdrop-like transfer capability to older devices without official support for Airdrop, like your older Mac or iOS devices with iOS 6.

No need to pair devices or set up a transfer to send files or photos. Designed for quick and easy sharing of files, photos, and videos from your PC or Mac to your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or even from an Android device, photos and videos are automatically saved to the 'Camera roll' album.

Just open the app and start sharing files, holiday photos, or family videos – no need to enter emails or passwords.

You can transfer any file type, no restrictions. MP3s, images, PDFs, presentations, and way more.

Instashare preserves photo metadata in all transfer directions (EXIF information, location, etc). Transfer in full resolution.

You don't need to be connected to the internet, just use a local wi-fi or Bluetooth (iOS and OS X only) to transfer files.

You can use Instashare with various apps thanks to the system built-in extension – share pictures from Photo library, links from Safari, and other files straight from 3rd party apps.

Stop retyping long URLs and so on. Just copy and transfer it in a few seconds.
Drag a clipboard item & drop it on the device – it will be automatically copied to clipboard on the device.

Files and photos are sent only between your devices, without making a copy somewhere in the Cloud. They never leave your local wi-fi network, keeping your files and photos safe.

No need to manually open the mobile app to transfer a file or clipboard to device – just wait a few seconds for the device to appear.

Versions for other platforms available at

To transfer files and photos between two devices, both of them need to have this app installed. Mobile apps are free, desktop apps are paid.
Access to a properly configured wi-fi network (or bluetooth between iOS and OS X) is required for this app to work. Some public or private wi-fi networks may be configured to block communication between devices, preventing the transfer connection to be established.
You don't need to use the latest device or OS available, works with older systems as well, from iOS 6, iPad 2 or iPhone 4.

Videos on how the app works at and app support at


Release Notes:

- Ready for 10.11 El Capitan.
- Bug fixes


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.2.1
Review by Cochdraig

Works great for me! - I had a 65mb pdf that I needed to transfer from my OS X Mac Book Air to my 2 iPads (one mini, one regular) couldn’t do it via email because it was too big. (Although I could have messed around with Google large file transfer which is awkward) I Googled “How to transfer files from OS X to iPad” and came up with this app…..I installed it on the Air Book and the iPads and it WORKS PERFECTLY! Thanks you for a great app!

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 1.4.5
Review by MoonDogSolo

RIPOFF - Bought Mac and iPad versions…need a way to share .aif files…the wireless sync with iTunes is worthless… I am watching the .aif file getting transferred now for over an hour. Seriously? Did the developers even test this app? I want my money back. Moon Dog

Found helpful by 11 out of 13 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.4.5
Review by uidCero

Instashare - For the most part, Instashare works as described with some caveats. for starters, there is no opt-out for sending analytics to crashlytics and developer’s website (as such, i block all outgoing connections for this application with Little Snitch). please offer opt-out (for Instashare across all platforms). next, pairing isn’t instant nor automatic as each device added must approve pairing before any transfers take place (a good thing but not obvious to user). next, there is no obvious way to accept incoming connections on iOS without the app being open despite option suggesting this is possible. all in all, since i have a MBP 2011 model, i don’t have Airdrop. Instashare adds this functionality.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 1.4.5
Review by Freezala

not compatible with 10.7 - This is NOT compatible with 10.7 because Apple is a piece of crap and now bluetooth on 10.7 is not compatible with any updated iphones’ bluetooth. Brilliant, right? Not. Should have suspected a catch.

Found helpful by 0 out of 5 people
Version 1.4.5
Review by HelmetHair

Instashare - this app is garbage. don’t waste your money. 9 times out of 10, devices cannot see each other.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 1.4.5
Review by gregmayneII

Not Working On iPad Mini - This app used to work great, but not anymore on iPad Mini. Using it to send images from iMac to iPad, but the images never save to the camera roll. It works just fine on my iPhone from the iMac. Now I have to send from the iMac to the iPhone and then Air Drop it to the iPad from the iPhone. Have tried deleting the app and re-downloading; not successfull. Also tried rebooting the iPad Mini; not successfull. Please fix.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people