How to use Microsoft Edge Drop to share files on your phone and desktop

Microsoft has begun testing Drop, the company’s latest solution for transferring files and notes to your phone and desktop from the Edge browser. Available in Canary versions of Edge at the moment, the feature relies on the OneDrive cloud service to store files. Read on to learn how to use Microsoft Edge Drop to share files across Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac devices.

Using Microsoft Edge Drop File Sharing (2022)

What is Microsoft Edge Drop?


Microsoft Edge Drop is the new Edge feature Allows users to share and sync notes directly from the Edge browser. Files you share via Edge Drop are uploaded to your OneDrive account. With this feature, you can send and access files from Edge on other connected devices as long as they are linked to the same Microsoft account. These connected devices include both mobile devices (Android and iOS) and computers (Mac and Windows).

Edge Drop is currently available in Canary Channels, expect to be available in the stable channel very soon. We tested the feature in version 104.0.1284.0 on Windows 11, and here’s how to try it now.

Enable Microsoft Edge Drop on the desktop

1. Download (Visiting site) and open Edge Canary on your computer. Then click Three horizontal dots in the upper right corner. When the options menu appears, Choose “Settings” from the context menu.

2. After that, Switch to Appearance settings in the left sidebar and Activate the toggle button “Drop”.

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3. You will now see a new “Deposit” icon next to the title bar in the toolbar. You can also access the function from “More toolsFrom the three-dot context menu.

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Send files with Microsoft Edge Drop

1. To share a note or file via Edge Drop, Click on the “Deposit” icon in the toolbar and click on the blue “+” button From the Drop panel. You can access notes and sent files from the Edge browser linked to the same Microsoft account.

Share files via Edge Drop

2. As you can see in the image below, you can share files (photos, videos, documents) and notes across your connected devices using Edge Drop.

Files shared via Edge Drop

3. As mentioned earlier, Edge Drop is linked to your OneDrive account. Files you upload here count toward your OneDrive storage. If you want to share several large files, you will need to upgrade your OneDrive plan.

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Receive files on devices connected to Edge

To access notes and files you’ve shared, open the Edge browser on a desktop or other mobile browser. On your smartphone, you can access the Drop section from the bottom navigation bar. For now, the feature is also limited to the Canary version of Edge mobile. Let’s see how it works:

for note: The feature is enabled by default in the Edge mobile browser, and you don’t need to enable any toggles for it to work.

1. To access Edge Drop, open the Edge browser on your mobile phone, tap the horizontal three-dot icon at the bottom, and Choose “Deposit”.

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2. Now you will see all the photos, videos, and notes that you have shared from your computer. You can also choose to send new notes and files from your phone to your desktop using the text box and attachments menu.

Phone edge drop interface

Microsoft Edge Drop alternative: Clipt

How to use Microsoft Edge Drop to share files on your phone and desktop

If you are looking for an Edge Drop alternative, the OnePlus Clipt app is something you might want to consider. Clipt syncs your clipboard history with connected devices. You can, too Use Clipt to send text, images, and other files between your devices. Unlike Edge Drop, you will need to have the Google Chrome extension installed to use Clipt on your desktop.

Install Clip (Chrome extension | Android | iOS)

Try Drop to share files with Microsoft Edge

These are the steps to get started with Drop on Edge. Although it’s currently restricted to the Canary Channel, we expect the feature to hit the Stable Channel over the next few months, and possibly in the next release. We’ve seen other browsers like Opera and Firefox implement similar features in the past, but they haven’t caught the user’s attention much. It will be interesting to see if Edge Drop finds its way into the user arsenal or remains a niche feature used by power users. Speaking of upcoming Edge features, you can check out our related article to test a secure network service like VPN, a new feature that promises a secure browsing experience in Microsoft Edge.

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