Full Send - Moving Pictures, Text, and Files between your Laptop, Desktop, and Phone Using Microsoft Edge Drop
On the average day, I work concurrently on my Windows desktop, Macbook, and phone, depending on my specific needs. Multiple times a day I find the need to move content between the three. Most commonly, this looks like needing to move a picture or video from my phone to my laptop, or trying to copy a large chunk of text from my desktop to a Virtual Machine I’m accessing that doesn’t allow copying and pasting from the desktop to the VM — as long as I have Edge on the VM, I can pass text to it in Drop, and then copy and paste inside the virtual machine. I’ve had a lot of projects in class that require students to insert a photo or video from their phone into a project they’re working on with their computer. With file size restrictions on emails, and wait time for syncing from the phone to OneDrive, we never had a satisfying experience.
The most seamless solution I’ve found for this is to use Microsoft Edge on each of these device, and have it logged in to my profile. Then, on the Edge Sidebar, I open Drop - the paper airplane icon on the bar.
The in-browser interface for Drop is intuitive — it just looks like a messaging app, but it’s meant for messages you’re sending yourself. In the example below, text was sent from the desktop to the laptop, and a picture was sent from the phone to the desktop.
The drop interface on the phone is reached from the Edge ellipsis context menu at the bottom of the screen.
Additionally, all of the files sent back and forth through Drop are archived in your OneDrive in a folder called Microsoft Edge Drop Files.
And that’s it. Once you have Edge logged in to your profile on each of the devices you’re using, sending content between all of them is seamless.