Microsoft has started 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 you can use Microsoft Edge Drop to share files across your Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac devices.
Use Microsoft Edge Drop File Sharing (2022)
What is Microsoft Edge Drop?
Microsoft Edge Drop is the new Edge feature that 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 (Android and iOS) and PC (Mac and Windows) devices.
Edge Drop is currently available in the Canary Channels, with availability in the Stable Channel expected very soon. We tested the feature on build 104.0.1284.0 on Windows 11, and here’s how you can try it out right now.
Enable Microsoft Edge Drop on Desktop
1. Download (visit website) and open Edge Canary on your PC. Then click on the three dots horizontal icon in the upper right corner. When the list of options appears, choose “Settings” from the context menu.
2. Next, switch to “Appearance” settings in the left sidebar and activate the “Drop” toggle.
3. You will now see a new “Deposit” icon next to the address bar in the toolbar. You can also access the function from the “More tools” section of the three-dot context menu.
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 sent notes and files from the Edge browser linked to the same Microsoft account.
2. As you can see in the image below, you can share files (images, videos, and documents) and notes across your connected devices using Edge Drop.
3. As mentioned earlier, Edge Drop is linked to your OneDrive account. Files you upload here count towards your OneDrive storage. If you want to share multiple large files, you’ll need to upgrade your OneDrive plan.
Receive files on devices connected with Edge
To access notes and files you’ve shared, open the Edge browser on another desktop or 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:
To note: The feature is enabled by default in the Edge browser on mobile, and you don’t need to enable any toggle for it to work.
1. To access Edge Drop, open the Edge browser on your mobile, tap the horizontal three-dot icon at the bottom, and choose “Deposit”.
2. You will now see all the images, videos and notes that you have shared from the PC. You can also choose to send new notes and files from your phone to your desktop using the text box and attachments menu.
Microsoft Edge Drop alternative: Clipt
If you’re looking for an Edge Drop alternative, OnePlus’ Clipt app is something you might want to consider. Clipt syncs your clipboard history with connected devices. You can also use Clipt to send text, images and other files between your devices. Unlike Edge Drop, however, you’ll need to install a Google Chrome extension to use Clipt on your desktop.
Install Clip (Chrome Extension | Android | iOS)
Try Drop to Share Files Using Microsoft Edge
So these are the steps needed to get started with Drop on Edge. Although currently limited to the Canary Channel, we expect the feature to come to the Stable Channel over the next few months, 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 much user attention. It will be interesting to see if the Edge Drop feature finds its way into a user’s arsenal or remains a niche feature used by power users. Speaking of upcoming Edge features, you can check out our linked article to test VPN-like Edge secure network service, a new feature that promises secure browsing experience in Microsoft Edge.