How to Connect iPhone to Chromebook and Transfer Photos

iPhone and Chromebook are products from two tech giants who are distinct in their approach and often at crossroads on software compatibility. And since American students are increasingly using Chromebooks as their primary laptop and iPhone as their smartphone, the compatibility issue is getting even more vital. We did try installing iTunes on Chromebook, but it didn’t work as intended. So, in this article, we take a look at ways we can connect iPhone to Chromebook to transfer photos and files. We have mentioned both 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 both wired and wireless methods to connect iPhone to Chromebook. Based on your preference, you can go through 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 pop-up on your iPhone to allow media access. Tap on “Allow” and you are almost done.

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2. Now open the Files app on your Chromebook and you will find “Apple iPhone” in the left pane. Open it further and there you have it. All your photos and videos from the iPhone will be available on your Chromebook. Now, you can easily transfer your iPhone media and edit photos on Chromebook easily.

Connect iPhone and Transfer Photos to Chromebook via USB

Wirelessly Connect iPhone and Chromebook Using Snapdrop

If you are looking for a seamless way to transfer photos, media files, documents, etc. from your iPhone to Chromebook then 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.

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

1. Fire up Chrome and open on your Chromebook.

Wirelessly Connect iPhone and Chromebook Through Snapdrop

2. Next, open Safari or Chrome or any browser of your choice on iPhone. Now, open on your iPhone. You will find your Chromebook’s target on the iPhone. Now tap on it and select an image, file, or anything you want and it will be straight away sent to the Chromebook.

Wirelessly Connect iPhone and Chromebook Through Snapdrop

3. On your Chromebook, tap on “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?

Wirelessly Connect iPhone and Chromebook Through Snapdrop

Wirelessly Connect iPhone and Chromebook Using AirDroid

If you are looking for a full-fledged wireless solution where you can send not just files, but also clipboard, URLs, etc. then AirDroid is a better solution. This is also a wireless method and requires a common WiFi network between both the devices.

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

2. Next, move to the “My Device” section and tap on “AirDroid Web”. Now, tap on “Scan QR code” and scan the QR code that I have 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 homepage and it will connect to your iPhone. Now, log in to your AirDroid account on Chromebook as well.

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

Note: Bear in mind, the connection is using the HTTP protocol which means the data transfer is not encrypted and it’s not that secure. If you are using a public or a common WiFi network for work, I would recommend you to use the USB cable instead.

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Sync iPhone and Chromebook Like a Pro

So that was our short 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. No need to tinker with anything. However, if you want to wirelessly connect iPhone and Chromebook then you will have to use a third-party app.

On the other hand, if you want to connect Android smartphone to a Mac, follow our linked guide to learn the same. Anyway, that is all from us. If you want to learn more such tips and tricks of Chrome OS, head over to our linked article.

FYI: This method works flawlessly 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.

comment Comments 14
  • r.w.d says:

    Is there any way to transfer files from Chromebook to iPhone using this methods?

  • Julie Randall says:


  • Nikita says:

    Best article ive seen on this subject! Very clear and straight to the point. High standard.

  • zidane says:

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  • zidane says:

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  • nads says:

    in my chromebook, its invalid to scan

  • Heaven Niece says:


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  • hbgf says:

    not working

  • bryan says:

    how do you do it

    • kmari says:

      is this bryan balam

  • teehee says:


    • pipi says:

      You got this! One more time!

  • Tyde says:

    I could hook up my mom’s iPhone with this advice!

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