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Samsung’s Dropship feature is useful, and very limited

There are about a million ways to send files between different Android and iOS devices. On Android, there’s Nearby Share, Bluetooth, NFC, and whatever first-party services that specific OEMs offer. Samsung has a new way of sending files called Dropship, and you’re even able to send files to iOS devices. However, according to, this feature will be extremely limited.

The Dropship feature will operate differently from other functions. For starters, this will not use Bluetooth as other services do. Instead, both devices will need to be connected to the internet. However, it won’t require both devices to be connected to the same Wi-Fi connection.

The Dropship app is available to download on the Samsung Galaxy store. Once you download it, you’ll be greeted with a UI that will let you choose whatever file you want to send.


You’re able to use the app’s native file navigator or select an app to extract files from. When you’re ready to send, Dropship will create both a link and a QR code to send the file. This is important, as there are two ways to receive the file.

Firstly, the aforementioned link will end in six numerical digits. Those digits will be unique to each file. When you can go into the Dropship app, select the Receive File option, and type in those digits and your phone will then begin downloading the file.

The other method is a bit more straightforward. All you have to do is scan the QR code with the device that you want to receive the file, and it will start downloading.


The Samsung Dropship function is useful but very limited

If you’re excited about using this function, just know that there is a pretty high barrier to entry. This feature is rife with annoying limitations that might actually drive you away from it. For starters, if you want to use this function, you will need One UI 5.0. This version of Samsung’s Android skin is still in the process of rolling out, so most people won’t have access to it.

Next, This feature is a Samsung Good Lock module, and this platform is not available on Samsung’s lower-end phones. Also, Good Lock is not even available in certain regions.

Last but not least, you can only send up to 5GB per day. That’s not a bad limit if you’re mostly sending pictures and smaller files. However, if you’re planning on sending a bunch of large files, then you might want to use a different method of sending files.