Xiaomi Mi Drop – Transfer files between Android phones and PC

Xiaomi Mi Drop

Xiaomi Mi Drop: Technology has not bloomed, or grown but erupted like a volcano of bits and bytes. We are surrounded by volcanic dust. Technology has made itself a day to day part of our lives more precisely our work lives and has aided to it greatly.

Xiaomi Mi Drop

In this article, we will talk about the latest app developments in the world of technology. There have been many such apps like Xender, SHAREit, Zapya, etc. that allow you to share files across mobile devices. Do you know that, some of these apps also allow you to transfer data from your personal computer to your Android devices?

One of such apps is Mi Drop by Xiaomi. Yes, this is the most popular smartphone brand Xiaomi. If you are a newbie to Mi Drop or you have been using Mi Drop for some time now and are wondering how to use Mi Drop on a Windows PC, you are just in the right place. Today, in this article, we are going to tell you how to use Mi Drop to transfer files from Android to your personal computer.

The MI drop app and its History

This app by Xiaomi is a file-transfer utility app that was introduced by Xiaomi in MIUI 7. After the launch, the utility app has undergone a number of changes along with receiving many upgrades. It was only last year when Xiaomi revamped and released the overhauled version of the Mi Drop app.

Xiaomi not only changed its logo but also moved out of the Utility folder to its own place on the home screen. Xiaomi also introduced Mi Drop on the GooglePlay Store. This is the most exciting news for android users around the world, as by doing this, Mi Drop can now be installed and used on all Android devices from any manufacturer.

It does not matter the kind of Android device you own — Redmi Note 4, or Samsung Galaxy S8, you can use the Mi Drop app on all these devices.

Talking about Samsung Galaxy S8, here are some tips and tricks for Samsung Galaxy S8.

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8

Ditch the bluetooth now, Mi Drop lets you transfer files from Android to Android at a much higher speed than Bluetooth. The file transfer app by Xiaomi also allows you to transfer files of any format, for instance: images, videos, APKs, etc.

One of the best features of this app is it’s a simple user interface which makes transferring files extremely easy. An option to resume interrupted transfers makes the experience a cakewalk.

The only prerequisite for Mi Drop is that both the devices should be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. You can get more info on the same here.

But, the question here is how to use MI drop to send files from Android to Windows PC and vice versa. Let’s get started on the same.


This is simple and easy there is no fancy Mi Drop tool on Windows. You have to use FTP to connect Mi Drop to PC. Here are the steps you need to follow:

Step 1: Download Mi Drop on your Android device. You don’t need to install anything if you have a Xiaomi device running MIUI 9+ since the app is preinstalled on your device. But, if you own any other device, just download the Mi Drop app from the Play Store.

Step 2: Now connect your Android device and the personal computer to the same Wi-Fi network. This is a very important step. If you skip this, you will not be able to connect your PC and the Mi Drop app together.

Step 3: Now open the Mi Drop app on your Android device and tap the three-dot icon at the top-right corner of the Mi Drop app. Now, select Connect to a computer from the menu.



Step 4: On the Connect to the computer screen, tap the Start button you will find at the bottom. You will then be asked to select the storage volume of your choice– Internal memory or SD card. Tap the desired storage.

Connect to the computer screenConnect to the computer screen

You will then get an FTP address at the bottom of the screen. You will have to use this address on your personal computer as mentioned in the following step.

FTP address

Step 5: Now open Windows Explorer on your computer and enter the same FTP URL in the address bar of the Windows Explorer. Press Enter.

open Windows Explorer

Once you are done with mobile folders it will be shown on your PC. Just like the normal USB connection, you can now easily, cut, copy and move data between your Android device and PC.

After you have done transferring the data, tap Stop button at the bottom of the app.

To secure your FTP connection, you should add a password to it. To do that, tap the Settings icon on the Connect to the computer screen and turn off the “Sign in anonymously” option.

FTP connection

After doing that, you will notice that the Sign-in option present under the Sign in anonymously will turn black. Click on it and enter a username and password. Now click on OK to save the credentials. Each time you connect your Android device to PC, you will be asked to enter these credentials, so make sure you remember them.


Not that you had not expected but with the Mi Drop app you can also transfer files between two Android devices. And, in case you are not sure about how it works, here are the steps that can guide you:

Step 1: Download Mi Drop on both the Android devices from Google Playstore and connect them to the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 2: Now open the Mi Drop app and tap “Send” on the device from where you want to send the files. Next, select the files that you want to send on the next screen. You can also select multiple files of different formats.



Step 3: Tap Receive, on the Mi Drop app of the second phone. You will find the receiver’s name pop-up on the first phone on the Mi Drop app. Tap on it to connect both the phones. On the second phone, you will be asked whether you want to receive the file. Tap “Ok” to start file transfer.


How to Share MI Drop App with other Users?

You can share the Mi Drop app from the app itself to any device, to start quick and easy file sharing. To do so, just open the Mi Drop app on your device and tap the Share Mi Drop to your friends link given at the bottom.

How to Share MI Drop App

How to Share MI Drop App

You see that you will get multiple options to share the app with other users for instance. A Portable hotspot, QR code, and other options.

How do I change Mi Drop Destination Folder?

Another frequently asked question is — How do I change Mi Drop Destination Folder? To get an answer to that, read on..

The files that are transferred between Android and PC via Mi Drop app. It will be directly kept in their respective folders. But, when you transfer the files between two Android devices, they are kept in the Internal Storage/MIUI/MiDrop folder.

Though you will not be able to change the exact location of the folder, you will be able to save them on the SD card if your device supports it.

Make sure that your Xiaomi device is not running low on internal storage if that is the case: here are tips to increase the storage.

change Mi Drop Destination Folder

Mi Drop Destination FolderNow, to change the destination folder of the Mi Drop app, tap the three-dot icon at the top-right corner of the Mi Drop app. Then choose a destination folder from the menu. On the pop-up, you will be given two options to select from — Internal Storage and External Storage.


Yes and No.

If you have downloaded the Mi Drop app on some device other than a Redmi device. Now you can easily uninstall it using the general way. Go to Play Store – look for the Mi Drop app and then tap Uninstall button. Or simply long touch the icon and drag it upwards to an uninstall prompt.

However, if you own a Redmi device. We are sad to inform you that you will not be able to disable Mi Drop as it is a system app.

Which are the Alternative apps for file sharing?

There alternative tools such as SHAREit, Xender etc, that you can use to transfer data to PC. But it is important to note that, Mi Drop is an ad-free and extremely easy to use app. Do not believe us, see for yourself. You can check our detailed comparison of the best Android file transfer apps here.

Microsoft has also launched a file transfer app recently. You can find it on Google Play — It goes by the name Photos Companion.


It is to be noted that at the moment you can only transfer photos and videos using this app. Since the app does not support other types of files.

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