AirDropper: An Easy Way to Request Files — and Have Them Sent Straight to Your Dropbox

AirDropper: An Easy Way to Request Files -- and Have Them Sent Straight to Your Dropbox | 40Tech

Recently, we talked a bit about, an extraordinarily easy way to send files to people without having to talk them through how to receive them. But what if you are the one who needs a file sent to you, and you want to make it as easy as possible to get that request taken care of? You could explain to people (it really is easy), or you could be a bit more direct and use the tool that one of our readers brought to our attention: AirDropper. After all, when you need something from someone, the best way to get it is to require the fewest steps possible — and to sweeten the deal, AirDropper uses your Dropbox folder, so you will be able to access the file(s) from anywhere.

Getting set up with AirDropper is pretty straightforward. You head to and click START. You will then be redirected to Dropbox to authenticate the AirDropper service, which will add an AirDropper folder in your Dropbox folder. Once that’s done, you will head back to AirDropper, and will be presented with a form that allows you to send an email (from your email address of choice) to multiple recipients to request files. The email contains your message, and a large, friendly button that says Upload and brings the user to an even friendlier ADD FILES interface. The file or files — AirDropper has supported multiple file sends since about September of 2010 — will then be sent directly to your Dropbox with no fuss, no muss, and not a worry except for your storage limit.

Note: If you are sending sensitive files, be sure to have a look over the AirDropper terms of service first.

AirDropper is free while in beta, but will likely charge for some of their service in the future, which will likely include tiered pricing for things like the size of the transfer(s), etc. Either way, it is definitely a useful tool!

Thanks to Martin for bringing it to our attention!

Bobby Travis

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  1. Glad to be able to contribute something back!

    I was wondering, does the service email you to let you know the file has been uploaded? Your review implies it doesn’t but it would be a useful feature.

    • Hi Martin,

      I didn’t mention it specifically, but it does advise you when the file arrives, both by email and by Dropbox’s own notification system.

      Thanks again for the great tip! :D

  2. You forgot to mention that it is insanely fast! I uploaded 7 documents as a test including a 200+ page PDF and it was in my Dropbox account before I could even switch tabs! Brilliant, thanks Bobby.

  3. Will be a so nice future if a user could specify a folder under AirDropper folder where to upload the files.
    This come very useful when different users will use AirDropper service of your Dropbox

  4. Just checked it out – no longer free.

    To use the service you need to sign up, with credit card details, for a US$12 /month plan – but the first 30 days are free.

    Nice idea, shame there’s no freemium model

    • Thanks for the heads up flippertie. I noticed the AirDropper Beta button was still in the upper right and is live. If you click on it, you can still access the service for free, at least as of this writing.

  5. Thanks to you in turn! I didn’t realise the Beta was still in action. I do hope they go the way of other services and offer a limited service for free. This would be great for the odd occasions when my mother needs to send me something …..

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