We’ve covered about a dozen different apps that let you send files from your iPhone to your Mac and vice versa; some free, some paid; some gorgeous, and others ugly. What they all have in common is that they work over Wi-Fi. The apps are useful if you don’t want to connect your phone to your Mac with a cable, or if you don’t have your cable at hand. BeamApp is a free Mac app available in the Mac App Store with an iOS companion app that allows you to send and receive items from your clipboard to your Mac over the internet regardless of whether they are on the same Wi-Fi network or not. The content you can bean could be email addresses, navigation directions, phone numbers, or a URL. When a website URL is sent from your iPhone to a Mac, BeamApp for Mac opens it in your default browser. In addition to sending and receiving content from your clipboard, you can also send the current song playing in the iPod app on your iPhone to your Mac.
BeamApp needs an active internet connection to work. You will have to create a connection between your Mac and iPhone via the respective apps. This can be done by either scanning a QR code (best for when you are in front of your screen), or entering a PIN (best for when you’re away from your Mac). BeamApp runs in the Menu Bar. Click it and wait for it to connect to its own server. Once it has connected, a plus button appears at the bottom and the app asks you to connect a device. Click the plus button and a QR code with a PIN number under it appears.
Launch the BeamApp on your iOS device. Click the plus sign and wait for the connect options to load. You can scan the QR code, or click the ‘Enter PIN’ tab at the top to use the PIN instead. Once the connection has been established, your Mac will appear as an added device. Above the list of added devices, you will see everything on your clipboard that the app can beam to your Mac. Click ‘Cancel’ to see a list of all items that you have received from your Mac.
To beam content from your iOS device to your Mac, copy it to your clipboard. If You have music playing in the iPod app it will automatically be listed it. Tap the item you want to send to your Mac, select your Mac from the connected device list and click ‘Beam’. To beam content from your Mac, copy it to your clipboard, select a device and click ‘Beam’. Music files are not copied; they are played on your Mac but this feature will only work if you have the song on your Mac in your iTunes library as well. If you haven’t synced your iTunes library on the Mac you are sending the song to, it will not play.
When sending content between devices, you will find that the apps work faster when they are on the same Wi-Fi network. However, they will work even if the networks are different; all you need is an internet connection.