How to turn on AirDrop?

How to turn on AirDrop
How to turn on AirDrop

If you want to share files,photos and videos with others that have Apple devices, you can turn on AirDrop. It’s a popular method to share files between two Apple devices. It works between iPhone to iPhone, iPhone to Mac, Mac to iPhone.

AirDrop technology uses Bluetooth to find devices nearby and creates a private WiFi connection to transfer files faster. Enabling AirDrop is not enough, you need to configure the settings so that you can receive the files from another device.

It’s available on both iPhone/iPad and Mac. In this article, you will know how to turn on AirDrop and use it properly. 

How to turn on AirDrop on iPhone?

If you are using an iPhone, you can easily enable AirDrop in a few seconds. But before that, if your personal hotspot is turned on, kindly turn it off.

  • Open the control center by swiping down from the top right corner.
  • Enable Bluetooth and WiFi.
  • Tap on the tray that has Bluetooth & WiFi, and hold for a few seconds.
  • Click on the AirDrop.
  • Select Contacts only or Everyone.

Note: If you select Contacts only, then both the sender and receiver have to be logged in to their Apple account and the email/number of the Sender has to be on your contact list. 

If it’s not possible, then you as a receiver select Everyone in AirDrop so that anyone within your Bluetooth and WiFi range can transfer files to you. 

How to turn on AirDrop on Mac?

Latest version of MacOS has AirDrop on its control center. However if you are using the older version of MacOS, you can enable AirDrop using the Finder. 

  • Click on the Bluetooth and WiFi icon from the menu bar and enable them.
  • Click on the Control Center icon.
  • Click on AirDrop.
  • Turn it on.
  • Select Contacts only or Everyone.

How to turn on AirDrop using Finder

  • Open Finder.
  • Click on the AirDrop folder.
  • Tap on the drop-down menu that says Allow me to be discovered by.
  • Select Contacts only or Everyone.

How to use AirDrop?

Now that you have turned AirDrop on, you need to know how to use AirDrop on iPhone and Mac. 

iPhone to iPhone

  • Locate the file or photo you want to AirDrop.
  • Open the file or picture.
  • Click on the Share icon.
  • Select AirDrop from the list.
  • You will see all of the available devices nearby that can accept your file.

Note: If you are not finding the device you are looking for, either it has AirDrop turned off, or set to Contacts only and you are not on that device’s contact list. To solve this issue, select Everyone in AirDrop settings on the other device.

iPhone to Mac

  • Locate the file on your iPhone.
  • Tap and hold on the file name for a while.
  • Click on the Share button.
  • Tap on AirDrop.
  • Select the MacBook from the list.

Mac to iPhone

  • Locate the file you want to send on your Mac.
  • Right click on the file name.
  • From the menu, click on Share.
  • Select AirDrop from the options.
  • Select your iPhone from the Devices.

How to find AirDrop files on iPhone and Mac?

Once you accept the file on your device, you may wonder where it’s going. If you are using Macbook, all of the AirDrop files are sent to the Downloads folder.

However if you are using an iPhone, it’s easier for you to find the files. Especially, if it’s a picture, you can find it in the Photos app on your phone.

Other files are available in the Downloads folder. However, if you have native apps for opening those files, AirDrop will show a pop-up for opening the files or adding those files to cloud storage if you are using any.

Bottom Line

It’s hard for Apple users to share files, photos and videos with other Apple users without AirDrop. It was introduced back in 2011 and over the years, it has improved so much.

It can easily find devices within your WiFi and Bluetooth range. All you need to ensure is that the receiver is allowed from everyone or has your email/number on contact.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why can’t I find the device on AirDrop?

It’s because the receiver has the AirDrop on Contacts only. If that’s the case, the receiver has to add your email/number to his Contacts app. Both the devices also have to be logged in to Apple account. 

Where are my AirDrop files going?

Open File Explorer and check the Downloads folder to find all of the files you have received via AirDrop.

Can I AirDrop an Android device?

No, AirDrop is used only for Apple devices. Both the device has to be an Apple device in order to use AirDrop.

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