AirDrop is Apple’s fastest way to transfer files between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. You can use it to share photos, documents, and more.
Before you can use AirDrop, you need to make sure that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are turned on. You also need to check that both devices are signed into iCloud and the email address or phone number associated with your Apple ID is in the Contacts app on the receiving device.
How to Turn On AirDrop on Your iPhone
AirDrop is a convenient feature that lets you send media, links, documents and more to another Apple device. It’s available on most newer iPhones and iPads, as well as Mac computers running at least iOS 7 or OS X Yosemite.
It’s a great way to share files without having to use a computer, especially for larger files that can be difficult to send using traditional email or messaging apps. To use AirDrop, simply open the app with the content you want to share. The recipient’s device will then receive a notification and can then accept the file.
Before you can use AirDrop, you must enable it on your device. This can be done by opening the Control Center from the home screen and tapping on General.
You will then see a menu with options to choose who can send files to your device. You can either select Contacts Only to only receive files from people in your contacts list or you can choose Everyone to receive files from any Apple device within range.
What Is AirDrop?
AirDrop is a feature on Apple’s iOS devices and Mac computers that lets users transfer files from one device to another. It works by using a combination of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to create a peer-to-peer wireless network between the sender and receiver.
It’s an easy and secure way to share almost anything from a photo, song, or webpage to a location (such as a tweet) or a document. All communications are encrypted when they’re sent, which makes it a great way to transfer sensitive information without using your cellular data plan or the Internet.
When you’re ready to start sharing, click the AirDrop button, which looks like a small square with an upward-pointing arrow on it. That will populate an AirDrop dialog on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac that lets you find devices within range that can accept the file.
Then tap the recipient’s icon or the name of their Apple device. You can also search for someone in the Finder by opening a new Finder window and typing “AirDrop” into the Search field.
Initially, both Apple devices have to be on a Wi-Fi network and within about 30 feet of each other for AirDrop to work. Once it does, it creates a firewall around the peer-to-peer wireless network that encrypts all communications.
To use AirDrop, both of your devices must be signed in with your Apple ID and have Bluetooth turned on. You can enable AirDrop for everyone on your iOS device, or only for people you know through Settings or the Control Center.
How to Turn on AirDrop for Everyone
AirDrop is a great way to share photos, large files, playlists, contact information, locations on Apple Maps, and links to websites between your iPhone, iPad or Mac and another device. It’s also one of the quickest ways to transfer content between devices.
Before you can use AirDrop, you must ensure that Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are enabled on both the sending and receiving device. You also need to make sure that the device is within range of the other device, and that Personal Hotspot is turned off on both devices.
To turn on AirDrop on your iPhone 12 or iOS 13, go to Settings app > General. From there, you can select Contacts Only or Everyone to enable file sharing with other Apple devices nearby.
When you receive an AirDrop file, a popup will appear on the screen with two options: Decline or Accept. For most files, you can tap Accept to save them to your iPhone or iPad.
For larger files, like videos and pictures, you may be asked to download them directly from the sender’s device. If you choose to download the file, it will open in your default app from which it was sent.
How to Turn on AirDrop for Contacts Only
AirDrop is a fantastic way to transfer files instantly and easily between Apple devices, such as iPhones and Macs. It’s particularly useful when you’re traveling as it lets you send photos and other content from one device to another without any hassle.
Before you start transferring anything, though, there are a few prerequisites that must be met. First, both the source and target iPhones must be logged into iCloud (Apple’s cloud-based storage service) and be in each other’s Contacts list. Next, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth must be turned on both of the iDevices.
After these prerequisites have been met, the iPhones should be within Bluetooth and Wi-Fi range of each other during the AirDrop process. If not, the feature will fail to work and will not transfer any data.
In the case that the above requirements have been met, but you are still unable to transfer files from the source iPhone to the target device using AirDrop, there are a few steps that you can take to try and resolve the issue.
The easiest way to do this is by making a backup of the old iPhone and then restoring it onto the new one. This will ensure that all the files that were previously on the old phone are transferred to the new one, including contacts.
If this does not fix the issue, you may need to reset the iPhone and enable AirDrop again. If that doesn’t help, you could also try a more powerful transfer tool such as TouchCopy, which works on iCloud.