AirDrop is like FedEx for your iPhone files and photos. Here’s how to use it

If you’re still emailing photos from your iPhone to friends nearby or you’re still using a USB stick to transfer some files from your Mac, stop. Try AirDrop instead. Whether you have a file iPhone 14And iPad mini or a The new M2 MacBook ProAirDrop is a convenient way to transfer files and content from one Apple device to another. AirDrop lets you quickly share photos, documents, videos, audios, contact cards, web links, and notes (among other things) between your Apple devices.

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AirDrop is limited to iOS and MacOS. (Sorry, Android and PC users.) When AirDrop came out in 2012, it was One of the features that separated iPhone from Android phones. If you have an Android phone, Google has its own version of AirDrop called Nearby Sharewhich does something similar.

You don’t even need the latest iPhone 14 Pro or a 16-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Max chip to use AirDrop. It works with any iOS device running iOS 7 or later and any Mac running OS X Yosemite or later. The only “requirement” is that both devices are within 30 feet of each other and that both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are turned on. As far as I can tell, there is no AirDrop file size limit. Just know that the larger the file, the longer it will take to transfer.

If you’d like to go through step by step while setting up and using AirDrop, watch the video below.

How to turn on AirDrop

From your iPhone, make sure that both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are turned on. Next, open a file Control Center panel, then press and hold Wireless connection until it expands into a rectangle. Finally, click airdrop and choose from The receiptAnd Contacts only or everybody To control who can send files to your phone.

On a Mac, check that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are enabled. Open a Finder window. Then, from the sidebar click airdrop. A window will open with a graphic that looks like a radar. Anyone nearby with AirDrop enabled will appear in this window. At the bottom of the window, you can select who can send you things: no oneAnd Contacts or everybody.

How to use AirDrop on your iPhone

To use AirDrop on an iPhone, the person you’re sending files to needs an Apple device with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on. If either of you has Personal Hotspot enabled, turn it off; Otherwise, AirDrop won’t work. The same is true if you are using a VPN. I’m not sure exactly why this is, but I think it has something to do with the way the VPN encrypts your internet connection.

Anytime you see a file Share On your phone (rectangle icon with an arrow pointing up), you can select airdrop. When you do this, you’ll see a list of any nearby Apple devices that also have AirDrop enabled. Click on the name of the device you want to send to. For example, let’s say you’re in the Photos app and see a photo that you want to AirDrop. Click on Share button to open the share menu. At the bottom of the list, tap airdrop icon. Then a window will appear with anyone nearby who has AirDrop enabled. Find the person you want to send the photo to and click on their contact icon.

Then, a window alert with a preview of the content you’re sharing will appear on the recipient’s phone. They have a choice Acceptance or decreases. With just a click AcceptanceThe image you selected will be transferred. Photos and videos are saved to the Photos app on the recipient’s phone. The documents will prompt the recipient to choose an app to save them to. Web links will automatically open in your default web browser, which for most people will be Safari.

If the person you’re sending to has their AirDrop set to only contacts, they’ll need to have a contact card in the Contacts app that contains either your email address or phone number for this to work. If you are not in their contacts, ask them to change their AirDrop preferences to everybody to receive your file.

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On iOS, when you tap on the Share menu, a dialog box appears showing people nearby who have AirDrop activated. Click on the person you want to share with.

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How to use AirDrop on a Mac

To get started, make sure your Mac’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are both turned on, then open a Finder window. Then, from the sidebar click airdrop. To share a file, just drag and drop it onto the contact icon of the person you want in the AirDrop window. Also, just like on iOS, you can access AirDrop anytime you’re viewing a file. Share button.

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On a Mac, the Finder window shows anyone who has AirDrop enabled near them,

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If you’re having trouble sending a file via AirDrop from your Mac, click You don’t see who you are looking for The button is at the bottom of the AirDrop Finder window. Then, click Find an older Mac button that pops up.

How to AirDrop from iPhone to Mac (or vice versa)

If you want to transfer AirDrop content from iPhone to Mac, start with the content. For example, if you want to AirDrop a web link, open the page on your iPhone. Then open a file Share menu and press airdrop icon. Next, select the Mac icon and the name of the device you want to send the web link to. The recipient’s Mac will show a prompt asking them to do so Acceptance or refused. With just a click Acceptancethe web link will be transferred and opened in their default web browser.

If you want to AirDrop from your iPhone to your Mac, and you’re both signed into the same Apple ID, you won’t see an option to accept or decline. The transfer will just happen.

How to change your AirDrop name

Your AirDrop name is the same as your device’s generic name. To check or change it on your iPhone, open settings. Faucet Public, Then press About. The first item in the list shows the current name of your iPhone. You just need to click to change it.

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