How to enable and use AirDrop on iPhone and MacBook

AirDrop is a very useful and interesting feature on Apple devices. So what is AirDrop actually? How to use this feature, find out in the article below.

So what is AirDrop actually?

Today’s article, OWLTRICK.COM will guide you. Enable AirDrop on iPhone, iPad, and MacBook. User guide for sending files on Apple devices.

What is AirDrop? What to do?

AirDrop is a method of transferring content (pictures, music, videos) from Apple’s iOS devices to each other. The way Airdrop works is similar to “Send” a picture using Bluetooth on an Android phone.

By using AirDrop files are sent quickly at a speed faster than email. Besides, AirDrop also allows users to share music from iTunes, share maps, contacts and even applications on Apple devices.

iPhone with AirDrop will allow you to easily transfer content to your iPhone, iPad or an iMac or MacBook computer. However, AirDrop cannot be used with other operating systems (Android phones, Windows Phone phones,…).

How to enable AirDrop on Apple devices

1/ Enable AirDrop iPhone and iPad

Step 1: Open the Control center panel. By placing your finger on the bottom edge of the screen and then swiping upwards (for iPhone X you need to swipe down from the right corner of the screen).

Step 2: Hold down one of the Wifi or Airplane mode, Bluetooth, Cellular data icons in the left corner of the control center. Now a new window will appear, including the icon of AirDrop.

Use AirDrop on iPhone iPad

Step 3: Click on the icon of AirDrop and then select Everyone.

  • Receiving Off: This is essentially a Do Not Disturb setting. You can still send AirDrop files and data to others, but you won’t be seen by anyone when they’re searching for a connected device.
  • Contacts Only: Your phone will only appear on the devices your friend has in your contacts.
  • Everyone: Your phone will appear on all nearby devices. AirDrop’s range is similar to Bluetooth, so basically anyone who’s close to you will be found.
Use AirDrop on iPhone iPad

2/ How to enable AirDrop on MacBook

To enable AirDrop on your MacBook, make sure your MacBook has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled.

Step 1: Open a Finder window and select Go and then click on AirDrop from the top menu bar (of Finder) or select AirDrop from the left menu column in the Finder window as shown below.

Enable AirDrop on MAC

Step 2: Click Allow me to be discovered and select Everyone (Everyone).

How to use AirDrop

1/ How to use AirDrop on iPhone, iPad

After enabling AirDrop on iPhone and iPad as instructed above, users were able to share content files in the following ways:

Select the images and files to be transferred, then select the share icon like the left corner of the screen and then select the iPhone, iPad device to receive the shared content.

On the receiving device, a message will appear, select Accept.

2/ How to use AirDrop on MacBook

After you have enabled the AirDrop feature on your MacBook, if you want to share files, you need to find the share icon with a square with an arrow pointing up in the AirDrop window or right-click the files to send and select Share.

When you choose the right-click case to select Share, several options in the Share section will appear. You just need to follow these steps:

Click on AirDrop as shown below.

Select the corresponding recipient in the AirDrop panel that appears. After they accept and the file has been transferred, press Done to finish.

On the receiving device, a message that the file has been transferred is complete, select Accept.

Why can’t I use AirDrop?

1/ Outdated OS

Please upgrade to a new operating system: It is possible that this error occurs because the operating system you are using is not compatible with the application, so it is recommended to upgrade to the latest operating system for the utilities to be fully supported.

2/ Reset AirDrop

Go to AirDrop settings in Everyone mode.

3/ Check Wifi and Bluetooth

If Wifi is on and Bluetooth is off, AirDrop will not work so always make sure that both Wifi and Bluetooth are enabled on both the sharing device and the receiving device.

You should also note that AirDrop does not work on older phones such as iPhone 4S and earlier, AirDrop also only supports iPad mini and iPad 4 and later models. All require iOS 7 or later. AirDrop between iOS devices and Mac requires iOS 8 or later or iOS X Yosemite or later.

Above is an article on how to turn on and use Airdrop on iPhone and MacBook simply. Hope this article provides you with useful information!

Frequently asked questions

What to do when you can’t use AirDrop?

You need to check the Wifi and Bluetooth connections again. Or upgrade new OS / Reset AirDrop

Which Apple devices can use AirDrop?

AirDrop only supports devices from iPhone 4S and above. AirDrop also only supports iPad mini and iPad 4 and later models. All require iOS 7 or later. AirDrop between iOS devices and Mac requires iOS 8 or later or iOS X Yosemite or later.

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