How to use Apple AirDrop to transfer files

If you’re trying to transfer documents from one Apple device to another, you’ll be pleased to know that Apple has made it easy to transfer photos, files, documents, and videos from one of its devices to another using the company’s Airdrop technology. If you’re not yet using Apple Airdrop to transfer files from your iPhone to Mac, this quick guide will walk you through the entire process and show you just how fast it really is.

Apple has made AirDrop transfer available on iPhone, iPad, and Mac to quickly send files and photos from one Apple device to another. Once enabled, AirDrop lets you quickly send a document, video, or picture from your iPhone to your MacBook, a friend or colleague, and other Apple devices that may be nearby.

Apple Air Drop

How to use Apple AirDrop

1. Swipe down from the top right corner on your iPhone or iPad screen.
2. Firmly press the Airplane Mode, Mobile Data, WiFi, Bluetooth group as shown in the figure below.
3. Select AirDrop in the lower right corner of button 6.
4. To enable AirDrop, select Contacts Only or Everyone.
5. To disable Airdrop, select Reception off.

Apple Air Drop


If you’re having trouble connecting to another Apple device using AirDrop, make sure the iPhone, iPad, or Mac you’re trying to send to has Bluetooth and WiFi and is on the same network as your device. Another setting worth checking out is that AirDrop can only be set to receive from contacts, but this quick guide will walk you through enabling AirDrop and the entire transfer process and show you how to receive from everyone or disable AirDrop completely.

If you have enabled AirDrop to receive from “Contacts Only” on your iPhone, the recipient must have your Apple ID email address or mobile phone number in their contacts address book for AirDrop to work properly. If you’re not listed in their contacts, they’ll need to change their AirDrop receive setting to Everyone.

To do this on Apple’s iPhone X or later, simply swipe down from the top right corner of the screen to bring up and open the Control Center. Or follow the same steps to open Control Center on iPad with iOS 12 or later or iPadOS. On iPhone 8 or earlier and iPod touch, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

Apple Air Drop

Then open the network settings section in the upper left corner with a strong press. In the lower left corner are the AirDrop settings. Tap the AirDrop icon and you’ll be presented with three options: Mute Receive, Contacts Only, and Everyone. If “Disable Receive” is not enabled, you won’t receive AirDrop requests from anyone.

“Contacts Only”, as explained earlier, allows you to receive AirDrop documents from people listed in your Contacts with an Apple ID email address, while “Everyone” allows you to receive AirDrop documents from any nearby Apple device. The Contacts Only option will only appear on Apple devices with iOS 10 and later, iPadOS, or macOS Sierra 10.12 and later.

Sending a file, photo or video

You can send one or more photos, documents, or videos via AirDrop. Simply select the documents you want to share and click the share button, which is a square with an arrow pointing up, as shown in the image below. Then select AirDrop from the available options. If the person you’re transferring to also owns an iPhone 11 model or an iPhone 12 model, simply point your iPhone at them and tap their profile picture to begin the transfer process.

If they are not in your contacts, you will just see their name without an image. The red numbered icon on the AirDrop button shows you how many nearby devices are available to transfer documents or media. This method can also transfer documents from one of your Apple devices to another, such as transferring photos from your iPhone to a laptop or tablet, or vice versa.

Once the transfer has started, the recipient will see a popup alert on their iPhone or iPad screen titled AirDrop, allowing them to either “Accept” or “Reject” the AirDrop transfer. If you are transferring photos from one of your devices to another, you won’t see an “Accept” or “Reject” option, it will just automatically send the document you selected directly to your device. One thing to keep in mind when transferring documents from one of your devices to another is make sure you’re signed in with the same Apple ID on both devices or the process won’t work.

If you are having trouble using AirDrop on iPhone on another device, it might be worth setting AirDrop settings to Everyone and trying to start the process, this setting can be easily turned off after the transfer is complete and when AirDrop is not in use for security. For more information on using AirDrop with your Apple devices and troubleshooting, go to the official Apple support site for more information and help.

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