How To Use Airdrop on Apple

How To Use Airdrop on Apple

Apple has initiated one of the very useful features. Even then, it is not much popular among the folks. Many people still don’t have idea what Airdrop is and how to use Airdrop. This article will help you know what it is and how to use it in a right way.

Apple launched a very helpful feature many years ago. Mac and iOS devices  supports this. It allows to share files and media through a wireless process. You can simply transfer files, documents, images, videos, etc. from an iPad to any Mac or vice-versa. It is one of the very cool and useful features. It is such a feature which is not much popular this is not because it is tough to use but people don’t prefer it much. Though, it can be very helpful for Apple users to ease the process of files transfer. This article will be very helpful for the Apple users in knowing how to use Airdrop.

How Does Airdrop Work?

Airdrop generally makes use of Bluetooth to make all the transfers. It creates a peer to peer connection between the devices. The devices secured by the firewall sends all the encrypted files. It assures a safer transaction via email. It detects the nearby devices just like Bluetooth. In order to make a good Wi-Fi connection, the connected devices should be near to each other. Now when you have made a successful connection you can easily transfer files from one Apple device to another .

Supported Devices

Before you know how to use Airdrop, you must know about its supported devices. Generally, all Apple devices support Airdrop. All iPads like iPAD4, iPad Mini also support it. It also works in all versions of iPhones. Not only this, but MacBooks also support this feature of Air Drop. iPod Touch 5, Mac with OS X Lion and the newer version of OS X supports Airdrop as well. Even though, the Macs released before 2010 may not support this feature.

How to Turn On Airdrop?

If you’re having trouble in finding out how to turn on Airdrop then, this article will surely help you out. If you are searching for it in iPhone’s settings then it is the wrong place. In order to turn it on in Apple, you just simply need to go to the Control Panel and follow these steps to turn on Airdrop:

  1. Slide up from the bottom of your iPhone’s or iPad’s screen and then you can get access to control panel.
  2. You need to start it from where the screen meets the bezel.
  3. Now, look for Airdrop option in the Settings carefully in the Control Panel.
  4. You can see each option in the control panel can be expanded for more options.
  5. The button having Airplane mode requires to be held in the upper-left box. This will expand the options showing the Airdrop option.
  6. Now, tap on the Airdrop option that will reveal the permissions. You can get to see options like ‘On’, ‘Off’ and ‘Contacts Only’.

(Contacts Only means that only the people listed in your contacts will be able to send you Airdrop requests.)

How to Use Airdrop in iOS?

Using Airdrop in iOS is as easy as using it on any other device. You can follow the following steps to know how use Airdrop in iOS:

  1. Firstly, go to your gallery and files or photo or any content that you want to share.
  2. Now, you can see a share button in bottom-left corner of you screen display. There will be an arrow pointing upwards that will depict you the relevant icon.
  3. You should see a list of all available devices directly below the piece of content and the image.
  4. Now tap on the name with which you want to get connected.
  5. A “Sent” option will be displayed once you accept a device and agree for the connection.

How to Accept Or Decline

When you are receiving data from someone over Airdrop a small preview of the content emerges as a windows pop-up message. You must be receiving two options: Accept or Decline.

If you tap on Accept option, the file will be saved in your device firstly. It will be opened in the appropriate app after. For e.g. If you accept photos from other devices over Airdrop, it saves the photo in your phone or device. All of the photos are opened in any photo app at a later time, as URLs are launched in Mozilla browser and so on.

If you tap on Decline, the transfer of file will be cancelled. The other user will be notified that you haven’t accepted and that you have cancelled the transfer process.

How to use Airdrop on MacBook Pro?

If you are wondering how to use Airdrop on Mac Book pro. Here is how you turn on it on Mac Book Pro to iOS:

  1. Click on Finder icon on your Mac.
  2. Got to the Menu and click on Airdrop.
  3. Click on “Allow me to be discovered by” in the Window at the bottom.
  4. Choose the ‘Contacts Only’ option or for ‘Everyone’ option.
  5. Go to Settings and then go to General and then tap on Airdrop option on the iPad or iPhone with whom you want to share the files and then choose either ‘Contacts Only’ or ‘Everyone’.

You are now ready to share files from Mac Book Pro to iOS.

You can also transfer files from Mac Book Pro iPhone as well. Here is how you do it:

  1. Go to the Finder and open a New Window there.
  2. Go to Airdrop on side of the Window.
  3. You can connect to your iPhone when you see your iPhone’s Name and then open another Finder and drag the file that you want to transfer.
  4. Drop it onto the icon and then choose the app where you want to open the file. Now you can see that the files will be opened in that app.

What You Can Do If It Doesn’t Work On Your Mac?

If Airdrop doesn’t work, try to switch off your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and then turn it on again. If still, you cannot connect yourself with it then follow these steps to know how to use Airdrop if you fail to use it:

  1. Download CleanMyMac from any browser of your choice.
  2. Launch and install the app and in the Utilities, section click on Maintenance option.
  3. Now, check the boxes that you can see next to Run Maintenance Scripts and Verify Disk Permissions.
  4. Press Run.

Now, when CleanMyMac cleans your Mac, try Airdrop again. This time you will successfully be able to do it.


This article will help you to know how to use Airdrop on different Apple devices. Even if there is any problem in using it, there are very simple ways to fix the problem. This feature of Airdrop is very convenient for transferring files between different Apple devices.

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