AirDrop is a handy way for devices like the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to easily save and share photos, documents and other useful files with any device that is close by. Below we’ll go into how to set up AirDrop so you can get started with this useful function.
Before Using AirDrop
There are a few conditions that must be in place for AirDrop to work between two devices:
- The device you’re sending to has to be close by and in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth range.
- You and the other person must have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on, which you can turn on in the settings menu on devices.
- Turn off personal Hotspot if either of you have it on by going to Settings > Personal Hotspot and turning off the Allow Others to Join toggle on newer devices.
- If the other person can only receive from Contacts Only, they will need your Apple ID email or mobile number in their contact card.
- That person can also set up to have AirDrop receive from everyone. More on that below.
How to Turn on AirDrop on a Device
Open the Control Center on the device by swiping up from the bottom or down from the upper right corner depending on the device.
Press and hold the box with the airplane icon on the top left of the screen.
Select the AirDrop icon on the bottom left of the next screen.
You can select whether you want Contacts Only or Everyone to connect with.
Remember, any contact you send to has to have your Apple ID email or mobile number in their contacts list if using Contacts Only.
How to Turn on AirDrop Using a Mac
AirDrop also works on the Mac. You can turn it on by:
- Select Go on the top menu of the main Mac screen.
- Select AirDrop
- At the bottom of the main screen, you’ll see Allow me to be discovered by and a drop-down lets you select Contacts Only or Everyone. Select the one you prefer.
You can also take a look at our guide on how to use AirDrop for file sharing.