Collaborate with AirDrop on your iPhone, iPad or Mac

July 2, 2018

You can easily use AirDrop on your iPhone, iPad or Mac to quickly share content with people who are nearby, or between your Apple devices.


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Share content with AirDrop
Use AirDrop to share content from apps like Photos, Safari, Contacts, and more. Here's how: 

  1. Open an app and find the content that you want to share. To share multiple items, tap Select, then tap the items. With iOS 10 and later, you can also share links to apps with AirDrop. Just press and hold the app icon on the Home screen.  
  2. Tap Share or the box with the arrow pointing upwards.   
  3. Tap the AirDrop user that you want to share content with. You can also AirDrop content between your Apple devices.  

Share content on Mac
On Mac computers, choose Go from the menu bar in the Finder. If the Go menu includes AirDrop, that Mac can use AirDrop. 

  1. Choose Go > AirDrop from the menu bar in the Finder. Or select AirDrop in the sidebar of a Finder window.   
  2. The AirDrop window shows nearby AirDrop users. Drag one or more items to the recipient's image in the window, then click Send. 

Receive content with AirDrop
When someone shares content with you using AirDrop, you see an alert with a preview of the content and can tap Accept or Decline.

If you tap Accept, you get the content in the app it was sent from. For example, photos appear in the Photos app and websites open in Safari. App links open in the App Store so you can download or purchase the app.

If you AirDrop content to yourself, like share a photo from your iPhone to your Mac, you won't see an option to Accept or Decline. The content is automatically sent to that device. Just make sure that both devices are signed in with the same Apple ID.

Receive content on your Mac
If the recipient is signed in to your iCloud account, the item you're sending is automatically accepted and saved. Otherwise, the recipient is asked to accept the item before it's saved to their device. On a Mac, the item is saved to the Downloads folder.

Set your AirDrop receiving options
You can go to Settings > General > AirDrop to choose who can see your device in AirDrop and send you content. You can also set your AirDrop receiving options in Control Center.
Here's how: 

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open Control Center. On iPhone X, swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen.  
  2. Press deeply or touch and hold the network settings card in the upper-left corner, then tap AirDrop. If you're using iOS 10.3.3 or earlier, tap AirDrop.  
  3. Then choose one of these options:  
  • Receiving Off: You won't receive AirDrop requests.   
  • Contacts Only: Only your contacts can see your device.  
  • Everyone: All nearby iOS devices using AirDrop can see your device.   

If you see Receiving Off and can't tap to change it, go to Settings > General > Restrictions and make sure that AirDrop is turned on.

Set up on Mac 

  1. Choose Go > AirDrop from the menu bar in the Finder. An AirDrop window opens. If Bluetooth or Wi-Fi is turned off, you'll see a button to turn it on. AirDrop turns on automatically when Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are on.   
  2. To receive files from everyone instead of only those in your Contacts app, you can use the “Allow me to be discovered by” setting at the bottom of the AirDrop window. 

If you can’t see the other device in AirDrop
If you can't see the person or the device that you're trying to AirDrop to, check the following: 

  • Check that both of you have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on. If either of you have Personal Hotspot on, turn it off.  
  • Make sure that the person you're sending to is nearby. You can't AirDrop to users who are out of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi range.  
  • If the other person’s AirDrop receiving setting is set to Contacts Only, and you’re in their Contacts, they need to have your Apple ID information in your contact card for AirDrop to work. If you're not in their Contacts, have them set their AirDrop receiving setting to Everyone in order to receive the file. 

AirDrop sending requirements for Mac
To send items to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, or to receive items from those devices, you need a 2012 or later Mac model with OS X Yosemite or later, excluding the Mac Pro (Mid 2012). To send items to another Mac, you need: 

  • MacBook Pro (Late 2008) or later, excluding the MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2008).  
  • MacBook Air (Late 2010) or later.  
  • MacBook (Late 2008) or later, excluding the white MacBook (Late 2008).  
  • iMac (Early 2009) or later.  
  • Mac Mini (Mid 2010) or later.  
  • Mac Pro (Early 2009 with AirPort Extreme card, or Mid 2010). 

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