You’ve all seen that little space at the top of the pop-up menu when you go to share something as a Message or Email, etc.

AirDrop makes it easy to share with someone nearby!

With AirDrop, you can share anything from pictures, videos, your location and so much more INSTANTLY with other nearby Apple devices (including Macs).

Sharing with AirDrop

  1. Find content that you want to share with someone.
  2. Tap Share or  Action navigation bar and tab bar icon.
  3. You’ll quickly see names (and pictures, if assigned in Contacts) of nearby AirDrop users.

What if you can’t see the other device in AirDrop?

To troubleshoot issues with not seeing your intended recipient, follow these steps:

  • Check that you and your recipient have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on. (Turn any personal HotSpot off!)
  • Your recipient must be within Bluetooth/WiFi range (which is roughly 30 feet).
  • Check AirDrop receiving settings. If you or your friend have AirDrop set to “Contacts Only,” and they are not in your Contacts (or vice versa), it won’t work! 🙂

Receive content with AirDrop:

If you are receiving something from a friend via AirDrop, a pop-up box will appear on your screen with a preview of that item. From there, you have the option to either “Accept” or “Decline” the invitation to share.

If you choose to Accept the AirDrop invitation, the content will then display via the app it was sent from (Safari, Pinterest, Calendar, etc).

How To Setup AirDrop

When you swipe up from the bottom of your screen, you’ll see what is called the Control Center.

  1. Tap AirDrop.
  2. 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.

AirDrop on a Mac:

It’s a little bit more of a process to share via AirDrop using your Mac. You can share via AirDrop from a Mac to another Mac, or between a Mac and an iOS device (iPhone or iPad). If you have an older Mac, be sure that it is running OS X Lion or newer versions of OS X/macOS.

The Mac devices that support AirDrop are listed below:

  • MacBook (Late 2008 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Late 2008 or newer)
  • iMac (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Mini (Mid 2010 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2009 with AirPort Extreme card, or Mid 2010)

Using AirDrop between your Mac and an iPhone or iPad requires you to have WiFi and Bluetooth turned on for both devices. As long as your Mac is running OS X Yosemite or later and your iPhone or iPad is running iOS 7 or later with a lightning connector, you should be good to go! 🙂

To share from your Mac, open Finder. If you have an AirDrop-compatible Mac as listed above, you will see AirDrop towards the top of the list in the left column of the Finder window. Click “AirDrop” and your computer will automatically begin scanning for AirDrop-enabled devices nearby. Once you find the device you want to share with, click it and you’re done!

To share from an iOS device to a Mac, just follow the steps at the beginning of this post and you’ll see your Mac pop up in the list.

Obviously, if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below and I will answer them promptly.

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