AirDrop makes it convenient to transfer files between different Apple devices wirelessly. You can share and receive files such as photos, documents, and videos. AirDrop uses both Bluetooth and WiFi to connect one Apple device to another.
Before using AirDrop:
- Both devices need to be within 30 feet (around 9 meters) of each other
- Bluetooth and WiFi need to be turned on on both devices before you transfer or receive a file
- You must turn on AirDrop on both devices and set it to Everyone if you don’t have the person’s Apple ID or phone number
Turning on AirDrop on Your iPhone
From the Control Center
- Swipe down from the top-right corner of your iPhone to open the “Control Center.”
- Tap and hold any of the four “Connectivity” buttons in the top-left corner to expand it.
- Tap and hold AirDrop to see more options in a new window.
- If you only want to share files with your contacts, tap Contacts Only. For this to work, the person you’re sending to or receiving from needs to have your Apple ID’s email address or phone number added in their device, and vice versa.
- If you want to share and receive files from anyone with an Apple device, tap Everyone. Note: Selecting “Everyone” means anyone with an Apple device in your vicinity can AirDrop you anything. You’ll be given the option to decline an airdrop, though.
- You can also change AirDrop settings in the “Settings” app. Tap Settings.
- Scroll down and tap General.
- Tap AirDrop.
- Here, you’ll see the same options as in the Control Center.
Sending Files Using AirDrop
For this example, we will be AirDropping a photo.
- Open a photo you want to share and tap the Share icon in the bottom left.
- Any device that you regularly AirDrop to will show up with other recent contacts.
- Tap AirDrop.
- A list of all Apple devices with AirDrop turned on will show here.
- Tap the device you want to AirDrop to, and once it’s transferred the photo, you’ll see the text “Sent” written underneath. On a MacBook, the default location of AirDropped files is the Downloads folder. Where on iPhone, the file can be seen in its related app. So, for example, photos received will appear in the Photos app.
Receiving AirDropped Files
When you receive a file on your iPhone from one of your own Apple devices, it will automatically open on your iPhone when you receive it.
When you receive a file from someone else’s Apple device, you’ll first be asked to accept or decline the file. When you tap, Accept, the file will open on your device.