How AirDrop works

Have multiple Apple devices and need to quickly move a specific file between them? A friend sitting next to you asked you to send him the photo taken a while ago but you have no connection to Internet at your disposal to take advantage of the applications that you usually use in this case and do not know how to do it. Well, if the answer to these and other similar questions is yes, I have good, indeed, excellent news what to give them: they can count on Airdrop. How do you say? You have no idea what it is and especially how to exploit it? But you don't have to worry! I am here, ready to give you all the explanations you need and to illustrate you in detail how does AirDrop work.

Before giving you all the explanations of the case, to know how AriDrop works, you need to understand what it is. In short, AirDrop is a tool available on iOS and macOS thanks to which users with Apple devices and who meet specific requirements can share photos, videos, websites, locations and much more between nearby devices in a very simple way. Therefore, AirDrop assumes a role somewhat similar to the practice, so popular until a few years ago, of activating and using the module. Bluetooth on mobile phones and computers to exchange photos, images and music no cables and various complications.

Having specified this, if you are really willing to find out how AirDrop works, I suggest that you take a few fearless minutes and focus carefully on reading this guide. I'm sure that in the end you will be able to tell yourself more than satisfied with the notions learned and that you too, like many other users, will finally have clear ideas about how this fantastic tool works. Are you ready? Yes? All right, let's ban the talk and continue!

  • Requirements to use AirDrop
  • Activate and configure AirDrop
  • Share with AirDrop
  • In case of problems

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Requirements to use AirDrop

In order to understand how AirDrop works and to be able to use it, you must first make sure that the device you own is compatible with this tool. To share content with AirDrop, you must have an i Telephone, iPad o iPod touch packaged iOS 7 or later or Mac packaged OS X Yosemite or later or with MacOS Sierra. In particular:

  • MacBook Pro (Late 2008 or later), except Late 2008 17-inch model
  • MacBook Air (late 2010 or newer)
  • MacBook (late 2008 or newer), except late 2008 MacBook White
  • iMac (early 2009 or later)
  • Mac mini (mid 2010 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (early 2009 with AirPort Extreme card or mid 2010)
  • iPhone (5 or newer)
  • iPad (XNUMXth generation or later)
  • Ipad mini
  • iPad Pro
  • iPod touch (fifth generation or later)

Also note that for share files between a Mac and an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you need the following devices and OS:

  • Mac 2012 or later (except Mac Pro Mid 2012) with OS X Yosemite or later
  • iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 7 or later

If you are using a Mac, also make sure the menu is on your PC Let's include voice Airdrop. To do this, simply press the element Let's Attachment at the top left of the menu bar and check that the displayed menu contains AirDrop.

If you are using an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, access the control center by sliding your finger from the bottom to the top of the screen or from the top right corner to the bottom on the screen. iPhone X and later and on the iPad. , press and hold the icon Wi-Fi (the one with the tacos ) and make sure the button is there Airdrop.

Then you need to activate the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Also keep in mind that if you want to share content with your contacts it is essential that you also access your account iCloud (if you remember correctly, I told you in my guide on how use iCloud).

Activate and configure AirDrop

Aware that it is possible to take advantage of AirDrop on your device, you can safely proceed to the activation and configuration of this tool. Don't worry, everything is very simple.

If you have a Mac and your intention is to activate and configure AirDrop, press the item Let's placed at the top left of the menu bar and then hit the item Airdrop. Once done, you will be shown a Discoverer. If Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are on, you can start using AirDrop right away. If Bluetooth or Wi-Fi are disabled, you will be shown a button to enable them. If so, click on it.

If you need to receive files from people not included in the application Contacts use settings Let me find myself a at the bottom of the AirDrop window.

If, on the other hand, you are using an iOS device and want to activate and configure AirDrop, just swipe from the bottom to the top of the screen or from the top right of the screen to the bottom on the iPhone X and later versions and the iPad, press the 'Wi-Fi Icon (the one with the tacos ) and tap the AirDrop icon. In the menu that opens, choose if you want to receive articles from someone ( Todas, ) or only from people included in your contacts ( Only contacts )

Alternatively, you can access the iOS home screen, press the icon configurations (the one with the gear ), select the item General, then Airdrop and make your choice from there.

The choice of the option to share items with anyone or only with your contacts varies depending on the needs of the moment. If you need to share content with someone who is not in the application Contacts, press the first option, while if the person with whom you want to share content is among your contacts, select the second option.

Clearly, keep in mind that the option to share content with anyone who is close by and meets the AriDrop requirements is not exactly the best in security and confidentiality. By choosing this option, in fact, anyone could have access to what you want to share. Therefore, I suggest that you use this option only if it is strictly necessary.

Share with AirDrop

At this point I would say that, in large part at least, you should have a much clearer idea of ​​how AirDrop works. Then you are ready to start sharing your content using this special feature from Apple.

If you're using a Mac, all you have to do is drag the item (s) you want to share onto the recipient's image in the Finder window labeled as Airdrop, the one that I explained to you how to open in the previous lines. Then press Send.

As an alternative to the procedure just outlined, you can share content using AirDrop on Mac as well simply by right-clicking the file you want to send, clicking the item Share attached to the displayed menu and then pressing Airdrop. If you are using an AirDrop compatible application, you can also press the icon Share (the one with the shape of square with an up arrow ) and then choose Airdrop in the displayed menu. Then select a recipient from the AirDrop sheet and then click final.

If you are using an iOS device, you can send items with AirDrop by going to what you want to send and tapping the icon to share (the one with the shape of square with an up arrow ) or in the voice Share. Then select the name of the user or nearby Apple device that you want to interact with.

Once you have started sharing, the other user will receive an alert with a preview of the content they want to share and can accept or reject. If the other user agrees and is using an iOS device, they will get the content in the app they sent it from. For example, photos will appear in the app. Gallery and the websites will open in Safari. If the other user agrees and is using a Mac, the item will be saved in the folder Download.

In case of problems

Can't see the recipient in the AirDrop window or sheet? Try to implement the indications you find below, you should be able to fix the thing.

  • Make sure that in the two devices you want to use to exchange files using AirDrop, the function in question is active and the distance between the devices does not exceed 9 feet.
  • If you are sending an item to an iPhone or iPad, please note that the personal hotspot feature must be disabled on the latter. To do this, just access the section configurations from iOS, press Cellular data and then Personal access point after that you have to continue OFF the lever located next to the corresponding item.
  • If you are sending an item to a Mac from 2012 or earlier, click the item Can't find who you're looking for? present in the AirDrop sharing window or sheet of the sending PC, and then click Look for an older Mac.
  • Check if the configuration Block all incoming connections It is active on Mac. If so, disable it as it prevents the PC from receiving items through AirDrop. To check if the feature is enabled on Mac, go to System preferences, click on Security and privacy, Seleccione firewalls, Click on padlock located at the bottom and type the password of your user account and then click the button Firewall options ....

If you need more details, I suggest you check the corresponding information section attached to Apple's official website. To consult the web page related to AirDrop on Mac click here while to consult the one referring to iOS devices you can click here.