How to use AirDrop on iPhone

AirDrop On modern smartphones we can very well exchange files without using any cables, using different apps dedicated to the purpose. If we have an iPhone, we probably don’t need any additional apps, as you can use AirDrop technology to exchange files, web pages and documents with other Apple devices (a MacBook, an iMac, an iPad or another iPhone).
If we are beginners with an Apple device, in this guide we will show you how to take advantage of AirDrop on iPhone, so you can transfer files (and not only) using only the Wi-Fi connection and Bluetooth (for the association). At the end of the guide we will be able to quickly exchange our files with friends and transfer photos, images, videos, and documents from our iPhone to another Apple device (and vice versa).READ ALSO: Fast ways to transfer files between Windows and Mac computers

Prerequisites to exploit AirDrop

Unfortunately not all Apple devices are compatible with AirDrop technology, but only those that have received iOS 7 or later (on mobile devices) e OS X Yosemite or later (on computers and notebooks).
Furthermore it is necessary to leave both the Wi-Fi (even if we are not connected to any wireless network) and Bluetooth, because both technologies are essential to be able to associate and exchange files between devices with AirDrop support: the Bluetooth serves to recognize nearby devices, while Wi-Fi will be used to transfer the actual file (via Wi-Fi Direct).

If we have a doubt about the presence of AirDrop on our iMac or MacBook, we can remove it by opening the Go menu present in the bar at the top of the desktop and checking the presence of the item AirDrop.
If, on the other hand, the doubt grips us on our iPhone or iPad, simply open the control panel (swipe from the bottom edge upwards or from the right corner downwards), hold down on the Wi-Fi button and check the presence of the voice AirDrop.

How to use AirDrop from iPhone to Mac

To send a file from iPhone to a Mac (iMac or MacBook) all we have to do is bring us to the Mac, click on top of Go and click on AirDrop; the specific Finder window will open, where we will also be asked to activate Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (if they were not already active).

Once we have prepared the Mac, let’s get on our iPhone, activate Wi-Fi and Bluetooth so let’s get to the control center, hold down the Wi-Fi button and enable the voice AirDrop.
Airdrop Mobile

A window will open where we can configure AirDrop sharing, choosing from All or Only contacts.

Once configured AirDrop, we are ready to transfer any content from the iPhone to the Mac: all we have to do is press the button Share (present on Safari but also on the app File, on the document management apps, and on the multimedia file management apps) and choose the Mac in the section reserved for AirDrop in the sharing menu (at the top).
AirDrop sharing

Once the sharing has started, we will see a warning appear on the Mac with the preview of the content sent; we will only have to accept to start the transfer. All files transferred with AirDrop on your Mac will appear in the folder Download.

How to use AirDrop from Mac to iPhone

If instead, we wanted to transfer a file from Mac to iPhone, we will only have to prepare the two devices as seen at the beginning of the guide, then right-click on the file to share and use the item Share -> AirDrop in the contextual menu.
AirDrop Mac

The file will be copied to the AirDrop folder, we will only have to confirm by pressing Send, choose the iPhone as a recipient and wait for the transfer. Obviously we can directly move the file inside the AirDrop folder of the Finder so that we can organize all the files to send to our iPhone. Based on the content, the files received by the iPhone will be moved to a specific folder or opened with a specific program: for example, the websites will open in Safari, the images will end up in Photos and the generic files will end up in the folder Download app File.

AirDrop is also present in the Safari app and many open Apple-signed apps on the Mac: we will only have to access the sharing menu to take advantage of this powerful sharing tool.

How to use AirDrop from iPhone to iPhone

Finally, we will show you how to use AirDrop to quickly share files between two iPhones. If the other iPhone is already part of our Apple account, we will only have to activate the feature on both, share any file and choose the name of the other iPhone in the list of shares.

If, on the other hand, the receiving iPhone is from a friend of ours (present in the address book), we open the app Settings, let’s get in General -> AirDrop then we configure the sharing of AirDrop on Only contacts.
AirDrop exchange

After this configuration, we share the file or site as previously seen (using the button Share). If the receiving iPhone is of a person recently known to whom we want to send the file, we configure AirDrop in mode All, so you can view any Apple device nearby (with active AirDrop). Let’s pay close attention when we set this mode since we can send important files to an Apple device that has nothing to do (after the transfer it is better to disable this mode and return to Only contacts, for greater security).


AirDrop is probably one of the least used tools on iPhone, despite its great potential: by configuring it properly we can quickly share any type of content (video, audio, photos, websites, etc.) between our wireless Apple devices, with the possibility of send content also to our friends, colleagues, and relatives.

If we want to get the same functionality on Android and on a PC with Windows or we look for valid alternatives to AirDrop on iPhone, we advise you to read our guide guides on how to transfer files between Android phones (via Bluetooth or wifi) and how Send files between PC and Android (mobile or tablet) in wireless wifi.


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