Easy steps on how to use AirDrop in iPhone and MacBook


Sharing is Caring“. So don’t worry, Today we will tell you how to use AirDrop in iPhone and MacBook.

Apple always hunts for their user’s pain points. One such pain point was sharing the data easily with all the Apple devices.

There was next to nothing available to iOS 6; which can share data in common with all the Apple devices via a single application.

In iOS 7 this issue is solved with a whole new feature called Apple Airdrop. With AirDrop, you can seamlessly share all your photos, videos, directions, contacts, links, and documents. Everything can be shared with your Apple devices through a single application available for iPhone, iPad, and MacBook.

In this article, we will learn everything about how to use AirDrop in iPhone and MacBook.

Easy steps on how to use AirDrop in iPhone and MacBook

Let’s dive into it.

How to turn AirDrop on/off  for iPhone

Following this simple steps, you will be able to use AirDrop on your iPhone easily.

Steps to follow

Step 1 – Swipe up from the bottom and open up the control center.

Step 2 – Turn on your Bluetooth and WiFi.

Make sure both are active otherwise AirDrop will not start

Step 3 – Next up, click on the “AirDrop Receiving” button.

Step 4 – After clicking it you will be asked to whom you wanna share the data.

Select the option where and with whom you want to share the data.

How to exchange files with AirDrop from your iPhone

Apple made it simple to share all your data with other Apple devices just with one click.

Here we will learn how to share photos and videos with your friends having Apple devices.

Steps to follow

Step 1 – Suppose if you would like to share a photo with your friend. Head on to Photos application. Open a photo which you want to share.

Step 2 – Down at the bottom you will see a share button icon marked with red in the above image. Click on it.

Step 3 – Select AirDrop as your sharing option.

Step 4 – You will see your contacts who are currently running AirDrop on their Apple device. Something similar to the screen shared below.

Just click on the available user and your file will be shared within a fraction of seconds.

How to block AirDrop in iPhone

Features are good. But sometimes we don’t use or want certain features to be there on our phone. In such a case we have an option available to restrict several features from our iPhone.

With the Restrict your app features available in the iPhone you can permanently disable features from your phone.

Steps to follow

Step 1 – Head on to Settings. Find the General tab.

Step 2 – Next up, find Restrictions tab from the list.

Step 3 – By default, this setting is kept off. Go ahead and Enable Restrictions.

Step 4 – Before enabling the restrictions you will be asked for a security password. (This password is your personal password).

Step 5 – After entering the password you will see a screen similar to the one shown below.

Step 6 – Finally from the list find AirDrop and turn off the toggle button for permanently disabling the feature from your phone.

Note: You will not be able to use any feature related to AirDrop after restricting the application. For using it again you need to Turn on the AirDrop app from the restrictions menu.

How to turn AirDrop on/off  for MacBook

AirDrop is available for MacBook’s also. It is similar to the one you find on your iPhone and iPads. With AirDrop in Mac, it becomes easy to transfer all your photos and important files. Without any cable, all the data is exchanged very fast.

Detailed steps on how to turn on/off Airdrop

Steps to follow

Step 1 – Open “Finder“.

Step 2 – In the left-hand side of Finder, you will see a menu. Search for “AirDrop“.

Step 3 – Next up, go to Allow me to be discovered by Click on the option which is suitable for you.

If you choose “Contacts Only” then only the contacts having Apple devices can contact and share data with you. You need to connect with your iCloud account when transferring data from iPhone to Mac.

If you choose “Everyone” then you can share data with the one not having iPhone.

Using AirDrop with Drag and Drop in Mac

Want to transfer files super fast? This feature is for you. Just drag and drop your files and you are done transferring.

Steps to follow

Step 1 – Launch “Finder” in your Mac.

Step 2 – Next, select the file you want to share from All My Files.

Step 3 – Drag the file which you want to share in the left side menu.

Step 4 – Drag it onto the “AirDrop”.

Step 5 – After that, you will see a screen where you can just drop your file on the right side.

Step 6 – That is it you are done sharing your file.

Pretty quick right?

AirDrop in Mac using the context menu

We have a habit of renaming files, creating new folders, sharing files etc by right clicking on the file. This is why Apple has provided the context menu feature of AirDrop. You can access AirDrop from anywhere in the Mac. Apple made it easy for us to find things all over the Mac.

Steps to follow

Step 1 – Launch “Finder” in your Mac.

Step 2 – Next, select the file you want to share from All My Files.

Step 3 – Once selected right click on the file. You will see a menu.

Step 4 – Find the Share option.

Step 5 – Click on “AirDrop“.

Step 6 –  You will now see the device connected to you and you are done.

Using AirDrop from Share Sheet in Mac

You can use AirDrop from Share Sheet including from the Finder and Safari. All this features work in same way it is just Apple is trying to be as flexible as possible with their users.

Steps to follow

Step 1 – Select the “Share” button on the top.

Step 2 – Select “AirDrop“.

Step 3 – Share it with the person who is connected with your device.

Boom you are done.

Apple has done all the hard part for us. We just have to drag and drop and everything else is taken care of.

Wrap Up, What do you think about our article Easy steps on how to use AirDrop in iPhone and MacBook

Apple AirDrop is an amazing feature to use especially for all the Apple users. It’s fast, and easy to use for all users.

If you are using an older version of iOS then you will not be able to enjoy this feature on your smartphone.

I hope you liked the article and you must have learned something new about how to use AirDrop in iPhone and MacBook.

Let us know in the comments section if you have any doubt on how to use AirDrop in iPhone and MacBook or any other query related to Apple we are here to help.

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