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AirDrop: discover the easiest way to send and receive files between Apple devices

Despite some complaints about the functioning of the AirDrop appear here and there, using this technology to transfer files between iPhones, iPads and Macs can be the safest and fastest way for you to share what you want with others using Apple devices.

For those who never used this way of sharing, forgot how to do it or even for those who are lost in the “new” operating systems, here's a step-by-step guide on how to use the feature (available from iOS 7 and OS X macOS Lion 10.7).

How to turn on / off AirDrop on iPhones / iPads on iOS 11

  1. Swipe from bottom to top on the screen to open the Control Center (on iPhone X, swipe from the top right to the bottom of the screen);
  2. Press firmly or touch and hold the “Network Settings” card (in the upper left corner) and touch AirDrop;
  3. You need to choose between the options “Inactive Reception” (completely off), “Contacts Only” (for you to receive and send only to your contacts, ideal if you do not want to receive random files from unknown people can happen) or “Everyone” ( your device appears to anyone who also has AirDrop enabled).

iOS 11 - iPhone7 AirDrop Control Center

Sharing files with AirDrop on iOS 11

In basically any iOS application that is possible to access the sharing tool, you can send files with AirDrop be it a photo, a note, a PDF and many others.

For this example, we will use some photos:

  1. Viewing an image in the "Photos" app, touch the share icon in the lower left corner and you will see some options, among them the AirDrop icon wait and, soon, the next device with AirDrop activated will appear;
  2. Once the device appears, just touch it to share the photo (when sharing with others, you will need to accept or reject the transfer on the device you are receiving).

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If the file you are receiving is a photo, it will open in the “Photos” app; if it is a link, be opened in Safari; and so on. For files that can be opened in various apps, the system will open a list like this:

AirDrop iOS

A, s choose the one that is most appropriate for you.

Accessing AirDrop on a Mac

  1. In the Finder menu bar, you can see the option “AirDrop” (or reach it via the shortcut R);
  2. When selecting this window, you can see all devices that have the option turned on (to use it, you must have both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi turned on if they are not, you will see a button to activate them);
  3. At the bottom of the window, you see the sharing options: “No one” (inactive), “Contacts only” or “Everyone”.

Sending files with AirDrop on macOS

To send files from your Mac to other devices, you can choose one of the options below:

  • After the AirDrop window is open in the Finder and you are able to view the devices with the user's photo, just drag any file to the image and it will be transferred;

    AirDrop Mac

  • Or you can, in the Finder, select the file you want to send and touch the share icon and choose the AirDrop option (or, with the right button, choose Share AirDrop);

    AirDrop on Mac

  • Then just choose the device you want to send to.

    AirDrop on Mac

To make it even faster, you can also place the AirDrop icon in your Mac Dock for easy access, just as we taught in this other tutorial.

When sending any file to the Mac, it will automatically go to the “Downloads” folder in the Finder.

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Ready! By following these steps, you will be able to share files between your Apple devices without worrying about using third party software or even hardware like USB sticks and others. Transfers usually occur quite quickly and really break a branch.