It’s really sad that we’re in 2016 and some proud iPhone, iPad, iPod and Mac owners do not still know how to use AirDrop feature on their apple devices.
If that is you, you shouldn’t feel any less than who you really are. In a moment I’ll work you through how to use AirDrop feature of apple devices to share files with other apple devices seamlessly.
I had always thought the only way to share a file on an iPad or iPhone was by connecting to a PC via USB, a few months ago when a friend performed what seemed like magic to me using the AirDrop feature, I was amazed.
In the past weeks, I’ve met a couple of people and I’ve also performed magic using the AirDrop feature and surely got them amazed.
So if you’re an iPhone, iPad, iPad, iPod or Mac owner, then I dedicate this post to you… oh yes, not forgetting prospective owners that are saving their a$$ out to purchase the iPhone 7.
If you’re not using AirDrop on your iPhone, iPad or Mac, you should start using it already. I’ll show you how to use AirDrop so you won’t have an excuse not to.
AirDrop lets you transfer any kind of file from one apple device to another. You can transfer images, music, videos, contacts, map locations, notes, etc.
Requirements To Use AirDrop Feature
The following are the requirements to use AirDrop feature:
To use AirDrop, both people need one of these devices using iOS 7 or later, or a Mac with OS X Yosemite or later:
- iPhone 5 or later
- iPad Pro
- iPad (4th generation) or later
- iPad mini or later
- iPod touch (5th generation) or later
How to use AirDrop Feature on iPhone, iPad and iPod Devices
AirDrop makes use of WiFi and Bluetooth. If you want to share content with your contacts, you’ll have to sign in to iCloud. You’ll find it amazing once you know how to use AirDrop. Let me quickly take you through the process:
- Pull up the control panel of your apple device by swiping in an upward direction from the bottom of your screen.
- Check the ‘AirDrop’ status and ensure that it is enabled. Once AirDrop is enabled, it automatically turns on the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi of your apple device as well.
- Tap the AirDrop button and set how you want AirDrop to work – Off, Contacts Only, Everyone – I advise that you set AirDrop to ‘Everyone’ and then turn it off as soon as you’re done. If you choose ‘Contacts only’, you’ll have to be signed in to iCloud and ensure that the person with whom you want to share has you as a contact, and you’ll need to add them as a contact too.
- From any app on your iOS device, tap the share button. You’ll see a list of device or people with which you can AirDrop to. Tap the name/device you wish to share content with and – Voila!
- The receiver would get a notification with a preview of the content you want to share with them on their device, they can either accept or decline.
- If they accept, they’ll get the content in the same app you sent it from. E.g. Photos will appear in the Photos App, and contacts will appear in the Contacts app.
Note: Personal hotspot if turned on would disrupt the entire process. Ensure that Personal Hotspot is turned off when you want to use the AirDrop feature.
How to use AirDrop Feature on a Mac
Airdrop feature can also been used seamlessly on a Mac with OS X Yosemite or later version. Here is How to use AirDrop on a Mac:
- To find a list of available devices you can AirDrop to on a Mac, check under Finder
- Choose who can see you in their AirDrop list from at the bottom of the window. Just click the ‘Allow me to be discovered by’
- Drag-and-drop files into another device to share content. For example, you could drag-and-drop a photo onto a person’s name and it’d send it to their Mac. Or you drag-and-drop a photo from your Mac to your iPhone.
- You can also use the share button as integrated into Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. For example, you can click the Share button in the Safari web browser and choose AirDrop to send a link to the current web page via AirDrop
AirDrop is indeed one of the amazing features that came with iOS 7 and later updates as well as Mac O.S X. It makes sharing easy and convenient between Apple devices and is compatible between both iOS and Mac devices.
I’m sure you now know how to use Airdrop feature on your iPhone, iPad, iPod and Mac. Perhaps you’re having any difficulties using AirDrop, you can drop a comment in the box below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
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