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How to Airdrop from Mac to iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and vice versa
How to Airdrop from Mac to iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and vice versa

How to Airdrop from Mac to iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and vice versa

Use Airdrop to share and receive Photos, Videos and other documents from nearby iPhone/ iPad that are nearby.

How to do airdrop?

  • Make sure Bluetooth and WiFi is turned on both devices and are in close range.
  • Incase either of device have personal hotspot on, then turn it off and Join to same WiFi network.
  • On receiving device, make sure Airdrop receiving settings is set to “Everyone”. If its set to “Contacts”, sender’s Apple id would need to be available on receivers contact card.

Steps to Airdrop a Photo or Document

  1. Open the Photos App or Files App
  2. Select the items you want to share
  3. Tap on share button
  4. Tap on airdrop button and then select user to whom you want to share photos/videos.
  5. On receivers end, tap on “Accept” button

Incase you are sharing photo/video from your iPhone to your iPad / Mac or vice versa. Since all these devices are signed in with same apple id, Airdrop requests would be automatically accepted. But if you are airdropping items to your friend, they needs to accept before files transfer gets started.

Select Photos and Tap on “Action / Share” button at bottom left corner
Tap on Airdrop Icon
Select device to which you want to transfer the files / items
Wait while Airdrop file transfer begins

You will get “sent” after successfull transfer

You would get notification to accept “Airdrop” file transfer.

How to change AirDrop settings and how to enable or disable Airdrop receiving on iPhone and Mac?

  1. Open settings App
  2. Select “General” section
  3. Select Airdrop and choose appropriate option
  • Receiving Off: You won’t receive AirDrop requests. 
  • Contacts Only: Only your contacts can see your device.
  • Everyone: All nearby Apple devices using AirDrop can see your device.

If you see Receiving Off and can’t tap to change it:

  1. Go to Settings > Screen Time.
  2. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  3. Tap Allowed Apps and make sure that AirDrop is turned on.
iOS Settings screenshot
Select “General” from Settings
Settings General screenshot
Select Airdrop

Airdrop settings in General > Settings screen
Select “Everyone” or “Contacts Only”

How to Turn ON/OFF Airdrop in MAC

  • Launch Finder App
  • Select Airdrop from left navigation bar
  • Select Off to turn off Airdrop, Contacts Only to enable only your contacts to AirDrop you, or Everyone to let everyone AirDrop you.
Screenshot showing enabling Airdrop on MAC OS
Enable Airdrop on Mac by selecting “Airdrop” on side bar, selecting “Everyone” as shown in screenshot above


Problem: Airdropping transfer failed to save item

Solution: Try turning OFF and turn back ON iPhone or restart MacBook / iMac

Solution 2: Check if device receiving have enough free space to save the item.

Problem : contacts don’t show up in the AirDrop interface On Mac


  • Toggle Bluetooth and Wi-Fi off and back on to reset the connections.
  • Turn off Instant Hotspot to free up the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections.
  • Temporarily switch to Everyone

Once Photos are available on your iPhone or iPad and if you want to know Photo’s Metadata details like, “Date taken”, “Shutter speed”, “ISO”, “Aperture”, “GPS Coordinates”. Checkout our EXIF Viewer App by Fluntro – costs 2.99 USD as on Today.

Exif Viewer by Fluntro App is available on Appstore for your iPhone and iPad

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