How to Use AirDrop

There are various ways for transferring files from one Mac to another, and there are few other ways for transferring files to and from iOS devices. The most convenient and most practical as well as easiest way to do is to use AirDrop, which is the features built into iOS, since the version 7 and macOS, since Lion Macs and iOS devices are built.

Transferring the files between computers or even between your Mac and iOS devices like iPad and iPhone is quite easy. There are lots of various options, which include Dropbox, OneDrive, email, etc The feature of macOS and iOS devices helps you to send the files directly from macOS or iOS device to another one, without having to place it on the alternative server first. Before you get more deeply into how to use AirDrop, let’s first begin with what is AirDrop?

Apple has introduced AirDrop with Mac OS X Lion in the year 2011, which include the features on iPhone when the company shipped iOS 7 within that same year. Since, iOS 7, it has also been possible to share the files between Macs and iOS devices using AirDrop. This is the simple to use technology which lets you pass the audio, image, video or any other kind of file to another Mac or iOS device with almost zero configuration and zero states, so long as you have got everything working right here.

Not only these features but also there is no file size limit and you do not have to wait for the file to upload to the internet and then wait again to download it. This helps to make it much more convenient rather than uploading items to DropBox, Box, etc in order to share them.

Working of AirDrop

Now, the question arises that how it works? AirDrop uses an interesting combination of the technologies which helps to transfer the files securely. It uses Bluetooth for finding the devices which you can send to and the devices that you can send from creating a peer to peer wi-fi network connection with the receiving devices which are highly secured and also helps to transfer the files.

This transfer does not use the internet nor does it use the local wi-fi network, you do not need to be on the wi-fi network for using the AirDrop. This helps to make it practical anywhere such as in field where you may need to transfer the files either from your MacBook Pro or iPhone. There is no limit to the file size and the files transferred as fast as their individual hardware helps. Since you are not transferring any file over the network, so you do not share the bandwidth with anyone.

How to Use AirDrop?

AirDrop is the simplest way to transferring the files from one device to another. To use AirDrop, both devices require to have the Bluetooth and wi-fi and neither devices must be acting as a personal hotspot.

Below are some major steps by which you can clearly come to know about the use of AirDrop. On the Mac, there are two common ways of using the AirDrop:


  • The first way you can go to the AirDrop in the finders by choosing Go>AirDrop, or by pressing the Command-Shift-R. Then, the window shows which devices are available to receive the files.
  • Now, drag the files onto one of the icons. The other devices will receive a notification.
  • If you send the photos with the help of AirDrop to a Mac, then the receiver will have two options as to how to save it. If they click Accept, then they can select to save it to the photos app or to download folder. On an iOS device, the photos will be saved to the Photos app, for other file types, the receiver will see the list of apps to open the file that completely depends upon the file type.


  • Another way to send files with the help of AirDrop is to use sharing menu. On iOS, you can tap the share button, then you will see the AirDrop section populate with any devices in range that can accept the files. On the Mac, you can right-click the file, then can choose Share>AirDrop for bringing up a dialog asking you which device you need to send for a file.Share>AirDrop
  • By this, you can send more than just files. Now, you can send the web pages from the browser, tweets from the Twitter cards, and the song from Music library. Wherever, you see the share button, the small square with the upward pointing arrow, you can share something with the help of AirDrop.

How to Keep AirDrop Secured?

As it is mentioned above that, while sharing the file, you will see any device within the range which can accept files in AirDrop dialogues. These may be your devices- say you want to send the file from your iPhone to your mac and it could also be devices owned by your friends, colleagues, or even strangers, then because of this, it is quite essential to set up the AirDrop, so it is secure.


allow me to be discovered by

To do this on Mac, invoke AirDrop, then at the bottom of the Finder window, you will see the “Allow me to discover by”. Then there will come three options as No one, contact only and everyone. You must certainly not set this to everyone. These may be explicit photos which people send you, or can even be malicious files. Therefore you can set it by yourself i.e. if you want to set it as contacts only then do this or you want to set it to no one then you can do this.


Using the AirDrop to transfer the files between the Macs or from Mac to the iOS device is quite easy and very convenient. The only most import thing to remember is that the devices both need to be connected to wi-fi and Bluetooth and need to be within around 30 feet to each other.