AirDrop is a useful way for Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Mac to share photos, videos, and documents. But for the feature to work, it must first be turned on in the right way. In this article, we’ll show you step-by-step how to turn on AirDrop on your Mac.
In this article, we’ll show you how to set up your Mac to use AirDrop to send and receive files.
How AirDrop Works
AirDrop lets Apple users easily exchange files. No more sending them via email or messenger! For photos, videos, etc., a copy of the original file is sent, so quality isn’t compromised as with most messengers. iOS sends without mobile data.
AirDrop combines Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. To use AirDrop, your iPhone must first establish a temporary Bluetooth connection with the receiving Apple device. Your environment determines how the file is sent. Using the same WLAN, if both devices are connected, the file is sent. Only the target device can receive the file using a peer-to-peer system. If there’s no WLAN, your iPhone will use Bluetooth.
AirDrop can transfer 10 to 15 MB/s under ideal conditions. The devices can’t be too far apart, and other networks can’t interfere. 4 MB/s is typical.
Activate AirDrop on Mac
How to enable and use AirDrop on Mac
This procedure refers to the current macOS 13.0. Activation works similarly on older versions.
- AirDrop also works on older Macs such as MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini or Mac Pro from macOS Yosemite.
- To use AirDrop, both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth must be enabled.
- The latter must be supported at least in version 4. All Mac models from 2012 and later have this feature.
To set up and use AirDrop on Mac, follow our step-by-step guide or check out the quick start guide .
- Click the Go on the toolbar in the upper-right corner .
- Here,go to the “AirDrop” option.
- Now enable the slider for AirDrop.
- In addition, you can specify whether you want to receive AirDrop transfers only from contacts or also from unknown devices. If in doubt, just set the “All” option.
- Now click on the “AirDrop” option in the context menu and select a recipient.
How to send files on iPhone or Mac with AirDrop
Now, AirDrop is a solid part of both iOS and macOS. As a general rule, you can assume that you can use AirDrop anywhere you can share media and content with the share icon. This means that you can share with other iOS devices not only photos from your photo library, but also links from Safari, files from the Files or Google Drive app, links to Apple Music or Spotify, video links from the YouTube app, and much more.
Before you start sending files with AirDrop, make sure that both devices have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi turned on, as we explained in the preferences section above. After that, AirDrop works perfectly.
- Turn on Bluetooth and Wi -Fi on your iPhone or Mac from Control Center.
- In an app, tap or click the Share icon (arrow) and select AirDrop .
- Select a device to send the file or link to. The file may need to be accepted on the other device.
AirDrop Does Not Work? Try These Fixes
AirDrop is usually fast. Transfer speed improves quickly, especially with larger files. Few steps can improve file transfer:
- AirDrop uses Bluetooth and WLAN, as described. Using only Bluetooth may slow transmission speed. Connect both devices to fast, powerful WiFi. Ensure network devices can communicate. Most routers allow this with their default settings.
- Keep devices close together. Less than 10 metres is best for transmission speed. If possible, no walls should separate the devices.
- To prevent interference, avoid nearby sources. This includes WLAN routers, repeaters, and microwaves.
- Unblock your firewall if you can’t receive Mac transfers. Select Firewall under System Preferences > Security & Privacy. Uncheck Block all incoming connections after unlocking the lock icon with your admin password.