Apple releases one device every year at least. iPhone and iOS Software are one of the most famous inventions of Apple industries. Smartphones have become a significant source of communication and other basic modes of life. Apple's devices are versatile, whether it's due to their design or specifications. Apple always provides consistent qualities in its phones or any other devices that make them distinctive from other rivals.
Apple's innovations are limited to phones and keep its bar high with the updates and enhancement in its software. Apple's Macintosh is also one of the significant inventions that are used widely around the globe. As Apple has introduced many devices among its users, it also provides various features to connect them with each other if you want to transfer photos, videos, or any data.
Apple provides a feature named Airdrop to within Macs, iPhones, iPod operating system that enables the users to share their photos, videos, documents, locations or notes, etc., with the other nearby Apple devices. It is a great way to wirelessly share data with any other devices without using any third-party tool.
Airdrop doesn’t work with windows or android. The devices that are compatible with Airdrop should be running iOS 7 or any recent software update. It works with almost every Apple device like iPad, iPhone, Mac or iPod, etc.
Airdrop is a built-in feature that allows the transfer of files, photos, or videos without any other apps' help. Airdrop uses Bluetooth to negotiate connections and establishes a Wi-Fi connection between devices. Both the devices trying to share data need to be Apple's; otherwise, this feature won't work.
Both of the devices need to be connected to Wi-Fi and have their Bluetooth turned on. The devices also need to be in the range of 9 meters; otherwise, the connection will break. Around the Wi-Fi connection, a firewall is initiated from both devices and the data sent is encrypted.
The transfer through Airdrop is swift, and if the airdrop feature of the receiving end is turned off, then a shared file or photo will automatically appear on the sharing screen. And the option of rejection and acceptance will appear on the receiver. After that, Airdrop will transfer the file over a Wi-Fi connection.
Whenever you want to share data from Apple's device to the iPhone, iPad, or iPod, then select the file and tap on the share icon. Any other device that is associated with the Apple ID using Airdrop will appear. Selecting the desired device will then transfer the data or file to that device.
A list of Apple devices with activated airdrop feature appears on the screen. From that, you can choose any device you want to share data, and after agreeing and rejecting content, if they accept, Airdrop will open the safari page, and the photo will appear in the Photos app. If you send the file to the devices using the same Apple ID, then other devices won't need the consent and automatically receive the file.
For Mac, you can search the Airdrop box in Finder and drag and drop the required file onto the recipient. Or you can open the file and select the share option in the app window. After receiving the file, it will be saved in the Downloads folder.
First, check if the Airdrop is enabled on your devices; if not, navigate to general settings and then Airdrop and adjust the settings.
Airdrop allows you to share the file with the contact or with everyone. If you allow the contacts, it requires them both to be on echo other's contact list and iCloud. As for everyone, it will enable any random person you don't know to Airdrop.
If you want to airdrop from Mac to the iPhone, the following steps would be needed.
You can also use the drag and drop technique for the transfer of a file. Using Airdrop is very simple and convenient for the sharing purpose. For drag and drop, you just need to follow the simple steps.
These were just the simple methods you need to do or know for sharing or using Airdrop. Airdrop feature also works on the iPads and iPods and transfer your data anyhow you want. If you face any problems during airdropping or it is glitching, it can be troubleshot by resetting the settings and working fine after modifying. If you are still finding it difficult then contact Apple’s support to know how Airdrop will work on your Mac.