How Does AirDrop Work – How to Set Up Your Service

How does AirDrop work? Well, quite simple, and we will show you how to use it, and what are the compatible devices for that matter.

AirDrop is a quick way to transfer files between iOS devices, meaning iPhones, iPads, and Macs. With it, Apple users can easily share photos, contacts, memos, map locations, videos, and any other type of document from their supported device to anyone who is also using a supported iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

How does AirDrop work

And the uniqueness of it lies in the possibility to share pretty much anything that you usually share on social media. Because AirDrop also lets you share an app or even a web page.

How Does Airdrop Work?

AirDrop uses Bluetooth low energy (LE) to broadcast and negotiate connections, and point-to-point WiFi to actually transfer the data. Each of the two devices creates a firewall, and the files are transferred encrypted. This makes the service fast, secure, and power-efficient. It is also a safer way to send data than the standard email, for example.

How does AirDrop work – do you need to set up something? The service will automatically detect the supported devices located nearby, but you have to be sure the receiver or the provider of the file is close enough to establish a WiFi connection.

For a good connectivity, make sure you are the recipient are within 30 feet of each other.

What Devices Support AirDrop?

How does AirDrop work with Apple devices? Well, the service is supported on devices running iOS7 or later: iPhone 5 or later, iPad Pro, iPad 4th generation or later, iPad mini or later, iPod Touch 5th generation and later, and Mac with OS X Yosemite or later.

How to Activate AirDrop

To activate the service on your iPhone or iPad, you must launch Control Center. But first, check to see if both Bluetooth and WiFi are turned on. Now, tap AirDrop and choose your device’s visibility. If you choose the “Off” option, you will, of course, make it impossible for people to share files with you. “Contacts Only” ensures you are visible to your contacts, and “Everyone” allows you to receive and send data from and to anyone nearby.

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To activate the service on your Mac, choose Go and then AirDrop from the menu bar. The service automatically turns on if both Bluetooth and WiFi are on, so if you must activate it yourself, then it’s a sign that your connectivity options are off. You will be notified if you need to turn them on.

In order to receive or send files from everyone, not just the people in your Contacts app, the “Allow me to be discovered by” option at the bottom of the service’s window will do the trick.

How to AirDrop Files from Your iOS

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To share files using AirDrop, go to the file you wish to transfer and tap the Share button located on the button right side of your screen. Tap the device you want to establish a connectivity and you’re set. The files you have sent or the ones you have received yourself through this method will appear in the dedicated app. For example, if you have sent a video, the receiver should look that file up in Videos.

How to AirDrop Files from Your Mac

If you want to transfer files from your Mac computer, go to the menu bar and pick Go, and then AirDrop. The service’s window will show other AirDrop users near you. Go to your file and drag it to the receiver’s image that you will see in the AirDrop window. Click Send and you’re done.

Additionally, you can use the Share option. If you have the Share feature available in the app, click on it. The Share menu will contain various sharing options among which you will find AirDrop. Select your recipient from the sheet and click Done.

Receiving Items via AirDrop

If the person you have sent files to is signed into your iCloud account, then the documents will be both accepted and saved automatically. As we stated above, the receiver should see the items in the Photos, Videos, or any other app on their device.

But if the other person is not signed into your iCloud account, then he or she has to accept the file before it gets to be saved onto their device. The other user will get an alert containing a preview of the data to be transferred. Users have the option of accepting or declining the files(s).

If sent to a Mac computer, then the document can be found in the Downloads folder.

If sent to an iOS device, then the item will appear in the appropriate app after the files have been manually accepted.