How to Effortlessly Activate AirDrop

AirDrop is an easy way to wirelessly share photos, documents, and more between Apple devices. With just a few taps, you can send files to nearby iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Activating AirDrop is quick and effortless on all supported devices.

What is AirDrop?

AirDrop uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections to transfer files between devices. It creates a peer-to-peer wireless network between devices, allowing you to bypass having to use data or internet connections to send files. As long as the devices are within Bluetooth and Wi-Fi range of each other, AirDrop will work.

Key Benefits of AirDrop:

  • Fast transfer speeds
  • No need for internet connection
  • Secure encrypted transfers
  • Easy to set up

AirDrop Compatibility

AirDrop works between supported iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac models. Here is a quick compatibility overview:

iOS Devices:

  • iPhone 5 or newer
  • iPad (4th generation) or newer
  • iPad mini or newer
  • iPod touch (5th generation) or newer


  • 2012 or newer MacBook Air
  • 2012 or newer MacBook Pro
  • 2012 or newer iMac
  • 2012 or newer Mac Mini
  • Late 2013 or newer Mac Pro

All devices need to be running recent versions of iOS or macOS to use AirDrop.

How to Activate AirDrop on iPhone & iPad

Turning on AirDrop on your iPhone or iPad takes just a few taps:

  1. Open Control Center by swiping down from the top right corner of your screen on iPhone X or newer models, or swiping up from the bottom of your screen on iPhone 8 or earlier models.
  2. Long press on the Wi-Fi icon.
  3. Tap AirDrop.
  4. Choose either Contacts Only or Everyone to activate AirDrop receiving.
    • Contacts Only means only people in your contacts can send you AirDrop requests.
    • Everyone allows anyone nearby to send you AirDrop requests.

And that’s it! AirDrop is now activated and ready to receive files on your iPhone or iPad.

How to Activate AirDrop on Mac

  1. Click on the AirDrop icon in the Finder window sidebar.
  2. An AirDrop window will appear. Make sure Allow me to be discovered by: is set to Everyone to activate full AirDrop receiving.
  3. You can also limit AirDrop to Contacts Only if you only want people in your contacts to be able to send you AirDrop requests.
  4. Close the AirDrop window when finished. AirDrop is now ready to send and receive files on your Mac.

How to Use AirDrop to Send Files

Once AirDrop is activated on both the sending and receiving devices, start sharing!

On iPhone & iPad:

  1. Open a photo, document, webpage or other item you want to send.
  2. Tap the Share icon (a box with an arrow pointing up).
  3. Tap the contact’s name under AirDrop.
  4. They will receive an AirDrop request notification to accept the file transfer.

On Mac:

  1. Click and drag the file(s) you want to send to the recipient’s icon in the AirDrop Finder window.
  2. They will receive an AirDrop request notification to accept the file transfer.

That’s all there is to it! With just a few quick steps, you can start effortlessly sending files through AirDrop to nearby Apple devices.

AirDrop Tips & Troubleshooting

To ensure the best AirDrop experience, keep these tips in mind:

  • Keep devices within 30 feet of each other for best performance.
  • Disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth battery optimizations in Settings if transfers are slow.
  • Turn on Airplane Mode if you only want to use AirDrop’s peer-to-peer network.
  • Make sure Personal Hotspot is turned off.

If AirDrop is not working properly, try the following troubleshooting steps:

  • Update your devices to the latest iOS/macOS software.
  • Toggle AirDrop off and then on again.
  • Toggle Bluetooth and Wi-Fi off and then back on.
  • Try resetting network settings.
  • Move devices closer together.
  • Contact Apple Support if issues persist.


With powerful wireless transfer speeds, flexible sharing options, and solid encryption, AirDrop makes sending files between Apple devices fast and seamless. Setup only takes seconds, allowing you to effortlessly activate AirDrop across your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac lineup. Share away!