AirDrop is a file-sharing service that allows you to transfer photos, large files, playlists, contact information and more between Apple devices.
The AirDrop feature is available on iPhone, iPad and Mac and works only within Bluetooth or Wi-Fi range.
The first step is to make sure that the person you’re trying to share with has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on. You should also check that their Personal Hotspot is turned off.
1. Go to Settings
AirDrop is a useful feature that lets you easily share pictures and other files from your iPhone to other Apple devices. It’s an extremely convenient way to transfer content quickly, and it can even work with Mac computers and other iOS devices.
With iOS 11, however, AirDrop doesn’t seem to be as readily available as it used to be. Many users have started to wonder where this feature is gone. It’s actually hidden away in Control Center, though, and it can be accessed relatively quickly using some very simple steps.
To enable AirDrop, you first need to open the Control Center. This can be done by swiping down from the top-right corner on an iPhone X or newer model, or by swiping up from the bottom on older models.
Once you’re in the Control Center, you should see two toggles on the upper-left of the panel: “Airplane Mode” and “Bluetooth.” Tap the Bluetooth button to access the quick settings, and then tap the AirDrop option.
The AirDrop setting you choose can have a big impact on how files are shared between your iPhone and other devices. You can set it to work with your contacts only, or you can select the “Everyone” option, which allows all nearby Apple devices to view your iPhone and share files.
If you’re sending files to someone else, you’ll need to make sure that they have your iPhone’s email address or phone number in their Contacts app. You can also check that both of your devices are signed into iCloud, and that they have the correct Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings enabled.
2. Go to General
AirDrop is a great way to share files with other iOS and Mac users, including photos, large files, playlists, contacts information, Apple Maps locations and links to websites. It works over Bluetooth and requires devices to be within 30 feet of one another for the service to work properly.
There are a few ways to enable AirDrop on an iPhone 11 and make it available for other users. The first is to open the Control Center on your device and tap the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and AirDrop icons.
Once the AirDrop option appears, select it to turn it on or off. You can also change the visibility of AirDrop to Contacts Only or Everyone from this screen.
To turn on AirDrop, you’ll need to be signed into your iCloud account and have an email address or phone number associated with the recipient’s device in your contact list. If you don’t have these settings, it may be worth creating them manually before you try to use AirDrop.
If you do have these settings, you can still turn AirDrop on by going to the General menu in Settings. Once there, you can choose to limit AirDrop to contacts only or set it to “Everyone” so that other Apple devices can send files to your device.
You can also turn on AirDrop via the Control Center, which you can access by swiping down from the top right corner or up from the bottom of the screen on some iPhone models. The AirDrop icon will be colored Blue when you’re able to use it and will appear in the center of the Control Center.
3. Go to AirDrop
AirDrop is a fantastic way to share files and photos with other Apple devices that are within range. It works on iOS and Mac computers, and is free to use. If you want to use AirDrop to transfer content, you’ll need to turn it on and make sure that both your devices are connected to each other via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Usually, the other device will get a pop-up message asking if they want to receive the file or not. You can then tap Accept to start transferring the file over.
When using AirDrop, it is important to check that the person you’re trying to send a file to has a compatible iPhone and that both of your devices are in range of each other. This includes both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, as well as Personal Hotspot if you have it on.
To find out if you can use AirDrop, go to Settings on your iOS device. Here, you can select who can send you files using AirDrop by choosing either Contacts Only or Everyone.
Another option is to open the Control Center on your iOS device and choose AirDrop from the top-left section of the menu. On a Mac, you can also enable AirDrop by clicking the Apple icon in the System Preferences and choosing AirDrop from the menu.
If you’re unable to use AirDrop, it could be because of a software issue that prevents the feature from working properly. If this is the case, restarting your iPhone or iPad may solve the problem.
4. Go to Options
AirDrop is a file-sharing feature built into iOS and Mac OS that lets you send files like photos, large music files, playlists, contact information, locations on Apple Maps, links to websites and more. It is free and available on iPhone, iPad and Mac devices.
To use AirDrop, you need to make sure that your iPhone and the device you’re trying to transfer files to are both connected to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It’s also important that they are within 30 feet of each other so that data transfers can be completed.
If you’re unable to connect to the other device via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, try using another network. For example, you might try connecting to a friend’s Wi-Fi.
Alternatively, you could use a USB cable to connect the device to a computer. If this doesn’t work, you may need to update the operating system on your iPhone to make it compatible with AirDrop.
One of the best ways to ensure that your iOS device is ready for AirDrop is to go to Options and check your settings. These settings are located in the Control Center, and they allow you to enable or disable AirDrop as needed.
Once you’re in these settings, you can choose to allow everyone on your contacts list to send files to your device or only people who have permission from you to access your content. You can even choose to turn AirDrop off if you prefer not to receive files from anyone else.
If you’re unable or unwilling to change your preferences, you can also try restarting your device. This will reset all of your network settings and remove any temporary glitches that may be preventing AirDrop from functioning properly.