How to use AirDrop on Apple iOS 7/8 (iPhone, iPad or iPod)

It's clear that Apple AirDrop feature first introduced on iOS 7 is one of the most admired functions implemented into it. Previously, it was introduced first on Mac OS X but now it's luckily available on Apple's mobile platform.

Apple AirDrop on iOS 7

That feature is known for AirDrop that uses Wi-Fi ad-hoc which allows users to go beyond the maximum speed of Data Transfer on their devices by going through the simplest steps.

Use AirDrop on Mac

If you wish to send, receive and share files on your mac with other Apple devices (iPhone, iPad or iPod) then let me forward you to my other tutorial (Click Here), some points in this tutorial will be relevant so you can read it if you want to know more about Apple AirDrop.

This tutorial is mostly about how to use AirDrop feature to send and receive files sharing them between iOS devices specifically, you will also be introduced to the topic along with some great information about how does it function and what devices are supported.

What is Apple AirDrop?

It's originally known for Wi-Fi (Peer to Peer) Technology similar to Wi-Fi Direct on Android which allows iDevices with iOS 7 or higher (still limited to some though) to connect with each other without an access point and share data or information.

Lets also take a look at Apple's official statement to define AirDrop on iOS 7:

"Sending a photo or a document to someone via text or email is fine. But if that someone is right next to you, a text or an email suddenly feels like too many steps. Enter AirDrop for iOS. It lets you quickly and easily share photos, videos, contacts — and anything else from any app with a Share button. Just tap Share, then select the person you want to share with. AirDrop does the rest using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. No setup required. And transfers are encrypted, so what you share is highly secure."

Apparently, smartphone users can benefit from it to share or transfer big files in an incredible speed that goes up to 250 megabits per second which is way faster than any other similar File Transfer method.

What Devices are Supported by AirDrop?

Unfortunately, old devices are excluded from this list although AirDrop is supported on many high performance iDevices running Apple iOS 7 (or later) such as:
  • iPhone 5
  • iPad (4th generation)
  • iPad mini
  • iPod Touch (5th generation)
Any other device models released after the current generation in list above will be able to send and receive files through airdrop. In the other hand, any older models will not able to use the feature because there is hardware incompatibility.

How to Use AirDrop for File Transferring?

First, please make sure to turn on both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your device, then follow that example to activate AirDrop to send from (Photos App) or any integrated file management application.

Step 1 (Turn on AirDrop)

To do this, you will have to swipe up from the bottom of your iDevice under the dock. Then, the Control Center window will appear for you along with the AirDrop option, just tap on it.

When you tap on the air drop button, there will pop-up a new dialog asking you to whether you want to be discoverable by anyone or the people in your contact address book only, choose what you want.

Now you have airdrop turned on, what is next? I guess you have to open an app that's supporting this feature and you will know how to share the content in the next step.

Step 2 (Share Content)

Now, navigate the application that you want its files or media to be shared with your friends, you can share content from apps such as Photos, Safari, Contacts, iBooks and many more. Lets assume you want to send a photo to your friend.

Go the Photo App and tap share or the share icon depending on the app itself, just make sure to choose AirDrop as the sharing method, then select the content you want to send.

Click on the name of your nearby friend or the device. Please note that if you enabled airdrop with Contact Only and you can't find a the nearby device, check that both of devices are signed in to the iCloud account. If you still can't find a nearby device, try setting AirDrop to Everyone.

Step 3 (Click Accept on the other iDevice)

Finally, the target device will receive a notification with a preview of the content you sent it, and they either accept or decline the request. So, just click accept and wait for the file to be transferred, I guess that's all folks.

Where Does Airdrop Save Sent Files?

If you accept the file on the other device, then you will get the content saved in the same app you sent it from on the first device. For example, photos will be saved in the Photos app and websites will open in Safari.

What do you think about Apple AirDrop feature? Is it functional after all? I will be happy to hear your opinion, do not hesitate to share your thoughts with us in the section below.

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December 6, 2014 at 2:42 PM ×

I guess it would be a cool feature... if it would actually work. I have airdrop switched on on my imac, iphone 6 and ipad air; they're all connected to the same wifi network (just to be sure bluetooth is on also)... but no option on either of the intruments to send a phono. As we say in Duth: operation succesful, patient dead.

December 8, 2014 at 1:25 AM ×

Well, you have to click share then you will find AirDrop as an option, for example go to the photos app and open a photo then click on share and choose airdrop then you will find the other available devices.

December 17, 2014 at 5:44 PM ×

so in all this everyone that has this must be on the same network wifi it still sounds comp I would rather just go the way I been using seems much more faster then all this crap to do plus it don't work in my area everyone is just plain an simple text an send

December 17, 2014 at 5:54 PM ×

and why do they say find other available devices too when he regular way all you do is pick contact an send message or photos don't have to do all this waiting see if someone has the same network I still say the old way is faster an yet more better at least you don't have to keep turning on your Bluetooth off an on and personaly air drop is stupid way of doing things I wouldn't bother using it or wasteing my time on it


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