11 Jun 2013

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

It's clear that Apple AirDrop feature 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.

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 the new Apple iOS 7 such as:
  • iPhone 5
  • iPad (4th generation)
  • iPad mini
  • iPod Touch (5th generation)

How to Use AirDrop for File Transferring?

You can find a share option in each app that is compatible with iOS 7 and here is an example to send a photo through AirDrop from the (Photos App).

Step 1 (Check Out AirDrop Settings)

To get this outcome (Picture Below) 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 click on it.

iOS Control Center

Step 2 (Select Photos & Click Share)


AirDrop Send Screen

Step 3 (Click Accept on the other iDevice)


AirDrop Receive Screen