AirDrop is a cool and useful feature added to iOS and macOS run devices since the release of Mac OS X Lion and iOS 7. You can use AirDrop to share files, photos, videos between iOS devices. With the release of macOS Mojave and the iOS 12, this feature can facilitate the transfer of just about anything. However, users are often unaware of this feature and use messages to transfer photos. Transferring photos using the message is convenient enough. Nevertheless, it is much easier with AirDrop when your friend is in close proximity. AirDrop uses both the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi in your device to make the transfer. You can use AirDrop to transfer webpage that you are surfing and your friend might want to bookmark the page. With the use of AirDrop, you can share your grocery list, contacts, mail attachments, items stored in files App, links to App pages, notes, and much more. In this blog, we will elaborate about AirDrop, how it works, and steps to share files from iPhone to iPad and Mac.
Part 1: What is AirDrop and how does it Work?
Prior to the release of AirDrop, Mac users transferred files from one Mac to the other using email or external drives. Users had to rely upon third-party software such as Dropbox and iCloud to transfer files from iPhone to the Mac. With the inclusion of AirDrop in Mac and iPhone, the hassle of file transfer has become obsolete. Using the application, you can seamlessly transfer files for iPhone to iPhone, iPhone to Mac, and iPhone to iPad and vice versa.
Using the Bluetooth of the device, AirDrop establishes a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi connection between two devices. Both the connected devices create a firewall and files are encrypted before transferring. This makes file transfer with AirDrop not only convenient but also secure. Transferring files using email exposes the sensitive data to potential exploitation. Therefore, it is best to use this method of transfer compared to message or any other method. The new iOS 12 and macOS Mojave also include the new file system APFS which is designed to facilitate high-level encryption. The new file system adds to the encryption capability of AirDrop.
AirDrop detects any device that is in close proximity and establishes a connection. You can then use AirDrop to share files, photos, videos between iOS devices. When it comes to file transfer, AirDrop is superior to any other application that provides file sharing capability. AirDrop uses the Wi-Fi of the device to transfer files while other applications use Bluetooth. Many Android device uses Near Field Communication with a combination of Bluetooth, but they are all slow compared to transferring files using the Wi-Fi.
Part 2: How to use Airdrop to Share Files from iPhone or iPad
AirDrop allows you to share files from your iPhone to an iPad through the built-in Share Sheet, which appears as an arrow button within a box; however, sometimes it may simply say Share. Nevertheless, before proceeding to share the files, visit the Control Center and ensure that both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are active and then, tap on AirDrop. You can choose to share the content with Everyone or just your Contacts. Tap on your desired option to initiate with whom you want to transfer. Follow the systematic instructions below to share files from an iPhone to iPad:
- Open the application you wish to share files from, say Photos or Documents.
- Select the item to share.
- Tap the Share button.
- Tap on the avatar of the user with whom you want to share the files as it appears on AirDrop.
As soon as you select the user, your files will start Airdropping. If the user with whom you are sharing the files uses multiple Apple devices, you will see multiple avatars of the user on the Share Sheet. However, this should not confuse you because you will also see the names of the devices allowing you to make the correct selection.
Part 3: How to use Airdrop to Share Files from Mac to iPhone
Airdrop has also made it easy to transfer files from Mac to the iPhone; however, your device should be among one of the devices mentioned below to enjoy file sharing using AirDrop. The devices that include AirDrop are iOS devices after the release of iOS 7, MacBook Pro – 2012 or newer, iMac – 2012 or newer, MacBook Air – 2012 or newer, Mac mini – 2012 or newer, and Mac Pro released in late 2013.
There is no fuss involved in transferring files from a Mac to an iPhone using the AirDrop application. The guide below will help you accomplish the task in a few easy steps.
- Turn-on the Wi-Fi in both the Mac and the iPhone, to do this with the iPhone – Go to Settings > Wi-Fi and tap on the icon. For Mac, go to the Menu Bar > Wi-Fi > turn it on. AirDrop will be operational in both the devices even when they are using separate Wi-Fi networks.
- Turn-on the Bluetooth in the iPhone and the Mac, swipe from bottom in your iPhone to open the Control Center and tab on the Bluetooth icon; this will turn it on. For the Mac – click the Menu Bar > Apple > System Preferences > Bluetooth and turn it on.
- Now, you need to turn the AirDrop on in both your devices. On the Mac, go to Finder, then Menu Bar > Go > AirDrop and click on the option ‘Allow me to be discovered by’ – you can choose Everyone or Contact Only. On the iPhone, open the Control Center through the method mentioned above and tab on the AirDrop icon and Choose Everyone or Contacts Only.
- After having finished these three simple steps, you can begin the process of transferring files from the Mac to your iPhone. You can ensure if your device is connected by visiting the AirDrop menu. From here on, any file, that you drop on your device will be Airdropped.
You can use AirDrop to share files, photos, videos between iOS device and with other Apple devices such as Mac and iPad. You should use this highly useful application for making all your file transfers, it is easy and efficient, much faster than any other file transfer methods offered by other mobile device makers. So, use this cool feature of Apple products and enjoy.