How to use AirDrop?

October 2016

How to use AirDrop?

AirDrop is one of the new features of iOS7, but it first appeared for the first time under Mac OS 10.7 Lion. AirDrop allows data sharing between Apple devices via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Supported Devices:


  • MacBook and MacBook Pro as from 2008.
  • MacBook Air as from 2008
  • iMac as from 2009
  • Mac Mini as from 2010
  • Mac Pro as from 2010


  • As from iPhone 5

iPad and iPad Mini

  • As from the 4th Generation of iPad.

Transferring data with AirDrop

Data transfer via AirDrop can be performed only between two OS X or two iOS devices. Thus, it is not possible to connect an iPhone to a Mac!

To use AirDrop on a Mac:

  • AirDrop uses Bluetooth detect nearby compatible devices. However data is transmitted over Wi-Fi.
  • Press Command+Shift+R to launch Airdrop
  • Nearby compatible devices will be listed in the AirdDrop lists.
  • Drag and drop files you want to transfer, to the device of your choice and ht the Send button to confirm the transfer.

To use AirDrop on iOS7:

  • In order to use AirDrop on your iPad or iPhone, you will require iOS 7 and an iCloud account.
  • First of all you need to turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your device.
  • Open the Control Center by swiping a finger upward from the bottom of the screen.
  • Tap on AirDrop to activate the feature.
  • Choose who can transfer files with you via Airdrop, by selecting:
    • Contacts Only
    • Everyone.
  • AirDrop will then search for nearby compatible devices.
  • From there you can share your data (photos, contacts, files..etc).

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