Have you heard about AirDrop yet? It’s the way to instantly share things like photos, documents, and apps between Apple devices. This means that you no longer have to email yourself that latest update to your resume, you don’t have to send that selfie over Messenger that you and your friend just took, and you don’t need to plug in your iPad to your computer just to grab that funny video you saved. Discussed below is how to use AirDrop for iPhone and iPad.
Firstly, what is AirDrop?
AirDrop is a file-sharing mechanism that Apple created so that you can easily send and receive files to and from nearby Apple devices. The technology needs both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi networks enabled for it to work. Your sending device will find any available compatible Apple devices that are close by. Because it searches out devices using Bluetooth, this range will be about 10 meters. Both devices will need to have Bluetooth switched on to find each other.
Why would I use AirDrop?
AirDrop just makes life easier. You don’t need to worry about cords to connect devices nor using apps, email or other programs to send and receive files. Because the feature is inbuilt into Apple products, it’s already there and ready to go! It’s fast too because the files are sent over Wi-Fi, and it’s secure because the files are encrypted before they are sent – meaning no one can grab the file and look at it while it’s being sent over the Wi-Fi connection.
Who can I share things with via AirDrop?
Basically, you can share things with any Apple device that’s within your 10-meter Bluetooth range and is discoverable. Whether that’s your friend who you’re out for coffee with, your co-worker in the cubicle over, or even a total stranger who’s standing along the platform at the train station! Although, that last one would be a bit creepy if we’re being honest here!
What do I need to use AirDrop?
Models supporting AirDrop are Macs with OSX Yosemite or subsequent updates installed, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S, any version of the iPad Mini, iPod Touch 5 or later, iPad 4 or later, and iPad Pro. These will need to be running at least iOS 7.
How do I turn on AirDrop?
If you are using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, choose Control Center and then select AirDrop from the menu. From there, pick from the pop up if you want to use AirDrop with your ‘Contacts Only’ or to ‘Everyone’.
If you are using a Mac computer as one of your AirDrop devices, you will need to switch it on via the desktop. To do this, select Go > AirDrop from the menu. The AirDrop menu will pop up and if either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi are switched off, you can turn them on here. If they’re both on, then AirDrop is automatically enabled.
How do I make an AirDrop?
If you are using iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch as the sender, browse on your phone to the content that you want to share and then tap on Share. A list will come up – send via Message, Mail, etc., and above that, ‘Tap to share with AirDrop’, with a list of Contacts or devices that you can use AirDrop with. Choose the person or device you want to share with. The other device will show an alert that a file is being sent to them and they will need to accept the file transfer to continue.
If you’d like to send from a Mac computer, open Go and then AirDrop. A list of Contacts or devices will be shown in the window. From here, all you need to do is drag and drop any files you want to share onto the Contact or device. If the receiver is your iPhone or iPad and you’re signed in to the same iCloud account on both devices, the file is automatically saved. If not, the other device will show an alert which needs to be accepted before the file is saved.
And there you have it on how to use AirDrop for iPhone and iPad! Simple, instant file sharing between Apple devices. Give your email and Messenger apps a break and try out Airdrop instead.