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How to share files with AirDrop on iPhone and iPad instantly

AirDrop an integrated system in iOS that allows you to quickly and easily transfer any type of file between iPhone, iPad and Mac. If you are reading this guide, you probably don't know how to use this interesting function. The guide we offer will show you step by step how share files with AirDropiPhone, iPad and Mac quickly.

How to share files with AirDrop on iPhone or iPad

AirDrop uses Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy to locate new devices nearby to which to transmit files and uses point-to-point Wi-Fi connections to transfer information quickly, efficiently and safely. Used between iPhone and iPad, you can share photos, videos, contacts, Passbook documents, voice memos, map locations and anything else displayed on the sharing menu integrated in the app.

How to activate or deactivate AirDrop

AirDrop allows you to choose between the possibility of communicating with your contacts or with everyone. If you select "Contacts", this requires more work, as you and the person you want to communicate with AirDrop must both be connected to iCloud and be present in their respective "Contacts". If, on the other hand, you select "All", the procedure is easier, but it means that random people you don't know can send you files with AirDrop.

  • Launch Control Center by swiping up from the bottom edge on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Make sure both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are turned on. (It is not necessary to be connected to a Wi-Fi network, just activate WI-Fi).
  • Click on the AirDrop icon.
  • Click on "Reception not active" to deactivate AirDrop, select "Contacts only" to enable only your contacts to AirDrop, or "All" to allow everyone to share files via AirDrop.
  • If you choose "Contacts only", make sure you're signed in to iCloud.

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How to enable or disable AirDrop for iPhone or iPad on iOS 11

  1. Launch Control Center by swiping up from the bottom edge on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Make sure both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are turned on. (It is not necessary to be connected to a Wi-Fi network, just activate WI-Fi).
  3. 3D Touch or Long Press on Connectivity Settings to bring up additional connectivity controls.
  4. Click on AirDrop
  5. Click on "Reception not active" to deactivate AirDrop, select "Contacts only" to enable only your contacts to AirDrop, or "All" to allow everyone to share files via AirDrop. (Note: if you choose "Contacts only", make sure that you're signed in to iCloud).

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Note: Apple will not share your contacts with another device to determine if a match exists, but will verify both iCloud accounts. So if there is a match, I will show you the version of the contact on your device. In this way, no data is lost.

How to share files with AirDrop from your iPhone or iPad

You can share files with AirDrop from any iPhone or iPad application that includes the built-in sharing menu and you can share with anyone and with any device that will be displayed in the sharing menu.

  1. After going to the file you want to send with AirDrop.
  2. Click the Share button.
  3. Click the person and device you want to share the file with.

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Since AirDrop shows the photo for all your contacts, if you are looking for someone on AirDrop with multiple devices, you can see their image several times in the menu. However, the device name will be displayed to make sure you choose the right one.

How to fix AirDrop problems on iPhone and iPhone

Self Airdrop is not working and the contacts are not displayed in the AirDrop interface, try these solutions, in order:

  1. Turn Bluetooth and / or Wi-Fi on and off or turn Airplane mode on and off to reset your connections.
  2. Turn off Instant Hotspot to disable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections.
  3. Temporarily switch to "All" to remove any contact misalignments.

This is all. Now you know how to share files on AirDrop quickly and safely, without waiting a long time for heavy files like videos or high resolution images.