How to enable and use AirDrop on your iPhone

With AirDrop, Apple has made transferring data between Apple devices much easier and quicker. First introduced in iOS 7, AirDrop has quickly become one of the most used features on iOS and macOS, thanks to its intuitive and easy-to-use user interface.

AirDrop allows you to quickly share your photos, videos, locations, and much more with other Apple devices. Basically, AirDrop uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless networking to let iPhone, iPad and Mac owners share files with others.

If you are new to iOS, the method that can be used to AirDrop files between Apple devices may be a little bit confusing. With that in mind, we believe that we can help you out.

In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to enable and use AirDrop on your iPhone. Before we get started, make sure that you are now running iOS 7 or later and you have already turned on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your device.

How to enable and use AirDrop on your iPhone

  1. How to enable AirDrop on your iPhone

To use AirDrop to move files between Apple devices, you first need to enable it on your iPhone. The process is pretty simple and you check out the steps below.

Step one: First off, you need to launch Control Center on your iPhone. To do this, you simply need to swipe up from the bottom of the screen

Step two: From the Control Center menu that shows up, tap AirDrop and then select your option. If you select Contacts Only, you will enable only your contacts to AirDrop you. If you select Everyone, you will enable everyone to AirDrop you.

  1. How to share files between devices with AirDrop

Once you have enabled AirDrop, you now can easily move files between Apple devices using AirDrop. If you need help, make sure that you check out the steps below.

Step one: Open an app that has the content you wish to share using AirDrop (make sure that your app supports AirDrop)

Step two: Once you are in, select the content you want to share (you can share multiple files at once using AirDrop), hit the Share button at the bottom

Step three: You will then see a preview of the content you are about to share with AirDrop at the top. From the popup menu that shows up from the bottom of the screen, select the person and device you want to share your files to

Step four: Once you are done, the recipient will get a popup window asking if he wants to accept the transfer. Hit Accept and the file will be opened in the appropriate app on the recipient’s device. (if you are sharing files between two devices you own, make sure that you are using the same Apple ID on both devices).

That’s it! If you cannot share files with your friends using AirDrop, make sure that you have already turned on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and both devices are in close proximity of each other.

Also read: How to turn off notifications for shared photo streams on your iPhone and iPad

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