What is the AirDrop Feature on iPhone and How Do I Use it?


We have all been in situations where we might want to share a photo among friends or even strangers. Depending on when you started with the technology, the first thing you would think about would be to send an email or send a text message to the person in the image. That requires sharing personal information, time and a reliable data connection. If all users use iOS, you may have forgotten about AirDrop. Apple does not promote it much, but it is fast, reliable and easy.

Protect your privacy: turn it off

Wow, the bad actors know how to use this function well. There is even a term for it: cyber-flashing. AirDrop by default allows anyone nearby to send you an image. That can happen in an airplane or public transport. If you're lucky, you can even win a free pair of shoes at a concert for it. If you have a political mindset, AirDrop can be used to distribute prohibited materials.

Unless you are suspecting an AirDrop gift, it is best to tell Airdrop to accept files only from Contacts or simply to disable the Reception. Otherwise, you may find an unexpected request. You can easily activate it again if you intend to receive a file from a stranger.


On iOS, it's on Settings> General> AirDrop and on your Mac, it's currently on AirDrop inside the Finder in the sidebar or click on Go> AirDrop or use Command + Shift + R .

An easy shortcut in iOS is to use the Control Center. To access it from a phone without a start button (iPhone X or later) or an iPad, swipe down from the top right corner. On other devices, slide up from the bottom edge of the screen. Then, when you see the Airplane, Wifi and Bluetooth mode icons, press and hold in that area. Additional options will be displayed, including modifying the reception settings of your AirDrop.

Requirements: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, but without data

Most iPhones and Macs manufactured in the last five years are compatible with AirDrop, but here is the detailed list of Apple's technical specifications. . It should be at a distance of approximately 30 feet from each other.

Although you do not need a data or cellular connection, you still need to have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled. If you are in low power mode, it does not work reliably. If your device is in Do Not Disturb mode, you will have to turn it off to receive notifications from the file.

Since you do not use a data connection, you can use it in a place like an airplane or even with a non-SIM device.

How to send a file: just click Share

Most likely you are doing this on an iOS device, so we'll start there. Touch a photo or other file and touch the share icon. Below the image, you will see the AirDrop section. If there are nearby devices capable of receiving an AirDrop, they will be displayed there.


In this example, you can see that my MacBook Pro is able to accept the file. After sending it, it will appear in the downloads of my MacBook Pro.


I can send files in another way. On my Mac, I select to share from any application and then the available devices appear. Select the device you want to receive and that's it. If it is not a device of your property, the recipient has the option to accept or reject it.

When problems develop

Although technology should be easy, it is subject to the whims of interference and often to unreliable devices. I find that it works about 90% of the time. From time to time I have to activate and deactivate Bluetooth on my devices and, sometimes, even restart. Even though the range is 30 feet, that is ideal and, sometimes, you need to be much closer.

If you have your personal connection zone enabled, you should turn it off.

Making it easier

If you tend to use AirDrop often on your Mac, you can add it to your shortcuts. To do this, navigate to:


Then, inside that folder, there is the AirDrop icon. Drag it to its base and you're done. By the way, that's the way you add the icon of the iCloud unit to the dock.

By default, it is also located in the sidebar of the Finder. If your AirDrop icon is not there, go to the Finder, then to Preferences and select AirDrop for your Favorites


The best use case: share images With Strangers

As a secret shared among friends, I first became this while on vacation. Someone on our tour got an amazing picture with their iPhone and I asked him to send me a copy. Rightly, I was not interested in sharing contact information with a stranger, but suddenly the image appeared on my iPhone. Spooky and wonderful at the same time.

Now, when I want to share things, first I tell people about AirDrop, I send them to them and then I explain how to protect their privacy during the reception or the exit only for contacts. 19659037] Bonus: Sharing passwords

Another way I learned to use AirDrop is by sharing passwords. I do this with family members when they need access to something. Go to Settings, then Passwords and accounts, then select Site and Application passwords. After authentication, tap the account for which you want to share the password. Then, hold down the password and an Airdrop option will appear.

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Then get the option of who to send it to, as well as send other files. Since AirDrop connections are encrypted, it is one of the surest ways to share that information.

Obviously, be careful with this function. Incorrectly sending the wrong image to the wrong person could be embarrassing at best and possibly cause your flight to be grounded.

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