How To Access Airdrop: Everything You Need To Know

Airdrop is Apple’s best-kept secret feature on their iPhone. It is used to easily transfer files such as photos and documents wirelessly between Apple devices i.e. iPhone, iPad and iMac that uses Bluetooth to discover and broadcast in order to transfer the data,Best-kept secret in a way that the feature is somehow ‘hidden’ in the control center of your Apple device. 

Airdrop is not used just to transfer photos. It is also used to transfer anything that you want to share from your device to another Apple device as well. Say for instance, if you want to transfer a URL website from your iPhone to another iPhone, or you can transfer Notes to another apple device. It can transfer basically anything from your iPhone. 

How does Airdrop works? As mentioned, it uses the Bluetooth of your iphone to create a point-to-point WiFi network between the devices that then create a firewall within the connection so that files that are being sent are encrypted making it easier and more secure than when using email to transfer a file. And you have to be as close enough to the receiving device to be able to establish a good Airdrop connection . Since it uses Bluetooth and Bluetooth range should be at least 30 feet between devices, that should also be the range between devices when transferring data using Airdrop. Since Airdrop also uses WiFi to make a connection between the two devices, its allows sharing larger file size easier and faster. Continue to read on below on how to access Airdrop.


How to Find and Access Airdrop in Control Center

Apple makes it easy for its user to find Airdrop settings, so they put Airdrop settings in the Control center of your iPhone allowing you to turn Airdrop ON or OFF easily. 

  1. Accessing control center may vary with different iPhone models. For iPhone X and later versions, swipe down starting from the top right corner of your screen while for iPhone 8 and earlier versions you can access the control center by swiping up from the bottom of the display of your iPhone. 
  2. At the control center, locate the buttons area where there are four icons such as the Airplane mode, WiFI, Cellular data and Bluetooth. At the center of that area where the four icons are located, tap firmly to expand. You will see two more additional icons, such as the Airdrop and Personal Hotspot.
  3. Tap on the Airdrop icon and select from the list of options for permission: Receiving off (to turn it off Airdrop), Contacts only (lets you receive files only from individuals in your list of contacts) and Everyone (You may receive files sent via airdrop from everyone nearby). For security and privacy purposes, it is safe to choose permissions from Contacts only. So as to prevent receiving unauthorized files from the public.

How to Send file via Airdrop

When Airdrop settings has already been set up in the control center including permission setting, you are now able to use Airdrop to transfer files. First things first, make sure that both devices (your iPhone and the receiving device) is within range from each other. Within range does not necessarily mean, right next to each other. A few feet away is more than enough to consider “within range”. 

If the receiving end is from your list of contacts, you can set permission to Contact Only and should be done on the other device as well. But if the person you will be transferring data to is not on your contact list, both of you should set permission to Everyone. 

  1. Go to the file you want to share. For instance, if you want to send a photo, head over to the Photos App.
  2. Choose the Photo or Photos (you can send multiple photos all at once) you want to share
  3. Tap on the Share icon, located at the lower left corner of your iPhone Screen. It an icon with an arrow facing up.
  4. The available devices will now appear in a circle with the device name below it. If you did not set up a photo of the contact, it will appear gray with only their initials. 
  5. Tap on the circle with the name on it that you want to send the file to. It will then prompt on the other end whether they want to accept the Airdrop file or not. 

If in any case, Airdrop is not working there are also potential solutions on how to fix it in the upcoming article. 

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