How to AirDrop Photos from iPhone 14 to MacBook Pro

This post will walk you through sharing photos from an iPhone 14 to a Macbook using the iOS 16 AirDrop feature. Here’s a quick guide to AirDrop photos from an iPhone 14 to a MacBook Pro.

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Time Needed : 5 minutes

AirDrop is Apple’s very own advanced-file sharing service that allows you to transfer files between Apple devices including Macs, iPhones and iPads without using Wi-Fi or cellular data. File-sharing with AirDrop is fast, secure and more power efficient as it only uses Bluetooth low energy to communicate with the compatible devices.

If you’re new to iOS and need some input on how to use AirDrop on your new iPhone 14 smartphone, feel free to refer to these outlined instructions.

The following steps depict the actual process of using AirDrop with an iPhone 14 and a MacBook Pro.

AirDrop Prerequisites:

To begin, verify and ensure that AirDrop, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth features are enabled on both devices. Also ensure that both devices are in close proximity, particularly within Bluetooth or Wi-Fi range so they can be discovered.

Once you’ve got everything set, you may go ahead and proceed with these steps to enable your iPhone's wireless file sharing feature.

  1. On your iPhone, open the Photos app to access the image files that you want to transfer to your Macbook via AirDrop.

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    You can navigate through the Photos Library, Albums, or any other available folders. 

  2. While in the Photos app library (or any folder), find the image(s) that you’d like to AirDrop then select them.

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    To enable selection of images, tap Select on the top-right side of the Photos screen then tap to mark the desired images.

  3. When finished selecting files, tap the Share icon at the bottom-left corner.

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    Doing so opens the file sharing menu with all available sharing options.

  4. Select AirDrop from the given options to continue.

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    Your iPhone will then start scanning for other nearby Apple devices that are discoverable via AirDrop. Wait for it to finish scanning.

  5. Find your Macbook under Other People then tap to select it.

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    The iPhone will then start sharing the selected files via AirDrop. The sharing time duration may vary depending on the number of files and file size to share.

  6. When finished, you’ll see a Sent label underneath the name of the other device or the recipient device, which in this case is the Macbook Pro.

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    If you’re done sharing all files, tap Done on the top-right corner to exit AirDrop sharing mode. Otherwise, repeat the same steps to share other files to the recipient device.

  • Settings
  • Apple iPhone 14

On your Macbook Pro, you will see an AirDrop notification, telling you that you’ve received files sent via AirDrop from your iPhone. Just tap Accept on the notification to complete the file-sharing process.

The iPhone is capable to AirDrop multiple full resolution photos at once so there shouldn’t be any problem with the maximum file size limit being exceeded or other relevant errors.

Having problems with AirDrop?

If you’re having trouble using AirDrop like you cannot send or receive files, check your AirDrop settings and make some adjustments if needed.

  • To access and manage the AirDrop settings on iPhone 14, just head over to Settings-> General-> AirDrop menu then select any from Contacts Only (if you prefer to use AirDrop only with your contacts) or Everyone if you want to send/receive files through AirDrop from anyone including those that are not listed in your Contacts. 

If AirDrop is set to Receiving Off and you cannot change it, you’ll need to allow AirDrop in the Content & Restrictions settings on your iPhone.

  • To do this, go to Settings-> Screen Time-> Content & Privacy menu then tap Allowed Apps. Find AirDrop from the list of apps then turn on the switch next to it.

Also make sure that the device you’re sending the files to via AirDrop has AirDrop, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled.

Keeping your Apple devices running on the latest OS version is also recommended to ensure an optimal and bug-free system.

And that’s how you AirDrop image files from an iPhone 14 to a MacBook Pro.

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