Airdrop has to be the easiest way to share files between Apple devices. It’s actually one of my reasons to get caught up in the Ecosystem.
Before you can use airdrop on your iPhone, iPad or Mac, you need to make sure it’s turned on on both the sending device and the receiving device.
Since Airdrop uses both Wifi and Bluetooth to send files, make those are both turned on first on both devices; paired via bluetooth and connected to the same Wifi network. Then you can turn on airdrop.
How To Turn On Airdrop On iPhone
Your iPhone will turn on Airdrop when you’re trying to send files via the service. But ti receive files, you need to turn it on.
Open the control center of your iphone by swiping down from the top right corner of your iPhone screen. For older iphones, you might need to swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
The press and hold the tray that contains the Wifi, Bluetooth and mobile data icons. The will expand the tray and now you can see the Airdrop icon.
If Airdop is off, then the icon is not Blue. Tap on it anc choose either ‘Contacts Only’ or ‘Everyone’. This will turn on Airdrop and allow you to receive files from other Apple devices.
How To Turn On Airdrop On Mac
Just like on the iPhone, Ensure both bluetooth and Wifi are on on your Mac. This is way easier on newer Mac OS versions. Mine is macOS BigSur.
Go to the upper right corner and click on the Action center icon. That will show you the Bluetooth, Wifi and Airdrop icons among others. Click on the Airdrop icon and toggle the button ON to turn on Airdrop.
Note: If you have Airdrop turned on but still can’t receive files on. either the MAc or iPhone, you might have it set to ‘Contacts Only’. This means only devices on your contacts list can discover and send files. You might want to set it to ‘Everyone’ to receive files from devices not on your contacts list. But remember to Turn it off or set it back to ‘Contacts Only’. afterwards.