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How to AirDrop from iPhone to Mac and Vice Versa: A Comprehensive Guide 👥💻📲

AirDrop Guide: iPhone to Mac & Mac to iPhone

Discover the convenience and ease of file sharing between iOS devices with our comprehensive guide. Learn in few simple steps how to AirDrop from iPhone to Mac and vice versa. Whether you’re new to AirDrop or just need a quick refresher, this guide has you covered! 😊


Configure Your iPhone and Mac Settings for AirDrop

Before exploring the AirDrop functionalities, certain settings need to be in place to ensure a seamless file-sharing experience. Firstly, ensure WiFi and Bluetooth are switched on both devices. It’s time to dive into the settings:

  1. For iPhone: Go to Settings > General > AirDrop and select either ‘Contacts only‘ or ‘Everyone‘. If ‘Receiving off‘ is selected, your iPhone will not be able to receive anything through AirDrop. 🚫📲
  2. For Mac: Navigate to ‘Go’ in the top menu bar, select ‘AirDrop’ at the bottom and ensure your ‘Allow me to be discovered by’ setting is set to ‘Everyone‘ or ‘Contacts Only‘. Selecting ‘No One‘ means your Mac will not be able to receive anything through AirDrop. 🚫💻

Bear in mind your devices must also be within 30 feet of each other to use AirDrop.


AirDrop from iPhone to Mac

Now that your devices are well-prepared, here’s how you can AirDrop from iPhone to Mac:

  1. Open the file, photo, note, or other item you want to send on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the Share icon 🔄.
  3. Select AirDrop, then tap the name of your Mac.

On your Mac, a notification will appear. Click ‘Accept’ to receive the dropped file, and if needed, specify where you want to save the file. 🎁💽


AirDrop from Mac to iPhone

Moving on, if you wish to AirDrop from your Mac to your iPhone, follow these steps:

  1. Open the file, photo, note, or other item you wish to send.
  2. At the top, click ‘File‘, select ‘Share‘, then click ‘AirDrop‘.
  3. In the menu that pops up, select your iPhone. (Ensure your iPhone is unlocked, otherwise it won’t appear in this list).

On your iPhone, another notification will pop up. Accept the airdrop by hitting ‘Accept’. 😊✅


Drag-and-Drop Files from Mac

Aside from the usual method, there’s another quick and easy way to AirDrop from your Mac.

  1. Click ‘Go‘, then ‘AirDrop‘ in your Mac’s menu.
  2. You can now drag-and-drop files to the device or contact you want to send to. Drag, drop, and you’re done! ✅💨

Final Words

There you have it! A comprehensive guide on how to AirDrop from iPhone to Mac and Mac to iPhone. Follow these simple instructions and you’ll be an expert in no time! 😎🎓 Remember — practice makes perfect!

Conclusion: 🏁

Congratulations on mastering one of the fundamental features of your Apple devices! 🏆 Remember, these steps ensure a quick and easy file sharing experience between your iPhone and Mac. So, let’s AirDrop one more time: open a file, tap the share icon, select AirDrop, and choose the device you want to share with. 🔄🚀 With continued practice, you’ll soon become a pro at using AirDrop! 💻📲 Keep going, and happy AirDropping! 😊🎉


AirDrop is a feature available on Apple devices such as iPhone, iPad, and Mac, which allows you to share files quickly and easily over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Go to Settings -> General -> AirDrop. Choose between Off, Contacts Only, and Everyone based on your preference.

Go to Finder -> Go -> AirDrop. Click on ‘Allow me to be discovered by’ and choose between ‘No one’, ‘Contacts Only’, and ‘Everyone’.

Choose the file you wish to share on your iPhone, then tap the share button. In the AirDrop section, select your Mac’s name. Accept the file on your Mac.

Choose the file you wish to share on your Mac, right click and then choose Share > AirDrop. In the AirDrop window, select your iPhone’s name. Accept the file on your iPhone.

You can share photos, videos, documents, locations, and more over AirDrop.

This could be due to both devices not being within appropriate distance, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth issues, or set parameters not allowing your devices to find each other.

No, AirDrop only works between Apple devices.

There could be a range of reasons including weak Wi-Fi, inactive Bluetooth, distance between devices, heavy network traffic, etc.

Yes, since AirDrop uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for file transfer, it is generally considered safe.

Both devices need to be within 30 feet of each other for AirDrop to work.

When you receive an AirDrop notice, you can tap the ‘Decline’ button to reject the request.

This could be because their device isn’t discoverable. Ask them to check their AirDrop settings and make sure they’re within the required range.

Yes, you can select multiple people to AirDrop something to them at the same time.

No, AirDrop works over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and doesn’t need an internet connection.

No, AirDrop is meant for transferring files and not calls.

No, there isn’t a size limit but larger files may take more time to transfer.

You can AirDrop contacts. Just navigate to the contact, tap on ‘Share Contact’ and select AirDrop.

No, AirDrop doesn’t compress files. It sends them in their original quality.

Files received via airdrop go into your Downloads folder.

Files received via AirDrop appear in the app designed to open them. For example, photos appear in Photos app.

Yes, you can cancel an AirDrop transfer from the control center by tapping on the AirDrop activity and choosing ‘Cancel’.

You get a notification with the option to ‘Open’ the file once AirDrop successfully transfers a file.

No, you need both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to be enabled for AirDrop to work.

AirDrop is available on devices running iOS 7 or later, and Mac computers running OS X Yosemite or later.

Your device may not support AirDrop, or it may be running an older version of iOS or macOS. Check the system requirements for AirDrop.

No, the file remains on the sender’s device until they delete it.

For iPhones and iPads, you can use the ‘Quick Action’ menu by pressing and holding the file, then selecting AirDrop.

Yes, if you’re logged into the same iCloud account on multiple devices, you can AirDrop files between these devices.

No, AirDrop files automatically go to specific apps based on their format and can’t be redirected.