How To AirDrop From Your iPhone To Your Mac

Would you like to be able to transfer files from your iPhone to your Mac effortlessly? Let me introduce to you Apple’s AirDrop, the fastest and most convenient way to send photos, videos, documents, notes and much more from your iPhone to your Mac and vice versa.

Now in order to be compatible, your Mac needs to be from 2012 or later, excluding the mid-2012 MacBook Pro, and it needs to be running OSX Yosemite or later. For the iPhone, you will need to be running IOS 7 or later.

If you’re not quite sure what year your Mac is from don’t worry, it’s super easy to check whether your Mac is compatible or not. Click Finder in your dock and then head on up to the toolbar and click Go. If AirDrop is listed in the drop-down menu, then you’re all set.

To use AirDrop, you will need to enable AirDrop, Bluetooth and WiFi on both of your devices.

Enabling AirDrop on your iPhone is relatively simple to do and just requires you to navigate to the control centre. If you have an iPhone with a physical home button, you will need to swipe up from the bottom right-hand corner of the display to reveal the control centre. If you have an iPhone without a home button, swiping down from the top right-hand corner will show the control centre.

You will then need to long-press the widget in which Airplane Mode is located, and this will reveal the AirDrop menu. Then, simply tap on the AirDrop icon and set your iPhone to be discoverable by Contacts Only or Everyone. If you haven’t already, now would be a good time to enable WiFi and Bluetooth on your device, both of which are required to send files via AirDrop.

Next, you want to head on over to your Mac and double-check that you have both WiFi and Bluetooth enabled and doing so will automatically enable AirDrop on your Mac. To do so, double-check that both the WiFi and Bluetooth icons are highlighted in your Mac’s toolbar. If not, click on both and simply turn them on. Now if you do not have a Bluetooth icon in your toolbar, don’t worry, this can be found in System Preferences which you can navigate to by clicking the Spotlight Search icon in the toolbar and searching for Bluetooth. Alternatively, hit the Command key and the Spacebar at the same time to bring up Spotlight Search.

Once you’ve successfully activated AirDrop on both your iPhone and Mac, you can begin to start sharing files between your devices.

To share pictures, for example, find the images that you wish to send and tap the sharing icon. You’ll then want to wait a couple of seconds to allow your iPhone to discover nearby devices. If all previous steps have been followed correctly, you’ll see your Mac popup in the sharing menu, then tap that device.

Now if it’s the first time that you are using AirDrop to transfer pictures between your iPhone and Mac, you’ll see a popup on your Mac that says your iPhone wants to send you a photo. You’ll need to click accept in order to receive the picture. If you have, however, already used AirDrop between these two devices before, the photo will start transferring automatically. If sent successfully, you will hear an audible notification and your newly sent files can be found by heading to Finder and then your Downloads folder.

To send any other file is a very similar process. Whether you want to share a note, video or a playlist, tap the share icon and follow the steps above.

Now you know all the ins and outs of AirDrop, you should have no trouble sending files between your iPhone and Mac, as well as other AirDrop enabled Apple devices.