How to use AirDrop to share Photos, Videos, Contacts and Other Files in iOS

Airdrop is one of the most useful features available in iOS.  It’s an easy and secure way to move files (including pictures, contacts, documents and many other) from one iOS device to another.

Airdrop uses a Bluetooth connection to create a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi network between your iOS and MacOS devices, and creates a firewall which allows for added encryption. It’s quick, simple and keeps your data safe while it’s being transferred between devices.

Using AirDrop

1 Enable the iOS device’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functions

You will need Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on in order to use AirDrop. You can quickly access these options by swiping up from the bottom of the screen to open the Control Center. Tap the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth buttons to turn them on.

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2  Turn AirDrop on

Swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone to reveal the Control Center. Locate the upper-left box, which contains Airplane Mode, Bluetooth, and other connectivity controls. Perform a 3D Touch or hold down on any of the aforementioned icons. This will expand the box, and reveal additional controls like AirDrop.

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3 Tap the AirDrop button and select your privacy option.

  • Receiving Off: This blocks your device from receiving any and all AirDrop requests.
  • Contacts Only: This makes it so only your contacts can see your device.
  • Everyone: This allows all nearby iOS users who are using AirDrop to share files with you.

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4 Sharing files via AirDrop

Now that AirDrop is turned on, follow these steps below to share files, photos, and other content:

  • Go to the file, photo, or other piece of content you’d like to share.
  • Tap the Share button in the bottom-left corner of your device’s display. The feature’s icon will depict a box with an arrow pointing upward.
  • Directly below the image or piece of content, you should see a list of available devices. Tap the name of the device with which you wish to share.
  • Once accepted, “sent” will appear under the device name.
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