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How to use AirDrop (it's really easy)

Mashable 31 Aug 2021 10:43

Apple's AirDrop functionality on its Mac and iOS devices can be used, for free, to share and receive photos, documents, and more with other Apple devices that are physically nearby. It's a nifty, speedy option that saves you the need to message or email content, instead sending it wirelessly with a few taps of your mobile device or a few clicks on your Mac.

It's fairly straightforward to utilize. Here's a walkthrough if you're struggling to get your head around how it all works. (But also remember: AirDrop has its own privacy flaws.)

Getting started with Apple's AirDrop functionality

AirDrop uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to transmit the content you want to send (or receive), so you need to ensure that the person you're sending to is nearby and within Bluetooth and Wi-Fi range.

If the person you're sending to has their AirDrop settings set to receive from "Contacts Only," they need to have your Apple ID's email address or mobile number in a contact card for AirDrop to work.

Check that both you and the person you're sending to have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on. If either of you have "Personal Hotspot" turned on, you need to turn it off.

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