How to Airdrop on iPhone: A Step-by-Step Guide

Airdropping on an iPhone is a breeze once you get the hang of it. It’s a quick way to send photos, videos, documents, and more to other Apple devices nearby. All you need is to ensure both devices have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on and that you’re signed in to your iCloud account. It’s a nifty feature that makes sharing a cinch!

Step by Step Tutorial on How to Airdrop on iPhone

Before diving into the steps, let’s understand what we’re aiming for here. Airdrop is a feature that allows you to send files wirelessly between Apple devices. It uses Bluetooth to create a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi network between the devices, making the transfer speedy and secure. Now, let’s get to it!

Step 1: Check your settings

Ensure that both your iPhone and the recipient’s device have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on. Also, both devices should have Airdrop enabled.

To enable Airdrop, swipe down from the top-right corner of your iPhone to open the Control Center. Press firmly or touch and hold the network settings card in the upper-left corner, then tap the Airdrop button and choose between ‘Receiving Off’, ‘Contacts Only’, or ‘Everyone’. If you’re having trouble finding the button, remember it looks like a series of concentric rings with a little blue dot.

Step 2: Select the file you want to Airdrop

Open the app that contains the file you want to share, such as Photos or Contacts, and tap the share button. It looks like a square with an arrow pointing upwards.

Once you tap the share button, a share sheet will pop up, displaying various options for sharing. Look for the Airdrop section to proceed.

Step 3: Tap the Airdrop user

In the share sheet, under the Airdrop section, tap the name of the person you want to send the file to. Their device must be within range, and they must have Airdrop set to ‘Contacts Only’ or ‘Everyone’.

If the person you’re trying to send to is in your contacts, their name should appear. If not, and they have set their Airdrop to ‘Everyone’, their device name will show up. Once you tap their name, the file will start to send.

Step 4: Wait for the file to send

Once you’ve selected the recipient, your iPhone will begin sending the file. You’ll see a “Sent” confirmation once the file has transferred successfully.

The recipient will receive a notification with a preview of the content and options to Accept or Decline the file. If they accept, the file will be saved to the appropriate app on their device.

After you complete the action of sending a file via Airdrop, the recipient’s device will receive a notification. They can then choose to accept or decline the file. If they accept, the file will automatically be saved to the corresponding app on their device. For example, photos will go to the Photos app, and websites will open in Safari.

Tips on How to Airdrop on iPhone

  • Ensure both devices are within the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi range, which is typically around 30 feet.
  • If you don’t want to be disturbed by Airdrops from strangers, set your receiving option to ‘Contacts Only’.
  • If you’re having trouble with Airdrop, try turning off and on your Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, or restarting your device.
  • For faster transfers, make sure both devices aren’t connected to a Wi-Fi network, which allows Airdrop to create a more direct connection.
  • You can also Airdrop to Macs, but make sure that the Mac’s Airdrop window is open (you can find it in the Finder).

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Airdrop to non-Apple devices?

No, Airdrop is an Apple-exclusive feature and is not compatible with Android or Windows devices.

Is Airdrop secure?

Yes, Airdrop uses end-to-end encryption to protect your data during transfer, which means only the sending and receiving devices can access the files.

Why can’t I see the other person’s device in Airdrop?

Make sure both devices have Airdrop set to ‘Everyone’ or that you’re in each other’s contacts. Also, ensure that both devices have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled.

Can I cancel an Airdrop?

Yes, you can cancel an Airdrop by tapping ‘Cancel’ on the sending device before the file is fully sent.

How large of a file can I Airdrop?

There is no set file size limit for Airdrop, but larger files may take longer to transfer, especially if other devices are using the Wi-Fi network.


  1. Check your settings.
  2. Select the file you want to Airdrop.
  3. Tap the Airdrop user.
  4. Wait for the file to send.


Airdropping on iPhone is like passing notes in class but way cooler and much faster. It’s a feature that epitomizes the ease and interconnectedness of the Apple ecosystem. Whether you’re sharing that funny meme with your friend or sending an important document to a colleague, Airdrop is the way to go. It’s secure, fast, and straightforward. Happy Airdropping, and remember, the next time someone asks, “Can you send me that?” you can reply with a confident “Airdrop!”

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