The AirDrop feature on your iOS 9 iPhone device provides an alternate way for you to share files from your iPhone with other people using compatible iOS devices. This can be a great method for sending pictures to nearby friends, family, or coworkers without the need to use email or picture messaging.
Once you have determined the files that you wish to share, simply confirm that Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are both turned on for both devices, then you can follow the steps in our guide below to start sharing files via AirDrop.
How to Turn AirDrop On or Off in iOS 9
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 9.2. These same steps will work for other iPhone models that are using some earlier versions of iOS as well.
This tutorial will require you to access the Control Center, which can be set to open from the lock screen, Home screen, or within apps. Learn how to change the Control Center settings on your iPhone and select where you want the Control center to be accessible.
Step 1: Swipe up from the bottom of your Home screen to open the Control Center.
Step 2: Tap the AirDrop button near the bottom of the Control Center.
Step 3: Select the option that indicates who you want to be able to send you files through AirDrop. Note that you will need to sign into iCloud to share files with your contacts.
There are many other ways to share files from your iPhone with other people, including the free Dropbox app. Learn how to upload pictures from your iPhone to Dropbox automatically to create a simple, accessible way to get to those pictures from your computer.
If you never want to be able to use AirDrop, either because you don’t foresee the need, or because you think it might be a security risk, then you can choose to disable the AirDrop feature on your iPhone entirely through the Restrictions menu.
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