How to Disable AirDrop on an iPhone 6

The AirDrop feature on your iPhone 6 provides a simple way for people to send you pictures and other files.

No longer is it necessary to create an email and attach files, nor do you need to use a cloud storage service like Dropbox. But if you do not want to use AirDrop, or find that you accidentally turn it on, then it is possible to completely disable the feature using your device’s Restrictions menu.

The Restrictions menu on the iPhone allows you to block access to certain features. While this menu is most typically used by companies and parents to restrict access to their employees and children’s phones, respectively, you can also take advantage of it for your own personal use to turn off certain settings on your iPhone.

Turning Off AirDrop Entirely on an iPhone 6

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus in iOS 8.1.3. Once you have finished following these steps, you will not be able to access the AirDrop feature from the Control Center.

If you would like to use AirDrop at some point in the future, then you will need to return to the Restrictions menu using these same steps.

Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

open the settings menu

Step 2: Scroll down and select the General option.

open the general menu

Step 3: Select the Restrictions option near the bottom of the screen.

open the restrictions menu

Step 4: Tap the Enable Restrictions button at the top of the screen.

tap the enable restrictions menu

Step 5: Enter a passcode that you will need to use to access the restrictions menu again in the future. Note that this passcode is separate from the passcode that you might be using to unlock your device.

create a passcode

Step 6: Re-enter the passcode that you just selected.

re-enter the passcode

Step 7: Tap the button to the right of AirDrop to turn it off. You will know that the feature is turned off when there is not any green shading around the button. For example, the AirDrop feature is turned off in the image below.

turn off the airdrop option

Now that you know how to disable AirDrop on an iPhone, you won’t need to worry about anything bad happening with unwanted individuals sending or requesting files from someone using the device.

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