Jul 09, 2020 The Mac will keep accepting inbound AirDrop file transfers from iPhone, iPad, or other Macs if the Finder AirDrop window is open. Once you are done transferring files with AirDrop on the Mac, close the AirDrop Finder window to stop and prevent further transfers. Late 2013 Mac Pro and newer generations; Early 2015 12-inch Retina Display MacBook. In order to AirDrop from Mac to iOS devices, your devices are required to have OS X Yosemite and later generations for the Mac, and iOS 8 and later generations for the iPhone or iPad or iPod Touch. Two Ways to Verify Your Mac Support for AirDrop.Hello OldFlute,
Thanks for that info and choosing the Apple Support Communities. Based on what you stated, it seems you are experiencing issues with AirDrop and your Mac and iOS devices working consistently. First, please update the macOS and iOS software, as updates can help fix issues like yours.
If you're still having this issue, please follow these steps from these Apple resources on AirDrop:
If you can’t see the other device in AirDrop
If you can't see the person or the device that you're trying to AirDrop to, check the following:
- Check that both of you have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on. If either of you have Personal Hotspot on, turn it off.
- Make sure that the person you're sending to is nearby. You can't AirDrop to users who are out of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi range.
- If the other person’s AirDrop receiving setting is set to Contacts Only, and you’re not in their Contacts, have them set their AirDrop receiving setting to Everyone.
If the recipient is signed in to your iCloud account, the item you're sending is automatically accepted and saved. Otherwise, the recipient is asked to accept the item before it's saved to their device.
- On a Mac, the item is saved to the Downloads folder.
- On an iOS device, the item appears in the appropriate app. For example, photos appear in the Photos app and websites appear in Safari.
Tips for sending items
If you don't see the recipient in the AirDrop window or sheet:
- Make sure that both devices have AirDrop turned on and are within 30 feet (9 meters) of each other.
- If you're sending to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:
- Your Mac needs to be a 2012 or newer model with OS X Yosemite or later.
- The iOS device must be using iOS 7 or later and have Personal Hotspot turned off in Settings > Cellular.
- If you're sending to a Mac:
- If the receiving Mac is using OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, or Lion, it needs to have an AirDrop window open: choose Go > AirDrop from the menu bar in the Finder.
- If the receiving Mac is a 2012 or older model, click “Don't see who you're looking for?” in the AirDrop window or sharing sheet of the sending Mac. Then click “Search for an Older Mac.”
- Find out if the Mac has “Block all incoming connections” turned on in Security & Privacy preferences. A Mac won't receive items using AirDrop if this setting is turned on.
- If AirDrop on the receiving device is set up to receive items from contacts only, make sure that both devices are signed in to iCloud. Also make sure that the email address or phone number associated with your Apple ID is in the Contacts app of the receiving device.
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Before you begin
- Make sure that the person you're sending to is nearby and within Bluetooth and Wi-Fi range.
- Check that you and the person you're sending to have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on. If either of you have Personal Hotspot on, turn it off.
- Check if the person you're sending to has their AirDrop set to receive from Contacts Only. If they do, and you’re in their Contacts, they need to have your email address or mobile number in your contact card for AirDrop to work.
- If you're not in their Contacts, have them set their AirDrop receiving setting to Everyone in order to receive the file.
You can put your AirDrop receiving setting to Contacts Only or Receiving Off at any time to control who can see your device and send you content in AirDrop.
How to use AirDrop
- Open an app, tap Share or the Share button . If you share a photo from the Photos app, you can swipe left or right and select multiple photos.
- Tap the AirDrop user* that you want to share with. Or you can use AirDrop between your own Apple devices. Don’t see the AirDrop user or your other device? Learn what to do.
* If the person you're sharing content with is in your Contacts, you'll see an image with their name. If they're not in your Contacts, you'll see just their name without an image.
How to accept AirDrop
When someone shares something with you using AirDrop, you see an alert with a preview. You can tap Accept or Decline.
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If you tap Accept, the AirDrop will come through within the same app it was sent from. For example, photos appear in the Photos app and websites open in Safari. App links open in the App Store so you can download or purchase the app.
If you AirDrop something to yourself, like a photo from your iPhone to your Mac, you won't see an option to Accept or Decline — it'll automatically get sent to your device. Just make sure that both devices are signed in with the same Apple ID.
How to adjust AirDrop settings
To choose who can see your device and send you content in AirDrop:
- Go to Settings, tap General.
- Tap AirDrop, then choose an option.
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You can also set your AirDrop options in Control Center. Here's how:
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- On iPhone X or later, or an iPad with iOS 12 or later or iPadOS, swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen to open Control Center. On iPhone 8 or earlier, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
- Press firmly or touch and hold the network settings card in the upper-left corner.
- Touch and hold the AirDrop button , then choose one of these options:
- Receiving Off: You won't receive AirDrop requests.
- Contacts Only: Only your contacts can see your device.
- Everyone: All nearby Apple devices using AirDrop can see your device.
If you see Receiving Off and can't tap to change it:
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- Go to Settings > Screen Time.
- Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions.
- Tap Allowed Apps and make sure that AirDrop is turned on.