Using AirDrop on an iPhone or iPad


AirDrop helps your phone send and receive all kinds of stuff, from photos to contacts, websites and more. This feature only works between different Apple devices, so you can't send data to an Android phone unless using Bluetooth.

Find out how to turn on AirDrop, send a photo and prevent strangers from sending you unwanted files. Our guide will help you every step of the way.

Turn on AirDrop


Normally, AirDrop is turned on by default. You can turn AirDrop off to save some battery life or to make your iPhone or iPad a little bit more secure. Find out how to switch AirDrop off or on by following the steps below.

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Unlock your iPhone or iPad, then tap on the Settings icon.


Scroll down the list and tap on General.


Press AirDrop to view the AirDrop settings page.


On this final page, you can choose how you receive files. You can turn Receiving Off to make sure you don't accept anything unwanted, choose Contacts Only to automatically approve files from anyone in your contacts list, or tap Everyone if you're feeling adventurous.

Send a file with AirDrop


Sending something using AirDrop is quick and easy. We'll go through the steps to sending a photo through AirDrop, but the steps are similar no matter what kind of file you're sending.

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Firstly, find the file you wish to send. In this example we're sending a photo, from inside the Photos app.


Open the picture you want to send. You'll see some icons at the bottom of the screen, tap the Share icon. This looks like a square with an arrow pointing upwards.


On the next screen you'll see your sharing options. Here, you can send your photo via email, messaging and more. Any nearby AirDrop contacts will appear in the middle of the screen. 


If your friend's device doesn't show up, get them to check their AirDrop settings before continuing. Tap on a contact in AirDrop to send the file.

You are now ready to send and receive files using Apple AirDrop. If you're still struggling or have any other questions, get in touch with one of our Team Knowhow Experts here for more help.

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