How to Turn on Airdrop on Mac

In this article, we are going to tell you about the Airdrop feature for your Apple devices. Here, you will learn what it is, how to enable it, and how to use this add-on on your computer.

What is Airdrop on Mac

In general, this feature is no different from the same one on iPhones. Airdrop is the ability to contactlessly transfer files to nearby Apple devices via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

In this way, you can transfer any content between the devices: documents, photos, videos, audio recordings, and so on.

The only limitation in data transmission is distance. To share files unstintingly, your devices must be within 9 meters of each other. And, of course, Airdrop must be enabled on both devices.

Now, as we’ve already understood what is Airdrop on Mac, let’s go to the next topic. 

This feature made a conquest among users for its easiness and speed, as now, it has become possible to exchange data in just two clicks.

How to enable Airdrop on Mac

To open Airdrop on Mac is a fairly simple question. To do this on your computer, just follow the steps described in the instructions below:

Step 1. Open the “Finder”

Open the “Finder”

Step 2. Go to the “Airdrop” tab in the left window

Go to the “Airdrop” tab in the left window

You will see a window where people to whom you can currently send files via Airdrop will be displayed. If icons of other devices are not shown in this window, then data exchange will not work. P

People to whom you can currently send files via Airdrop

You will see the following menu in this tab:

AirDrop lets you share instantly with people nearby

This line determines who will see your device. The following options are available to us:

AirDrop lets you share instantly with people nearby - Contacts Only

“No One” – that is, no one will see your computer among the devices available for data exchange.

“Contacts Only” – this item allows only your chosen users to see you. How to add a person to the list of your contacts for Airdrop, we will discuss a little later.

And the last available option is “Everyone”. If you select this line, then your device will be displayed in search of any person, regardless of whether the person is in your contact or not.

How to add a person to your contacts list for Airdrop

To make your device visible only to your contacts, you should add the person to your phone book. It can be done in the following manner on Mac:

Step 1. Open the “Contacts”

Open the “Contacts

Step 2. Select the “All in My Mac” line in the left window

Select the “All in My Mac” line

Step 3. Find the plus sign in the bottom

Find the plus sign in the bottom

Step 4. Select the “New Contact”

Select the “New Contact”

Step 5. Fill in the fields you need 

Fill in the fields you need 

Step 6. Click “Done”

Click “Done”  

You have added a new phone number to your contacts, and this means that when transferring files via Airdrop, this person will be able to see your device.

If your iPhone is tied to your computer, then you can add a contact through the phone. It will automatically appear on the computer.

How to turn on Airdrop and transfer your files

We will provide you with several methods, and you will choose the one that is more convenient for you.

For the first method, we should repeat the initial steps described above in the article. Let’s repeat them:

Step 1. Open the “Finder”

Open the “Finder”

Step 2. Go to the “Airdrop” tab in the left window

Go to the “Airdrop” tab 

Step 3. Here, among the icons of available connections, find the person to whom you want to transfer your files

Find the person to whom you want to transfer your files

Step 4. Open the “New Finder Window”. For this purpose:

4.1 Click with the left mouse button on the “Finder” icon

4.2 Click on the “New Finder Window” line 

Open the “New Finder Window”

Step 5. Find the files you want to share

Find the files you want to share

Step 6. Place two “Finder” windows side by side in this way

Place two “Finder” windows side by side

Step 7. Select the file and drag-and-drop it onto the person icon in the “Airdrop” tab

After these steps, your files were sent to the device of the person you selected.

This method is convenient when you need to transfer several files from the same location. In such a way, you can select all files at once and drag-and-drop them with one mouse movement.

Let’s go to the next method of how to turn on Airdrop on Mac

Step 1. Open the “Finder”

Open the “Finder”

Step 2. Find the files you want to share

Find the files you want to share

Step 3. Click on the file with the left mouse button

Step 4. Find the “Share” line 

Find the “Share” line 

Step 5. Select “Airdrop” in the options offered

Select “Airdrop”

Step 6. Select the contact you need in the window and send him/her the file

Select the contact you need

What else should you pay attention to when using Airdrop? 

First, when transferring data, the recipient will be asked to accept the file. The person can reject or confirm the action. 

And second, the device is considered to be active for Airdrop only if it is unlocked. If a computer or a phone is in the hibernation mode, the device icon will not be displayed for both the first and the second methods.

We have told you what is Airdrop on Mac and how to use it in this article. Choose any of the methods of how to enable Airdrop on Mac and transfer your data in a fast and secure way.

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