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How to activate AirDrop on iPhone

Preliminary information

Before explaining to you how to activate AirDrop on iPhone, it is my duty to make some clarifications in this regard. First, I want to tell you what exactly AirDrop is and what devices are compatible with that technology.

As I mentioned at the beginning of the guide, AirDrop is a tool available on iOS e MacOS, through which users who have an Apple device can share between them content of various kinds, such as photos, videos, websites, locations and much more wirelessly, quickly and easily.

This technology uses the Bluetooth LE to broadcast, discover and initiate undercover connections Wi-Fi, which contributes to making AirDrop very fast and energy-efficient. For more insights, you can refer to my guide on how AirDrop works.

All newer iPhones support AirDrop, while older devices may not be able to take advantage of this feature. To be precise, AirDrop is usable on all iPhone 5 and later models and starting from iOS 7 and later versions.

Clearly, in order to exchange data with another user, it is essential that, in turn, this has a device that supports the use of AirDrop. Apart from iPhones, the iOS-based Apple devices that support this feature are the following: i iPad (4th generation or later), the iPad mini, the iPad Pro he iPod touch (5th generation or newer versions).

As for Macs, AirDrop is usable on all Mac from 2012 and later (excluding the mid 2012 Mac Pro) updated to macOS Yosemite and later.

How to activate AirDrop on iPhone

Having made the necessary clarifications above, let's get to the real heart of the matter and let's find out, in detail, how to enable AirDrop on iPhone. First of all, you have to worry about enabling both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on your "iPhone by".

To do this, take the iPhone, call up the Control Center swiping down from the top right corner of the screen (on iPhone X and later models) or swiping from bottom to top (on all other iPhone models). Then, tap the button with the Bluetooth symbol and on the one with the Wi-Fi cleats, so that they become colored blue, to enable the respective connections.

In addition to what I have just indicated, you can activate Wi-Fi and Bluetooth by unlocking the iPhone, accessing the home screen, pressing the icon of Settings (the one with the symbol ofgear), selecting the items one at a time Wi-Fi e Bluetooth and carrying his ON the respective switches.

Once this is done, make sure the hotspot is disabled. To verify this, call the Control Center as I indicated earlier, make a long and firm press on the button with theAntenna and, in the box that opens, if the button Personal hotspot is colored green click on it to disable its functionality. Alternatively, go to the Settings of iOS and, if the voice Personal hotspot is selectable, tap on it and bring up OFF il relative interruttore.

Now you are finally ready to enable the use of AirDrop. So, call up the Control Center of iOS, make a firm and long press on the button Bluetooth and, in the box that opens, press the button AirDrop.

Using the menu that appears on the screen, choose the option, depending on your needs and preferences Contacts only or All. In the first case, you will be able to send items via AirDrop only to contacts in the iPhone address book, while in the second case to all other users who also use AirDrop.

In addition to as I have indicated, you can activate the use of AirDrop by going to the Settings iOS, by tapping on the item Generali in the new screen displayed, by selecting the wording AirDrop and choosing, through the further screen that appears, the option Contacts only or All, in order to decide for whom to make the service active.

How to use AirDrop on iPhone

Now that you've managed to activate AirDrop on your iPhone, you can use it for share easily the contents of your interest with other devices as well as, of course, for receive. Below you will find explained how to proceed both in one case and in the other.

Share content

share content with AirDrop from your iPhone, all you have to do is open theWhatsapp within which is the content you want to share, select (if necessary) the element of your interest, click onsharing icon (Quella with the square and the arrow that goes up) and choose, from the menu that opens, the user photo to which you want to send the data (in correspondence with the item Tap to share with AirDrop).

Once sharing starts, the other user will receive a sound warning and he will be shown a screen with a 'preview of the shared content, which you can choose to accept or reject by pressing, respectively, on the buttons Accept o Reject. If the other user accepts, the shared content comes saved and / or open automatically on the other device, through the app used to manage that given item or, in the specific case of macOS, in the folder Download.

Clearly, the person to whom you intend to send content using AirDrop must, in turn, have enabled the function in question on his device and must have set the correct reception mode, otherwise it will not be possible to proceed.

As a practical example, if you want to share a photo via AirDrop with your friend, you need to open the app Gallery by tapping on the relative icon (the one with the multicolored flower) present on the home screen, you must select the image of your interest, tap on thesharing icon, select the profile picture of your friend in the section at the top, in the menu that appears, and wait for the latter to receive the relevant notice and accept the receipt of the item.

Note that if you use AirDrop to send content to your device, for example to share a photo from your iPhone to your Mac, you won't see the option to accept or decline receiving items. In this case, in fact, the content is automatically sent to the device. The only thing you need to make sure is that both devices are connected with the same Apple ID.

Receive content

Now let's move on to reception Content: If someone is trying to send you photos, contacts, or anything else via AirDrop, you will receive one sound notification and you will see a notice on your iPhone display.

Subsequently, you can choose whether to accept or refuse the receipt of the content of your interest, by clicking on the buttons Accept o Reject, visible on screen. If you agree to receive the content, it will be opened in theWhatsapp used for the purpose.

I'll give you a practical example: if a friend of yours wants to send you a photo from your Mac or from an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, they will have to open the application Gallery (Quella with il multicolored flower), select theshare icon, then the option AirDrop from the menu that opens and / or the tua photo.

Once this is done, you will receive a notification on your iPhone. Then, through the notice that will be shown on the screen, you can choose, by tapping on the appropriate buttons, whether to accept or refuse the receipt of the content. By accepting, the image will open directly in the app Gallery on your "iPhone by".

Again, keep in mind that if you use AirDrop to send content to your device, for example to share a photo from your Mac to iPhone, and if they are linked to the same Apple ID, you will not see the option to accept or refuse to receive the item: everything will happen automatically.

In case of dubbi or problem

Have you followed my instructions on how to activate AirDrop on the iPhone in detail but, in the course of work, some hitch has arisen or you have not yet understood how to proceed? Taking the circumstances into account, the best suggestion I can offer you is to take a look at the section of the Apple website dedicated to the support for iPhone and the web page specifically focused on using AirDrop on iOS.

If you are not able to solve it in this way, then I advise you to get in direct contact with the Apple customer service, so that you can receive personalized assistance. You can do this in several ways: by phone, via Web or in person. All systems are equally valid, freely choose the ones you think can do the most for you, based on your needs and preferences.

For more information about the practices described in this chapter, I refer you to reading my article dedicated specifically to how to contact Apple, through which I have proceeded to talk to you about the matter in detail.

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