What is Airdrop? How does it work in iOS and Mac? Discover it!

 Airdrop in iOS

far is those times in which iPhone users could not send pictures, videos or files to other devices. what is AirDrop? a native feature of iOS and macOS with which we can send content very different to other devices, either IOS to iOS, iOS to Mac or Mac to Mac. any combination is possible. We explain all the details of how absolutely works AirDrop, from which devices are compatible, to how to configure restrictions to prevent unwanted connections. Would you like to be a teacher with AirDrop? Inside, you have everything you need.

how works

AirDrop AirDrop makes use of Bluetooth and WiFi to detect devices and transfer files, so it is necessary to have two active connections. Bluetooth is used to detect devices and establish the connection, while file transfer is done using the WiFi connection much faster and with greater bandwidth. But don’t worry because it is not necessary to be connected to a wireless network, the connection is made directly between the two devices, without having networks of means.

this mode of operation allows that even if you have activated AirDrop battery consumption is very low, since the search for devices is performed by low-power Bluetooth, a connection that has improved a lot in recent years and that just means an extra expenditure of battery .

which devices are compatible

since WiFi and Bluetooth is used to transfer files, demands initially not should be high, since all the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Mac computers have this type of connection. But there are a few system and hardware requirements that leave out some older devices .

devices iOS necessary:

  • iOS 7 or later
  • iPhone 5 or later
  • iPad 4 or later
  • iPad Mini 1st generation or later
  • iPod Toch 5th generation and subsequent

for Mac computers, there are different requirements if you are going to send to another Mac or a device iOS , since Macs are compatible with different versions of AirDrop, while iOS devices require a more modern version. If you are going to send Mac Mac OS requirements:

  • MacBook Pro Late 2008 or later (except for the MacBook Pro 17″ Late 2008)
  • MacBook Air Late 2010 or later
  • MacBook Late 2008 or later (except the white MacBook Late 2008)
  • iMac Early 2009 or postrior
  • Mac Mini Mid 2010 or later
  • Mac Pro Early 2009 with card AirPort Extreme or Mid 2010

if want to send device iOS to a Mac, or vice versa, you need first a device compatible with AirDrop iOS already listed above, and a Mac of the following:

  • any computer in 2012 or later, with OS X Yosemite or later except the Mac Pro Mid 2012.

 sending files via Airdrop

how set AirDrop in iOS

to AirDrop-only operation is necessary to that Bluetooth and WiFi are activated. Displays the control center and make sure that the AirDrop button is blue, indicating that the reception is activated. The only configuration you must perform is indicate allow who to send you files: to anyone, just those you have with your contacts, or anyone (who deactivate AirDrop) . Keep in mind that if the do not disturb mode is activated, AirDrop will be disabled automatically.

the privacy is not a problem, because any sending a file of another person, either contact or unknown, will require your acceptance unlocking the device. Configure it so open to everyone or only to your contacts will only mean that those strangers may not even bother with the notification that you want to send a file. Something important is that if you choose the option only contacts you must make sure that in your diary you have included the mail telephone number associated with the account of iCloud of who want you to send the file.

 Airdrop on Mac

how set AirDrop in macOS

for macOS configuration is not not complicated and is based as in iOS in deciding who can send you files. AirDrop is integrated into Finder, which has its own section in the left column. Within this section, we will see the same options as in iOS (nobody, only contacts and all) and see nearby devices that can send devices, or those who can receive them.

how prepare your device for the reception of a file

we already have everything perfectly configured, we ensure that our connection WiFi and Bluetooth is activated, our device is compatible, and we want to send us a file. Although reception by AirDrop is supposed to be “Automatic”, either you open your menu to share via AirDrop should see your device provided that your privacy settings are appropriate, sometimes the receiver you want does not appear in that.

 sending files via Airdrop

If this happens the only thing we have to ask the recipient of the file is to deploy the Control Center in iOS, pushing from below upwards on the screen, or if it is with macOS to open Finder and select the section”AirDrop”in the column on the left. Once made this already should see them on the screen share . If we do not see it, shall review the privacy options if you have limited the sent files or even disabled AirDrop.

how send files via AirDrop

once proven that our devices are compatible with AirDrop, we have WiFi and Bluetooth enabled connections and that both devices (transmitter and receiver) are how close enough as to be able to detect using Bluetooth already we can start a file transfer. what kind of files you can share? From where can you share? the answer is simple: all file compatible with this system of shipping and from any application that is compatible with the option to share. It is not necessary to be a native application, third-party applications can perfectly send files by AirDrop.

these are just a few examples of what we can share: photos and videos, lists of Apple Music or Spotify, news of a newspaper from his application for iOS, since Safari web pages, documents of all kinds from iCloud Drive… There is only one limitation: none of content copyrighted . You can share the link to a song of Apple Music, but not the file of the song, and the same applies to any film that you have on your iPhone, unless you have it on some application like Dropbox or Google Drive storage. “

 send image by Airdrop

send a file is very simple. We only have to select the file in question, look in the application icon with the arrow (1) square and press it and then the typical “Share” menu of iOS will appear. At the top you should see us recipients having AirDrop active (if not listed watch right in the section above where we indicated how make to appear), select (2) receiver and wait for the file to be sent. if it is a device with our same iCloud account shipment will be automatic, if another account is the recipient must confirm receipt for which in addition will have to unlock the device. After a few seconds the file will be transferred and we confirmed in our device (3).

on Mac the procedure is very similar, with obvious changes due to the different interface that has. AirDrop is within the share options compatible applications, like Safari. As in iOS we look the square with the arrow icon and select AirDrop.

in the window of AirDrop appear us receptor potentials of the Archives and as we did before only we can choose who is and wait a few seconds to send you the file.

in the event that there are no application from which use that option, because in the case of a file, we have several options for using AirDrop. The first is to open a Finder window and select in the left column “AirDrop” . We will see the receptors that are active and you can drag any item to that window so sent them.

you can also choose the archivor from Finder, and right click, choose the option “share > AirDrop” and the window will appear to choose ele receiver, as in the first example.

a fast and convenient system

insurance more than once have shared photos or videos to a person had it right on the side using an application like WhatsApp Messenger and email. In addition to data consumption, you should know that those files are compressed and therefore lose quality, and depending on the coverage and size may even take enough time to send. AirDrop is a system that you can use with any iPhone, iPad or Mac user and that’s very easily and quickly, without having to resort to a connection to the internet and without loss of quality allows you to share those files with another person.

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