AirDrop not working in iPhone or mac ? Here is how to fix it

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AirDrop is an ad-hoc service in your apple devices which allows you to transfer and share files between all your iOS and MacOS devices. You can share any types of files using AirDrop. This is very handy and useful to share files from an Apple device to another apple device. However, this is really painful when it doesn’t work. From the start, Apple didn’t allow us to share files using Bluetooth unlike rest of the companies. Now thanks to Apple for the airdrop which at least allows sharing files with other another devices. It doesn’t allow you to share files with android/windows or other devices. It works only wit Apple devices. Your Airdrop might be not working for some reason here is the fix for you.

How to Fix Airdrop not working

There can be many reasons for your airdrop not working. Check out all these solutions to troubleshoot your airdrop and make it work. It’s easy. It just takes some time to work. Try these solutions below:

Turn on your AirDrop

Make sure that, your Bluetooth is Truned on in your device. AirDrop must be manually enabled in Control Center on iOS devices and in Mac’s Finder for it to work. On iOS, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up Control Center and tap AirDrop to select your discoverability mode to Everyone. If you are trying to send files to mac. Then open the finder window and go to Airdrop and stay there until mac is discovered in your another device.


To control whom you can share content with, use the following AirDrop options:

  • Off—no one can see your device but you can still AirDrop items to others.
  • Contacts Only—Only contacts in your address book can see your device as an AirDrop destination. Both devices must be signed in to iCloud and the email address or phone number associated with your Apple ID must be in the Contacts app of the receiving device. This option is good for added privacy as it’ll prevent AirDrop requests coming in from random or unknown users.
  • Everyone—All nearby devices using AirDrop can see your device. This is a recommended option for most users.

Other things to look for fixing Airdrop in iOS

  • Airdrop needs to be ON in both of the devices to share the file. So turn on Airdrop on your both devices.
  • Make Sure that, your devices distances are not more than 30 feet.
  • Turn off Do not Disturb mode, if it’s on. (You will find it in Control Center).
  • Turn off Personal Hotspot, as it clashes with Airdrop. (Settings > Cellular > Personal hotspot)
  • Make sure, Airdrop is not turned off in Restrictions ( Settings > General > Restrictions).
  • Reset your Network Settings if these solutions don’t fix your issue. (Settings > General > Reset >Reset Network Settings)

AirDrop Fix in mac

Make sure that, your Bluetooth on your mac. Then all you need to do is, Open up finder and click on Airdrop and stay in that folder and your device is discovered in another device. Just stay in the Airdrop folder. And if you are sharing files from older MacBook then click on ” Didn’t you see what you are looking for” at the bottom of that folder and then click on Search for older mac.


You can also turn off Bluetooth and turn it back on again and then try to send files. It works in that way too if you don’t see the devices or not able to share the files via Airdrop.

Other things to fix Airdrop in mac

  1. Make sure that, your firewall is not blocking airdrop.  To check it, System Preferences → Security & Privacy, click the Firewall tab, then click Firewall Options and untick the box next to “Block all incoming connections.” You must enter an administrator password to change this setting by clicking the lock in the lower-left corner of the window.
  2. Make sure, Bluetooth is turned On. If it’s not turning on, then restart your mac.
  3. Your mac name should not contain any wired characteristics such as *, $, # and %. Then rename your mac. Follow this to change your mac name Settings → About → Name.

AirDrop system requirements

These should fix all your Airdrop issues in all Apple Devices. To wrap up, make sure that you device supports airdop. I am leaving all the Airdrop System requirements below:

Transfer between Mac-to-Mac

AirDrop between two Macs is supported by the following models, or newer:

  • Late-2008 MacBook Pro, excluding late-2008 17-inch MacBook Pro
  • Late-2010 MacBook Air
  • Late-2008 MacBook, excluding late-2008 white MacBook
  • Early-2015 MacBook with 12-inch Retina display
  • Early-2009 iMac
  • Mid-2010 Mac mini
  • Early-2009 Mac Pro with AirPort Extreme card
  • Mid-2010 Mac Pro
  • AirDrop between Macs requires OS X Lion or later.
Transfer between Mac-to-iOS and vice versa

To send items from a Mac to an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, or vice versa, your Mac must be one of these models, or newer:

  • Mid-2012 MacBook Air
  • Mid-2012 MacBook Pro
  • Early-2015 MacBook with 12-inch Retina display
  • Late-2012 iMac
  • Late-2012 Mac mini
  • Late-2013 Mac Pro
  • AirDrop between Macs and iOS devices requires iOS 8 or later and OS X Yosemite or later.
Transfer between iOS-to-iOS

AirDrop between iOS devices works on this iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models:

– iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
– Fifth and sixth-generation iPod touch
– Fourth-generation iPad, iPad Air, iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro
– Original iPad mini, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3 and iPad mini 4
– AirDrop is not supported on older iOS devices such as the iPhone 4s and earlier due to limited Wi-Fi functionality. AirDrop between iOS devices requires iOS 7 or later.

Still having problems? Try these tips!

  • Sign out of iCloud on your devices and then sign back in
  • Restart your Mac and iOS devices
  • Force restart an iOS device by holding the Sleep/Wake and Home button
  • Restart your Wi-Fi router
  • Disable and re-enable Wi-Fi and then Bluetooth
  • Enter Airplane Mode on an iOS device for 30 seconds, then exit
  • Reset your Mac’s PRAM and SMC
  • Set IPv6 to the Automatic configuration state in iOS and OS X
  • Sometimes disabling and then re-enabling iCloud Drive seems to do the trick
  • Don’t use uppercase characters in your Apple ID login
  • Alt-click the Mac’s Wi-Fi icon and disconnect and re-connect to your network
  • Toggle Bluetooth off and then back on again
  • Try unplugging the Ethernet cable so your Mac isn’t connected to any wired network
  • Reorder services in System Preferences → Network so that Wi-Fi is at the top
  • Update to iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan for a more reliable network performance
  • And the mother of all iOS troubleshooting tips—reinstall iOS and OS X!

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