AirDrop lets you quickly transfer files between iPhones, iPads and Macs without using wi-fi or cellular data. Airdrop uses bluetooth low energy to broadcast, discover, and negotiate connections, and point-to-point Wi-Fi to transfer information. That makes it power efficient, fast, and secure.
Recently, we mountain biked through New Zealand (check out sacredrides.com) with a group of 12 totally awesome people we’d never met. As you can imagine, the scenery was breathtaking! It became redundant passing camera phones around at every stop. Instead, we used our own phones to take photos of one another throughout the day. Once in the van in route to our next destination, we used Airdrop to share them.
WiFi and cellular service aren’t necessary when using Airdrop. Phone numbers are irrelevant, and the iPhone has the ability to Airdrop multiple full resolution photos at once! Members of our group were using different iPhone carriers from other countries, doesn’t matter, Airdrop doesn’t use cellular data.
We turned on our Airdrop after each ride and dropped photos to one another on the way to the next destination. (Unfortunately, there was one Android user that couldn’t partake- sorry droiders! We love you, we do!)
Airdrop is the perfect solution to transferring photos from iPhone to Mac or Mac to iPhone too!
How to use AirDrop on iPhone
- Launch Control Center by swiping your finger up from the bottom bezel of your iPhone or iPad.
- Make sure both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are active.
- Tap on AirDrop.
- Choose the Contacts Only or Everyone.
- Tap Share or .
Note: If you choose Contacts Only, you and anyone you want to share with needs to be logged into iCloud. For privacy reasons, Apple won’t share your contacts with another device to determine if there’s a match, it’ll check both your iCloud accounts instead. Then, if there’s a match, it’ll show you your own version of the contact on your own device. That way, no data gets leaked.
To disable AirDrop, repeat the same steps and choose Off.
Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac
- Find the photo you’d like to send with AirDrop in camera roll
- Tap the Share button.
- Open Finder on Mac
- Open Airdrop
- iPhone will find the Mac
- Photos land in downloads folder by default
- The recipient will be notified that you’re trying to share via Airdrop.
- Recipient can accept or reject your AirDrop.
We love using Airdrop and know you will too! Now get out there and snap some photos!
*be sure to turn Airdrop OFF when you’re done sharing, it’s a battery killer.
AirDrop only works with devices running iOS 7 or later, or Mac computers running OS X Yosemite. You can use AirDrop on any of the following devices: an iPhone 5 or newer, a fourth-generation iPad or newer, an iPad mini, or a fifth-generation iPod touch. More info from Apple