How to Turn On AirDrop on Your Mac

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Turning on AirDrop for your Macbook is an easy way to share files with other nearby Apple devices. AirDrop allows you to quickly and easily transfer documents, photos, videos, and more without havig to rely on a network connection or other complicated setup. Here’s how to turn on AirDrop on your Mac:

First, open the Finder window in the Dock. Once the Finder window is open, select Go > AirDrop from the menu bar at the top of the screen. This will open a new window with an “Allow me to be discovered by” section in the bottom left corner.

Select “Everyone” from this section so that all Apple devices in the area can see your Macbook when they search for it via AirDrop. You may also choose to select “Contacts Only” if you only want your contacts to be able to see your Macbook when they search for it via AirDrop.

Once you have selected either “Everyone” or “Contacts Only” from this section, click the blue “Turn On AirDrop Receiving” button at the bottom of this window. This will turn on AirDrop receiving for your Macbook and alow other nearby Apple devices to send files directly to it via AirDrop.

That’s all there is to it! Your Macbook is now ready to receive files via AirDrop whenever another nearby Apple device attempts to send something over using this feature. So go ahead and start sharing photos, videos, documents, and more with just a few clicks!

Troubleshooting AirDrop Issues on Mac

It could be a few different things that are causing AirDrop not to work on your Mac. First, make sure both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are turned on and that they’re connected to the same network. Also, check that your Mac is up-to-date with the latest software updates. Additionally, make sure that you have enabled AirDrop in both Finder and System Preferences. Lastly, try turning off both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios completely and then turn them back on again to see if that helps. If none of these steps resolve the issue, then you may need to contact Apple Support for furter assistance.

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Using AirDrop to Transfer Files from iPhone to Mac

Using AirDrop to share files from your iPhone to Mac is a quick and easy way to transfer items betwen devices. Here’s how to do it:

1. On your iPhone, locate and open the file, photo, video, or other item you’d like to send.
2. Tap the share button (square with up arrow).
3. Select AirDrop as the sharing option.
4. Choose the Mac you’d like to share the file with.
5. You’ll see “Sent” when complete.
6. Look in your Downloads folder on your Mac to find the file you’ve sent over AirDrop from your iPhone.

Turning On AirDrop

To turn AirDrop on, start by opening the Settings app on your iPhone. Then, tap General and scroll down until you find AirDrop. Tap it to open the AirDrop settings menu where you can choose to turn on AirDrop for everyone, only your contacts, or receive off (AirDrop turned off). If you select Everyone or Contacts Only, you’ll be able to share and receive content with nearby Apple devices using AirDrop.

Using AirDrop to Transfer Files

To use AirDrop, you need to have both devices nearby and on the same Wi-Fi network. On your iPhone or iPad, open Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen (or downward from the top right corner on iPhone X and later models), then tap AirDrop. Select either Contacts Only or Everyone, depending on whether you want to limit who can send you files.

On your Mac, open a Finder window and click AirDrop in the sidebar. You should then see your iPhone or iPad listed in the window; select it to begin transferring files. To send a file from your Mac to your iPhone or iPad, just drag it onto its icon in the AirDrop window. Alternatively, right-click a file in Finder and select Share > AirDrop to initiate the transfer.

Transferring Files from iPhone to Computer Using AirDrop

To AirDrop a file from your iPhone to your computer, frst make sure that both your iPhone and computer are connected to the same WiFi network. Then, on your iPhone, open the document you want to send and tap the Share icon (a square with an arrow pointing up). Select AirDrop from the list of available options, then select your computer from the list of nearby devices. Your file will then be sent to your computer.

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Turning On AirDrop on a MacBook Pro 2010

On your Macbook Pro 2010, open the Finder, then choose Go > AirDrop from the menu bar. In the AirDrop window, make sure that AirDrop is turned on by checking the box next to “AirDrop” in the sidebar. Then, check the ”Allow me to be discovered by” setting at the bottom of the AirDrop window and select who can see your device. If you want to be discoverable by everyone, select “Everyone” from the dropdown menu. Once you’ve made your selection, AirDrop will be enabled on your Macbook Pro 2010.

Airing Files from iPad to Mac

To AirDrop from your iPad to your Mac, first open the Photos app on your iPad and select the items you want to share. Tap the “Share” button and then choose “AirDrop.” Your Mac should appear in the list of available AirDrop devices. Tap its name to establish a connection, and then tap “Accept” on your Mac when prompted. The items will then be sent over to your Mac.

Troubleshooting AirDrop Failures

Your AirDrop may have failed due to a number of reasons. It could be because you’re out of range, either too far away from the device you’re trying to AirDrop with or in an environment with weak WiFi signal. It could also be due to an issue with one of your devices, such as a corrupt operating system or an outdated version of iOS. Finally, it could be because your device’s AirDrop visibility setting is set to “Receiving Off”. To fix this, try restarting the devices involved, and then make sure your AirDrop visibility settings are correct.


Turning on AirDrop on Mac is a simple and instant way to share files with oter Macs and iOS devices. With AirDrop, you can quickly send photos, videos, documents, and other files to nearby people, or even across the room. All you need to do is enable your AirDrop settings in Finder or the Control Center on your Mac—or in the share sheet of any compatible app—and you’re ready to go. No setup required. With secure end-to-end encryption, AirDrop makes it easy and safe to transfer your files from one device to another. So if you’re looking for a fast, easy way to share files with people around you, try turning on AirDrop today!

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Sanjeev is the tech editor at DeviceMAG. He has a keen interest in all things technology, and loves to write about the latest developments in the industry. He has a passion for quality-focused journalism and believes in using technology to make people's lives better. He has worked in the tech industry for over 15 years, and has written for some of the biggest tech blogs in the world. Sanjeev is also an avid photographer and loves spending time with his family.