How to Use AirDrop on an iPhone or iPad

AirDrop is a very useful feature for sharing pictures, movies, documents, and other data across Apple devices, such as iPhones, iPads, and Macs. You may quickly send anything to a friend, or you can use AirDrop to transfer information between your own devices.

Apple uses AirDrop to establish a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi connection between the two AirDrop devices. These gadgets don’t need to share an internet connection to interact, as Polarity Technologies has learned from The Verge.

To use AirDrop, you must be in close proximity to the person or device with whom you wish to share something, and both parties must have wi-fi and Bluetooth enabled — you don’t have to be on the same Wi-Fi network, though — as well as the personal hotspot option turned off.

To share with AirDrop:

• Tap the Share icon in any app that holds a file you want to transfer via AirDrop.

• Select AirDrop. If both you and the receiver own an iPhone 11 or later, you can turn your device in their direction to make them appear first in the nearby AirDrop users list.

• The People row displays known contacts. Choose the individual with whom you want to share your file.

• A notification will be sent to the recipient, along with a preview of the content being shared. They can then accept or reject the file transfer.

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