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Ask anyone with a Mac, iPhone, or iPad, and they’ll likely be able to confirm that AirDrop is often a lifesaver. The ability to wirelessly and easily transfer files between Apple devices eliminates the need for sharing.

You don’t have to figure out how to email large files (like videos) you’re trying to send to someone — nor do you need to upload anything to some cloud service.

With AirDrop, Apple creates a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi connection between the two devices in an AirDrop exchange. These devices communicate directly and do not need to use the same internet connection.

To use AirDrop, you must:

  • Use a Mac introduced in 2012 or after and running macOS Yosemite or later.
  • Make sure the two devices are within 10 meters of each other – with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled on both.

Nearby AirDrop receivers appear in Finder.
Image: Apple

How to Share Using AirDrop on Your Mac:

  • Open a Finder window and select AirDrop from the “Favorites” section of the sidebar. You can also click Go in your Mac’s menu bar and then choose AirDrop.
  • On the AirDrop screen, you will see nearby AirDrop receivers. Simply drag and drop the file you want to share onto the person you’re sending it to.
  • The Mac, iPhone, or iPad user will see a notification about the shared AirDrop and can choose to accept or decline the file(s).

Control Center on the Macbook Air

You can access AirDrop preferences from the Control Center on macOS.
Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

How to restrict who can use AirDrop with you:

  • In the aforementioned AirDrop window, click on the “Let me be discovered by” text.
  • Here you can choose whether to allow AirDrop requests from everyone, only contacts, or no one. If you choose to restrict AirDrop to your own contacts, Apple notes that “the email address or phone number associated with the sender’s Apple ID must be in the receiving device’s contacts app.”
  • You can also access these settings by opening Control Center from your Mac’s menu bar and selecting the AirDrop section.

What can I share with AirDrop?

You can share a wide variety of content with AirDrop, including:

  • sound files
  • Documents
  • Locations on the map
  • photos
  • Videos
  • Websites

There is no file size limit when using AirDrop, but keep in mind that it can take several minutes for large transfers to complete.

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