Airdrop for sharing files

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Airdrop is an app used for sharing for sharing files between Macs and iOS wirelessly, without creating a fuss.

AirDrop App is used to transfer almost anything you can share. some of the things you can share on AirDrop are; images, videos, music, files and anything you can think of.

With AirDrop, you can wirelessly send documents, photos, videos, websites, map locations, and more to a nearby Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

you can also AirDrop a website from your iPad to your friend’s phone which is best if they want to bookmark for later reading.

you can also AirDrop things like text from notes, anything from playlist to a location you have pinned in Apple Maps, contact information and lot more.

On iOS AirDrop can be accessed by either tapping on Settings > General > AirDrop, or via the Control Centre Both Wi-fi and Bluetooth are automatically switched on when AirDrop is enabled as they are both utilized.

on MacOS Wi-Fi must be turned on in order for AirDrop to recognize the other device.

The other device must also have AirDrop selected in a Finder window sidebar to be able to transfer files. Furthermore, files are not automatically accepted; the receiving user must accept the transfer. This is done to improve security and privacy.

Security on the AirDrop app

AirDrop uses TLS encryption over a direct Apple-created peer to peer Wi-Fi connection for transferring files The Wi-Fi radios of the source and target devices communicate directly without using an Internet connection or Wi-Fi Access point.

There have been numerous reported cases where iOS device users with AirDrop privacy set to “Everyone” have received unwanted files from nearby strangers; the phenomenon has been termed cyber-flashing.

Users have the full ability to control their AirDrop settings and limit who can send them files, with options for “Everyone”, “Contacts Only”, or “Off”. iOS 13 no longer shows Thumbnails on the prompt when receiving images sent by strangers.

How AirDrop works

Bluetooth is used or better still required to create peer-to-peer Wi-Fi network between devices in AirDrop.

A firewall is created around the connection of each device and files are sent encrypted which makes it well secured and free from virus or malware and it is also safer than transferring via email.

AirDrop will discover nearby device that is supported automatically.

When connecting to AirDrop, both devices need to be close to each other to enable a proper Wi-Fi connection.

One of the advantages of AirDrop is the use of Wi-Fi for connection.

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Some apps do make use of a similar file sharing capability using Bluetooth, some Android devices use the combination of Near Field Communications (NFC) and Bluetooth to share files.

But both Bluetooth and NFC cannot be compared to Wi-Fi, which makes the sharing of larger files using AirDrop more convenient.

How to turn on the AirDrop app

to turn on Airdrop you have to go to your control panel by sliding up from the bottom of your iPad screen. Once you see the control panel, you can now have access to the AirDrop settings.

You can now choose if to turn it On Off or Contacts Only (which is the default setting). The meaning of Contact only in AirDrop means that only people available in your contact list is allowed to send you an AirDrop request.

How to use Airdrop on iphone

The method to using AirDrop on iPhone differs slightly depending on the generation of iPhone you’re using.

First, open an app and identify the piece of content you want to share. Then, tap the Share button, which is often iconized by a square box with an arrow protruding upwards out of it.

how to use AirDrop to share files on iphone

If you share a photo from the Photos app, you can swipe left or right and select multiple photos.

Then, you’ll want to tap the AirDrop button, which looks like a radar icon.

If your own device – and the device you want to share with – is an iPhone model newer than an iPhone 11, then point your iPhone in the direction of the other iPhone to pair automatically (you’ll notice a large arrow symbol at the top of the screen).

Tap the profile picture of that device’s user to share your chosen content.

If you see a red numbered badge on the AirDrop button, it means there are multiple devices nearby that you can share with. Tap the AirDrop button and then select the user you want to link to. 

How to AirDrop on your Mac

On Mac, things are nice and easy. Just as with sharing to another iPhone, you can share to a Mac using the same method, as long as it has Bluetooth enabled.

Open the file that you want to send, then click the Share button in the app window. Or Control-click the file in the Finder, then choose Share from the shortcut menu.

Choose AirDrop from the sharing options listed, then you can choose a recipient from the AirDrop sheet.

transferiing file on AirDrop using Mac

There are two ways to share items using macOS’ AirDrop. The first is a simple drag and drop. Using Finder, drag an icon into the AirDrop window. Any available devices will appear right there in the window, enabling you to easily drop the icon to them.

Secondly, you can use the Share button just like in iOS. In most apps, including Photos, it’ll be found in the top right corner and will allow you to pick a device to send it to.

How to accept AirDrop

When someone shares something with you using AirDrop, you see an alert with a preview. You can tap Accept or Decline.

how to accept a request on Airdrop using your iphone

If you tap Accept, the AirDrop will come through within the same app it was sent from. For example, photos appear in the Photos app and websites open in Safari. App links open in the App Store so you can download or purchase the app.

If you AirDrop something to yourself, like a photo from your iPhone to your Mac, you won’t see an option to Accept or Decline — it’ll automatically get sent to your device. Just make sure that both devices are signed in with  the same Apple ID.

Thanks for reading.

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