How To Configure and Use AirDrop on iPhone, iPad And Mac

Fortunately some of the features that have always liked, they have become fully operational with the arrival of the latest versions of Apple software, Yosemite OS X and iOS 8 , in this case we will see AirDrop .

The design of AirDrop is based on the ability to share files between iOS devices, including Mac computers and between iOS and Mac devices . It is a file transfer between devices that works by bluetooth, so it does not require Internet, despite having to WiFi function be enabled.

The types of files that can be shared are many, from photos, videos, web sites and locations to other files from third party applications like Dropbox , RunKeeper , eBay , etc.

Requirements for using AirDrop

To use Airdrop be required to have:

  • iOS 7 or later on supported devices including: iPhone 6 , iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, 5c and iPhone 5, iPad (4th generation or later), iPad mini or iPod touch (5th generation).
  • Mac computer with OS X Yosemite on an iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro or Mac Mini 2012 or newer or Mac Pro 2013 or later. (To transfer files between Mac, some devices to those described above can be used, but usually give errors).
  • You also need to activate Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on both devices, it automatically will to enable AirDrop, it is important not to remove it by using it, and if you do not use, remember to remove the Bluetooth off when finished using AirDrop.

How to use AirDrop between two iPhone, iPad or between two iPhone and iPad

This system has not changed anything, just that is now faster and operating as before, but the system of work is the same. For those who do not know let's see the steps to send an image or other file to another device via AirDrop .

First of all we have to enable AirDrop on iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), for this we must:

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to display the control center .
  2. Then click on  AirDrop .
  3. Then choose from one of the options you appear below:
  • Off : Disables AirDrop.
  • Only contacts : Only your contacts can see the device.
  • All : All nearby iOS devices using AirDrop can see your device.

Once activated AirDrop, next thing you have to do is share content, this part is very simple, just have to:

  1. Access the content you want to share.
  2. Then click on  Share , if you are in a third party application can aparecerte as iOS Sharing .
  3. Click on the contact name that will appear on AirDrop you want to send the content.
  4. The other user will receive a message with a preview of the content you want to share via AirDrop, at this point can Accept or Reject .

It is important to note that:

  • If you're sharing with the option only contacts and can not find the user, make sure the two have signed with iCloud account.
  • If you still can not find the user, consider setting AirDrop in the All option .
  • The content that is sent is listed in the relevant application , for example, a link appears in Safari Safari while a photo is in application photos .

How To Use AirDrop Between iPhone, iPad and Mac computers

The possibility of using AirDrop between iOS devices and Mac is a new feature that came with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite . As you know activate AirDrop for iOS, now let's see how active on Mac

To enable AirDrop on your Mac you have to follow these steps:

  1. Open the Finder .
  2. Access  AirDrop . Should not be in the sidebar Favorites accessed by the upper menu Go > AirDrop
  3. In the dropdown "Let me be visible to" choose one of the options:
  • None : Disables AirDrop.
  • Only contacts : Only your contacts can see the device.
  • All : All nearby iOS devices using AirDrop can see your device.

Sharing content between OS X and iOS devices

To share files directly between iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) and computers with Mac OS X operating system, you must follow these steps:

  1. Access the content you want to share.
  2. Click on  Share .
  3. In the popup window  select the user device to which you want to send the content.
  4. The other user will receive a message with a preview of the content and can accept or reject.

Use AirDrop to share files between Mac computers

When you want to use AirDrop between Mac computers , both must be subsequent to the year 2012 and have installed the latest version of OS X, Yosemite. The operation is based on Bluetooth protocol LE and use WiFi as peer-to-peer .

Although used as in the above, we find that now the recipient does not have the Finder open pending input file, you simply have AirDrop enabled.

If you have an older Mac, they need an extra step. Unable to see them when you are spending a file, you must select the option of Do not see who you are looking for?  and will offer you the possibility to search an older Mac .

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