Want to send a photo, video, location, contact, or more to another iPhone, iPad, or Mac? AirDrop makes it easy!
AirDrop lets you quickly and easily transfer files between iPhones, iPads, and Macs. It uses Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy to broadcast, discover, and negotiate connections, and point-to-point Wi-Fi to transfer data. That makes it fast, power-efficient, and secure. When you're using AirDrop between iPhones and iPads, you can AirDrop photos, videos, contacts, Passbook passes, Voice Memos, Map locations, and any and everything else that appears on a Share sheet.
How to turn on (or off) AirDrop for iPhone or iPad
AirDrop lets you choose between enabling it for just your contacts or for everyone. "Contacts" requires more work, as you and the person you want to AirDrop with both have to be logged into iCloud and be in each other's Contacts. "Everyone" is easier but means random people you don't know can send you prank AirDrops.
Launch Control Center by swiping up from the bottom bezel of your iPhone or iPad.
Make sure both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are active. If they're not, just tap on them. (You don't have to be on a Wi-Fi network, you just need Wi-Fi on to transfer).
From this screen you can choose how visible your device is for sharing files through AirDrop:
Tap on Off if you do not want people to be able to share files with you.
Tap on Contacts Only to only share files with your contacts.
Tap onEveryone to be able to share files from anyone.
How to AirDrop files from your iPhone or iPad
You can AirDrop files from any iPhone or iPad app that includes the built-in Share sheet, and you can share to anyone and any of their devices that show up in the Share sheet.
Find the file you'd like to send with AirDrop (I chose a photo).
Tap the Share button on the bottom right of your screen (looks like a box with an arrow coming out of the top).
Tap the person or device you want to share to.
Note: If you choose Contacts Only, make sure you're logged into iCloud. Apple won't share your contacts with another device to determine if there's a match; it'll check both your iCloud accounts instead. Then, if there is a match, it'll show you your own version of the contact on your own device. That way, no data gets leaked.
If you choose Everyone, even though you are highly visible to other devices, you will always be prompted when someone is trying to share files with you through AirDrop. If you don't recognize the sender, or do not want to receive the files, you can always choose not to accept them.
Files sent through AirDrop will appear in the app that typically handles those sorts of files — i.e. photos will show up in Photos.
How to troubleshoot AirDrop on iPhone and iPhone
AirDrop feels miraculous when it's working, frustrating when it's not. If you're having trouble with AirDrop on your iPhone or iPad, here are some fixes: