Airplay is an iOS and OS X feature for sending and receiving files. On supported devices the feature lets you send photos and videos between your phones and tablets, and all sorts of files between desktops. It also lets you stream music from your phone to your Mac, to Airplay enabled speakers, or the Apple TV. So long as the sending and receiving devices are on the same WiFi network, you can send files without needing a cable or an app. Here’s how you can use Airplay to send photos and videos between two iPhones.
Airplay is supported on iPhone 4 and above. Swipe up on any screen to open the Control Center and tap ‘Airplay’. You can turn the feature On for ‘Everyone’ which allows anyone on the same WiFi network to send you files, or you can turn it On for ‘Contacts Only’ which allows only your contacts to send you files.
Once Airplay is On, you can start sending files. To send a photo, go to the Photos app and open a photo. Tap the Share button at the bottom and you will see that Airplay is turned on. If you see the Airplay icon and it’s a bright blue but no contacts appear it means the feature is On and scanning for contacts nearby.
When it finds a nearby device that belongs to a contact, the contact shows up in the share options menu. Tap the contact to send the photo. The recipient will be notified that a photo is being sent by a contact and they must accept it for the photo to be sent.