Have you ever wanted to quickly share a photo or a contact card with someone else using an Apple device without sending it via a message, or an email using your data allowance?

Well this is where AirDrop comes in to help you. AirDrop allows you to transfer a number of items (e.g. photos) quickly without using any data, or requiring a WiFi or phone signal.

Setup AirDrop

Firstly, ensure that AirDrop is turned available on both devices. If it isn’t, then it will look like the picture below.

To enable it, just tap the AirDrop part of Control Centre (swipe up from the bottom of the display).


You then have the options shown below.


If you know the recipient is in your contacts list, then select Contacts Only, otherwise select Everyone. Once your selection is made the AirDrop symbol in Control Centre will change to show it is on and with whom, as shown below.


Select an item and Send via AirDrop

Find the item you want to share, in this example it is a photo within the photos application.

Select the photo you want to share and press the share icon as shown below.


The next display will show which AirDrop recipients are available to you. In this case, it is an iMac (the name of the person will normally show but this has been removed for demo purposes).

Select the recipient and then a small blue circle will fill around their icon showing the progress of the transmission. Don’t worry if you don't see the blue circle as it may happen very quickly!

Once the transmission is complete, a ‘Sent’ message appears as shown below.


As this point you can either leave AirDrop enabled for more exchanges or return to Control Centre and select AirDrop to off.

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