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How to Airdrop between iPhones and Macs

December 28, 2016 12:11 am / Updated by Jerry Cook to iTunes Alternatives
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To Airdrop between iPhone and Mac is not possible when using iOS 7 and lower or using OS X Mavericks. But With the release of OS X Yosemite, Apple’s airdrop feature allows users to easily and freely send files to and from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Macs. Can’t wait to have a try? Now, in this post, we will guide you how to use AirDrop to share files between Mac and iOS devices and what to do if AirDrop now working.

Part 1: How to AirDrop from Mac to iPhone

With AirDrop, you can wirelessly send and transfer contents to a nearby iPhone from your Mac. This is how it works:

Step 1: On your Mac computer, choose Go from the menu bar in the Finder and select AirDrop.

Step 2: Choose to be seen by Everyone. Swipe up on Control Centre and turn on AirDrop on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 3: You should see the iPhone in the AirDrop window in the Finder on your Mac.


Step 4: You can now drop any file to your iPhone. When you got an alert, just accept the alert and the file can be transferred. Then you will find the image was filed on the iPhone.


Part 2: How to AirDrop from iPhone to a Mac

You can Airdrop files from your iPhone to Mac with the following steps:

Step 1: AirDrop will turn on automatically when Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are on. If not, you can directly go to Control Center and tap AirDrop icon to run this service. And after, you’re required to choose a way to be discoverable by others.

Step 2: Open Finder window on your Mac, then choose AirDrop in the left side menu bar.

Step 3: On your iPhone, you can find a Share button on the screen after tapping the file you’d like to share. Just hit the Share button, then you can choose any contact on the AirDrop list to transfer your files to Mac.


Part 3: AirDrop Not Working, How to Transfer Files between iPhone and Mac

Tenorshare iCareFone enables you to transfer files from iPhone to Mac or Mac to iPhone in a direct way for free. Simply connect your device with PC and all the rest can be done within several clicks. Now follow the step-by-step tutorial below to use this AirDrop alternative to transfer contents between Mac and iPhone 7/7 Plus/SE/6s/6s Plus/6/6 Plus.

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Step 1: From the very beginning, you need to download and install it to your Mac, then launch it and connect your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch to Mac to get detected.


Step2: Go to “Files Manager” function, and click on the file you want to airdrop. Then you can freely add/delete/merge duplicates/view/export any items you want.

file manager

To import files from Mac to iPhone, iPad or iPod, click "Add" on the menu. You can then add and edit Contacts, Notes, Bookmarks, etc from Mac. For photos and other media files, you can directly import them from computer or other portable device. After having done that, you should click "Refresh" and all the changes will be synced with your iOS devices.

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To airdrop from iPhone, iPad, iPod to Mac, you merely need to tick the target items and then click on "Export to" on the menu. If you like, you can specify a location to store the exported items.

export files

Please note that not all apps support AirDrop. Make sure content are sharable first. If not, you can use Tenorshare iCareFone instead. Just download and have a try. Enjoy!

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