How to Share Content Using AirDrop
AirDrop lets you transfer files such as photos, videos, map directions, and weblinks to a friend’s Apple device using Bluetooth and Wifi. Transfers are secure and take only seconds.
To use Airdrop, first you need to turn on Wifi and Bluetooth.
Swipe up to access the Control Center.
If Wifi is on, the icon will be blue. If it’s gray, tap it to turn it on.
With the Control Center still open, tap the Bluetooth icon just to the right of the Wifi icon. Again, blue means on, gray means off.
In the middle of the Control Center is a button that says AirDrop. Click this button and a new menu will appear. These are the AirDrop options. First you can turn receiving off, so you won’t receive any files from anyone. The second option allows sharing content with only your contacts. The third option allows you to share or receive content from anyone within range.
For this example, we will select Everyone.
Next, open the app with the content you want to share. Let’s send a photo.
Open your Photos app. Tap the photo you want to share.
In the bottom left corner is a rectangular symbol with an arrow. This is the share button. Tap it and a menu with sharing options will appear.
The device you are sending a photo to also needs to have their Wifi and Bluetooth on. If they are both on, the contact name will appear.
Choose the name you want to share it with. The files will send and the person receiving the photo has the option to accept or decline it. When you are done I recommend turning off Bluetooth in the Control Center to help conserve your battery. Now you know how to use AirDrop, a simple, fast way to instantly share files with a nearby Apple device.