AirDrop on iPhone Trouble? Try These Tips

AirDrop on iPhone Trouble? Try These Tips

AirDrop is a feature that allows users to transfer data between Apple devices such as iPhones, iPads, and Macs. AirDrop uses Bluetooth to broadcast so that it can be discovered by other devices, and WiFi to create a peer-to-peer connection for the data transfer process.

At some point, you may experience problems with AirDrop, whether it's trying to find a device or transferring data. For that reason, this article will provide some ways that you can do to fix problems with AirDrop.

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Devices that can use AirDrop

Firstly, make sure your Apple device supports the AirDrop feature. This applies to both the source device and the receiving device.

AirDrop connection between iPhone/iPad/iPod and Mac:

  • Macs released in 2012 or above (excluding MacBook Pro released in mid-2012) using OS X Yosemite or above.
  • iPhone/iPad/iPod using iOS/iPadOS 7 or above.

AirDrop connection between Macs:

  • MacBook Pro late 2008 or above, excluding MacBook Pro 17 inch late 2008.
  • MacBook Air in late 2010 or above.
  • iMac from early 2009 or above
  • Mac Mini from mid-2010 or above.
  • Mac Pro from early 2009 or above.
  • iMac Pro (all models).

Setting AirDrop Settings

Make sure you have allowed your iPhone to receive AirDrops from other devices. You can set to receive AirDrops from your contacts or from all devices.

Make sure Bluetooth and WiFi are on

For quick access, you can open it through the Control Centre and then turn on WiFi and Bluetooth. Because both must be switched on if you want to use AirDrop.

Restart iPhone

This is the most basic thing you can do if you're having trouble with your iPhone, no matter what the issue is. Go to Settings > General, then swipe to the bottom and tap the Shutdown option, swipe from left to right to shut down the iPhone.

Reset Network

You can easily reset your network settings through the Settings page. This can help you if you experience problems related to network connectivity, including AirDrop. You can read more here.

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Update to the Latest Version of iOS (if applicable)

Ensuring that your iPhone is using the latest version can be a troubleshooter, as Apple will usually fix the issues that users are experiencing through iOS updates.

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Reset iPhone

This is the last resort if none of the above help. This method will restore all settings to the beginning and will delete all existing apps and data. So before doing this method, make sure you have backed up your data to iCloud or iTunes.

  • Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.

Take to Apple Service Centre

If all of the above methods still don't help, there may be a hardware problem. For that, you can bring your iPhone device to a Service Centre such as iBox or a 3rd party.

Those are some of the ways you can do if you experience problems with AirDrop on your iPhone. If you have other ways, be sure to share them in the comments section.

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