How to AirDrop

just the basics

What is AirDrop?

AirDrop is a method of transferring files wirelessly from one device to another device. The iOS implementation allows users to easily share photos, videos and other supported documents to anyone nearby who is using a supported iOS device or Mac.

How do I turn AirDrop on?

Apple wanted to make it easy to turn AirDrop on or off, so they put the setting in the new control panel. You can access the new control panel by sliding up from the bottom of your iPad's screen. Once the control panel is opened, you will have access to the AirDrop settings. You can turn it on, off or "contacts only", which is the default setting. Contacts Only means only people in your contacts list will be allowed to send you an AirDrop request.

What can I AirDrop?

AirDrop can be used to share just about anything that can be shared including photos, videos, web pages and even links to apps in the App Store. Because it is built right into the share menu, it is very easy to use.

How do AirDrop?

You will also need to navigate to whatever you want to share. So if you want to share a web page, you'll need to be on that web page. If you want to share a photo, you'll need to be viewing that photo in the Photos app. AirDrop is not a file manager like what you might see on a PC. It's designed to actively share what you are doing at that time.

First,tap the share button. This is the box with the arrow sticking straight up. This share button accesses the Share menu, which allows you to share via AirDrop, Facebook, iMessage, etc. Having trouble finding the Share button?

Next, locate the device you want to receive your AirDrop. This is the top portion of the Share menu. Devices will show up as a circle with an identifying label under it. This will be the contact's photo with their name under it, but if you don't have a photo attached to this contact, it will show up as a gray circle with their initials in it.

Last, tap the circle. Tapping will initiate sending the document to the recipient, who will then be prompted whether or not to accept the AirDrop.

That's it. You can drop anything from photos to web pages. You can even share a contact by tapping the Share Contact button at the end of the contact's information in the contacts app.

What devices can AirDrop?

AirDrop will be supported on iPad 4, iPad Mini, iPhone 5 and iPod Touch 5 and later devices running iOS 7. It is also supported on Macs running OS X Lion, though Macs released earlier than 2010 may not be supported.