How to transfer files from iOS devices to Mac using AirDrop

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Learn how to use AirDrop to transfer files from your iOS device to Mac or vice verse

If you have a Mac or an iPhone or iPad device running iOS 7 sure you’ve seen the function AirDrop. You know this function can be used to share files between devices, but you’ve never used because you are unsure about it. Share files between devices by using AirDrop are very easy. So if you’ve finally decided, but do not know where to start, don’t worry, we’re here to help. We will explain how to share files with AirDrop between iOS8 and iOS Yosemite. Details after the break.
transfer files from your iOS device to Mac airdrop In previous versions of Apple’s operating systems, AirDrop lets you share files between an iOS device and another nearby, or between two Macs together. Now with iOS8 and Yosemite (Mac OS), you can use AirDrop to share files between iOS devices and Macs. This is especially useful if you want to send large files that can’t be sent via email or other means. AirDrop is typically faster and super simple to use! We will explain step by step on how to transfer files from your iOS device to Mac or vice- verse with AirDrop.

Before sharing files between devices, you’ll need to make sure AirDrop is enabled on them. If you have already installed Yosemite on your Mac, you may have noticed that AirDrop is enabled by default in Yosemite. Open Finder and see AirDrop as part of a list on the left bar or you can find it by opening the Go menu (go) in Finder. On an iOS device, you can enable AirDrop via the Control Center. You can do that for everyone or only discovered by your contacts.

Let’s see how to send files from an iPhone or iPad to a Mac using AirDrop.

  • To use AirDrop on your iPhone or iPad, you’ll need a device running iOS 7 and an iCloud account.
  • Make sure you have to turn your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your device.
  • Open the Control Centre and touch the AirDrop to activate.
  • Determines who can select files via AirDrop selecting: only contacts or everyone.
  • AirDrop will search for compatible devices.
  • Now select the file you’d like to send with AirDrop (photos, contacts, files, etc.).
  • Tap on the share button
  • In the AirDrop section, you should see your Mac’s name. Tap on it.
  • AirDrop should instantly transfer the file.
  • To view the transferred file on your Mac, open your Downloads folder.

Learn also how to send files from a Mac to an iPhone or iPad using AirDrop.

AirDrop uses Bluetooth to detect the devices that are supported. However, Wi-Fi information is transmitted.

  • Launch AirDrop by press Command + Shift + R.
  • The nearby compatible devices will be listed in AirDrop.
  • Drag and drop the files to the device of your choice. Now press the Send button to confirm the transfer.

Supported devices:
Mac, MacBook and MacBook Pro from 2008, MacBook Air from 2008, iMac from 2009, Mac Mini from 2010, Mac Pro from 2010, iPhone, iPhone 5, iPad and iPad Mini, fourth generation iPad.
This video shows you how AirDrop works:

It is not necessary to both be on the same Wi-Fi network for sharing via AirDrop. But each device must have an active Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled. AirDrop has a range of about 30 feet (about 9 meters).