Sharing Locally with Airdrop

Using Airdrop to Share Across Your Apple Devices and with Others

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Airdrop is a fast, efficient, and simple way to share information or files with someone nearby. There is no limit to the file size, so it’s great for sharing videos and large files. And it works on a combination of wifi and bluetooth, so cellular data plans are not effected.

What Can You Share with Airdrop?

Whenever you see the share icon (a square with an up arrow at the top) in an app, you can use Airdrop. Specifically, it works with these apps:

  • Finder—files
  • Photos—photos and videos
  • Contacts—cards
  • Safari—URLs
  • Maps—location and directions
  • Notes—notes
  • Help—topics
  • And more!

Just click the share icon and choose Airdrop. See the next section for the technical requirements.

When Can You Use Airdrop?

  • When two or more Apple devices are within 30 feet (9 meters) of each other (Airdrop uses wifi and bluetooth; but wifi does not have to be on same network, just turned on)
  • When all idevices are running iOS 8.0 or higher or a Mac is running OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
  • When all idevices are signed into iCloud
  • When the receiving device has a Contacts card with either the sender’s phone number or the email address that is associated with the sender’s Apple ID

Questions? Let me know in the comments below.