AirDrop began as an OS X Lion feature that let Mac users easily beam files to each other over an ad-hoc Wi-Fi connection. Now that functionality has been extended to iOS and as of iOS 8, even allows you to share your files between compatible Macs and iOS devices. Whether you're in the same office, school, home, park, plane, or anywhere within Bluetooth and Wi-Fi range, AirDrop is reasonably quick and incredibly convenient.

How to enable AirDrop on your iPhone and iPad

How to enable iOS 7 AirDrop on your iPhone and iPad

AirDrop in iOS 7 lets you quickly and easily beam files from one iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to another over a secure, ad-hoc Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connection. Despite the name, iOS AirDrop isn't (yet) compatible with OS X AirDrop. However, it does support photos, videos, contacts, Passbook passes, Voice Memos, Map location, and any and everything else that appears on a Share sheet. Before being able to use AirDrop, though, you need to enable it in Control Center. Here's how!

How to send a file with AirDrop on your iPhone or iPad

How to send a file with iOS 7 AirDrop

As long as you're within range of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, you can send all sorts of data between iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Whether its a photo or video, a Voice Memo or a Passbook pass, a Map location or Safari link, or anything and everything that shows up on a Share sheet, with just a few taps you can quickly, easily send it on its way. Here's how!

How to restrict AirDrop with parental controls for iPhone and iPad

How to use parental controls on iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide

With Parental Control restrictions you can turn off any features you don't want your kids accessing without your supervision. That includes disabling access to Safari, Camera, FaceTime, Siri, AirDrop, CarPlay, and more. With those restrictions in place, you won't have to worry about your kids seeing web pages, taking pictures, making video calls, performing voice commands, sending information, or controlling the car that you'd really rather they didn't.

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