How to use AirDrop for iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide
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. After several attempts to bring it to iOS were rejected for not being accessible enough to mainstream customers, a new version was developed specifically iOS 7 that's simpler and more obvious. Unfortunately, despite sharing the same name, the iOS version uses a different protocol from the Mac version, and that means — for now — it can only be used to send data between iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. If that's all you want to do, 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.
Note: AirDrop is only available on iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad Air, iPad 4, Retina iPad mini, iPad mini, and iPod touch 5 — in other words, devices released in the fall of 2012 or later. An iCloud account is needed to use the "contacts only" share mode.
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!
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How to send a file with iOS 7 AirDrop on your iPhone or iPad
With iOS 7 and 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 get more help with iOS 7
Yeah, we realize this ultimate guide is decidedly on the short side, but that's because AirDrop really is very simple to use once you know how. We'll be adding in OS X AirDrop soon though, so that'll fill it out! Stay tuned!
If you have additional questions, or need some more help with Safari or iOS 7, check out the following resources!
- iOS 7: The complete review
- iOS 7.1: The complete review
- iOS 7: Everything you need to know
- How to use Home screen: The ultimate guide
- How to use Touch ID: The ultimate guide
- How to use Control Center: The ultimate guide
- How to use Notification Center for iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide
- How to use AirDrop for iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide
- How to use iMessage: The ultimate guide
- How to use Calendar: The ultimate guide
- How to use Safari for iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide
- How to use iCloud Keychain: The ultimate guide