How to send a file with iOS 7 AirDrop

How to send a file with iOS 7 AirDrop

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 send a file using iOS 7 AirDrop on your iPhone or iPad

To send an item to someone using AirDrop:

  1. Launch whatever app you want to share from (Photos in this example).
  2. Find and select the item(s) you want to share.
  3. Tap on the Share button.
  4. Make sure AirDrop is enabled.
  5. Wait a few seconds for AirDrop to detect other devices in the vicinity.
  6. Tap the icon of the person/device you want to send to.

To receive a file from someone using AirDrop

  1. Make sure AirDrop is enabled.
  2. Wait a few seconds for AirDrop to negotiate the connection.
  3. Tap on Accept

The data will be stored in whatever app manages it — photos and video in Photos, contacts in Contacts, etc.

How to get more help with AirDrop

If you have specific questions about iOS 7 in general, check out our iOS 7 help and discussion forum. For more on AirDrop in specific, check out our ultimate guide:

Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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How to send a file with iOS 7 AirDrop


As noted in yesterday's Airdrop article's comments, this isn't true for everyone: "If your iPhone or iPad is running iOS 7, you have the ability to share files with AirDrop."

AirDrop is not available for the 3rd generation iPad, something that took me quite awhile to puzzle out why it was not working.

renegad3 says:
As per
AirDrop is available on iPhone 5 or later, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation) and requires an iCloud account.

Shame that airdrop OS and iOS don't work together. Took me a while to work out and I think apple should make it clearer.

The other issue with it, is it uses the iCloud account. My wife and I share my iTunes account for things like Find Your iPhone and App store purchases, but she has her own for iMessage and Facetime. However, it defaults to the main account used on the device, which is mine. And this is true for all our other iPhones and iPads. So we just see my id show up multiple times when we try to send something between devices, not knowing which is really the device we want.

Ally..... I absolutely love your Hot To: posts, but find it strange that "How to enable Airdrop" and "How to send a file using Airdrop" are not included in the same post.

I wish I could airdrop with my iPhone 4S, but I do use it between my iPad and my iPhone 5s. Both with the same iCloud/iTunes account... But they show up properly when using airdrop.

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I didn't realise u don't need an internet connection to send or receive files using air drop. I met up with some old sch friends today and when it was time to exchange addresses I was feeling cool for a second showing my colleague how to activate airdrop on his iphone 5 and then on trying to airdrop from my iphone 5s, I noticed I had no very poor reception and as it didn't seemed to be taking too long, I aborted the process and did the contact exchange the old-fashioned way.

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Yup, I usually use Airdrop to transfer photos with my niece and sister. It's way easier to use than Bump.

Allyson I haven't seen this anywhere else yet...but I just noticed on iOS 7.1 (beta 4) that WIFI isn't necessary. AirDrop seems to support LTE as well.