How to AirDrop files between iPhone and iPad

AirDrop lets you quickly and easily transfer files between iPhones and iPads (and Macs). It uses Bluetooth Low Energy to broadcast, discover, and negotiate connections, and point-to-point Wi-Fi to transfer information. That makes it power efficient, fast, and secure. When you're using it between iPhones and iPads, you can AirDrop photos, videos, contacts, Passbook passes, Voice Memos, Map location, and any and everything else that appears on a Share sheet.

How to enable or disable AirDrop on your iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch Control Center by swiping your finger up from the bottom bezel of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Make sure both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are active.
  3. Tap on AirDrop.
  4. Choose the Contacts Only or Everyone.

Note: If you choose Contacts Only, you and anyone you want to share with needs to be logged into iCloud. For privacy reasons, Apple won't share your contacts with another device to determine if there's a match, it'll check both your iCloud accounts instead. Then, if there's a match, it'll show you your own version of the contact on your own device. That way, no data gets leaked.

To disable AirDrop, repeat the same steps and choose Off.

How to transfer files between iPhone and iPad with AirDrop

  1. Find the file you'd like to send with AirDrop.
  2. Tap the Share button.
  3. Choose the contact you'd like to AirDrop to.

Once it finishes you should see a Sent message underneath it.