How to AirDrop with Finder and Share Sheets in OS X Yosemite

If you need to send a file to another Mac or iOS device user, OS X Yosemite makes it more convenient than ever by using AirDrop. AirDrop provides a configuration-free way to share files, and is available for use between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac for the first time ever. Here's how it works!

Remember, AirDrop is a point-to-point file sharing system, so your recipient, either on their Mac or OS X, will need to have AirDrop open on their device in order to receive your file.

How to use AirDrop in Finder

  1. Click on Finder in your Mac's dock.
  2. In the top menu, click on Go.
  3. Click on AirDrop — you may also find Airdrop in the Favorites section of every Finder window as well, unless you've removed it.
  4. The AirDrop window will appear. An icon should appear for your recipient. Drag the file or folder you want to send to them.
  5. Once they agree to accept the file, it will begin to transfer.

How to use AirDrop in Share sheets

  1. Click on the Share icon in the app's menu bar.
  2. Select AirDrop.
  3. That'll open the AirDrop window, and from there you can share the file with the intended recipient.

With OS X Yosemite, sharing via AirDrop has gotten even easier — not only is it more accessible than before, but it's also supported across OS X and iOS for the first time, making it possible for you to share files with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch the same way you've been able to with the Mac. If you have any questions, fire away in the comments!

4 Comments
  • I can't seem to get this to work between my MBP (2011) and iPhone 6. Does this need Bluetooth 4.0 to work?
  • I am also having trouble getting my rMBP (2012) and my iPhone 6 Plus to detect each other.
  • Another iPhone 6+ user here with airdrop not working. I hope 8.1 fixes this issue. Theres so many bugs on the iPhone 6+.
  • While trying to figure out why I couldn't AirDrop between my mid-2011 Air and iPhone 6, I came across this little tidbit in Apple's documentation: "In order to transfer files between a Mac and and an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, your iOS device needs iOS 7 or later installed and your Mac needs to be a 2012 or later model. " So that explains the problem for some of us. :\