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AirDrop enables users to transfer files including documents, photos, videos, websites, map locations from a Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch wirelessly.
How does AirDrop work?
AirDrop is a modern and reliable way to transfer different kinds of files between Apple devices. It works over both WiFi and Bluetooth, allowing you to quickly find and identify nearby devices to send a file to or receive one from.
You can set AirDrop setting to accept files from people, or restrict it to only receiving files from contacts in your address book. You even have the ability to turn AirDrop off completely, preventing any incoming files while also making your device undetectable by others at the same time. With the arrival of OS X Yosemite, systems running this version and later can use AirDrop with Macs as well as iOS devices for seamless transfers. Before this update, AirDrop only worked within separate operating systems such as Mac with Mac or iOS with iOS; no data could be shared between them.
Opening of AirDrop on a Mac
AirDrop is an easy and secure way to quickly share content between different Apple devices, like iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch. However, it’s not always easy to enable this useful feature on your Mac computer. Although it’s a great feature for quickly sending documents, photos, videos and more with nearly no setup time required, Apple doesn’t make it very apparent how to turn on AirDrop.
For those who want to use AirDrop on their Macs but don’t know how to enable the feature, one of the first steps is to open the Finder App on your Mac. Once done, select the AirDrop icon option from the Favorites section located in the left side of Finder window. This will then launch a new dock window where you will be able to start adding contacts or open incoming files allows other Apple device users in close proximity can start navigating within your folder selection. Now that you have enabled AirDrop on your Mac device you’ll be able send files quickly without having to worry about creating email attachments or worrying about account privacy settings not being secure enough!
Send items using AirDrop
AirDrop is a convenient way to send items between Apple devices. It can be used with Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPod touches to quickly transfer files such as images or documents. Setting up AirDrop is easy, and can be achieved by enabling the “Visibility” setting in AirDrop’s preferences in System Preferences on the Mac, and enabling Bluetooth and WiFi on the receiving device. AirDrop on Mac allows users to transfer items from Finder windows and compatible apps like Safari or Maps.To share an item from the desktop or Finder window, you will need to right-clik the object, select ‘Share’, then ‘AirDrop’ and choose which device you would like to send it to.
Alternatively, if sending from an app such as Safari or Maps you can click the share button for that precise app located in its toolbar menu before selecting which device it should made available for.
Receive files via AirDrop
Using AirDrop to send or receive items on your Mac is a quick, secure and convenient way of transferring information. The AirDrop user interface allows the recipient to choose whether they would like to accept and save the item sent by someone else. As long as both devices – i.e., the device sending and receiving the item – are connected to iCloud with the same Apple ID, then the transfer of data is immediately authorized and saved. This can be done intuitively using a simple pop-up menu in which you click ‘Accept’, before finally finding your received item either in your Downloads folder or whichever app it was saved to.
If for any reason others nearby cannot see your Mac when attempting to use AirDrop, make sure that you have gone into its settings and allowed others to send items from their end. Once this has been configured correctly, transferring data can take place again with you having full control over what’s being accepted or declined on your side. Using AirDrop makes discovering technology simpler than ever as it goes beyond physical connections between devices and consists of a completely wireless sharing experience.
How to find Airdrop files on a Mac
Accepting AirDrop files is both easy and convenient, but afterwards one may wonder what exactly happened to all of the downloaded files. On a Mac, the answer is quite straightforward – AirDrop files will end up directly in the Downloads folder. This makes perfect sense as, although transferred differently than most downloads, AirDrops are still simply downloads which should be stored in the designated folder.
When using an iOS device, such as an iPhone or iPad with iPadOS installed, shared photos will automatically find their way into your Photos app while forwarded websites will open directly in your main browser. All other file types transferred with AirDrop will open automatically in the Files app.This means that all you have to do after accepting an Airdrop is decide how and where to store each file.
Airdrop settings via control centre
Using the Control Centre to manage AirDrop makes it easier than ever to stay connected with friends, family and colleagues. With the AirDrop icon in the menu bar, you can easily change settings for who is able to send items to you. By simply clicking the arrow next to AirDrop, you can choose Contacts Only or Everyone depending on who you want to be able to share files with.
AirDrop relies on two wireless technologies; Bluetooth and Wi-Fi in order for the file transfer process from one device to another. Most likely, your Mac already has these two enabled; making it even simpler for users utilize AirDrop. With this feature, users have the freedom now more than ever when it comes sending and receiving documents amongst peers or network contacts without a hassle.
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