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iOS: Use AirDrop to wirelessly share content

With AirDrop, you can share photos, videos, websites, locations, and more with other nearby iOS 7 devices.

What you need

To share content with AirDrop, both users need one of these devices using iOS 7:

  • iPhone 5 or later
  • iPad (4th generation)
  • iPad mini
  • iPod touch (5th generation)

You also need to turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. And if you want to share with your contacts, sign in to your iCloud account.

You can't use AirDrop on iOS to share with OS X users, and OS X users can't use AirDrop to share with iOS devices.

AirDrop on iPhone and iPad

Turn on AirDrop

Use the Control Center to turn AirDrop on or off and control who you can share content with.

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to reveal Control Center.
  2. Tap AirDrop.
  3. Choose one of these options:
    • Off: Turns off AirDrop.
    • Contacts Only: Your iOS device is visible only to your contacts.
    • Everyone: Your iOS device is visible to all nearby iOS devices that use AirDrop.

Control Center

Share content

You can share content from apps such as Photos, Safari, Contacts, and more.

  1. Tap the content you want to share.
  2. Tap Share or .
  3. Depending on the app, you may be able to select additional items you want to share.
  4. Tap the name of a nearby AirDrop user or the iOS 7 device.If you're sharing Contacts Only and can't find a nearby user, check that both of you are signed into an iCloud account. If you still can't find a nearby user, consider setting AirDrop to Everyone.

    The other user receives an alert with a preview of the content you want to share, and can either accept or decline.
  5. If the other user accepts, the content will open in the application from which you sent it. For example, photos will appear in the Photos app and websites will open in Safari.
Last Modified: Aug 26, 2014
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