iOS: Using AirDrop
AirDrop lets you share photos, videos, websites, locations, and more with other nearby iOS 7 devices. Learn how to use AirDrop in iOS 7.
To share content with AirDrop, both users need one of the following devices using iOS 7:
- iPhone 5 or later
- iPad (4th generation)
- iPad mini
- iPod touch (5th generation)
AirDrop transfers information using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. You need an iCloud account to share with Contacts.
You can turn AirDrop on or off and control with whom you can share content using Control Center.
- Swipe up from the bottom of any screen to reveal Control Center.
- Tap AirDrop.
- Choose from one of the following:
- 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.
Sharing with AirDrop
When AirDrop is enabled, you can share content from apps such as Photos, Safari, Contacts, and more:
- Tap Share or the icon.
- If necessary, tap the content or additional items you want to share.
- Tap the name of a nearby AirDrop user or the iOS device.
- The other user receives an alert with a preview of the content you want to share, and can either accept or decline.
- If the other user accepts, the content will open in the application from which it was sent (for example, photos will appear in the Photos app, websites will open in Safari).
Verify that your iOS device supports AirDrop and is using iOS 7:
- Ensure that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are turned on.
- When using Contacts Only, if you aren't able to locate a nearby user, ensure that both of you are signed into an iCloud account.
- If you still can't locate a nearby user using Contacts Only, consider setting AirDrop to Everyone.
Note: AirDrop for iOS supports only iOS 7 devices. You cannot use AirDrop on iOS to share with OS X, and OS X users can't use AirDrop to share with iOS devices.