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Use AirDrop to wirelessly share content

With AirDrop, you can share photos, videos, websites, locations, and more with people nearby with an Apple device.

What you need

To share content with AirDrop, both people need one of these devices using iOS 7 or later, or a Mac with OS X Yosemite:

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

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

Learn more about using AirDrop to share with people using a Mac with Yosemite.

AirDrop on iPhone and iPad

Turn on AirDrop

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

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to show Control Center.
  2. Tap AirDrop.
  3. Choose one of these options:
    • Off: Turns off AirDrop.
    • Contacts Only: Only your contacts can see your device.
    • Everyone: All nearby iOS devices using AirDrop can see your device.

iPhone screen showing 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 might be able to select other items you want to share.
    iPhone screen showing items you can share.
  4. Tap the name of a nearby AirDrop user or the Apple device. If you're sharing Contacts Only and can't find a nearby user, check that both of you are signed in to an iCloud account. If you still can't find a nearby user, consider setting AirDrop to Everyone.
    iPhone screen showing nearby AirDrip users.

The other user will receive an alert with a preview of the content you want to share, and can either accept or decline. If the other user accepts, they'll get the content in the app you sent it from. For example, photos will appear in the Photos app and websites will open in Safari.

iPhone screen showing AirDrop preview.

 

Last Modified: Oct 31, 2014
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