Use AirDrop on your Mac

With AirDrop, you can wirelessly send documents, photos, videos, websites, map locations and more to a nearby Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Share content with AirDrop

  1. Open the file you want to send, then click Share buttonNo alt supplied for Image in the app window. For files in the Finder, you can also Control-click the file, then choose Share from the shortcut menu.

  2. Choose AirDrop from the sharing options listed.

  3. Choose a recipient from the AirDrop sheet:

    AirDrop sheet

Or open an AirDrop window, then drag files to the recipient:

  1. Select AirDrop in the sidebar of a Finder window. Or choose Go > AirDrop from the menu bar.

  2. The AirDrop window shows nearby AirDrop users. Drag one or more documents, photos or other files to the recipient shown in the window.

    AirDrop window

You can also share content from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Receive content with AirDrop

When someone nearby attempts to send you a file using AirDrop, you'll see their request as a notification or as a message in the AirDrop window. Click Accept to save the file to your Downloads folder.

AirDrop notification

If you can't see the other device in AirDrop

Make sure that both devices are within 9 metres (30 feet) of each other and have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on.

Choose Go > AirDrop from the menu bar in the Finder, then tick the “Allow me to be discovered by” setting in the AirDrop window. iPhone, iPad and iPod touch have a similar setting. If set to receive from Contacts Only, both devices must be signed in to iCloud, and the email address or phone number associated with the sender's Apple ID must be in the Contacts app of the receiving device.

Install the latest software updates for your Mac and other devices.

Make sure that incoming connections aren't blocked in firewall settings:

  • macOS Ventura or later: Choose Apple menu  > System Settings. Click Network in the sidebar, then click Firewall on the right. Click the Options button, then make sure that "Block all incoming connections" is turned off.

  • Earlier versions of macOS: Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Security & Privacy. Click the Firewall tab, click the lockNo alt supplied for Image and enter your administrator password when prompted. Click Firewall Options, then make sure that "Block all incoming connections" is deselected.

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