Use AirDrop on your Mac

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

Share content with AirDrop

Share content from the Finder:

  1. Choose Go > AirDrop from the menu bar in the Finder. Or select AirDrop in the sidebar of a Finder window.
  2. The AirDrop window shows nearby AirDrop users. Just drag one or more documents, photos, or other files to the recipient shown in the window.

Or use the Share feature:

  1. Open the file that you want to send, then click Share Share button within your app. Or Control-click the file in the Finder, then choose Share from the shortcut menu.
  2. The Share menu lists several sharing options. Choose AirDrop.
  3. Select a recipient from the AirDrop sheet. After they have accepted and the file has been sent, click Done.

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

Receive content with AirDrop

When someone else nearby attempts to send you content using AirDrop, you can choose to decline or accept their request. You'll see this request either in the AirDrop window or as a notification:

The content you receive on your Mac is saved to your Downloads folder.

If you can't see the other device in AirDrop

If a device doesn't appear as an AirDrop recipient, make sure that both devices have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on and are within 30 feet (9 meters) of each other. If that doesn't help, check these settings on your Mac or iOS device.

On Mac:

  • Choose Go > AirDrop from the menu bar in the Finder, then make sure that AirDrop is turned on.
  • Check the ”Allow me to be discovered by” setting at the bottom of the AirDrop window. When AirDrop is set to receive content 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 your Mac.
  • If the Mac is from 2012 or earlier, click “Don't see who you're looking for?” in the AirDrop window or sharing sheet of the sharing Mac. Then click “Search for an Older Mac.”
  • If the receiving Mac is using OS X Mavericks or earlier, make sure that an AirDrop window is open on that Mac: choose Go > AirDrop from the menu bar in the Finder. 
  • Make sure that “Block all incoming connections” is turned off in Security & Privacy preferences of the receiving Mac.

On iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  • Check the AirDrop setting in Control Center. When AirDrop is set to receive content 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 your iOS device.
  • Make sure that Personal Hotspot is turned off in Settings > Cellular of the receiving iOS device.

AirDrop system requirements

To share between a Mac and an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you need any of these devices and operating systems:

  • Mac from 2012 or later (excluding the mid-2012 Mac Pro) using OS X Yosemite or later 
  • iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using iOS 7 or later

To share between Mac computers, both computers must be one of these models:

  • MacBook Pro introduced in late 2008 or later, excluding the MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2008)
  • MacBook Air introduced in late 2010 or later
  • MacBook introduced in late 2008 or later, excluding the white MacBook (Late 2008)
  • iMac introduced in early 2009 or later
  • Mac mini introduced in mid 2010 or later
  • Mac Pro introduced in early 2009 (model with AirPort Extreme card) or mid 2010
  • iMac Pro (all models)
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