macOS High Sierra

Use AirDrop to send files to devices near you

AirDrop lets you send documents, photos, webpages, map locations, and more to anyone near you, wirelessly. You can send and receive items between Mac computers and iOS devices that are on the same network.

AirDrop uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to transfer items between devices. Most likely, you’ve already got Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled on your Mac. If you don’t, AirDrop will prompt you to turn them on when you try to send an item.

If you want to receive files from other devices, you just need to specify who’s allowed to send items to your device.

The AirDrop window.

Send items

You can send items from the Finder, the desktop, or from within apps such as Safari or Maps. Use one of the following methods to send items using AirDrop:

  • From the desktop or a Finder window: Control-click the item you want to send, choose Share > AirDrop from the shortcut menu, then select the device you want to send it to.

  • From the Finder: Click AirDrop in the Finder sidebar, then drag the item to the device you want to send it to.

  • From an app: Click the Share button in the app’s toolbar, choose AirDrop, then select the device you want to send it to.

If you don’t see the device you want to share an item with in the AirDrop window, click “Don’t see who you’re looking for?”

If someone who wants to send you a file can’t see your device, make sure you’ve set up the device to allow others to send items to you using AirDrop.

Receive items

When you receive an item from someone else, you can choose whether to accept it.

If you send an item from one device to another (for example, from your Mac to your iPhone), and you’re signed in to iCloud on both devices, the item is automatically accepted and saved.

  • On a Mac: Look for the item in your Downloads folder.

  • On an iOS device: Look for the item in the appropriate app. For example, photos open in the Photos app and webpages open in Safari.

Control who can send items to you using AirDrop

You control who can send items to you using AirDrop by choosing to allow no one, contacts only, or everyone to discover your Mac or iOS device.

  • On a Mac: Click AirDrop in the Finder sidebar, then choose an option in the “Allow me to be discovered by” pop-up menu.

  • On an iOS device: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open Control Center, tap AirDrop, then tap an option to choose who can discover your device.

To see if your Mac and the device you’re sending files to support AirDrop, see the Apple Support article Use AirDrop to send content from your Mac.