How to Share via Apple’s AirDrop

Many may have received new iDevices for Christmas and I wanted to share a neat feature called AirDrop for devices on iOS 7 or later.

I heard of AirDrop but I never thought I would have a need to use it but as I was contemplating how to share the 50+ photos from my iPhone to my daughter’s phone, the lightbulb went off.

Recently I took a bunch of awesome photos of my daughter and her friend being pampered at Glama Gals Tween Spa from my iPhone. Naturally, DD wanted the photos for herself and I cringed at the thought of emailing them to her. But then I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try AirDrop and off I went on my mission to figure it out.

I have come to learn that AirDrop can only be used on iDevices with iOS 7 installed which includes the iPhone 5, 5S, 5C, iPad mini, iPad 4, iPad Air and the iPod touch (5th gen). You can transfer photos, videos, notes, contacts, Maps and Safari webpages from one device to the other. In fact, you can share anything from an app that has a share button.

Open up the control centre on the iDevice by swiping upwards and tap on AirDrop. Then choose who can find your phone, contacts only or everyone. You’ll notice that both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will automatically enable once you do that. Repeat with the other device to which you are sharing with.

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Locate what you want to share and wait to see the contact name display on your iDevice to signal all is ready for the transfer. Tap the contact you want to share with and a message will pop up on the other device asking if they wish to decline or accept.

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Devices need to be in close proximity to one another for AirDrop to work.

Have you used AirDrop yet? If so, how do you use it? 

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