AirDrop is basically one of the best secrets on the iPhone and iPad. It’s an application that allows you to transfer photos, videos, documents and many more to any nearby device (from one Apple to another) and also it can be used to copy files between an iPhone and an iPad. The AirDrop can also be used with your Mac, however the AirDrop is also capable of transferring more than just one file to any nearby device.
The reason why many people haven’t heard about the AirDrop is because it originated from the Mac and it’s a little novel with those with Mac background. The AirDrop haven’t be publicized as an Apple feature as they have done to other features over the years.
Thou is has been hidden in the secret spot within the iOS 11 control center, we can show you where and how to find it.
Steps On Finding The Airdrop Settings On The iOS 11 Control Panel
The Apple’s control center seems to be a little bit different to compared with the old one, thou it’s actually pretty cool once you get familiar to it. For example, do you know that many of the ‘buttons’ are actually small windows that can be expanded.
It is an interesting way in adding more setting within the quick access of the control panel and still fitting it all on one screen. Another way of looking at it is the redesign hides some settings, and AirDrop is one of these hidden features. So how do you turn on AirDrop in the iOS 11 control panel?
- First, open the control panel by placing your finger on the very bottom edge of the display where the bevel intersects with the screen and then swiping up towards the top of the device.
- The control panel appears to be a bunch of buttons with different shapes and sizes, but in reality, it is made up of both buttons and small windows. Every button that isn’t a perfect square containing a single icon is actually a window that can be expanded.
- You can expand any of these windows using 3D touch on an iPhone 6S or newer iPhone or simply placing the tip of your finger on the window and holding it there for a few seconds.
- 3D touch uses the same method, but after you place the tip of your finger on the window, you press down slightly. The iPhone will detect the extra pressure and trigger the window to open.
- To reveal the AirDrop settings, use this method on the small window with the airplane button. On an iPhone, this window should be in the upper-left corner of the screen. It also has Wi-Fi, Cellular Data and Bluetooth buttons in the window. On an iPad, it is in the upper-left portion of the screen containing the control panel buttons.
- Remember, simply place your finger down anywhere on the window with the airplane button. If it doesn’t expand, press down slightly.
- When the window expands, you will see the AirDrop button at the bottom of the window. Tap it to change the setting.
How To Share Content With The AirDrop
Use AirDrop to share content from apps like Photos, Safari, Contacts, and more. Here is how to do it;
- Open an app and find the content that you want to share. To share multiple items, tap Select, then tap the items. With iOS 10 and later, you can also share links to apps with AirDrop. Just press and hold the app icon on the Home screen.
- Tap Share.
- Tap the AirDrop user that you want to share content with. You can also AirDrop content between your Apple devices. Don’t see the AirDrop user.
How To Receive Content With The AirDrop
When someone shares content with you using AirDrop, you see an alert with a preview of the content and can tap Accept or Decline.
If you tap Accept, you get the content in the app it was sent from. For example, photos appear in the Photos app and websites open in Safari. App links open in the App Store so you can download or purchase the app.
If you AirDrop content to yourself, like share a photo from your iPhone to your Mac, you won’t see an option to Accept or Decline. The content is automatically sent to that device. Just make sure that both devices are signed in with the same Apple ID.
Set Your AirDrop Receiving Options
You can go to Settings > General > AirDrop to choose who can see your device in AirDrop and send you content. You can also set your AirDrop receiving options in Control Center. Here’s how:
- Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open Control Center. On iPhone X, swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen.
- Press deeply or touch and hold the network settings card in the upper-left corner, then tap AirDrop. If you’re using iOS 10.3.3 or earlier, tap AirDrop.
- Then choose one of these options:
- Receiving Off: You won’t receive AirDrop requests.
- Contacts Only: Only your contacts can see your device.
- Everyone: All nearby iOS devices using AirDrop can see your device.
If you see Receiving Off and can’t tap to change it, go to Settings > General > Restrictions and make sure that AirDrop is turned on.
Settings To Use For AirDrop
The receiving off: This is basically the Do Not Disturb setting. You can still send AirDrop files and data to others, but you won’t show up as an available destination for anyone nearby.
Contact only: You will only show up on devices that you have in your contacts list.
Everyone: Your device will show up on all nearby devices. AirDrop’s range is similar to Bluetooth, so basically anyone in the room with you.
It is usually best to leave AirDrop at Contacts Only or to turn it off when you aren’t using it. The Everyone setting is great when you want to share files with someone who is not in your contacts list, but should be turned off after the files are shared. You can use AirDrop to share images and files via the Share button.