Useful Tips to Copy Items Between Mac and iPad Using Airdrop

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You must be here to grasp some quick tips about how to use Airdrop on Mac. The article briefs you about you can wirelessly share, send, or receive files between Mac and iPad using Airdrop. It also offers information on things you should keep in mind during the transfer process.

Since the virtual world is bridging geographical borders, sending and sharing files between gadgets has become a lot easier. Apple has introduced AirDrop in Mac OS X Lion and iOS 7 for sending files from one Apple device to another. Later, this ad-hoc service became an integral part in all of the company's devices, and now it empowers every user to send/ receive or share files between Macs and iOS devices. AirDrop in Mac eliminates the need of connecting the Mac or iOS devices using a physical cable or link by sending files wirelessly. This service is an excellent tool that helps you to transfer files between your Mac and nearby Apple devices, using an active Wi-Fi connection.

How does the service work on Mac computers?

The service allows you to transfer files between your Macs, iPhone, iPads, or iPods wirelessly, and doesn't want you to be connected over the same network while transferring the files. Once both the devices will activate the service individually, your devices will automatically set up a direct wireless connection for file transfer.
The service is available from the Finder, in ‘Open' and ‘Save' windows and the Share menu, and you can use any one of them to smoothly transfer your files. On choosing ‘Airdrop' on your Apple device, your Mac will start looking for the nearby devices that also use this file transfer utility or have the service activated on them. If your Mac has successfully found a device with activated this service, then you can follow the below mentioned steps to complete your desired action:

Sending files using AirDrop in Mac

1. Open the Finder on your Mac and select Go > AirDrop. Or you can also select 'AirDrop' in the sidebar of a Finder window to locate nearby devices and Mac computers.

2. The window will show you the list of nearby devices that are ready to accept files

3. Now, drag and drop one or more files onto the image of an Apple's device you want to send. (Note: You will see all the Mac and iOS devices in the window that are ready to accept files.)

4. Click on the ‘Send' button and wait for the selected files to appear on the other Apple device.

5. If you're unable to see any receiving device in the window, ensure that you've enabled the recipient settings to get files over this utility.

Receiving files using Apple's ad-hoc service

Users sending files to a device that have an iCloud account activated will automatically receive the files, while the others will have to ‘Accept' the transfer to download the sent files. That simply means, if you don't use an iCloud account on the same device on which you're receiving files, then you'll need to accept the invitation. To do the same, follow these steps:

1. Click on the ‘Save' button to enable the receiving Mac to save the transferred files in the ‘Downloads' folder.

2. Or you'll need to click the ‘Accept' button on getting a file transfer notification for receiving files on the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.

Once your device has received the file, you can open the respective app it works with to check the successful file transfer. For example, view word processing documents in Pages, and open Photos to view the images you've transferred.

Sharing items with AirDrop

The service allows you to send files directly from your apps to other devices using the Share feature. Open this tool directly from your documents and use the Share features of OS X to send it across to other Apple devices. To use Share feature, follow these steps:

1. Open the file you want to share in an app, and click on the ‘Share' button. Or you can also right-click the item that you want to share from the hard disk.

2. Select ‘AirDrop' from the menu of sharing options.

3. Select the recipient (another Mac or iOS device) in the Share sheet.

4. Click on the ‘Send' button to confirm the file transfer.
System Requirements for AirDrop iPhone to Mac, Mac to Mac, or Mac to iPad, files transfer

To confirm that your Mac works with this file transfer utility, open the Finder by clicking the desktop or the Finder icon in the Dock. Proceed to the ‘Go' menu to look for the 'AirDrop' option. If you don't see the service option then it simply means that the Mac doesn't support this feature. For transferring files between a Mac and an iPad/iPhone or iPod touch, you'll need an iOS device operating on iOS 7 or later and a 2012 or later Mac model. If you want to transfer files between two Mac computers, then you'll need at least one of the Mac models listed below with OS X Lion or later installed on it.
• MacBook Pro (Late 2008 or newer)
• MacBook (Late 2008 or newer)
• MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer)
• iMac (Early 2009 or newer)
• Mac Mini (Mid 2010 or newer)


Undoubtedly, AirDrop is an excellent service that allows a user to send files wirelessly from a Mac to other Mac computers or iOS devices. But, it is important to ensure that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings are enabled on your Apple device before you begin the transfer process. Users are recommended to move the devices closer together as the service works within a range of approximately 30 feet (9 meters) only. If the file sharing device isn't available within the defined range, try using File Sharing, iCloud, or email instead. Some users will also have to disable ‘Block all incoming connections' option in the ‘Security & Privacy' pane of System Preferences to receive -the transferred files. It will put your device's firewall on hold, so enable it again once you finish the file transferring process.

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