AirDrop is an effective ad-hoc service in and enables easy transfer of files among iOS devices without using any e-mail or a storage device. With AirDrop, one can quickly and easily transfer files between iPhones, iPads, and Mac devices. It uses Bluetooth LE feature to broadcast, discover as well as negotiate connections. One can also use point-to-point Wi-Fi to transfer data more effectively. With AirDrop, users can share and transfer photos, videos, contacts, Passbook passes, Voice Memos, Map locations, or anything else that appears on a Share sheet.

What to do when Apple AirDrop stops working?

We bring to you the information explaining how one can troubleshoot AirDrop issues that they may experience on their devices. We will share with you information as to what should be done, when:

  • AirDrop is not working as expected
  • AirDrop doesn’t show up
  • AirDrop is saying “waiting” then “failed.”
  • The other device can’t be seen
  • Airdrop Not Working on Mac
  • AirDrop not working on iPhone

Minimum AirDrop Requirements – AirDrop not working on iPhone

Check your devices and made sure both sender and receiver devices meet the following conditions:

  • Ensure that both devices are placed nearer to one another.
  • If any of the devices is a Mac, ensure that it was introduced in the year 2012 or later. It would be best if the device has the latest version of macOS. Users can find this by going to the Apple menu > About This Mac. Check for updates on the Apple menu > System Preferences > Software Update.
  • If any of the devices is an iPad or iPhone, ensure that it has the latest version of the iOS version. Users can find the information by going to Settings > General > About. Check for updates on Settings > General > Software Update.
  • If any of the devices is iPad or iPhone, ensure that the Personal Hotspot on the iPhone or iPad is turned off. To do this, go to Settings > Cellular or Settings > Personal Hotspot.
  • Ensure that the Bluetooth feature is enabled on both devices. Switch on the Bluetooth on the iPad or iPhone by going to Settings > Bluetooth. If the device is a Mac, turn on the Bluetooth there by clicking the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar. Also, ensure that the Wi-Fi connection is turned on.
  • Ensure that the Do Not Disturb feature is disabled. To do this on the iOS device, go to Settings > Do Not Disturb. On the Mac device, click Apple menu > System preferences > Notifications.

Airdrop Not Working on Mac ? Be discoverable in Apple AirDrop

Always make sure that the devices iPhone, iPad or Mac is discoverable to receive AirDrop.

  • On the Mac device, go to Finder and click Go and select Airdrop. Check the ”Allow me to be discovered by” setting. If the option shows as “No One”, change it to “Everyone” or “Contacts Only”.
  • On the Mac device, adjust the Firewall settings. Go to the Apple menu > System Preferences > Security & Privacy. Click on the Firewall tab and make sure that “Block all incoming connections” is not selected.
  • On the iPhone or iPad device, tap Settings > General > AirDrop. If the option shows as “Receiving Off”, change it.

Troubleshoot AirDrop problems

When issues and problems are showing in the Apple AirDrop, do the following:

  • Turn off the Bluetooth feature, wait for 15 seconds and then turn it on. Turn off the Wi-Fi feature, wait 15 seconds and then enable it again. Turn on the Airplane Mode feature, wait 15 seconds and then disable it again. Restart the device.
  • There may be a connection problem. Reset the network settings. Before proceeding, make sure network settings like Wi-Fi passwords are erased.
  • On the iOS device go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. On the macOS device, click on Apple menu > System Preferences > Network. Remove the Wi-Fi settings and then re-add.

These methods may help you to fix AirDrop issues for better connectivity and functioning.

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