5 Quick solutions for AirDrop not working. Here’s a fix!

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Facing problems with AirDrop not working? We have the solution for you!

AirDrop is a smart wireless beam for Apple devices to share anything from your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook. It works as a super Bluetooth device with a Bluetooth speed of 4. x for power-efficient sharing, broadcasting, and discovery. This makes the transfer painless, fast, reliable, and simple when sharing your data. However, this technology seems to be stable, but when the software malfunction happens, it is just impossible to fix the issue – Airdrop not working! Now let’s fix this issue.

If you face any issue with your AirDrop not working, then here are a few steps you can try to correct your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook behavior to get back to transferring a file with ease. Here are five steps you can try to fix the AirDrop not working issue.

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What devices are compatible with AirDrop?

Apple devices with older versions may not be compatible with AirDrop. The below mention table will give you an overview of the compatible devices.

Transfer between two iOS devices
Running iOS 7 or later
iPhone 5 or newer models
iPad (4th generation) or newer
iPad Air: all models
iPad Pro: all models
iPod Touch (5th generation) or newer
Transfer between two Mac computers
Running Mac OS X Lion (10.7) or later
MacBook Pro: Late 2008 or newer, excluding late 2008 17-inch
MacBook Air: Late 2010 or newer
Aluminum MacBook: Late 2008
MacBook and iMac: Early 2009 or newer
Mac Mini: Mid 2010 or newer
Mac Pro: Early 2009 with AirPort Extreme card, or mid 2010 or newer
Transfer between a Mac and an iOS device
Running OS X Yosemite (10.10) or later
MacBook Air: Mid 2012 or newer
MacBook (Retina): all models
MacBook Pro: Mid 2012 or newer
iMac: Late 2012 or newer
iMac Pro: all models
Mac Mini: Late 2012 or newer.
Mac Pro: Late 2013 or newer

Tweak your settings as per below for AirDrop, not workingAirDrop has three modes, i.e., (a) Turn Off (b) Contacts only (c) Everyone. Contacts Only are the most complex one out of the three as it requires verification to who is who. If it still doesn’t work for you, then try switching to Everyone. Try turning it off and on

  • Open Settings on your Home screen
  • Select General
  • Open AirDrop
  • Select on the options you want

If you’re trying to connect and use the AirDrop from your iPhone, iPod (touch), or an iPad to your MacBook and it isn’t working right for you then, here is what you do

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  • Open Finder on your MacBook
  • Select the AirDrop (left on the sidebar)

You can choose between No one, Contacts Only, and Everyone. It will put your Mac in a ready state to use the AirDrop and help you detect. If your Mac doesn’t detect, then keep following the below-mentioned steps!

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2. The second step is to check the Radio Toggling.

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Even after tweaking the settings, Airdrop is not working. Check that your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are functioning to ensure that Airdrop is working fine. Start by turning them off and on. Additionally, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are not turned off from the Control Center because it only turns off the ongoing connection and leaves on Apple Watch, Air Pods, and Apple Pencil.

Steps to switching off and on Wi-Fi for iPhone or iPad

– From the Home screen, open Settings > Wi-Fi > tap on the Wi-Fi switch to turn it off > tap again to turn it on.

Steps to switching off and on Bluetooth for iPhone or iPad
– From the Home screen, open Settings > Bluetooth > tap on the Bluetooth switch to turn it off > tap again to turn it on.
Steps to switching off and on Wi-Fi for Mac

– From the Menu bar, click the Wi-Fi icon > click on Turn Wi-Fi Off. Again from the Menu bar, click the Wi-Fi icon > click on Turn Wi-Fi On.

Steps to switching off and on Bluetooth for Mac

– From the Menu bar, click the Wi-Fi icon > click on Turn Bluetooth Off. Again from the Menu bar, click the Wi-Fi icon > click on Turn Bluetooth On.

As an alternative, Airplane Mode can be switched on and then off for toggling the radios altogether.

When you have finished these steps, try to connect again. Read ahead if the issue persists.

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3. AirDrop not working – Perform a hard reset

If the problem is not solved from the above solutions, the next move would be to perform a hard reset using the following steps:

iPads (except iPad Pro 2018) and older iPhones having mechanical Home buttons (models earlier than iPhone 6s):

Long press the On/Off button located at the right (for iPhone 6s/6) or the top (for the rest of all iPhones, iPad, and iPod)

Simultaneously long-press the Home button located at the front of the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

The screen will turn off as you long press both buttons and continue to hold them until the screen turns back on and shows the Apple symbol.

iPhone 7:

Long press the On/Off button located at the right side

Simultaneously long-press the Volume down button located at the left side of the iPhone.

The screen will turn off as you long press both buttons and continue to hold them until the screen turns back on and shows the Apple symbol.

iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and iPad Pro (2018):

Press and release the Volume Up button.

Press and release the Volume Down button.

Long press the sleep/wake button.

Continue to long-press the Side button as the Shutdown screen turns off and then on (iOS 11.2 and later.)

Mac:

Click on the Apple icon located at the extreme left on the Menu bar.

Click on the Restart option.

When the reboot is done, attempt to connect once again. Read further if the issue is still not fixed.

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4. If your Airdrop is not working – Check for available updates.

Often iOS updates bring up compatibility issues, but sometimes the iOS update fixes these problems, such as Bluetooth connectivity issues.

From the home screen of your iPhone,

Go to Settings > General Software Update > if there is a pending update, tap Install.

After the update is installed, attempt to use AirDrop again. If it still does not work, try the alternatives stated below.

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5. Resetting the Network

Still facing connectivity issues because of airDrop not working. Resetting the network might be required even though it is a cumbersome task.

From the home screen of your iPhone,

Go to Settings > General Reset (this option will be found at the bottom of the list) > Reset Network Settings > if a prompt shows, type your Passcode > tap Reset Network Settings which will confirm the action.

Completion of these steps should be followed by reconnecting to all your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices and finally checking your AirDrop yet again. If it is functioning, then all the troubleshooting was worth the trouble! If not, read further.

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Note: If you are still facing any issue with your AirDrop and your Apple device is out of warranty, get in touch with one of the iFixScreens experts for a quick fix.

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If you are still facing any issue with the AirDrop not connecting, then it’s time to visit your nearest iFixScreens store to get your Apple device diagnosed. Because at times, there may be an underlying problem in your Apple device that only an expert technician will be able to tackle.

If your Airdrop is not working, try asking a question on the apple forum

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Ravi is the head of Content Strategy at iFixScreens Corporate. With over a decade of experience writing technical content for his readers, Ravi has helped thousands of readers with helpful content, tips, and tricks. He mainly writes content related to gadget repairs, such as iPhones, Smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

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