“Can you send me those pictures?” This is perhaps one of the most common questions you hear in a gathering. For sharing, you most probably rely on your instant messenger or email. Instant messaging or emailing pictures is bit cumbersome, especially when you have network issues or data caps. For iOS users, however, they can instantly transfer content (photos, videos, websites, locations, and more) from one iOS device to another iOS device nearby via AirDrop. Also Read - Apple's AirDrop has a security flaw that can reveal your personal data
AirDrop uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to transfer content, and is really easy to use once you have learnt how to do it. Read on: Also Read - Google rolls out AirDrop-like file sharing feature for Android
Heads up: Before getting started with AirDrop, sender and receiver both have to have devices running iOS 7 or later (this includes iPhone 5 or later, iPad (4th generation) or later iPad mini, iPod touch (5th generation or later), and a Mac with OS X Yosemite. Also Read - Google's AirDrop-like feature likely to launch on Android next month
Step 1 : To access the AirDrop, you need to swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone or iPad. Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth from the Control Center. If you have to share content with your contacts, you need to sign in to your iCloud account.
Step 2: While switching on the AirDrop, you will get the following options – Off: Turns off AirDrop, Contacts Only: Your device is visible to your contacts only and Everyone: All compatible iOS devices in proximity can see your device. If not really necessary, we will advise you to keep the visibility to Contacts Only.
Step 3: AirDrop lets you share content from your Photos, Contacts, Safari and more. To share, tap the content you want to share. Tap Share.
Step 4: Tap on the name of the contact/nearby AirDrop user. In case you are unable to see the nearby user, ensure both (sender and receiver) are logged into iCloud account. If the problem still persists, turn AirDrop setting to Everyone. You or the receiver may have to switch off personal hotspot for smooth sharing.
Step 5: After you have sent the content, the receiver will get an alert with the preview of what you have shared. The receiver has the option to either accept or decline. After the user taps the accept, the content will open in apps you sent it from, say photos will be displayed in the Photos app, links will open in Safari.