How to Use AirDrop on Mac

AirDrop is a quick and easy way to wirelessly send files from a Mac to another nearby Mac. (IPhones, iPads and iPod touch will be covered later.) But it must be configured correctly. Here’s how to use AirDrop on Mac.

Configure AirDrop

1. In the Finder sidebar, select AirDrop. A window will open.

2. The blue text at the bottom left is actually a popup. Click on it. Select the desired mode. Do it for all your Macs you want to use AirDrop with.

3. Make sure all Macs are on the same local network and that Bluetooth is also turned on.

Send a file using AirDrop

1. In the Finder, right-click the file you want to send.

2. Select Share> AirDrop. Like that:

AirDrop access

3. Then click on the desired recipient icon in the new AirDrop pane.

The file will be copied to the recipient’s site Downloads folder. You will see a ring-shaped progress indicator around the recipient icon during file transfer.

Mac troubleshooting and requirements

Apple has a good support document: “Use AirDrop on your Mac.“It contains tips, alternative methods, and a few notes on requirements for older Macs.

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