Airdrop not working on your iPhone? AirDrop is a handy utility Apple users can use to send and receive files between their devices. For example, you can use it to transfer photos, music, videos, documents, and such from one iPhone, iPad, Mac to another. It is built-in with the iOS and Mac OS. You don’t have to use third-party file or data sharing apps in order to share files and documents between your iOS devices and/or Mac computer. If AirDrop does not work on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, here are some quick solutions you can try.
Enable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
AirDrop uses Bluetooth on your iPhone to scan for nearby devices and then Wi-Fi to send or receive files. So the first thing you need to check is to turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth from Settings or the Control Centre on iPhone; then go to activate Bluetooth and turn on Wi-Fi on Mac, iPad or another iPhone.
Keep two devices nearby
Keep two devices in bluetooth and wifi range. AirDrop uses Bluetooth to scan for nearby devices, which has a range of around 10 meters.
Turn off personal hotspot
Personal hotspot allows Apple users to share mobile data or the Wi-Fi network you are currently connected to with other devices. If either of the iPhones or iPads has the personal hotspot enabled, make sure to turn it off before you initiate the file transfer between them via AirDrop. On iPhone, open the Settings app, go to Mobile Data, tap on Personal Hotspot and turn off the switch next to it.
Check AirDrop visibility
Go to iPhone Settings > General > AirDrop to check the AirDrop discovery setting. You can be discoverable in AirDrop to receive from everyone or only people in your contacts. If you sign into the same iCloud account on both devices of your own, you don’t need to check its AirDrop visibility.
Keep your iPhone unlocked
Keep your iPhone screen unlocked. If your device falls asleep, other device may not find it through Bluetooth.
Turn off Do Not Disturb mode
When Do Not Disturb mode is enabled, you won’t get notifications for incoming files as all your notifications are silenced in this mode. You can disable Do Not Disturb from the Control Centre on iPhone, or go to Settings > Focus > Do Not Disturb to turn it off.