Airdrop For Mac Mini

Share content with AirDrop

How to receive files via AirDrop on a Mac You can easily AirDrop files from an iPhone or iPad to your Mac. When someone sends you a file, you will be asked if you want to accept the file. Which devices are compatible with AirDrop? Older model devices aren't compatible with AirDrop.

  1. Open the file that you want to send, then click Share button in the app window. Or Control-click the file in the Finder, then choose Share from the shortcut menu.
  2. Choose AirDrop from the sharing options listed.
  3. Choose a recipient from the AirDrop sheet:

Or open an AirDrop window, then drag files to the recipient:

  1. Select AirDrop in the sidebar of a Finder window. Or choose Go > AirDrop from the menu bar.
  2. The AirDrop window shows nearby AirDrop users. Drag one or more documents, photos, or other files to the recipient shown in the window.

You can also share content from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Receive content with AirDrop

When someone nearby attempts to send you files using AirDrop, you see their request as a notification, or as a message in the AirDrop window. Click Accept to save the files to your Downloads folder.

If you can't see the other device in AirDrop

Make sure that your devices meet these requirements:

  • Both devices are within 30 feet (9 meters) of each other and have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on.
  • Each Mac was introduced in 2012 or later (excluding the 2012 Mac Pro) and is using OS X Yosemite or later. To find out, choose Apple menu  > About This Mac.
  • Each iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is using iOS 7 or later, with Personal Hotspot turned off.

Make sure that your devices can receive AirDrop requests:

  • Choose Go > AirDrop from the menu bar in the Finder, then check the ”Allow me to be discovered by” setting in the AirDrop window. iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch have a similar setting. If set to receive from Contacts Only, both devices must be signed in to iCloud, and the email address or phone number associated with the sender's Apple ID must be in the Contacts app of the receiving device.
  • Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Security & Privacy. Click the Firewall tab, then click the lock and enter your administrator password when prompted. Click Firewall Options, then deselect “Block all incoming connections.”

If AirDrop is not working on Mac and you are unable to send or receive files, you should be able to fix the problem using a number of methods as provided below.

AirDrop Not Working on Mac

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AirDrop makes it really easy to transfer Files, Photos and Videos between supported iOS and macOS devices.

However, many users run into a variety of problems while trying to use AirDrop for the first time on Mac.

Hence, we are providing below a number of ways to fix the issue of AirDrop not working on Mac.

1. Check Device Compatibility

In order to use AirDrop, both sending and receiving devices need to be 2012 or later versions of Mac, running OS X Yosemite or later version of macOS.

Also, the device to which you are trying to transfer files using AirDrop must be an AirDrop compatible device.

If you are trying to AirDrop from Mac to iPhone, your iPhone needs to be an iPhone 5 or later version, running iOS 7 or later versions of iOS software.

If you are trying to AirDrop from Mac to iPad or iPod, the iPad must be iPad 4 or later and iPod needs to be 5th generation or newer.

2. Make Sure WiFi and Bluetooth are Turned ON

AirDrop uses Bluetooth to locate nearby devices and WiFi to transfer Data between two Apple devices. Hence, make sure Bluetooth and WiFi are enabled on both sending and receiving devices.

1. Click on the Finder Icon located in the Dock of your Mac.


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2. Click on AirDrop in the left-pane. In the right-pane, click on Turn ON Wi-Fi and Bluetooth button.

3. Make sure both WiFi and Bluetooth are enabled on your device.

3. Allow AirDrop from Everyone

AirDrop provides the option to Share Data with “Contacts only” and also with “Everyone”.

However, selecting “Contacts only” mode can sometimes lead to problems. Hence, follow the steps below to enable Share Data with Everyone option.

1. Click on the Finder Icon located in the Dock of your Mac.

2. Click on AirDrop in the left-pane. In the right-pane, click on Allow me to be discovered by and select Everyone in the drop-down menu.

If you are having problems sending Files via AirDrop, make sure Allow Everyone option is enabled on the device that you are transferring files to.

4. Sign into iCloud on Both Devices

If you want to use Contacts Only Mode, make sure both sending and receiving device are signed into iCloud.

Also, the Email ID or Telephone Number associated with iCloud Accounts must be available in the Contacts List on both devices.

5. Turn OFF Do Not Disturb Mode

AirDrop does not work in case Do Not Disturb Mode is enabled. Hence, follow the steps below to disable Do Not Disturb Mode on Mac.

1. Click on the Notifications Icon located at top-right corner and move the toggle next to Do Not Disturb to OFF position.

Similarly, make sure that the device to which you are transferring files is not placed in Do Not Disturb Mode.

6. Check Firewall Settings

Check the Firewall Settings on your Mac to make sure that Incoming Communications are not being blocked on your device.

1. Select the Apple Icon in top-menu bar and click on System Preferences in the drop-down menu.

2. On System Preferences Screen, click on Security & Privacy.

3. On Security & Privacy screen, select the Firewall tab and click on Firewall Options button.

4. On the next screen, uncheck the little box next to Block all incoming connections.

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5. Click on OK to save this setting

7. Prevent Mac from Going to Sleep

AirDrop can fail if your Mac goes to sleep during the file transfer process. Hence, follow the steps below to prevent Mac from going to sleep, when the display is OFF.


1. Click on the Apple Icon in top menu bar and select System Preferences in the drop-down.

2. On System Preferences screen, click on the Energy Saver tab.

3. On the next screen, select Prevent computer from sleeping automatically when the display is off option.

AirDrop Option Not Available on Mac

If you are unable to find the AirDrop option on Mac, you can refer to this guide: AirDrop Icon Greyed Out on iPhone and Missing on Mac.