An Overview of Airdrop

I’d like to thank Rita Howells for providing this awesome and helpful article as part of her weekly iDevice Advice. See below for information about an awesome CDL feature – AirDrop:

Saving and sharing photos and videos via a smart phone has changed in a big way over the past few years. You likely know how to upload your pictures and videos to Facebook or Instagram, but what about sharing them directly with family and friends? You can use AirDrop to share photos and videos directly between Apple phones, iPads, Macs via a     wireless Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection.  You might be surprised how many people have no idea the AirDrop option exists.  Go to Settings, General, AirDrop to make sure it is toggled on and set to share with either your “contacts only” or “everyone” around you.  Select a photo, a video, a document, a web or App Store link, or many other types of files, and tap the share button (a box with an arrow pointing up).  Your potential photo or file recipients must have their device’s AirDrop “on” as well, and then their device should show up under the AirDrop menu.  The recipient of your photo, video, or other file must be in close proximity to you, such as in the same room and have their Apple device awake.  Tap the person’s name when it shows up in the list to share instantly.  You can pick dozens of photos and videos, which will transfer over in a matter of seconds.  Make sure to remind whomever you are sharing the photos or videos with to choose “Accept” when the pictures start showing up on their device.

AirDrop is both quick and easy.  Similar to sending files via text and email, you can use the cross-platform utility to send photos, videos, songs, and even files.  This is particularly handy when you are in close proximity to the person you’d like to send your file to, as AirDrop only works when users are near one another.

Moreover, from a security standpoint, AirDrop is safer to use than both email and text.  The feature uses a Bluetooth connection to create a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi network between your iOS and iOS devices, and creates a firewall which allows for added encryption.

Another benefit of AirDrop is that many native iOS apps support it.  You can access the feature from directly within Photos, Notes, Safari, Contacts, iTunes and App Stores, Apple Books, Maps, and many others, including GarageBand, Pages, and more. AirDrop is also supported by numerous third-party apps. Most apps that offer a Share Sheet do offer AirDrop support. So, you can easily share all your files without having to navigate to a different screen or copy and paste the information.

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