AirDrop for iOS devices has been around since the iPhone 5, iPad 4th generation, iPad mini and iPod Touch 5th generation. The devices need to have iOS 7 or later, and Macs need to have Yosemite or later. AirDrop is a way to share content with other Apple devices. While we can share our photos using iCloud we can still share them using AirDrop.
AirDrop can be used to share photos immediately with someone instead of waiting for photos to be uploaded to iCloud for sharing. We can share photos with others that have an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Mac. The devices need to have Bluetooth and WiFi turned on. We don’t need to be connected to a WiFi hotspot to transfer photos. Bluetooth creates a device to device WiFi link to transfer the photos. Let’s go ahead and transfer some photos.
Open the Photos app on your device.
Select photos by sharing a moment or by selecting photos from different moments.
Selecting the option to share a moment is the easiest, because it automatically selects all the photos from a moment.
Once we select the option to share a moment, we get several ways to share these photos. The first option is to use AirDrop.
Our mobile devices search for any device that is in the vicinity. In this example, my MacBook Pro and iPhone are shown. Our mobile device doesn’t just look for any device, it looks for devices that are connected to people in our contacts. If the device is not associated with anyone in our contacts, we can expand the search for devices. Swipe up to reveal the control center.
AirDrop is automatically set to share with your contacts only. We can change this by tapping the AirDrop button. We can choose to turn off AirPlay, or to have AirPlay be available to everyone. This means that we will be able to see other devices even if they are not part of our contacts and others will see our device too. In this example, we’ll leave the contacts only option selected.
Swipe down on Control Center to hide it. We’ll tap on my MacBook in AirDrop to transfer the photos to my computer.
On our computer we will see a message informing us that we are receiving images through AirDrop from our device.
The images are automatically saved into the download folder on the computer.
The process is similar when sharing photos with other devices, like iPhone. We’ll share a set of photos with an iPhone.
On the iPhone a message will display to let us know that AirDrop is transferring several photos.
Once the photos are on the device, the Photos app opens to display the transferred photos.