How to AirDrop from iPhone to MacBook


Don’t know how to AirDrop photos, videos or some other files from iPhone to Mac? This guide will tell you how to make it, also offer you some tips to fix the issue “can’t AirDrop from iPhone to Mac".


Apr. 11, 2016


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AirDrop from iPhone to MacBook –

AirDrop from iPhone to MacBook –

AirDrop is a service that Apple added to iOS and Mac devices to share files since iOS 7 and Mac OS X lion (10/7). By using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, AirDrop enables you to transfer files from iPhone to MacBook in a wireless way. This post tells you how to use AirDrop to transfer files from iPhone to Mac and shows you some common problems you may meet when using AirDrop.

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Part 1. Problems You May Meet When Using AirDrop

There are some problems that you may meet when you AirDrop from iPhone to MacBook, including AirDrop not showing up in Control Center, can’t AirDrop music and so on.

  • AirDrop not showing up in Control Center.

    Some iPhone/iPad users reported that they couldn’t find AirDrop in Control center. Actually, it’s just a common issue that can be easily fixed. Just got to Settings app and find Restrictions item to allow AirDrop service running on your iPhone. In iOS 9, you can find the Restrictions by Settings > General > Restrictioins.

  • Can’t AirDrop Music.

    This is one problem that you cannot solve because Apple doesn’t allow you to share music directly from iPhone to another place via AirDrop. The file types that you can share are limited actually. In this situation, you can use a professional transfer tool, such as AnyTrans – transfer 20+ file types.

  • Some other problems.

    You may drop into some other troubles when using AirDrop. You can read our previous post, AirDrop Not Working, which shows you some basic tips to fix issue of AirDrop not working on your iPhone.

Part 2. How to AirDrop from iPhone to MacBook

Normally, it’s pretty simple to share files from iPhone to MacBook after turning on AirDrop on both of your iPhone and Mac.

Step 1. Turn on AirDrop on iPhone

AirDrop would be automatically turned on if you have turned on your Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on your iPhone. If not, you can directly go to Control Center and tap AirDrop icon to run this service. And after, it requires you to chose a way to be discoverable by others.

Step 2. Turn on AirDrop on MacBook

Open Finder window on your MacBook, and select AirDrop in the left side menu bar.

Step 3. AirDrop from iPhone to MacBook

On your iPhone, you can usually find a Share button on the screen after tapping the file you’d like to share, such as photo and video. Just click the Share button, you can choose any contact on the AirDrop list to share your file.

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