How to Fix AirDrop Not Working on iPhone/iPad


AirDrop not working on your iPhone or iPad? Don’t worry! There are some tips you can use to fix this AirDrop problem in iOS 10 or iOS 9/8, no matter on iPhone 6/6s/7/SE or older iPhone 5/5s/4s.


Sep. 22, 2016


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“I can’t airdrop photos after updating to iOS 10 on my iPhone 6 plus”, “my new bought iPhone 7 failed to AirDrop to my Mac” – iPhone users reported.

You may know what is AirDrop and what AirDrop can do. But when you plan to transfer some files from one iPhone to another, or from iPhone to MacBook, you may encounter the problem of "AirDrop not working”. Don’t worry. You can follow this post and try the tips below to fix this AirDrop issue.

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Something You Should Know before using Airdrop on iPhone iPad

If you want to use AirDrop, your devices should be running in iOS 7, Mac OS X lion (10.7) or later, and the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth should be turned on your iOS devices. In addition, you’d better make sure the distance between two devices is not too wide (less than 30 feet, about 9 meters).

6 Tips to Fix AirDrop Not Working in iOS 10/9/8

There are some basic tips you can have a try when your AirDrop won’t work on your iPhone 6/6s/7/SE or older iPhone 5s/5, and it also work on iPad/iPod touch.

  • Turn off and then turn on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Check your network, turn off your Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and then turn them on.
  • Force restart your devices. Hold on both of “Power” and “Home” buttons to have a force restart your iPhone iPad or iPod touch.
  • Log out and then log in iCloud. Go to Settings > iCloud, log out of your iCloud account and then login your iCloud.
  • Update iOS to latest. This problem may be some bugs coming with the iOS operating system you cannot fix. So just wait for the f new iOS to fix it.
  • Reset Networks. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.
  • Use another tool. Try some alternative tools, such as AnyTrans, to share songs, pictures, contacts and other files between two iOS devices, or between Mac and iOS.

The Bottom Line

After going through all of the tips above, you may still in the problem and cannot use AirDrop to share files on your iPhone? You can post your AirDrop problem on the comment section. And also welcome any solution about this AirDrop problem.

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