How to AirDrop a file from your iPhone or iPad to a Mac computer

Woman in robe working from laptop and phoneIvan Pantic/Getty ImagesOnce you’ve set up AirDrop on your Apple devices, you can send files back and forth with just a few taps.
  • AirDrop lets you quickly share and receive photos, videos, and more from other Apple devices nearby.
  • Before you use AirDrop, turn on sharing permissions in Finder on Mac and in Settings on iPhone or iPad.
  • Apple devices need to be in range of each other – about 9.14m – for AirDrop to work.
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Today it’s easier than ever to share files and photos across devices. With Apple devices, you can use AirDrop to send files – even ones too big for email – from an iPhone to a Mac or iPad with just a tap, as long as they are in range.

What’s in range? AirDrop uses a combination of both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to transmit files, so your iPhone, iPad, or Mac have to be within about 9.14m of each other.

Here’s everything you need to know about AirDrop and how to use it.

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