How to turn off AirDrop on your Mac computer, so no one can send you unwanted files

ShutterstockIt’s easy to turn off AirDrop on your Mac, as long as you know which menu to open.


AirDrop is Apple’s Bluetooth-powered network which allows Mac devices to share files quickly and easily without wires or even internet.

Unfortunately, it can also offer an opportunity for unknown devices to send over questionable files. It’s generally advised that you turn off AirDrop on your Mac when you’re not using it, to prevent security risks.

But first you need to know how to turn it off.

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How to turn off AirDrop on your Mac

1. Open Finder.

2. Click on AirDrop in the left sidebar. If it’s not in your sidebar, you can search for it with Spotlight (the magnifying glass icon in the top-right corner) and select it when it appears in the search results.

3. Click on the line that says “Allow me to be discovered by” to open a drop-down menu.

How to turn off AirDrop on Mac 1Ryan Ariano/Business InsiderOpen your AirDrop menu.

4. In the drop-down, change it to “No One” so that your Mac can’t be discovered. While this doesn’t technically “turn off” AirDrop, it does ensure that nobody can send you files using AirDrop.

How to turn off AirDrop on Mac 2Ryan Ariano/Business InsiderSelect ‘No One’ to effectively turn off AirDrop.

Note, though, that you can still send files using AirDrop. You can also change your Mac’s AirDrop settings so you can only be discovered by your contacts. This is the second option in the “discovered by” drop-down menu.

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