AirDrop Not Working - 7 Steps to fix this on Mac iPad iPhone iOS

Airdrop is a wireless technology which lets you transfer files, documents, photos, videos and almost everything across iOS devices, Mac OS X devices, iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc.

Bluetooth 4.0 is used to search across and connect to these devices via Wi-Fi to exchange or transfer files at a high speed from one device to another.

You may be using Airdrop to exchange files with your friends, colleagues or relatives and suddenly encounter that AirDrop is not working.

AirDrop Not Working on Mac, iPhone, IOS, iPad
Today I will show you what you need to do when AirDrop is not working on your Mac, iPhone, iPad or other iOS devices.

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Here are the 7 things you need to do when AirDrop is not working.

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1. Set your AirDrop device discoverable to Everyone

You need to manually set this option from the Control Center on your iPhone or other iOS device as well as in the Mac Finder to make this work for you. Follow the steps mentioned below to set your AirDrop device discoverable to Everyone.

1. Swipe up on your iOS device or iPhone from the bottom of screen to get Control Center.

2. Tap AirDrop to set your device discoverability mode.

3. Once you tap on AirDrop, you will get three options as follows:-

Off - Nobody will be able to discover your device but you can send files, documents or photos to others.

Contacts only - Your device become discoverable only to those contacts which are available in your address book.

Everyone - Your device will be discoverable to all devices which are nearby.

4. Tap on Everyone option to make your iPhone or iOS device discoverable to all nearby devices.

Once you are done with this, probably this should have solved your AirDrop not working problem.

2. Set up your Mac for AirDrop

If your Mac device isn't showing up or detecting your iPhone or iOS device via AirDrop, you can setup your Mac for AirDrop

This will help you to detect your device. Follow these simple steps given below:-

1. Launch Finder on your Mac Operating System.

2. Click AirDrop from the sidebar.

This might probably solve your problem. But if this doesn't works out for you and if AirDrop not working still, then follow the next step.

3. Hard Reset your iOS Device

The next step which you can take further is to do a hard reset. Hard reset is done to refresh your device and do a force restart. Most of time it happens that hard reset helps to solve  AirDrop not working problem.

This step won't delete or format your data. So follow all the steps given below carefully to do a Hard Reset:-

1. [a] Press and hold Power (sleep/wake) button and Home button both at the same time. [For iPhone 6 or older version and iPad]

[b] Press and hold Power (sleep/wake) button and Volume down button both at the same time. [For iPhone 7 and later versions]

2. Keep it holding for 10-15 seconds until you see the Apple Logo.

3. Release both the buttons when Apple logo appears.

4. Wait till your iPhone, iPad or iOS device restarts.

Try to use AirDrop again. If this also doesn't resolve your issue and AirDrop not working still, then follow the next step mentioned below.

4. Update your iPhone or iOS Device

Sometimes it happens that your iOS device might encounter compatibility issues due to new app installation or your iOS version might be older which had caused problem due to which AirDrop is not working. 

So this needs to be fixed. This can be fixed by updating your iPhone or iOS device. Follow the steps mentioned below in order to fix this.

1. Go to Settings.

2. Tap on General.

3. Tap on Software Update.

4. This will check for updates. If updates are available install them on your device.

5. Once you are done with installing updates, try using AirDrop again. If the problem would be with the update then this step might resolve it and AirDrop should probably start working.

5. Try resetting network settings

If AirDrop is not working still, you can try resetting network settings of your iPhone or iOS device. For that you have to follow the steps given below:-

1. Tap and Go to Settings >> General >> Reset.

2. Tap on Reset Network Settings.

3. Enter Password if prompted and finally tap Reset Network Settings to confirm.

This will reset Wi-Fi/Bluetooth setting of your iOS device. 

4. Finally reboot your device and check if AirDrop is working or not. If AirDrop not working still, then follow the next step.

6. Do a Factory reset

If nothing works do a factory reset of your iPhone or iOS device on which AirDrop is not working. You can follow the steps mentioned below to do a factory reset of your device:-

1. First I would always tell you take a backup of your iOS device on iCloud or iTunes.

2. After taking a proper backup, go to Settings >> General >> Reset.

3. Tap on "Erase All Content and Settings".

4. Finally enter your Apple User ID and Password to confirm Factory Reset.

5. Wait till the Factory Reset process is over. Once the reset is done, connect to your device using your Apple User Id and Password.

6.Connect to Wi-Fi and try AirDrop again. 

Once you are done with the above 6 steps, you should have probably solved AirDrop not working issue of your iOS device.

7. Contact Apple Support Team

If still nothing works for you then the last resort to fix this problem is Apple Support Team. Contact Apple Support as per your Country and location, as they are the best person to help you in this. 

Alternatively if you have Apple Care+ nearby to your location then it's better to contact them to get your problem resolved.

Final Note:

So these were the steps you need to take when AirDrop is not working on your Mac, iPhone, iPad or other iOS device. Do let me know through comments how this post has helped you resolved your issue.

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