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How to transfer files, images, and transcripts wirelessly using AirDrop on a Mac | Technology

How to transfer files, images, and transcripts wirelessly using AirDrop on a Mac | Technology
How to transfer files, images, and transcripts wirelessly using AirDrop on a Mac 

How to use AirDrop on Mac to send files, photos, and documents wirelessly?

If you want to transfer files, documents, media, and photographs wirelessly to other Mac users, this quick guide will show you how to use Apple Airdrop on your Mac to send files wirelessly to both macOS and iOS devices.  How can.  Once enabled you can easily send almost anything wirelessly from one device to another making it easy to share files with colleagues or photos, videos and media with family and friends.

Send files from Finder to Mac using AirDrop

1. Apple AirDrop on Mac lets you easily send map locations, websites, videos, photos, documents and files to a nearby iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac computer.  There are several ways to send items via AirDrop and the first is to use the Finder application.  Locate the file you want to transfer and then press "Control Key and Mouse Click" on the file at the same time in the Finder window.  Then choose the Share menu option from the shortcut drop down that appears.

Start a drop

2. Another way to transfer single files is to simply open the file you want to send and click the Share button in the application window.  Choose AirDrop from the listed sharing options, and then select the person who is in range.  Both devices must be within 30 feet or 9 meters of each other and both devices must have wireless and Bluetooth connections enabled.

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Keep in mind that older Mac computers may not support AirDrop and you'll need a system offered in 2012 or later, except for a 2012 Mac Pro and running the Apple Mac OS X Yosemite operating system or later.  If you're transferring to an iPhone, iPod, or iPad, these iOS devices must be running iOS 7 or later and have "Personal Hotspot" turned on.  If you're interested in learning how to use AirDrop on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, check out our previous guide.

Send files wirelessly

3. A third way to share files via AirDrop on your Mac is by opening an AirDrop window and dragging the files to the recipient.  This is a handy solution if you have a lot of documents that you need to transfer at once.  Select AirDrop in the sidebar of the Finder window to initiate the connection, here you'll see a list of all that have devices within range of your computer as in the image above.  You can also access it from the Finder menu bar by going to Go and then AirDrop.

Once selected an AirDrop window will open showing all nearby AirDrop users, simply drag one or more documents, files or photos directly onto the icon for the recipient and the files will begin to transfer from one Mac to another.

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If you can't see AirDrop recipients on your Mac

If you're having trouble getting a connection when using AirDrop, you can check that you've enabled it by going to Go > Airdrop in the Finder menu bar.  Here you'll see the option to select Allow in the AirDrop window, just like on iOS devices.

Here are some options that allow you to receive from Contacts only and both devices must be signed into iCloud and the email address or phone number associated with the sender's Apple ID must be in the recipient device's Contacts app. 

It's also worth noting that the Contacts Only option is only available on computers and devices running iOS 10 and later, iPadOS, and macOS Sierra 10.12 and later.  Apple explained that if AirDrop is set to Contacts only on a device with an earlier software version, you can turn the option to Everyone when using AirDrop, then change it back when not in use. 

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For more information on transferring documents, files, and media using AirDrop on Mac and turning on Personal Hotspot on iOS devices, visit the official Apple Support site.

Source: Julian Horsey, Geeky Gadgets, Direct News 99