AirDrop Barely Ever works

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by iwayne, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. iwayne macrumors 6502

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    Is anyone else experiencing serious difficulty with ever getting airdrop to work. 9 times out of 10 someone sitting right next to me will not show up. Both phones have airdrop turned on, for contacts only and even tried "everyone" both have Bluetooth on and logged into the same wifi network. Plus both are 5s iPhones. WTH?! So infuriating that apple released this thing that barely works.
     
  2. Black Magic macrumors 68000

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  4. Mad4clay macrumors regular

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    Works for me. I just transferred 12 pictures to my husband with no hiccups. Very cool!
     
  5. Jakimo macrumors 6502

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    Full DFU clean install, rarely works for me. Very unstable.
     
  6. Fantasigraphic macrumors 65816

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    Works fine for me but noticed both phones have to be unlocked
     
  7. tayshon macrumors 6502a

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    Works fine, but I do notice it takes a minute for the other phone to show up
     
  8. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    Both phones have to be on and awake to work. I, personally, don't like that.
     
  9. Fantasigraphic macrumors 65816

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    I'm sure that'll change in next major update like 7.1 (or I hope so)
     
  10. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    It's worked for me every time I've tried it.

    On an aside, you don't have to be on the same network, you do t even have to be on a wifi network. Airdrop creates an invisible local network that the phones know to join. That's why the 4S doesn't get it; it doesn't have a wifi chip capable of creating that second network.
     
  11. Ballis macrumors 6502a

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    I agree. That was a huge dissapointment for me aswell.
     
  12. iwayne thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It's frustrating because it was probably the only feature I looked forward to in IOS 7. I understand all the things like not actually being needed to be logged into a wifi network, I was more proving a point in that everything is open and working on the phone. This IOS is the buggiest IOS Apple has ever released. The fact the 7.0.3 is set to be released says something.

    The other thing is if it actually takes a minute to show up, then whats the point when you could have sent a text or email in the time you're waiting for airdrop to wake up.
     
  13. macpro2000 macrumors 6502a

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    Nailed it.

     
  14. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    The point for me is that I don't have to know the other persons phone number or email address (or vice versa). If I'm at a party and someone catches a great picture of something, I don't necessarily want to have to do a BFF-level exchange of information in order to get a copy of a freaking picture.
     
  15. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    In Mac osx airdrop requires both parties to have finder open and airdrop panel open. I'm guessing it's going to stay like this.
     
  16. jayiw macrumors regular

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    It works for me and the wife (my 5s/her 5) as long as I am literally right next to her with our phones. I thought it didn't work at first but found out later if the phones are more than a foot away from each other my phone can't find hers and vice-versa. Crazy.
     
  17. NiKeZz macrumors 6502

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  18. odin macrumors member

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    Works well for me. I've used it a lot. It seems a bit slower than needed (as if the wifi networks aren't forming quickly or properly) at times. This was discussed in more detail in another thread here.

    Hope you get it working soon.
     
  19. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030

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  20. AFPoster macrumors 65816

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    Doesn't work for me. I try to share pictures from my iPhone 5 to my MB Pro and I never see the phone, very annoying.
     
  21. stooovie macrumors 6502a

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    And you never will... It's iOS to iOS only, sadly.
     
  22. Offshore1 macrumors regular

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    I have the exact same problem. I have iphone 5, iPhone 5S, iPad mini, ipad 4. Trying any combination of devices and like you state above, 9 out of 10 times these devices don't see each other and they are in same room about 3 feet away.
    Big fail on Apples part. :mad:
     
  23. ngocnguyen macrumors member

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    I initially had my airdrop set for "contacts only"...my co-worker had his "contacts only"...we are in each others contact list.

    my 5S recognized his 5S...but his would not see mine

    we switched both to "everybody" and airdrop worked
     
  24. whsbuss macrumors 68040

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    Yeah same problem for me.
     
  25. Armen macrumors 604

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    would you rather your phone drain battery while it "listens" for Airdrops in sleep mode?
     

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