AirDrop between iPhone 7 and Mac?

Discussion in 'iOS 10' started by cowgirl4517, Jan 17, 2017.

  1. cowgirl4517 macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2017
    Both will airdrop with other people but not each other. iPhone is IOS 10.2 and Mac is El Captain.
  2. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    I occasionally have problems, but for the most part it works flawlessly. Sometimes you just need to stable bluetooth and Wifi on both devices and it will then see each other.
  3. Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    Restart your WiFi router. My buddy was having the same problem and that resolved it.
  4. Speedy Dingo macrumors regular

    Speedy Dingo

    Jun 4, 2010
    I used to have a lot of issues with airdrop with El Capitan. Had to continuously restart things and airplane mode the phone. No problems with macOS Sierra though.
  5. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Restart everything including the router and try again maybe even try a PRAM and SMC reset on the Mac. Like mentioned above I would occasionally have this problem as well but that would fix it. It seems to be fine since Sierra for me but I don't use it too often.

    AirDrop uses bluetooth to setup what is essentially a wifi direct connection for transfer so both will need to be on. If I wasnt in the middle of a large network transfer I would try disconnecting my Mac from the router to see if it still works. Since it uses wifi direct you shouldn't even need to be connected to a network, this is how it can work when you are aren't on a wifi network on iOS devices but wifi will still need to be on.

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