AirDrop. . . .has it EVER worked for anyone?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Soundburst, Sep 27, 2015.

  1. Soundburst, Sep 27, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2015

    Soundburst macrumors 6502a

    Oct 4, 2006
    Hey everyone,

    I had a 5S, and old MacBook Pro and Airdrop never worked - I always assumed it was just something you needed a new device for or something.

    Anywho - a new Retina MacBook, brand new iPhone 6S - turn on Bluetooth on both devices. . .set airdrop to everyone - yet the phone won't see the MacBook, and the MacBook won't see the phone.

    Has anyone ever got this feature to work?!

    Paired them - but get the error 'make sure it's in range and turned on'. They're less than 5cm apart :D Disaster.
  2. emilioestevez Suspended


    Aug 25, 2015
    It used to work with my iPhone and iPad but recently I haven't been able to get it to work no matter what I do. Steve Jobs wouldn't have let this **** slide.
  3. Soundburst thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 4, 2006
    I know, right?! Two brand new devices costing pretty much £2000 - and yet a basic bluetooth technology won't work between them :S
  4. driftless macrumors demi-god


    Sep 2, 2011
    I have no problem using it between our various devices.
  5. Tsuchiya macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2008
    I can never get it to work. Just kind of pretend that it doesn't exist tbh.
  6. KrisLord macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2008
    Northumberland, UK
  7. Soundburst thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 4, 2006
    Okay then I'll just accept that it's broken. Annoying that I'll have to use a cable to sync photos lol. A lot of hassle considering to use use an adapter as well for my MacBook
  8. culverh0use macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2014
    Does anyone know why it takes so long for contacts to show up in AirDrop? It's frustrating, because if you want to drag a file there from somewhere else, you have to wait forever for someone to show up, and you can't drop the file there in the meantime. I don't understand why there's such a delay. It does work well for me other than that one problem. I'm really surprised how fast it is.
  9. Toutou macrumors 6502a


    Jan 6, 2015
    Prague, Czech Republic
    Yeah, it worked once! (Between my rMBP and girlfriend's iPad Mini 2) I still remember the day.
  10. MacRazySwe macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
    Works between my iPhone and rMBP, haven't tried the other devices.

    Just open Airdrop in finder on the Mac, and on your phone, just choose whatever it is you want to share and tap the share-button and then the Airdrop icon on the phone. After a while the computer name will show up instead of the icon and you just push it and boom you're done. Always works for me, granted it's a little slow.
  11. Aneef macrumors regular


    Jun 4, 2015
    Lahore, Pakistan
    It always works on my iPad mini and Macbook Pro. Never had a problem with it.
  12. zen macrumors 68000


    Jun 26, 2003
    Works between my iPhone 6 and my wife's iPhone 5, and between two iPad Airs, but I've never been able to get it to work between Macs or between iOS devices and Macs. And I've spent HOURS making sure everything is set up as Apple instructs.
  13. TyPod macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2006
    And Yourself?
    I use it quite a bit too, works fine every time I need to use it.
  14. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2015
    San Jose, CA
  15. FiremanMike macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2011
    I have no issues sending files from my macbook to my iPhone, but my iPhone doesn't detect that my macbook exists. This occurs whether I'm on everyone or contacts only..

  16. mtneer macrumors 68020


    Sep 15, 2012
    Works most of time between my 2012 rMBP 13" and my iPhone 5/6+. Sporadically the rMBP will not see the iPhone. I just toggle network connections on/ off and it works.
  17. JackieInCo macrumors 601

    Jul 18, 2013
    Sometimes selecting the option to connect to an older Mac works. By older Mac, I mean 2012 MBP and 2012 Mac Mini and my 2015 MBP.
  18. AllergyDoc macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2013
    Utah, USA
    It works the first time I try it, but not after that. If I try to immediately send a different file or picture, it doesn't work.
  19. dsnows macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2010
    Works most of the time for me between various iOS devices. I have the most problems with my wife's iPhone 5c.
  20. AlliFlowers Contributor


    Jan 1, 2011
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    It works between my 5S, iPad Air 2, MBP on El Cap, and MBA on Mavericks, and now it works equally well with my 6S. Never had any issue.
  21. tillsbury macrumors 65816

    Dec 24, 2007
    Sync photos? Surely not?
  22. fiveainone macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2011
    Worked since 5s and Mavericks. Turn on WiFi also, that may help. If not, try going to the left pane of Finder, and click on Air Drop to see if it sees your phone. If not, turn off and on WiFi and Bluetooth on the phone and see.
  23. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    I'm not sure about AirDrop, but that Wi-Fi bug that has plagued iOS since version 8.0 is still there. I have to turn Wi-Fi on and off sometimes when the signal gets stuck, making websites never load until I toggle the switch :mad::(
  24. Superspeed500 macrumors regular


    Jul 25, 2013
    Airdrop works all the time between the Macs I have acces to, sometimes between diffrent iPhones and rarely between the Macs and the iPhones.

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