AirDrop leaves bluetooth on - mistake from apple in control centre

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  1. TwoBytes macrumors 68020

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    Anyone notice this? When I'm finished for airdrop, I turn it off but bluetooth remains on. Stupid mistake from apple which is a battery drain
     
  2. Armen macrumors 604

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    Wifi: Off
    Bluetooth: Off

    Turn Airdrop ON
    Blutooth Turns on
    Wifi turns on

    Turn Airdrop OFF

    Wifi and Bluetooth BOTH stay on. I"m sure this is by design.
     
  3. djtech42 macrumors 65816

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    It's up to the user to decide when to have bluetooth on or not.
     
  4. kingalexthe1st macrumors 6502

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    Agreed.
     
  5. Brittany246 macrumors 6502a

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    I just turn bluetooth off to turn airdrop off.
     
  6. Blackened macrumors regular

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    instead or turning airdrop off and then bluetooth off when you're done, simply turn off bluetooth and airdrop turns off by itself.
     
  7. Armen macrumors 604

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    Why are all of you overlooking the fact that if Airdrop turns on Wifi it stays on when you turn Airdrop off. Not all of us have Wifi on all the time.
     
  8. djtech42 macrumors 65816

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    That's why it's better to turn off wi-fi or bluetooth instead of AirDrop because it will automatically turn off AirDrop.
     
  9. KeepCalmPeople macrumors 65816

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    That's a tricky logical conundrum for a developer.

    User wants Airdrop turned ON, means both WiFi and Bluetooth must be turned ON.
    User wants AirDrop turned OFF, does NOT mean user necessarily wants either Bluetooth or WiFi turned off.
    Perhaps the user should be prompted as to whether he/she wants WiFi and BT turned off, when turning AirDrop off? I expect that would irritate some users too...
     
  10. sflomenb, Oct 14, 2013
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    sflomenb macrumors 6502a

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    This is by design... AirDrop requires both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. When you enable AirDrop, both get activated. But when you turn off AirDrop, both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi remain on. This isn't a problem, and this happens on purpose. If you want to turn off Bluetooth while simultaneously turning off AirDrop, just turn off Bluetooth and AirDrop goes off as well

    Edit: Just because the user turns off AirDrop doesn't mean they want Bluetooth and/or Wi-Fi off.
     
  11. Puonti macrumors 6502a

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    Or Apple could make note of the states of WiFi and Bluetooth services (on / off) and return to those states when the user turns AirDrop off.

    Since I have WiFi on at all times I just turn BT off.
     
  12. bozzykid macrumors 68020

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    But what if you used wifi or bluetooth since it was turned on, by another service? Apple is being on the safe side and not disabling them because it can't know the user intentions and is much safer not disabling them. If Apple disabled wifi, knowing how people freak out, there would be a class action lawsuit because a few people didn't know they were using mobile data.

    With the latest hardware, there is little battery difference between having them both enabled or disabled.
     
  13. TrashCanBin macrumors regular

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    Why did they make bluetooth a requirement for iOS AirDrop at all?
     
  14. haruhiko macrumors 68040

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    Because the technology uses Bluetooth Low Energy to detect nearby devices, which is power efficient.
     
  15. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    It's more low powered than having wifi fully powered and searching.

    Op I can understand your gripe but tbh I have bt on all day and notice no significant drain
     
  16. Puonti macrumors 6502a

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    Yes.
     
  17. TrashCanBin macrumors regular

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    It's so efficient it can't detect **** unless you are 5 feet away or closer.
     
  18. j4zb4 macrumors 6502a

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    What if I connected to a wifi network which I wanna use after I turned airdrop on...? Or if I connected to a bluetooth speaker/headset while I was transferring files...? There's no way to figure out...The easiest thing is just turn off what you are not using...
     
  19. Puonti macrumors 6502a

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    It could be done smartly, or as you said, in a way that seriously disrupts the user's experience. I'm sure Apple did it this way exactly because they didn't want to go guessing what the user might want.
     
  20. rtomyj macrumors 6502a

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    If turning off AirDrop turned off wifi and Bluetooth, people would be bit*hing about wifi turning off while downloading app or Bluetooth turning off while on a call... Stupid mistake from a human being, not thinking about anyone but themselves..
     
  21. djtech42 macrumors 65816

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    True, although I guess they could implement it where it returns to whatever the states of Wi-fi and Bluetooth were before AirDrop was enabled. Either way, it's a tough call for the developers to make.
     
  22. charlituna macrumors G3

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    Is it really so hard to see that the Bluetooth is in and hit one more button in control center.
     
  23. j4zb4, Oct 15, 2013
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    j4zb4 macrumors 6502a

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    Or just hit the Bluetooth and/or wifi shortcut (they are right next to each other) to turn airdrop off instead of hitting the airdrop button... How difficult is that...? It's unbelievable how people moan and bit*h about the ********* little things...
     
  24. bozzykid, Oct 15, 2013
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    It can be confusing for some users. I almost wish turning on Airdrop didn't actually change the wifi/bluetooth enable states. Even though they clearly have to be on to be used, it would probably be easier to have a 3rd state that says they are in use for airdrop but not enabled globally.
     
  25. emseven macrumors regular

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    You simply have misunderstandings from the early days of Bluetooth. Bluetooth 4.0 is very power efficient. Let go...

    Airdrop and Personal Hotspot both "leave Bluetooth on" because with the advent of headsets, car audio and p2p communication we require Bluetooth.

    If you are just OCD then its a tap and a toggle away.
     

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