AirDrop not finding my Mac

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  1. sviato macrumors 68020

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    Trying to test out AirDrop for the first time between my Macbook and iPhone. The MacBook finds my iPhone and I'm able to send a file, but my iPhone doesn't find my Mac when I try to share a photo.

    Anyone know what the issue could be?
     
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  3. afsnyder macrumors 65816

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    What version of both software are you running?

    Also, make sure both devices are set to "Everyone" just incase.
     
  4. Snide macrumors 6502a

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    I'm running Yosemite on MBP, and IOS 8.0.2 on iPhone.
    Neither device can see the other via Airdrop. Is this a 8.1-only feature?
     
  5. afsnyder macrumors 65816

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    It might be enabled in 8.1... I know that some features were disabled on 8.0 GM and OS X Yosemite later-betas.
     
  6. sviato thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Running iOS 8.0.2 and OS X 10.10.

    Tried both on Contacts Only and on Everyone.


    Let's see if it'll work with 8.1 :confused:
     
  7. awests macrumors regular

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    I'm on 8.1 b2 and I still can't get it to work.
     
  8. thedru13 macrumors regular

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    Took mine a bit to find but I rebooted my phone then my MBP. Make sure you have all updates for your Mac updated.
     
  9. NativeTxn macrumors regular

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    When I first updated to Yosemite on my late 2013 15" rMBP, the computer could see my iPhone 6 on AirDrop, but my iPhone couldn't see the MBP. I restarted the iPhone and it has worked fine since.

    One thing I have found is that if either are "sleeping" or not "live," AirDrop doesn't work. But that is the similar thing I've found when my wife and I use AirDrop between our iPhone 6s - we both have to have the screens on for it to see the other.
     
  10. K4LK, Oct 19, 2014
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    K4LK macrumors 6502

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    What model MBP? Handoff requires a mid 2012 or newer. My 2011 MBP and MBA don't support this either.

    See this support article on Apple: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6510
     
  11. GlenK macrumors 6502a

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    Hasn't worked for me either. Hoping 8.1 will correct it!!!
     
  12. sviato thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Mid-2012 MacBook Air - so it should work :confused:
     
  13. Oohara macrumors 68020

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    I can't get it to work between my mother's iPad on 8.1 and my MBP 13" 2013 on Yosemite official release. The mac finds the iPad every time I try, but the iPad never finds the Mac.

    I've tried:
    - rebooting both devices several times
    - tested both 'contacts only' and 'everyone' settings in all combinations
    - logged out of and back in to iCloud on both devices
    - logged in as both my @gmail and @me addresses in iCloud on the Mac
    - had mobile LTE on and off for the iPad, with internet sharing on and off
    - internet connection on and off going into the MBP
    - looked for all possible updates
    - tested sharing from various apps on the iPad
    - firewall on and off on the Mac
    - logged in as my mother on the Mac, so that both devices were logged in on the same iCloud account

    Must be a bug.
     
  14. Vegasryn macrumors 6502

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    You're sure that you're opening airdrop in a Finder window right?
     
  15. sviato thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I ended up logging out/into iCloud and restarting both devices then pairing them through Bluetooth and now it works.
     
  16. Oohara macrumors 68020

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    Yeah I tried that too thanks, forgot to add it to the list.
     
  17. creativedogmedia macrumors 65816

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    Once you send something via Airdrop (say iPhone to iPhone) how do you pull what was sent back up? Meaning, where does it go?
     
  18. Oohara macrumors 68020

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    Update: I got it to work.

    My Mac found the iPad the second I went into Sharing > Bluetooth Sharing > Bluetooth Preferences. I didn't even have to change any settings. My guess is that the iPad finally saw the Mac when the Mac pinged the iPad to update the 'Devices' list.

    Eventually though I had to turn on Bluetooth Sharing (When receiving items: Never Allow/When other devices browse: Never Allow) to get the connection to work without opening Bluetooth Settings each time.

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    You have to choose a compatible app to open the file in, and then save the file in that app.
     
  19. LV426 macrumors 6502a

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    I did this too.

    However... I have subsequently removed all Bluetooth pairings, AND turned off Personal Hotspot on the iPhone (leaving Bluetooth turned on).

    It's now more reliable.

    It might seem counter-intuitive, but you don't need Bluetooth pairing or Personal Hotspot turned on to do this stuff. In fact, it's better with Personal Hotspot turned off. It was a bit hit & miss before whether the iPhone would show up as an Instant Hotspot (in Yosemite or iPad Air 2). Now, when I get a decent enough signal it shows up pretty reliably as an Instant Hotspot.
     
  20. DJTaurus macrumors 65816

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    Airdrop finally worked after the 8.1 update...... but only if i set contacts to everyone and the only minor problem is that it delays a little bit to find my Mac.
     
  21. sviato thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Ahh, I actually removed all other pairings as well - didn't even think it might've mattered.
     

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