Airdrop not working on iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by LRussoPhoto, Apr 4, 2015.

  1. LRussoPhoto macrumors newbie

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    My daughter just showed my the airdrop feature, better late then never I guess. Be that as it may, airdrop is working with all my devices except my iMac. Any idea why? On my macbook when i click airdrop in finder at the bottom is shows the 'allow me to be discovered by option" but on my iMac it just says "to share with someone using a mac, ask them to go to airdrop in finder" why am i not getting the option to choose to to allow to discover me?
     
  2. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

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    What version(s) of OS X are you running on your Macs, and what are the models and years?

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203106
    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202267
     
  3. LRussoPhoto thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. andy9l macrumors 68000

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    Your MacBook is presumably newer than the iMac, correct?

    Assuming so, the MacBook uses Bluetooth LE to discover other Macs, but your iMac does not have Bluetooth LE. There should be an option on newer machines (ie. your MacBook) to 'Search for an older Mac', or something along those lines, on the Airdrop tab in Finder. This should resolve your issue.

    Your iMac is already discoverable, just not via Bluetooth LE.
     
  5. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

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    I just checked on a mid-2011 iMac (nice coincidence)... What you're seeing is normal for a pre-2012 Mac.

    Are you seeing the MacBook when you're in AirDrop on the iMac (or vice versa)? If not, have you clicked the "Don't see who you're looking for?" link in AirDrop on the MacBook, and then clicked "Search for older Mac"?

    For machines of that vintage, AirDrop does not work between iOS devices and Macs. Further, If a pre-2012 Mac is connected to a 2012 or later Mac via AirDrop, you will not see iOS devices in AirDrop on the newer machine - it's an either/or situation (either connect to the older Mac, or connect to iOS and newer Macs).
     

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