AirDrop Not Working on MBP

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by ourcore, Oct 18, 2014.

  1. ourcore macrumors regular

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    Hey, guys,

    I've updated to Yosemite on my late 2011 MBP, but it can't seem to detect other devices. I've enabled Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but the AirDrop section in Finder just says "AirDrop lets you share instantly with people nearby..." -- it doesn't even let me toggle its visibility. Both my iPhone 6 and iPad mini are running iOS 8.0.2 with AirDrop enable for everyone. I'm really not sure what else I need to enable. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. laflores macrumors regular

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    As long as I understand, iDrop between Macs and iOS devices require Bluetooth 4, and your MBP has an older version.
     
  3. ourcore thread starter macrumors regular

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    I think you're thinking of Handoff and/or Instant Hotspot. My MacBook is supported: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6510
     
  4. Abazigal macrumors 604

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    Try logging out of iCloud for all your devices, then logging in again. If it still doesn't work, reset your iPhone.

    I had a similar issue, where I could airdrop from my macbook air to my iPhone, but not the other way around. Signing in and out of iCloud did the trick.
     
  5. definitive macrumors 68000

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    it looks like newer macs (2012+) require bluetooth to be turned on in order for airdrop to work. if you're trying to connect to an older mac with airdrop, there's a little link under the airdrop icon in the window, which asks you to search for older systems. when you click it, it should show you the old mac, and then you can transfer files.
     
  6. ourcore thread starter macrumors regular

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    Tried, but still the same.

    This is all I see when trying to find my iPhone and iPad:[​IMG]
     
  7. xanadeath, Oct 18, 2014
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    xanadeath macrumors 6502

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    Only 2012 and newer models are capable of airdropping with iPhones. This is supported by a sentence in the Apple support article you posted earlier in the thread stating "If a Mac you're using with AirDrop was manufactured before 2012, you can send and receive files with other Mac computers." This implies incompatibility with iPhones for airdrop if your computer is a 2011 model. Your MacBook Pro does not have the version of bluetooth required for AirDrop compatibility.

    Also from the article: "In order to transfer files between a Mac and and an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, your iOS device needs iOS 7 or later installed and your Mac needs to be a 2012 or later model."
     
  8. ourcore thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's a shame. I might have to replace the AirPort/Bluetooth card
     
  9. Abazigal macrumors 604

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    Would that work? Apple could have simply coded Airdrop to recognise devices by model number, rather than by specs (since they only make so many models). In this case, adding a bluetooth dongle or module may not work either.
     
  10. xanadeath macrumors 6502

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    Just be careful lol!
     
  11. awests macrumors regular

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    I've been having to same issue as you, just ordered a new airport card so I can finally get this working.
     
  12. ourcore, Oct 18, 2014
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    ourcore thread starter macrumors regular

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    It's a possibility, but I've seen several people opting to replace the card.

    Awesome. Can you let me know which card you got and if it ends up working?

    EDIT: Looks like it does work using a 2012 MBP card: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1747240
     

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