Airdrop not working since getting new iPhone X

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by jw2002, Jan 1, 2018.

  1. jw2002, Jan 1, 2018
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2018

    jw2002 macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2008
    Airdrop used to work fine between my iPhone 6 and Mac OS X running El Capitan. However, I am unable to establish a connection at all using my new iPhone X. I have tried signing in and out of iCloud, hard reset of the iPhone, made sure that my devices are discoverable by Everyone, bluetooth on, wifi on, personal hotspot off, etc.

    Yet when I try to share a photo from the iPhone via Airdrop, all it shows is that message "Airdrop. Share instantly with people nearby. If they turn on AiDrop from Control Center on iOS or from Finder on the Mac, you'll see their names here. Just tap to share." I have tapped dozens of times. No devices are ever showing up. It has been this way since day one of owning an iPhone X.

    What am I missing here? This used to be so easy.
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    Okay, I went into control center (by swiping down from the top left corner). Then I 3D touched on the network settings (upper left group of 4 icons). This brought up a screen showing several settings, including the fact that Airdrop is set to Everyone. I set it to Receiving Off and then back to Everyone. That seems to have fixed it.
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    Now I am trying to share a 2nd photo. Airdrop on the iPhone no longer sees the mac again. This function is extremely inconsistent now. I gave up and just emailed it to myself. Airdrop is too broken.
  2. TonyC28 macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2009
    I have found Airdrop to be pretty inconsistent. I have an 8 and my wife has a 7. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I can't figure out why.
  3. DblHelix macrumors 6502

    Mar 19, 2009
    Worked fine for me getting some photos sent to my x a few days ago
  4. Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    Los Angeles
    Try restarting your WiFi router. I know it sounds like it's not related but I had a buddy with the same problem and for some reason that fixed it.
  5. bigdogn12 macrumors member

    Jun 1, 2011
    Just to add to this thread, iPhone 8 plus having pretty inconsistent results airdropping to iMac with El Capitan. iPhone 6s plus on iOS 10 before was 100% consistent and reliable.

    iPhone 8 plus is connecting fine to MBP 15 2016 though, on OSX Sierra. May be an OSX compatibility issue with iOS 11?
  6. MJMoon321 macrumors newbie


    Feb 22, 2018
    I am having the same problem ever since getting my iPhone X and I am so frustrated by this. I had no problem with my iPhone 6 sending to and from my macbook. I've tried everything offered online to fix this, but it's nothing. I am afraid I will have to replace this phone. Did you ever find a solution?
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    I FINALLY figured it out! We have to remove our old iPhone from the devices under our Apple ID. To do this on your new phone go to settings>Apple ID>click on your old phone at the bottom>then click "remove from account". Now my airdrop works between my iPhone X and macbook! Amen

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