Airdrop Over Wifi

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by kalexn, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. kalexn macrumors 6502

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    So I looked to see if this had been asked but could not find it. I had read you could use Airdrop over wifi but the tests we have done always have us turning on Bluetooth. Obviously I am trying to conserve battery life as I do think it is draining faster now. Any ideas? Thanks!!
     
  2. matttye macrumors 601

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    AirDrop uses wifi direct and Bluetooth in conjunction. I think it uses BLE (Bluetooth low energy) to find airdrop users and wifi direct to actually connect and send files.
     
  3. doasis23 macrumors regular

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    I understand Wi FI has to be turned on but do you actually need to be connected to WI FI for the transfer to work?
     
  4. benji888 macrumors 65816

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    AirDrop needs wifi & bluetooth to both be turned on, but, no, you do not need to be connected to a wifi network, it can share via bluetooth between two iOS 7 devices that have this feature.

    ("AirDrop is available on iPhone 5 or later, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation) and requires an iCloud account." (footnotes here: http://www.apple.com/ios/whats-new/)) ...this is a hardware limitation, the wifi/bluetooth hardware in older idevices are not compatible with the tech.
     
  5. Matt-Man-Plus macrumors regular

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    Any reason why I can only see my wife's phone when I have it set to "everyone" but can't see it when it's set to "contacts only"? I have her as a contact and all of her info is in there.
     

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