Airdrop Over Wifi

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

  1. kalexn macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2012
    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

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
    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


    Aug 23, 2012
    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 68000


    Sep 27, 2006
    United States
    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: ...this is a hardware limitation, the wifi/bluetooth hardware in older idevices are not compatible with the tech.
  5. Matt-Man-Plus macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2008
    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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