Airdrop rarely works

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by tiger2, Jun 2, 2015.

  1. tiger2 macrumors member

    Sep 8, 2012
    I can count on one hand the number of times airdrop has worked for me.

    Between iPhone 6 and 6+
    Between iPhone 6 and MacBook Pro
    Between iPhone 6+ and MacBook Pro
    Between all of the above and iPad Air 2

    It works one out of 20+ times. All devices are on the same network. Airdrop set to contacts only, but if I try everyone it still rarely works. Bluetooth is on.

    Very frustrating.

    Anything I may be missing as far as setup?

  2. adamhenry macrumors 65816


    Jan 1, 2015
    On the Beach
  3. I7guy macrumors P6

    Nov 30, 2013
    Looking at Central Park@550 feet
    When I airdrop I have the target set the contacts to everyone. It rarely does not work for me. Once or twice I had to reboot both phones, but usually works on the first attempt.
  4. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    I will say it works about 50% of the time for me. Which is irritating, because the time spent troubleshooting it when it fails could be time spent, say, emailing the photos to myself directly.
  5. Hermes Monster macrumors 65816

    Hermes Monster

    May 4, 2010
    I have the same issue with iPhone to iPhone, very rarely works and if it does it takes so long that I could have just emailed or iMessage'd them.

    It's shame, because it's really an excellent feature, but one that I've pretty much given up on

    By the way, mac to mac (when I had two) always worked seemlessly - uh
  6. Will22 macrumors 65816


    Dec 4, 2011
    I am the same between my iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 and even asked in the Apple Store where I was told that it will get improved in iOS9 which going by the people I have dealt with in the Solihull Apple Store is just a cop out. The word genius is not what I would use to describe them, more like muppets.

    Of course there would be no need for AirDrop if they let us just use Bluetooth.
  7. gsmornot macrumors 68030


    Sep 29, 2014
    I find it to be very good. I use it here between my devices and kids devices. It sends photos and videos at full resolution versus sending as a message and its fast. I do have to set the receiver to all contacts but past that I get a send failure maybe 1 out of 10 or less and when that happens I just hit cancel and send again and its gone. I have other issues with iOS (bluetooth in the car) but this feature works fine for me.
  8. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    It's very disheartening that Apple can't get this to "just work". I've literally sent someone a picture with AirDrop and then 3 minutes later tried to send another & it didn't even find the person (same exact conditions). So like everyone else, I just end using iMessage.
  9. perkedel macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2014
    I agree, I've had my ip6+ to another 5s, or 5, or another 6 / 6+, it's not 100% reliable, lot of times when airdrop is already enabled for everyone. I don't know what the conditions needed, bluetooth/wifi are already on. it's a great concept, and when it works, it's fast. it's just that it's not 100% reliable, hell, it's not even 50% reliable every time i need to send someone a picture.
  10. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    i gave up on this and hand off. it just never works reliable.
  11. tiger2 thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 8, 2012
    Thanks for all the replies. I wish I could take some comfort in knowing others have the same issue, but like someone said, I don't understand why it can't 'just work".

    I have been an Apple user for almost 30 years and sometimes I think issues like this are much more common. I'd prefer they didn't put out major OS updates every year and concentrate on fixing things like this.

    The last desktop update finally fixed a 2 year old problem with my MacBook Pro where it would sometimes lose its wifi connection and need a restart when it went to sleep.
  12. mattboner macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2014
    Just turn off/on airdrop again if doesn't work. This works every time. No problems here with the airdrop
  13. Will22 macrumors 65816


    Dec 4, 2011

    Yeah considering how few features Apple have on their iPhone/iPad that they could get it right. I suppose we can hope.
  14. I7guy macrumors P6

    Nov 30, 2013
    Looking at Central Park@550 feet
    Sure apple has practically no features on their phones. I've never heard of anybody using them other than for making phone calls. My old LG Envy has more features than my iphone 6.
  15. prosopopeia2112 macrumors newbie


    Aug 4, 2016
    Champaign, IL
    Here we are at the start of 2017. I have a new MacBook Pro, a MacBook Air, and an iMac, plus a plethora of iDevices. AirDrop works about 25% of the time, even if I am transferring from a brand-new iPhone to the latest laptop. If I wait, it might show up. It might not. Toggle on and off (AirDrop, Bluetooth, WiFi, the phone, the laptop): might work, usually does nothing. As others have pointed out, even when a connection is well established, it may vanish 30 seconds later, not to re-appear for a minute, an hour, a day or a week. It feels literally random, except that if it were random, it would work 50% of the time.
  16. steve knight macrumors 68020

    steve knight

    Jan 28, 2009
    my 7 would no do airdrop at all after I restored it when I first got it. HI had to reset it then it worked. airdrop can really be flaky.

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