Airdrop woes

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by SWD, Apr 1, 2015.

  1. SWD macrumors member

    May 3, 2011
    For starters, I've learned that Airdrop is wifi only. I'm sure for reasons I don't fully understand, but frustrating if you have 30 gb of files to move and you want a more reliable connection. I suppose it's in the name, but still.

    Also when moving these large files, it will just stop maybe half way through, with a dialogue saying receiving Mac canceled. I'm using caffeine, so nothing goes to sleep. I remember in the past the receiving machine had to a approve the transfer, maybe that was mavericks, that doesn't seem to be the case this time.

    What the heck is going on? How can I reliably transfer files?
  2. rctlr macrumors 6502a


    May 9, 2012
    Between to machines on the same network?

    Share them with "File Sharing" in "Sharing" in System Properties.

    Certainly more reliable than AirDrop
  3. JoeFkling macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2013
    If you can do a direct connect via TB or firewire. Then do TDM on the machine to transfer from and copy files. Much faster than airdrop. Airdrop isnt for long messages. Its like the twitter of file transfer, short and quick.
  4. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

    Aug 24, 2013
    Far from here
  5. SWD thread starter macrumors member

    May 3, 2011
    Thanks for the reminder about file sharing. It worked well. I'll have to figure out how to tweak the settings so it's not open to the public, but I should be ok for now.

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