How to Add an AirDrop Shortcut to Your Mac's Dock

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    Apple's AirDrop feature lets you wirelessly send and receive files between nearby Macs as well as to and from local iOS devices. It's usually accessed from the sidebar of an open Finder Window (or using the Command + Shift + R keyboard shortcut within Finder), but here we're going to share with you a trick that enables you to launch AirDrop straight from your Mac's Dock.

    Having the AirDrop shortcut in your Dock will allow you to access it from any screen, regardless of the application you're using, and without having to open a Finder window first. Regular AirDrop users in particular should appreciate the convenience it provides.


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    Article Link: How to Add an AirDrop Shortcut to Your Mac's Dock
     
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  3. pete2106 macrumors regular

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    I wouldn't have thought so. Probably just a shortcut to the AirDrop section of the finder.
     
  4. rubberfish macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the tip. I share files back and forth with my iPad all the time.
     
  5. pete2106 macrumors regular

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    Same, I share mostly photos from my iPhone to my iMac but I ethernet the iMac to the router so it's a pain having to turn the WiFi on and off every time I want to share a file.
     
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    I haven’t tried to use Airdrop in quite some time because I always had trouble connecting. I don’t know if it was the device I was trying to send from (usually my iPhone) or the devices I was trying to send a file to (usually pictures, sometimes a video) but it wasn’t reliable for me. Something wouldn’t work and I had no indication of what one side or the other, or both, didn’t like. This wasn’t 100% of the time but it was easily greater than 50%. I was either at home-so all the devices were on my home network or at a friends house/apartment where I had access to their WiFi. Bluetooth for all devices was on as well. Not sure what network Airdrop uses but it’s been years since I even bothered trying.
     
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    This is actually really useful for me. Thank you for this tip!

    AirDrop is one of macOS’ best features... (when it works)
     
  8. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    Not sure I understand how this streamlines workflow. Dragging a file to the dock seems like more work than just ctrl+click -> share -> airdrop. What am I missing?
     
  9. IVYHILL macrumors newbie

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    This would be really useful if you could just drop your file there and a pop up asked you who you wanted to send it to. And maybe a pop up after it's finished sending too. Hopefully they improve upon that with 10.14.
     
  10. unsharptooth macrumors newbie

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    Yu can select the files, right click > share > Airdrop. You’ll get a pop up listing nearby devices and progress when sending.
     
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    Thank you MacRumors, these tips articles are very helpful. :)
     
  12. J.Gallardo macrumors regular

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    Well..., at first I thought it could be a convenient way to share not just files. Airdropping an URL from Safari is easy, but not in other browsers.
    Then, I realized that it's as easy as dragging the selected URL to desktop; a file is created, and "right click/share" offers Airdrop. A selected text makes a clip when dragged off... and Airdrop is again easily to reach...
    So... I can't see a big gain neither, and I understand why the app is where it intendedly is.
     
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    If you're running Alfred (which you should because it's awesome), you just bring up the search window with your hotkey and type "airdrop" and hit return.
     
  15. Amiriteoramirite macrumors newbie

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    I agree with you. I just use two fingers on my touch pad when selecting a file, and Airdrop is one of my options. I see no reason whatsoever to add clutter to the Dock.
     
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    That's MacRumours!
     
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    It interrupts normal workflow. Plus, if you don't know the right shortcuts, good luck doing it at all.

    To put it another way, nothing is easier or more intuitive than drag and drop.
     
  19. Unggoy Murderer macrumors 6502

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    Receiving files. One-click access to the interface, rather than two (Finder > AirDrop in sidebar). Not much, but it's handy. :)
     
  20. rhoydotp macrumors 6502

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    100% agree with this! Most people just probably send and not receive files so it may not be that useful to them.
     
  21. Miguel Cunha macrumors 6502

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    I guess this is only available in 10.13.
    I'm running 10.11 and can't upgrade...:oops:
    Nice to know, though.
     
  22. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, it works on 10.11. From Use AirDrop to send content from your Mac:
     
  23. J.Gallardo macrumors regular

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    Sorry, but, going to the opening ...What about the other apps?
    (the screenshot also shows a shortcut to iCloud Drive in dock already)
     
  24. Seoras macrumors regular

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    I do. I'm always using AirDrop to quickly get things from my iPhone onto my iMac (usually photos).
    Airdrop has improved since release but sometimes the iPhone just doesn't see the Mac.
    If I open the airdrop folder on the Mac it seems to nudge it awake.
     

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