MBP: Can't Get Airdrop to Work

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  1. Hrothgar macrumors 6502

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    I'm on a late 2011 15" MBP, running the latest version of El Capitan.
    I'm trying to Airdrop a video from my iPhone to my Mac.
    In Finder, if I click on Airdrop, a window opens showing the Airdrop icon, but it doesn't see my iPhone (both devices have wifi and bluetooth on).
    I right click Airdrop on the left bar, and click "Get Info." The "Airdrop Info" window opens. Under "More Info," it says "Fetching" and the wheel keeps spinning -- it seems to be stuck Under General, it says, "Kind:Airdrop", and the "locked" box is unchecked.

    I don't see any box for "Allow Me To Be Discovered" or "Friends Only," etc.

    Any ideas?

    Also -- why don't my videos transfer automatically from my iPhone to Photos? Is that a setting in Photos I can't find?
     
  2. adamhenry macrumors 65816

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  3. asv56kx3088 macrumors 6502

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    I have a 2015 Air which had a failed Airdrop too, the OS running on my mac is 10.11.3, it can't search my iPhone on 9.3 beta 6 (same on the reverse case).
     
  4. adamhenry macrumors 65816

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    If you have a question about your situation, you should start a separate thread.
     
  5. asv56kx3088 macrumors 6502

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    I don't see the problem of this. The topic is "can't get airdrop to work".
     
  6. adamhenry macrumors 65816

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    If the advice for your situation is the same as the advice for the OP, there is no problem. If it is different then it can get confusing. Instead of hijacking a thread, why not start your own?
     
  7. Fancuku macrumors 6502a

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    Airdrop is not always reliable. It's a shame because the transfer speed is so much faster than when using Bluetooth.
     
  8. lagwagon Suspended

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    Doesn't AirDrop use Bluetooth? So how is that possible it's faster?
     
  9. Fancuku macrumors 6502a

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    It uses bluetooth to find the device but the actual file transfer is done via Wifi direct. Try transferring the same file with AirDrop and then Bluetooth and see for yourself.
     
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    AirDrop uses Bluetooth to broadcast, discover and negotiate the connection but then uses LTE or wifi to do the transfer.

    So you're right that it can be faster but Bluetooth is still required to make it happen. (And why the OP can't do it on his 2011 MBP. Requires a version of Bluetooth that is only in 2012 and up machines.)
     
  11. simon lefisch macrumors 6502a

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    If you're willing, you can purchase a BT 4.0 card and replace the original one in your MBP. You'd then have to run the CAT app for it to work (I have done this on my 2011 MBP and works perfect).

    Or, you can use a dongle but would still have to modify kexts.
     
  12. Abazigal macrumors 604

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    Airdrop has been extremely unreliable for me as well. It's still tolerable between iOS devices, but between iOS and Mac devices is really hit and miss.

    You may want to consider a 3rd party app like Instashare if you find yourself passing files around this way on a regular basis.
     
  13. ielessar macrumors regular

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    I have a late 2014 rMBP. From iPhone to the Mac, it always works. However, from Mac to iPhone almost never works. I don't know why.
     
  14. AlexH macrumors 68000

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    I was just searching the forums for a solution to this issue. My devices work exactly as you described, it works from iPhone > Mac, but not Mac > iPhone (or iPad in my case). Very frustrating, because when it works it's great.
     
  15. ielessar macrumors regular

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    I was afraid that my jailbroken iPhone was the culprit. But I tried with another non-jailbroken iPhone, still doesn't work as it should.

    Too bad. I hope this is fixed in iOS 9.3
     
  16. groovyf macrumors 6502

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    This is interesting... as I've wanted to AirDrop between my iPhone 6 and MacBook Air (2011), but nothing shows up for either device, yet I'm certain I've had it working between these two devices before!
    I appreciate it may be to do with the BT in the device not supporting Handover, etc (and I have used the Continuity Activation tool before also).
    Maybe now I've upgraded to 10.11.4 I need to reapply the Continuity tool again.
     
  17. simon lefisch macrumors 6502a

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    Typically you have to reapply CAT after an update. You can check by going to System Preferences>General and see if the option "Allow Handoff" is present. If not, then you need to reapply CAT.
     
  18. groovyf macrumors 6502

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    Figured as much, thanks for confirming.
    Happy to report reapplying CAT has got my 2011 Air and iPhone 6 seeing each other again via AirDrop (and given me Handover functionality again).
     

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