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  1. Contra1971, Jul 11, 2017
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    I bought a mid 2011 Mac mini recently and upgraded from 2 gig RAM to 8 GiG Ram

    wow, this is not just more RAM but faster too, the other was 1333, this is 1600

    the 8 gig is huge difference



    my question is should I be able to share with my iPhone 7 (AirDrop)?

    it is "AirDrop Everyone" on my phone but how do I turn it on with my Mac?
    and on my Mac Mini it says it has the feature
    but it wont recognize my phone
     
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    maybe it depends on which wifi card is installed.

    is it replaceable in a mini?

    I know I need to change card in my imac to get air drop to work but do not care for it so will not swap my card
     
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    ok, I understand, but I think in my case I may need to activate it, when I open the "Finder Menu"
    it is at the top "AirDrop"
    the article states that it wont even show if it is not available...
    but mine doesn't have the "buttons" or Text, at the bottom that will allow me to activate it
    however if i right click on it and go to "GetInfo"
    it says LOCKED, i think I just need to activate it right?

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  7. Dave H, Jul 12, 2017
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    I don't have a second Apple device to verify that it's really working, but after reading https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203106, I tried turning on the built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth together on our 2011 Mini, then turning them off again. Now when I open an Airdrop window, there is a button at the bottom of it that says "turn on Wi-Fi" (wasn't there before, and no errors when I click on it). Also, the system information now says Airdrop is supported. It had said "unsupported" before.
     
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    Mine has both Bluetooth and Wife turned on and still wont shoe the buttons, unless it is broken I dont see why
     
  11. Dave H, Jul 12, 2017
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    The button appeared after I turned WiFi and Bluetooth back off again, then tried Airdrop.
     
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    i tried turning them both ff then back on again




    no luck
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    if I turn off wifi and go to Airdrop it asks me to turn on Wifi
     
  14. campyguy macrumors 68030

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    In my company we bought a few 2011s and tore one apart (didn't know about iFixit at the time) and brought them back, the 2012 units were just issued and bought several of them.

    The AirPort/BT card is replaceable and several components were updated in the 2012. Check the iFixit teardowns for both units and you'll see the differences in the two boards. What I do know is that I can't find a replacement for my 2012 Minis aside from the occasional used units on eBay and I do not know is whether the boards are interchangeable. That's all I know about this. Cheers.
     
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    To get air drop to work on my 2007 imac I know I need to swap out the wifi/bluetooth cards.

    maybe same is true for OP?
    I know when I upgraded my friends 2007 imac to sierra with the patcher wifi stopped working and had to swap out wifi card.

    I'm far from mac techie and am only picking up as I go
     
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    You can try, if it works with an 3rd party USB Bluetooth 4.x
     

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