How to Accept Airdrop on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Do you own a Mac and want to know how to accept Airdrop files? Look no further!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of accepting Airdrop files on your Mac. So, let’s get started!

Step 1: Enable Airdrop

To begin, make sure Airdrop is enabled on your Mac. Open Finder by clicking on the blue smiley face icon located in your dock. Once Finder is open, navigate to the menu bar at the top of your screen and click on “Go”.

From the dropdown menu, select “Airdrop”.

A new window will open, displaying all available devices nearby that are using Airdrop. If Airdrop is not already enabled, you will see a message prompting you to turn it on. Simply click on “Turn On” to enable Airdrop.

Step 2: Adjust Airdrop Settings

After enabling Airdrop, you can adjust its settings according to your preferences. To do this, click on “Allow me to be discovered by” in the lower-left corner of the Airdrop window.

A dropdown menu will appear with three options: “Off”, “Contacts Only”, and “Everyone”.

Choose the option that suits your needs. Selecting “Contacts Only” restricts file sharing to only people in your contact list, while selecting “Everyone” allows any nearby device using Airdrop to discover and send files to your Mac.

Step 3: Accepting an Airdrop File

Now that you have enabled and configured Airdrop on your Mac, it’s time to accept an incoming file. When someone sends you a file via Airdrop, a notification will appear on your screen.

The notification will display the name and icon of the sender’s device, as well as the file name.

To accept the Airdrop file, simply click on the “Accept” button within the notification. Alternatively, you can also accept by opening Finder, selecting “Airdrop” from the sidebar, and clicking on the sender’s device icon. This will display a preview of the file along with an “Accept” button.

Step 4: Choose File Destination

After accepting an Airdrop file, a dialog box will appear asking you to choose a destination for saving the file. You can either choose an existing folder or create a new one by clicking on “New Folder”. Once you have selected or created a destination folder, click on “Save” to save the file to your Mac.

Step 5: Verify Successful Transfer

After saving the Airdrop file to your preferred location, it’s important to verify that the transfer was successful. Locate and open the file using Finder or any other appropriate application. Ensure that all content and data within the transferred file are intact and accessible.


  • Keep Airdrop Open: To increase your chances of successfully receiving Airdrop files, keep the Airdrop window open while waiting for transfers.
  • Proximity Matters: Make sure that your Mac is within close proximity to other devices using Airdrop. The optimal range for successful transfers is approximately 30 feet (10 meters).
  • Avoid Interference: Keep in mind that obstacles like walls and large objects can interfere with Airdrop connectivity. Try moving closer to the sender if you encounter any connection issues.

That’s it! You now know how to accept Airdrop files on your Mac.

With just a few simple steps, you can easily receive files from other Apple devices using Airdrop. Enjoy seamless file sharing and transfer convenience!

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