How to Air Drop on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of emailing files to yourself or using external drives to transfer files between your Mac devices? Look no further!

Apple’s AirDrop feature allows you to wirelessly share files, photos, and more, effortlessly. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps of how to AirDrop on Mac.

Step 1: Enable AirDrop

To begin, ensure that both the sending and receiving devices have AirDrop enabled. Open the Finder on your Mac by clicking on the smiling face icon located at the bottom left corner of your screen. Alternatively, you can press Command + Space to open Spotlight Search and type in “Finder”.

In the Finder window, click on “Go” in the menu bar at the top of your screen. From the drop-down menu, select “AirDrop”. This will open a new window displaying nearby devices that are available for AirDrop.

Step 2: Adjust AirDrop Settings

By default, AirDrop allows you to receive files from contacts only. However, you can customize this setting according to your preferences. To do this:

  • Open System Preferences: Click on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences”.
  • Select Security & Privacy: In the System Preferences window, click on “Security & Privacy”.
  • Navigate to General Settings: Under the General tab, click on the lock icon located at the bottom left corner of your screen and enter your password.
  • Change AirDrop settings: Once unlocked, select an option from the “Allow me to be discovered by” dropdown menu. You can choose between “No one”, “Contacts Only”, or “Everyone”.

Step 3: Send Files via AirDrop

To send a file using AirDrop, follow these simple steps:

  1. Select the file(s): Locate the file you want to send and right-click on it. From the context menu, select “Share” > “AirDrop”. Alternatively, you can drag and drop the file onto the recipient’s device icon in the AirDrop window.
  2. Choose the recipient: In the AirDrop window that appears, you will see nearby devices with AirDrop enabled.

    Click on the desired recipient’s device icon. If their device is not visible, make sure their AirDrop settings are adjusted accordingly.

  3. Wait for acceptance: The recipient will receive a notification on their Mac asking whether they want to accept or decline your file transfer. Once they accept, the file will be sent wirelessly from your Mac to theirs.

Step 4: Receive Files via AirDrop

If someone wants to send you a file using AirDrop, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Accept incoming request: When someone tries to send you a file via AirDrop, a notification will appear on your Mac. Click on “Accept” to start receiving the file.
  2. Select download location: After accepting the file transfer, you will be prompted to choose where you want to save it on your Mac.

    Select the desired location and click on “Save”.

  3. Access the received file: Once the file transfer is complete, you can find the received file in the specified download location. You can now open, edit, or share it as needed.


Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to AirDrop on Mac.

With this simple and convenient feature, you can easily share files with your friends, colleagues, or other Apple devices without the need for physical connections or internet access. Enjoy seamless file sharing with AirDrop!

Remember to keep your AirDrop settings adjusted according to your privacy preferences and only accept files from trusted sources to ensure a secure experience.

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