How to Airdrop to Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Welcome to this tutorial on how to Airdrop files to your Mac! Airdrop is a convenient feature available on Apple devices that allows you to wirelessly transfer files between compatible devices. In this guide, we will walk you through the steps of using Airdrop on your Mac.

Step 1: Enable Airdrop

To begin, make sure that both the sending and receiving devices have Airdrop enabled. On your Mac, open the Finder by clicking on the blue face icon in your dock. From the menu bar, select “Go” and then “Airdrop”.

Note: Airdrop requires both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to be turned on. Ensure that they are enabled before proceeding.

Step 2: Set Airdrop Preferences

Once you are in the Airdrop window, you can customize your preferences by clicking on “Allow me to be discovered by” option at the bottom of the window. Here, you can choose between “Contacts Only” or “Everyone”. The former limits Airdropping only to people in your contacts list, while the latter allows any nearby device to discover and send files to your Mac.


  • If you frequently use Airdrop with specific people, it’s recommended to set it to “Contacts Only” for added privacy.
  • If you want maximum flexibility for receiving files from anyone nearby, select “Everyone”.

Step 3: Sending Files via Airdrop

To send a file from another Apple device (e.g., iPhone or iPad) to your Mac using Airdrop, follow these steps:

  1. Open the file or document that you want to send on your iOS device.
  2. Look for the “Share” button, usually represented by a square with an arrow pointing upwards.
  3. Tap on the “Share” button and select the Airdrop option.
  4. A list of available devices will appear. Tap on your Mac’s name to initiate the transfer.
  5. On your Mac, a notification will pop up asking if you want to accept the file. Click “Accept”.

Step 4: Receiving Files via Airdrop

To receive files on your Mac using Airdrop, simply follow these steps:

  1. Ensure that Airdrop is enabled on your Mac (as explained in Step 1).
  2. On the sending device, open the file that you want to send via Airdrop.
  3. Tap on the “Share” button and select Airdrop from the options available.
  4. A list of nearby devices will appear.
  5. A notification will appear on your Mac asking if you want to accept the file.

Note: The transferred files will be saved in your Downloads folder by default. You can access them by opening Finder and navigating to Downloads.

In Conclusion

Airdrop is a fantastic feature for quickly and wirelessly transferring files between Apple devices. By following these simple steps, you can easily send and receive files via Airdrop on your Mac. Enjoy seamless file sharing!

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