How to Enable Airdrop on iPhone

Alicia Santos

iPhone, Tutorials

Are you tired of transferring files between your iPhone and other Apple devices using cables or other third-party apps? Well, there’s a much easier way to do it – by using AirDrop!

AirDrop is a built-in feature on iOS devices that allows you to wirelessly share files with nearby Apple devices. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to enable AirDrop on your iPhone so you can start sharing files hassle-free.

Step 1: Access the Control Center

The first step is to access the Control Center on your iPhone. To do this, simply swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen (or swipe up from the bottom if you have an older iPhone model) to reveal the Control Center.

Step 2: Enable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

In order for AirDrop to work properly, both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth need to be enabled on your iPhone. To enable Wi-Fi, tap on the Wi-Fi icon in the Control Center and make sure it’s turned on (the icon should be highlighted in blue). Similarly, tap on the Bluetooth icon and ensure that it’s turned on as well.


Keep in mind that AirDrop uses both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to establish a connection with other Apple devices nearby. Therefore, make sure that both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are enabled before proceeding further.

Step 3: Open AirDrop Settings

Now that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are enabled, it’s time to open the AirDrop settings. To do this, press firmly (or long-press) on the network settings card in the Control Center. This will bring up additional options related to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and AirDrop.


The steps mentioned here may vary slightly depending on the iPhone model you’re using. On some models, you may need to long-press the network settings card, while on others, a force touch gesture is required.

Step 4: Choose AirDrop Visibility

Upon opening the AirDrop settings, you’ll see three options for AirDrop visibility: “Receiving Off”, “Contacts Only”, and “Everyone”. Here’s what each option means:

  • Receiving Off: This option disables AirDrop completely and prevents any device from sending files to your iPhone.
  • Contacts Only: With this option selected, only people in your contacts list will be able to see your iPhone in their AirDrop list and send you files.
  • Everyone: If you choose this option, any nearby Apple device with AirDrop enabled can see your iPhone and send you files.

Select the option that best suits your needs. For most users, “Contacts Only” provides a good balance between security and convenience.

Step 5: Enable AirDrop

Once you’ve chosen the desired AirDrop visibility option, simply tap on it to enable AirDrop. A checkmark will appear next to the selected option indicating that AirDrop is now enabled on your iPhone.


If you choose “Contacts Only” as your visibility option, make sure that the person sending you files is in your contacts list. Similarly, if you select “Everyone”, exercise caution when receiving files from unknown devices.

You’re all set!

Congratulations! You’ve successfully enabled AirDrop on your iPhone. Now you can easily share photos, videos, documents, and other files with nearby Apple devices without the need for cables or additional apps.

Remember to keep your iPhone’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled whenever you want to use AirDrop. You can always revisit the AirDrop settings in the Control Center to change your visibility options or disable AirDrop if needed.

Happy sharing!

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