How to Enable Airdrop on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Are you struggling to enable Airdrop on your Mac? Look no further!

In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of enabling Airdrop on your Mac. By the end of this tutorial, you’ll be ready to share files and photos seamlessly with other Apple devices.

Step 1: Check System Requirements

Before we dive into the enabling process, it’s essential to ensure that your Mac meets the necessary system requirements. Airdrop is compatible with Macs running OS X Yosemite (10.10) or later versions. If you have an older operating system, consider updating it to enjoy this convenient feature.

Step 2: Accessing Airdrop

To enable Airdrop, follow these simple steps:

  1. Click on the Finder icon located in your Dock (the bar at the bottom of your screen).

  2. In the Finder window, click on Airdrop from the left-hand sidebar.


If you cannot find Airdrop in the sidebar, it’s likely that your Mac does not meet the system requirements or that Airdrop is currently disabled. Continue reading for instructions on enabling it.

Step 3: Enabling Airdrop

If you have followed Step 2 and still can’t find Airdrop in the sidebar, it’s time to enable it using System Preferences:

  1. Click on the Apple menu () located in the top-left corner of your screen.

  2. Select System Preferences from the dropdown menu.

  3. In the System Preferences window, click on General.

  4. Ensure that the option “Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices” is checked. If it’s already checked, try unchecking and rechecking it.

Step 4: Restarting Finder

To ensure that Airdrop is fully enabled, you may need to restart Finder:

  1. Click on the Apple menu () located in the top-left corner of your screen.

  2. Select Force Quit.. from the dropdown menu.

  3. In the Force Quit Applications window, select Finder.

  4. Click on the “Relaunch” button.

Congratulations! Airdrop Enabled!

You have successfully enabled Airdrop on your Mac.

Now you can effortlessly share files, photos, and more with other Apple devices that support Airdrop. Simply drag and drop files onto other devices listed in your Airdrop window to begin sharing!

If you encounter any issues or have further questions about using Airdrop on your Mac, refer to Apple’s official support documentation or reach out to their customer support for assistance. Happy file sharing!

We hope this guide was helpful in enabling Airdrop on your Mac. Stay tuned for more informative tutorials!

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