How to Open Airdrop on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

If you are a Mac user, you might be familiar with Airdrop. Airdrop is a handy feature that allows you to wirelessly share files between Macs and iOS devices. In this tutorial, we will guide you on how to open Airdrop on your Mac.

Step 1: Accessing the Finder

To open Airdrop, start by accessing the Finder. The Finder is your gateway to all the files and applications on your Mac. You can easily access the Finder by clicking on the smiling face icon located in your Dock.

Step 2: Opening Airdrop

Once you have opened the Finder, look for “Airdrop” in the left sidebar. It should be listed under “Favorites.” Click on it to open Airdrop.


Make sure that both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are turned on for Airdrop to work properly.

Step 3: Configuring Airdrop Settings (Optional)

By default, Airdrop is set to allow file sharing from “Contacts Only.” This means that only people in your Contacts list will be able to see and send files to your Mac. If you want to change this setting, click on “Allow me to be discovered by” at the bottom of the Airdrop window.

  • Contacts Only: This option restricts file sharing only to people in your Contacts list.
  • Everyone: Choosing this option will allow anyone nearby with an Apple device and Airdrop enabled to send files to your Mac.
  • No One: This option disables file sharing through Airdrop completely.

Step 4: Sending or Receiving Files

Now that you have successfully opened Airdrop, you can start sending or receiving files. To send a file, simply drag and drop it onto the recipient’s icon in the Airdrop window. To receive a file, accept the incoming file transfer request that appears on your screen.

Step 5: Closing Airdrop

When you are done using Airdrop, you can close it by either clicking on the “X” button at the top left corner of the Airdrop window or by pressing Command + W on your keyboard.

That’s it! You now know how to open and use Airdrop on your Mac.

With Airdrop, sharing files between devices has never been easier. Whether you need to send photos, documents, or any other file type, Airdrop simplifies the process and eliminates the need for cables or external storage devices.

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