How to Receive Airdrop on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Welcome to this tutorial on how to receive airdrops on your Mac! Airdrops are a convenient way to quickly transfer files between Apple devices. In this guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of receiving airdrops on your Mac.

Step 1: Check Compatibility

Before you get started, make sure your Mac is compatible with airdrop. Airdrop requires Macs introduced in 2012 or later and running OS X Yosemite or later. To check your compatibility, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen.

  2. Select ‘About This Mac’ from the dropdown menu.

  3. A window will appear showing your Mac’s model and operating system version. Make sure your Mac meets the requirements mentioned earlier.

Step 2: Enable Airdrop

Once you’ve confirmed compatibility, it’s time to enable airdrop on your Mac. Here’s how:

  1. Open Finder by clicking on its icon in the dock.

  2. In the menu bar at the top of the screen, click on ‘Go’, then select ‘AirDrop’ from the dropdown menu.

  3. A window will open with options for airdrop settings. Choose whether you want to receive airdrops from contacts only or from everyone.

Note: For airdropping between iOS devices and Macs, make sure both devices are signed in to iCloud using the same Apple ID.

Step 3: Receive an Airdrop

Now that you have airdrop enabled, let’s learn how to receive files:

  1. Keep the ‘AirDrop’ window open on your Mac.

  2. On the sending device, open the app or file you want to airdrop.

  3. Look for the share button within the app or file. The share button is usually represented by a square with an arrow pointing upward.

  4. Click on the share button and select ‘AirDrop’ from the sharing options.

  5. Your Mac will scan for nearby devices with airdrop enabled.

    When your Mac appears as an option, click on it.

  6. A notification will appear on your Mac asking if you want to accept the airdrop. Click ‘Accept’ to receive the file.


If you encounter any issues while receiving airdrops, try these troubleshooting steps:

  • Make sure both devices are within Bluetooth and Wi-Fi range of each other.
  • If your Mac is not visible in the AirDrop window on the sending device, check that both devices are signed in to iCloud using the same Apple ID and have airdrop enabled.
  • If you’re still having trouble, restart both devices and try again.

Congratulations! You now know how to receive airdrops on your Mac. Enjoy seamless file transfers between your Apple devices!

I hope this tutorial was helpful in guiding you through the process of receiving airdrops on your Mac. Remember to check compatibility, enable airdrop, and follow the steps for receiving files. Happy airdropping!

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