How-to: Easily send files from your iPhone to your Mac using AirDrop


As many of you know, iOS 7 brought in a whole slew of new features and design tweaks; one of those new features being AirDrop. The only thing about it was that you could only send files between iOS devices. Now with iOS 8, you can easily send files from your iPhone to your Mac, which comes in quite handy.

It’s simple to do, actually. Whether its a photo, video, Map location, or Safari link, with just a few taps you can quickly and easily send your files from your iPhone to your Mac.


To send a file to your Mac using AirDrop:

  1. Launch whatever app you want to share from.
  2. Select the item(s) you want to share.
  3. Tap on the Share button.
  4. Make sure AirDrop is enabled.
  5. Wait a few seconds for AirDrop to detect other devices within range.
  6. Tap the icon of the device you want to send to.
  7. Your file should automatically send.

To receive a file from your iPhone using AirDrop:

  1. Make sure AirDrop is enabled.
  2. Wait a few seconds for AirDrop to establish a connection.
  3. Tap on the Accept button.
  4. Your file should automatically save into your Downloads folder.

It’s that easy and simple to do and really comes in handy if you have files on your iPhone that you want to sent to your Mac. And of course, it works essentially the same between different iOS devices as well as sending files from your Mac to your iPhone.

Be sure to let me know what you guys think or ask me any question that you might have in the comments section down below. Also, give me a shout on Twitter – @malloriedeaton.

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  • tavortiz94

    this aint working on iphone 4s is it?

    • RedGeminiPA

      Does AirDrop work with iOS 7 between iOS devices? If not, I’d say no.

      I have a 5s, and I don’t remember if AirDrop is supported on the 4s.

      • Mallorie Deaton

        No, this feature only works with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.

        • RedGeminiPA

          I wasn’t referring to the AirDrop feature discussed in this article. I was referring to AirDrop between iOS devices. AirDrop debuted last year with iOS 7 between iOS devices. Do you not remember the part of WWDC ’13 when NFC was made fun of? No need to walk around tapping phones with AirDrop. AirDrop between iOS and Macs is new for iOS 8 and Yosemite…

    • Mallorie Deaton

      No, it only works with iPhone 5 and up.

  • Christian Freese

    Hi, thanks for the information!! Just one question, this only works between iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite right? If I have OS X Mavericks it won’t work?
    Thanks for your help!!!