AirDrop Not Working on iPhone? Try These Fixes!

The iPhone AirDrop lets you transfer files between iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Macs. It uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for the transfer process. If your AirDrop does not works appropriately, then here are some easy tricks for you that will fix your AirDrop.

Check that the AirDrop is compatible with your iPhone or iPad or not?

Many old version devices are not compatible with the AirDrop. Maybe your iPhone or iPad is not compatible with the AirDrop that’s why you’re facing the problem. AirDrop runs on iOS 7 or newer iOS version. So, make sure that your iPhone, iPad or iPod is running on iOS 7 or the newer version of iOS. If your device is, but still you’re having the issue, then below some tricks are given try them.

1.    Adjust AirDrop settings.

2.    Toggle radios.

3.    Update.

4.    Reset networks.

5.    Hard reset.

Adjusting AirDrop settings

There are three levels on AirDrop: Off, Everyone, and Contacts Only. Since Contacts only is the most complicated level from all, it requires verification. If you’re having trouble, then you can adjust the AirDrop settings to Everyone and try again.

Steps to adjust AirDrop settings:

1.    Open your iOS device settings.

2.    Then go to ‘General’ settings.

3.    Then go to ‘AirDrop.’

4.    And select ‘Everyone’ from the options.

The settings have changed, now try again. Maybe it will work, if it doesn’t then do a one more simple thing, disabling and enabling. You can also reboot your device and try again.

Toggle radios

If toggling and rebooting AirDrop doesn’t do anything, then you can try to toggle radios.

 Steps for iPhone or iPad:

1.    Open your iOS device settings.

2.    Go to ‘Wi-Fi’ settings.

3.    Turn Wi-Fi Off and On again.

4.    Now, go to ‘Bluetooth’ settings.’

5.    Turn Bluetooth off and On again.

Now, try again. Remember toggling Wi-Fi and Bluetooth from the control center doesn’t turn off them completely. Still, it isn’t working continue trying below tricks.

Alternatively, you can use the ‘Airplane Mode’ to toggle the radios completely at once. Simply turn on ‘Airplane Mode’ and then turn it off after a moment.

Update

While updating is the solution for bugs and issues, sometimes it also becomes the reason for some problems. Many times a newer version of an iOS introduces some compatibility issues, and sometimes it fixes them. If you are having connectivity problem, then you may want to update the device.

Steps for performing an update on iPhone or iPad:

1.    Open your iOS device settings.

2.    Go to ‘General’ settings.

3.    Then go to ‘Software Update.’

4.    Tap on the update given there.

If you do not see an update there, this means the update is not available.

Reset networks

Almost all of the users don’t want to do resetting, but sometimes it becomes necessary because of problems and errors.

Steps for resetting network settings on the iPhone or iPad:

1.    Open your iOS device settings.

2.    Go to ‘General’ settings.

3.    Look at the bottom and tap on ‘Reset.’

4.    Then tap on ‘Reset Network Settings.’

5.    Type your ‘Password,’ when asked.

6.    And confirm with ‘Reset Network Settings.’

This will take a little time to complete. Reconnect your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices. Now, use AirDrop again.

Hard reset

The last thing you’ve to try is hard resetting your device. The resetting process varies with the devices.

Steps for resetting old iPhone and iPad have:

If you’re using an iPhone and iPad with physical Home button then below steps are for you.

1.    Hold down the ‘Power’ button of your iPhone, iPad or iPod.

2.    Keep holding the button, and now press and hold the ‘Home’ button of your iPhone, iPad or iPod.

3.    Keep the buttons in the same situation until your device will not turn off and on again and you’ll not see the Apple logo on your screen.

Steps for resetting iPhone 7:

1.    Hold down the ‘Power’ button.

2.    Keep holding it, and now press and hold the ‘Volume down’ button.

3.    Keep the buttons in the same situation until your device will not turn off and on again and you’ll not see the Apple logo on your screen.

Hope this will kill the issue and fix AirDrop.

Sam John is a self-professed security expert; he has been making the people aware of the security threats. His passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. He writes for Norton security products at norton.com/setup.

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