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Share files between your Mac and iPhone

Wirelessly share photos and files quickly and easily between your Mac and iOS devices using AirDrop

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AirDrop has been a handy feature of both iOS and Mac OS X for a while now. However, until the introduction of OS X Yosemite, you could only transfer files from Mac to Mac and iPhone to iPhone. Fortunately, all that has changed: if you’ve got a Mac that was manufactured in 2012 or later and an iPhone (or iPad) running iOS 7 or newer, you can now use AirDrop to share files between your Mac and iOS device.

AirDrop creates a connection between your phone and your Mac to send files such as photos and documents wirelessly – and you don’t have to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network to take advantage of it. In this tutorial, we’re going to show you how to share a photo from your iPhone to your Mac using AirDrop.

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1 Turn on Wi-Fi

Swipe upwards from the bottom of your iPhone screen to reveal the Control Centre. Ensure that both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are turned on (the icons are white); if not, tap them.

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2 Activate AirDrop on Mac

On your Mac, click on the Bluetooth icon in the top-right corner of the desktop menu bar. Select Turn Bluetooth On. Ensure that Wi-Fi is switched on and connected to a Wi-Fi network.

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3 Activate AirDrop on iPhone

Tap AirDrop in Control Centre on the iPhone. Choose whether you want your device to be visible on AirDrop to everyone or just contacts. The Contacts Only option is more secure.

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4 Find AirDrop devices

Your iPhone will shortly appear in the AirDrop section of your Mac. You’re then ready to share! Swipe downwards to close the Control Centre. Navigate to your Photos app and select a photo.

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5 Share a photo via AirDrop

Tap the Share icon at the bottom-left of the Photos interface. In the AirDrop section, devices available for AirDrop will be displayed. Select the device that you want to share the photo with.

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6 Save photo to your Mac

On your Mac, a pop-up window will appear asking you to Save or Decline the incoming AirDrop file share. Click on the Save button and this will save the file into your Downloads folder.

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