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How to Use AirDrop to Replace Bluetooth

Athryn Mitchell

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AirDrop is a useful tool which is similar to Bluetooth, for us to share photos, videos and other files with iOS users. Today I will show you how to use AirDrop to replace Bluetooth. Please get your iPhone and follow the below step.

If you've tried using AirDrop, you will find that AirDrop is a useful data sharing app based on Wi-Fi and allows you to share files without size limitation between iPhone/iPad, Mac and Apple TV. Though there are shortcomings of AirDrop: it only works in Wi-Fi surroundings and can only share files between iDevices, it has a faster transfer speed to share files between iOS devices. Now, let's cut to the chase.

Part 1: Set up AirDrop
Part 2: Share photos from iPhone to iPad

Part 1: Set up AirDrop

First of all, slide the iPhone screen up from the bottom, then, you will see the interface as below. Tap "AirDrop" and you are allowed to set up and make yourself discoverable to everyone or only people in your contacts. You can choose "Off" "Contacts Only" "Everyone" or "Cancel" as you wish.
Choose AirDrop on iPhoneAirDrop Set Up

Part 2: Share Photos from iPhone to iPad

After setting up AirDrop on your iPhone, it's time to start the transfer. Today, I will take photos for example to show you how to transfer photos from iPhone to iPad.

Step 1. Find the photos you'd like to transfer
Firstly, find the "Photo" icon on your iPhone and find the photo you would like to transfer. Then, tap on the share button on the bottom-left corner.
Tap Share Button on iPhone
Step 2. Activate AirDrop and choose contacts to share
Then, in the next screen, you will see the AirDrop option on your iPhone as the left pictures below shows. Make sure that you've turned on the AirDrop on your device you want to transfer photos to, take iPad Air 2 for example. If it is turned on, you will see the device name on your iPhone as below.
Choose Photos to Share
Choose the device name you want and when the photo is about to sent to your iPad, you will get a notification on your iPad asking you to accept the photo transfer or decline it.
Tap Accept on iPad
Step 3. Check photos on iPad
After you click "Accept" on your iPad, the photos will be successfully transferred from iPhone to iPad and you can now preview it on your iPad.
Preview Photos on iPad
AirDrop is such a useful data transfer assistant between iOS devices and Macbooks which runs iOS 7 and OS X 10.7 separately and the later ones. Multiple data types are supported and you don't need to worry about the size of the files. AirDrop doesn't have any limitation on the data files. What you need to do is to make sure that Wi-Fi is connected. For more info, please feel free to contact us.

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