The Complete Guide to AirDrop from iPhone to Mac

AirDrop is the technology used to transfer files and documents between iPads, iPhones and Mac devices. This technology uses Bluetooth Led to broadcast, negotiate and make connections and point-to-point Wi-Fi to make the transfer. Note that for the transfer to be initiated the two devices ought to be in close proximity even though not connected in the same network. This is possible since AirDrop is able to create quick AdHoc network that connects the two devices hence creating a pathway for the transfer of files.

The following is a quick guide on how to AirDrop files from iPhone to Mac devices.


Before you start the steps, it is important you ensure your Mac device is supported by AirDrop. Ensure that it falls in the following list.

  • MacBook Pro (Late 2008) or later, excluding the MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2008)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2010) or later
  • MacBook (Late 2008) or later, excluding the white MacBook (Late 2008)
  • iMac (Early 2009) or later
  • Mac Mini (Mid 2010) or later
  • Mac Pro (Early 2009 with AirPort Extreme card, or Mid 2010)

How to AirDrop from iPhone to Mac

This process is simple and straightforward for anyone to follow.

  • Start by turning on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and AirDrop on both your iPhone and Mac

On iPhone:

Go to “Settings” > “Wi-Fi”, and turn it on

Go to “Settings” > “Bluetooth”, and enable it

Swipe up on your screen to open control center, tap AirDrop. Choose either ‘Everybody’ or ‘Contacts’ only to render your phone discoverable.

On Mac:

Navigate to the top of the right side of your device, turn Wi-Fi on.

Go to “System Preferences” > “Bluetooth”, and then enable it.

Tap on “Finder” > “AirDrop” > “Allow me to be discovered by”, pick either “Contacts Only” or “Everyone” to make your Mac discoverable.

Find “AirDrop” in Finder or on “Go” option

  • Select and transfer content

Open the app in which there are content you want to transfer. Select the files and tap “Share”. Select your Mac in the pop-up and wait for the start of the transfer. Then, your Mac will be prompted to save or decline the content being sent. Choose save and wait for the process to complete.