Why can't I see my Mac in AirDrop?

AirDrop iOS 9

AirDrop is a quick and easy way to transfer files between an iOS device and a Mac computer. There are steps involved to make sure the process is set up and ready to go. What happens if the feature is not behaving as expected on iOS, and the Mac is not showing up in AirDrop?

Here are some troubleshooting suggestions to fix problems with your Mac not appearing in AirDrop:


What is AirDrop?

AirDrop iOS 9

Apple has integrated AirDrop service into both iOS devices and Mac OS X computers to facilitate file sharing. Documents can be transferred between AirDrop-capable devices and computers directly via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth using the AirDrop protocol. AirDrop can transfer files of any size wirelessly, avoiding the need for email, messaging, external drives, or cables between devices to swap files.


How to share Live Photos using iOS 9

Live Photos examples

One of the features Apple highlights on the iPhone 6s is Live Photos. While only the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus can capture Live Photos, any device running iOS 9 is capable of viewing these moving images. When it comes to the files, Live Photos are essentially a still accompanied by a short video recorded at 15 frames per second. Non-Apple devices and those running older versions of iOS will only see Live Photos as a normal still image. So what is the best way to share Live Photos and preserve their movement using iOS 9?

Can I use AirDrop on the iPhone 4 / 4S?

Apple has included AirDrop in iOS 7 to simplify the process of sharing files and other information between iPhone users in the vicinity. Despite the fact that iOS 7 can be installed on the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S, some features in the latest firmware are not available.

AirDrop is one of these features that is only accessible on the iPhone 5 or later. This means that for now, iPhone 4 / 4S users cannot use AirDrop to share files, even with iOS 7 installed.


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