How to Use AirDrop on Your iPhone - dummies

By Joe Hutsko, Barbara Boyd

AirDrop creates a connection between your iPhone and one or more iOS devices such as iPhones (5 or later), iPads (fourth generation or Mini), or iPod touches (fifth generation). You can then exchange documents and data from apps, such as a contact card in Contacts, an address in Maps, or an event in Calendar. To use AirDrop, follow these steps:

  1. Drag up from the bottom of the screen to open the Control Center.

  2. Tap AirDrop.

    When you turn AirDrop on, both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are activated because sharing takes place with either of these types of connections.

  3. Choose one of the choices:

    Off to turn AirDrop off.

    Contacts Only to give access to your iPhone only to people with iCloud accounts who are in your Contacts.

    Everyone to let everyone on the same Wi-Fi network with an iCloud account see your iPhone.

  4. Open whatever it is you want to share, say a photo in Photos.

  5. Tap the Share button.

  6. Tap the icon for the person you want to share with.

    The person receives a notification that you want to share something with her, and she can choose to Decline or Accept your shared item.