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I'm currently AirDroppping 3 very large files and I need to know if the files will continue to transfer while I'm not using one of the computers.

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It should work as long as you have Wake for network access enabled in
System Preferences → Energy Saver → Battery/Power Adapter.

Depending on the capabilities of your Mac, the option's description may differ:

  • Wake for network access - Your Mac supports Wake on Demand over both Ethernet and AirPort
  • Wake for Ethernet network access - Your Mac supports Wake on Demand over Ethernet only
  • Wake for AirPort network access - Your Mac supports Wake on Demand over AirPort only


The option "wake for Ethernet network access" is mentioned only to round up the answer. Wake on demand for ethernet will not help if your Macs communicate using Wi-Fi.

However, you can enable AirDrop to communicate using Ethernet as well as explained here. This will also enable AirDrop on so-called unsupported Macs.

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No, AirDrop requires a user to be logged in, which obviously means booted.

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Okay...but what about asleep. The OP did mention asleep as well... – daviesgeek Aug 24 '12 at 16:48

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