AirDrop is an ad-hoc service that enables users to transfer files

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Is there an AirDrop client for Microsoft Windows?

It would be nice to have an AirDrop client for Microsoft Windows. Does anyone know if such a program exists as a shipping product or an open source work-in-progress? I'm aware that there are many ...
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How do I use AirDrop from the Terminal?

Is there a way to share a file over AirDrop via Terminal on Mountain Lion? How so?
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Is AirDrop possible between iPad, iPhone and MacBook?

A new MacBook came with something called AirDrop and worked between many MacBooks such as MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. Can I also use AirDrop to exchange data between Macs and iOS devices?
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Why doesn't AirDrop work on older network adapters?

Apple has stated that AirDrop will support only the following models: AirDrop supports the following Mac models: MacBook Pro (Late 2008 or newer) MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer) ...
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How can AirDrop be disabled?

I want to disable AirDrop so that my users do not have access to it but I have not been able to find a place to disable this feature. The closest thing i have found is this thread but I don't know ...
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Multiple simultaneous wifi connections

With the release of airdrop it is apparent that my WiFi network card is capable of making more than one network connection. Are there any apps, documentation, command line tools, etc. for managing ...
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What is the transfer speed of AirDrop?

Tried transferring 4gb file yesterday and seems to be taking such a long time. Anyone knows the transfer speed? It may help to say that I'm using last year's AirPort Extreme. EDIT: Two years later, ...
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AirDrop on Unsupported Macs?

One of the Lion features I would really like to use is AirDrop. It would make transferring files so much faster than using a flash drive. Unfortunately, my Mac is a 2007 Black MacBook, and AirDrop is ...
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AirDrop: Bluetooth or Wi-Fi?

How does AirDrop work? I thought it is just Bluetooth, but I am starting to doubt that now. Whenever I turn AirDrop on, my Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are automatically turned on. If I turn the Wi-Fi off, ...
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Changing Airdrop Folder

Is there a way to change the default Airdrop location from the Downloads folder to something else? I have changed the location of many other applications, so I assume it's possible, even is possibly ...
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AirDrop: How to access AirDrop from command line?

I was looking for an option to use Airdrop to sync a set of directories between two computers. I want to achieve this wirelessly(hence chose Airdrop w/o having the computers connect on a network or ...
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Does AirDrop use up Bandwidth?

I recently used AirDrop for the first time to send about 30GB of videos to a friend while we were both connected to my internet. Two days later I got an e-mail from my internet provider saying I was ...
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Is it possible to use iOS7's AirDrop with the Mac AirDrop?

iOS 7 is out, and it has AirDrop. I'd like to be able to AirDrop files between my Mac and my iPhone, but it seems that iOS devices don't show up on the Mac AirDrop console. Is it possible to use ...
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How do I AirDrop hidden (“dot”) files?

I'm fairly new to OS X and just started working on a Lion box at work. I went ahead and purchased a new MBP with Lion, and am enjoying it immensely so far! I have tried to transfer some files from ...
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Why does the Network icon in the Finder sidebar in Lion have no function on my Mac?

Since installing Lion on my Late 2007 MacBook Pro, which cannot support AirDrop, an icon called "Network" has appeared under Favorites in my Finder sidebar. This icon seems to have no function. ...
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Why is AirDrop so slow?

I am trying different solutions to transfer some 1 GB size files between two Macs on my local wireless network (typically between me and a guest, both being physically in the living room). Here are ...
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Have AirDrop auto-accept files from a certain other mac?

I have two macs in separate rooms and like to use AirDrop to transfer files between them, but having to accept on the receiver every time I send a file is annoying. Is there a way to tell AirDrop ...
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Mac Yosemite Airdrop is very slow

I'm transferring files over Airdrop between 2 Macs running Yosemite. Before (10.8) it was pretty fast, reaching around 30M/second. Now (Yosemite 10.10) it's around 300k/second. Is this drop in speed ...
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Airdrop Alternative for Windows/Mac/Linux?

I am looking for something that does the same thing as Airdrop that would work on Windows/Mac/Linux. Because of hardware it would most likely have to be LAN-based, but I am perfectly fine with that. ...
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Airdrop doesn't work between MBP mid-2012 and iPhone 6

I read that Airdrop between iOS is since the MBP mid-2012. Although I have that Macbook I can't see my iPhone and viceversa. What can be the problem or the info that I'm misunderstanding? PS: I have ...
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Use the Airdrop network to access a computer?

I'm using airdrop to transfer files and stuff to another macbook. Looking at the output of ifconfig, I can see that airdrop creates a VNIC to communicate with the other computer. Is there a way I ...
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Where are AirDrop temp files located?

I started a transfer over AirDrop of a 4GB xcode dmg file. Something happened in the middle of the transfer (3.5GB) and I now have 3.5GB of space missing from my computer. I have restarted the ...
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Devices not showing up for AirDrop

I have iPhone 5 (with iOS 8.3) MacBook Pro Early 2013 (with OS X Yosemite 10.10.3) iPad Air (with iOS 8.3) My iPhone is paired with the MacBook, so e.g when my phone rings, I can see it in my ...
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AirDrop between Mid-2013 MacBook Air and iPhone 6S not working

I have a MacBook Air from Mid-2013 and the new iPhone 6S, both running their newest OS (Yosemite and iOS 9). According to Apple, AirDrop only works on these machines: Use AirDrop between iOS ...
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How to change computer name as it shows up in AirDrop?

I use AirDrop quite often to quickly send pictures that I take on my iPhone, to my Mac. The problem is, I have several Macs (all of them are Mac minis) and when I activate AirDrop on my iPhone, they ...
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Why is Airdrop not available between iPhone and old MBP

Since 10.10 and iOS 8, AirDrop is available between Mac OS and iOS if you have a fairly recent Mac (>= 2012 for MacBook Pro) and I don't understand what changed between 2011 and 2012. I know that for ...
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My Mac is invisible to my iPhone on AirDrop

I want to send a photo from my iPhone (iOS 8) to my Mac (Yosemite) via AirDrop. Though my iPhone appears on my Mac, Mac does not appear on iPhone. How can I fix this? On both devices, I've selected "...
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AirDrop doesnt work on Macbook Air 2012 and iPhone 6S

I try to send content from iPhone to my Macbook Air via AirDrop. Everything seems to be correct. On both devices the bluetooth and same wifi is turned on. On both it is allowed from Everyone. But my ...
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Can I use AirDrop if one or more of the participating computers is asleep/off?

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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How does Airdrop work under the hood

I have an iPhone 5s (iOS8.4) and an MBP 2012 (10.10.4). I had this problem since Apple introduced Airdrop. I set bot the MBP and iPhone Airdrop to "everyone". MBP sees the phone and can send all ...
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What is the radio frequency of Airdrop transmission?

I know the Airdrop uses WiFi direct to send the packet, but what is the radio frequency of it? 2.4Ghz? 5Ghz? or both?
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Debug AirDrop between MacBook Pro and iPhone 6s Plus

I am running iOS 9.1 (13B143) on an iPhone 6s Plus and OS X 10.11.1 (15B42) on a MacBook Pro. Both devices have Airdrop settings of "Allow me to be discovered by: Everyone" How can this be debugged?
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How can I AirDrop my photos and videos from my iPhone5 to my MacBook Pro Retina? [duplicate]

iPhone 5 is running iOS7. Macbook Pro is the 15" MacBook Pro Retina on Mavericks. I have AirDrop enabled on both but the phone and Macbook don't see each other. Both keep searching, searching, ...
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Will AirDrop use the data allowance from my phone and wifi modem?

I'm successfully able to transfer files from my iPhone to my MacBook Pro using AirDrop, when connected to my home wifi network. But I'm unable to determine how AirDrop is creating the connection ...
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Why does Airdrop on OS X only work in close proximity?

We're all connected to the same WiFi but other computers only show up in the Finder when they are close by. According to this Mac Basics article, you need to have Wi-Fi turned on select AirDrop in ...
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No AirDrop option on iPhone 4s

I have an iPhone 4s running iOS 8.3. I am trying to send a file from a Mac to the iPhone through AirDrop. Mac notifies that if I want to share a file with someone using iOS, he/she must open ...
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Airdrop between newer and older macs without clicking the “Search for an older Mac” button

I have a new MacBook Pro running Yosemite 10.10.3 and an older Mac Mini running Lion 10.7.5. Airdrop works in both directions, provided that if I am transferring from my MBP to my Mini, I click the "...
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Airdropped video missing on iphone 5

My husband airdropped a video to me. I accepted, it showed the download timer, when finished, I looked for it, but can't find it anywhere in my phone. My husband went to try to send it to me again and ...
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Airdrop Name is Incorrect

I have both an iPhone 6 Plus and a Macbook Pro, and both have Airdrop. On my iPhone, the name of my mac is correct, but on my mac, the name is of one of my contacts. The contact only has a name and a ...
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AirDrop where do files go when you AirDrop

Where does AirDrop files go when I transferred from iPad to iPod to iPhone I airdroped from Google docs from iPad to my iPhone where did my files go the file was a list of tools
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AirDrop: Problem with previous file sender

The story is like this: File was trying to be sent via Airdrop, I can't receive the file, both of us were on the Airdrop window, nothing happens. Quit the connection. Days later, Airdrop still shows ...
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Use AirDrop between iPhone and older Macs (need “Don't see who you're looking for?” button on Mac)

I have a new Mac Mini, an old MacBook (which supports AirDrop but has on old Bluetooth module) and an iPhone. When I need to AirDrop between my macs, in Mac Mini's AirDrop panel appear a button "Don'...
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AirDrop iphone to MacBook

At work I airdrop files with coworkers all the time but I often need to move photos from my iphone 5 to my laptop but I can't figure out how. If I select the images and open the send page which lists ...
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Is it possible to use airdrop on iphone4?

I have ipad mini and iphone 4 and i want to transfer some music from ipad to iphone. Is it possible to use Airdrop?
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What is AirDrop in iOS 7?

In the iOS 7 Control Center, there's an "AirDrop" option which gives me options to make myself "discoverable" to either contacts or everyone. On OS X there is a feature called AirDrop that lets you ...
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AirDrop between MBP and iPad not working

I have a mid-2012 MacBook pro running Yosemite and an iPad Air 2 with the latest iOS 8. The 2 devices can connect via Bluetooth (at least they claim to be connected), however, neither initially showed ...
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Why can't an iPhone 6 and a mid-2011 MacBook Air see each other in AirDrop?

I'm trying to transfer photos, for example, from an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.1.3 to a MacBook Air, mid-2011, running OS X 10.10.2. In either of these scenarios: iPhone set to be discoverable by ...
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AirDrop Not working - Missing Settings

I can't get AirDrop to work on my machine running OSX 10.11.4 (trying to send file to and from iPhone 6s) I'm missing the bottom menu that reads "Allow me to be discovered by..." Any thoughts?
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AirDrop from iPhone to MacBook stopped working (other way OK)

I have an iPhone 5s (iOS 7.1) and a MBP (Retina, late 2013) (Yosemite). I used to exchange files over Airdrop in both directions. Now sending files only works from the MBP to the iPhone. Sending from ...
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Airdrop between two MBPs only works in one direction - why?

I have two 15" Retina MacBook Pros, a 2013 which is my work machine and a 2014 which is my personal machine. I'm trying to transfer some files between them using airdrop. Both have Yosemite on them ...