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Seems like an idiot question, but I completely failed to copy a movie from one iPhone to another.

  1. We tried coupling with bluetooth, failed to send files.
  2. Enabling internet sharing (which worked) but failed to send files through Airdrop.

I understand that if we were connected to a WIFI network Airdrop would probably have worked. But we were on a trip travelling in a car, so there was no WIFI availability.

Remembering sharing photos over BT with friends ages ago using old push-button cell phones is seems crazy that we could not find out how to do it.

Can this be done? (iOS 9.3, iPhone 6 + SE)

  • Apparently AirDrop should work without you both being connected to the same Wi-Fi: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/146644/… – Keir Thomas Apr 18 '16 at 9:20
  • Thanks. We tried using airdrop symbols in the Photos app (Share-menu) in various ways but no luck. How is it supposed to work? The connection never shows up in the other iPhone... – jtheman Apr 18 '16 at 10:00
  • Did you have AirDrop setup for 'Everyone', 'Contacts Only', or 'Off'? If 'Contacts Only' you need to make sure you're each in the others Contacts app. – fsb Apr 18 '16 at 13:51
  • @fbara Where do I change the "AirDrop setup"? – jtheman Apr 18 '16 at 18:56
  • I can't add a screenshot from the computer I'm at. If you're on the Home screen and swipe up from the bottom, you'll see a bunch of icons. Toward the bottom 1/3rd of the sheet you'll see the AirDrop icon with the words I indicated above. This allows you to limit the people with whom you can share. You both should have the same setting to ensure you can see each other. – fsb Apr 18 '16 at 19:04
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On the Home screen (or on any screen with something you want to share), swipe up from the bottom. You should see a bunch of icons. Toward the bottom 1/3rd of the sheet you'll see the AirDrop icon. Tap the AirDrop icon and 3 choices will slide-up from the bottom:

  • Everyone
  • Contacts Only
  • Off

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These choices allow you to limit the people with whom you can share. You both should have the same setting to ensure you can see each other.

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