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What I'm doing:

  1. Open Photos on iPhone (7 plus, iOS 10.2.0)
  2. Tap share icon
  3. Wait for my laptop identity to appear in AirDrop section
  4. Tap on my own face 😶 (i.e., laptop identity)

Result:

  • My face says, "Waiting…"
  • After what I assume is a timeout delay, my face says, "Declined"

The MacBook Pro has Allow me to be discovered by: set to Everyone. The top Google search results seem to suggest logging out of iCloud, then back in, but it takes forever to reinstall everything, so I'd really rather not. ☹️

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SOLUTION

ok after months of this on occasionally then off mostly and sat with the waiting. I found the solution

VPN, do you have any VPN like expressvpn or similar on your mac, if so turn it off and voila .

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    OMG, thank you! I didn't notice that I was connected to our corporate VPN server. – Ian Sep 28 '20 at 8:48
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    You're my hero! – Nik Kov Feb 2 at 10:16
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Phew! 😅 (Grinning Face with Squinting Eyes and Sweat Drop)

Here's how I solved this:

  1. Swipe up from bottom to reveal Control Panel
  2. Toggle bluetooth & wifi off, then on

And now AirDrop works. Wish the iPhone would automatically cycle the wireless antennae when this kind of thing happens…but at least I don't have to wait hours for all my iCloud content to re-sync. *w00t!**

(Remember w00t?! 👴🏼)

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I solved this by switching one device to a different wifi "router". I have 2.4Ghz & 5Ghz channels on my router, so I just connected my Mac to the 5Ghz and iPhone to 2.4Ghz, and then suddenly I got like 10 copies of the files I was trying to transfer.

Nothing else worked. Rebooting didn't work. Toggling Wifi on and off didn't work. Just this.

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Another possibility is that the firewall blocks the transfer.

Make sure that sharingd is allowed to receive incoming connections.

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Airdrop can be very frustrating when it does not work as expected or seem to work randomly.

I think i messed up with the firewall a few times ago and somes rules obviously messed up with Airdrop.

In my case the Graal finally came when i installed Murus ( https://www.murusfirewall.com/murus/ same devs from IceFloor ) it allows you to interact with PF ( Packet Filter ) which is the native OS X firewall.

In Murus, i did "Load Selected Profile" with "Less restrictive" in the "Assistant" tab, then click the play icon on the top left and voilà ! Miracle happened !

PS : the Murus Lite (free) edition is enough for this manipulation

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