I seem to only be able to AirDrop to/from one of my Apple devices to another if one of them is signed out of iCloud. I have all my devices (iPhone X, 2017 iMac High Sierra, 2017 MacBook Air High Sierra) all signed in to my iCloud account (the same account). The devices cannot see each other in AirDrop unless I sign one of them out of iCloud.

For example, if I sign my MacBook Air out of iCloud, then my MacBook Air shows in my iMac's AirDrop and I can freely transfer files to it. Once I sign back into iCloud, it goes away.

Note: I can see and AirDrop to any of my colleagues' devices just fine across all of my devices. I just can't send to any of my own devices unless I sign out of iCloud.

I've tried all of the standard AirDrop troubleshooting (Making sure Bluetooth is on, same Wifi, update all devices, restart, etc).

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    Try rebooting the devices and disable do not disturb on ALL devices, it may solve your problem
    – Harcker
    Commented Feb 13, 2018 at 11:47
  • Tried that already. No dice :(
    – Dan
    Commented Feb 13, 2018 at 15:54
  • Also disabling do not disturb?
    – Harcker
    Commented Feb 13, 2018 at 17:23
  • Yes do not disturb is disabled on all my devices
    – Dan
    Commented Feb 13, 2018 at 18:24
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    I'm having this issue right now. Has a solution been found?
    – Da Fingaz
    Commented May 21, 2018 at 22:44

2 Answers 2


I finally found a solution that worked for me. This seems unrelated but it definitely was my issue. It also fixed my issue with Apple Watch not being able to unlock my Mac. Below is what worked for me.

On your Mac:

  1. Open up Messages App
  2. Go to Messages > Preferences
  3. Select Accounts Tab
  4. Select Blocked Tab
  5. Locate and delete any instances of your own phone number and/or email addresses
  6. Close and wait ~5 minutes for iCloud to sync the changes across all your devices


  1. Go to Settings -> Messages -> Blocked
  2. Same as step 5 and 6 above

After performing those steps Airdrop worked perfectly across all devices and, as a bonus, I was able to unlock my Mac with my Apple Watch again (I was previously getting "your mac was unable to communicate with your apple watch" error / "IDS device not cloud paired").

Hope this helps others!

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    Because of spam callers spoofing my number, I blocked my own number last week. Airdrop stopped working around that time as well. I didn't add those two events together. This solution worked perfectly. Still curious though, why blocking my phone number blocks airdrop messages!
    – Sidmeister
    Commented Feb 7, 2019 at 3:37

Is airdrop set to everyone, or to contacts only? If it’s set to contacts, do both devices have Contacts checked in the icloud account preferences? Is your own card defined in your icloud contacts?

In addition, there is a very thorough list of obscure Airdrop troubleshooting tips at: http://www.idownloadblog.com/2016/02/20/airdrop-troubleshooting-tips-2/

Might be worth a look. Hope you find your answer!

  • I had tried everything in this article before posting here :/
    – Dan
    Commented Feb 22, 2018 at 16:19

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