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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    Downvoting without a comment is bad.
    – hhh
    Mar 5, 2013 at 5:03
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    +1 to balance out unwarranted down vote without comment. Mar 5, 2013 at 5:47
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    The key issue here are the two questions bundled into one: a) is AirDrop supported in iOS? b) what alternatives exist for wireless data exchange between OS X and iOS devices. As a) is answered below, I've edited the question accordingly. You may find stuff relating to b) on this site, otherwise please ask a new question.
    – nohillside
    Mar 5, 2013 at 6:02
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    This is very disappointing. Not being able to use this great feature with an iphone or iPad seems counter-intutitive and goes against the ease-of-use and everything-just-works philosophy that made Apple what it is today. This is something that should just work—worse even; seems it was designed not to work to force us on to the cloud where we would have to send more money Apple's way.
    – user45561
    Mar 19, 2013 at 19:30
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    Obligatory "this never would have happened if Steve Jobs were still alive."
    – Dan J
    May 30, 2013 at 17:32

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You cannot use AirDrop with iOS devices. It is a feature that is exclusive to supported Macs (and unsupported Macs through a hack, as you've pointed out).

If you are interested in sharing files with your iOS devices, I recommend a solution such as SugarSync or DropBox, or a Wi-Fi tool such as Instashare.

Apple intends for you and developers to use iCloud to get documents from PC to iOS, but it's not widespread yet and perhaps ever.


Looks like iOS 7 is going to have AirDrop as the new UI has an icon for AirDrop right next to the icon for AirPlay.


It has been announced that starting with OS X 10.10, Airdrop will interoperate between OS X and iOS.

  • does this also require iOS 8, or will iOS 7 Airdrop work with Mac OS 10.10? Jun 2, 2014 at 22:44

Just update after IOS7 release. Looks like the link between airdrop from supported IOS7 devices to supported OSX Mountain Lion is not working. Probably something that should/will be completed with release Mavericks.

  • I think everyone hope so: Apple is shooting itself to leg if it turns away from Steve Jobs' insistence on compability/consistence/easy-usage. It is driving people crazy that they are naming things "airdrop" but different "airdrops" not compatible yet, hope soon! +1
    – hhh
    Sep 25, 2013 at 21:28

The best choice to share with macs, Windows, Linux, NAS servers, FTP, Dropbox, Google Drive,Time Capsule, etc is Quick Explorer.

I used instashare before and its similiar to airdrop but it works only with pictures (not bad, but not enough ) If you want to share andy file, mp3, wav, video, doc, pdf, and otherwise file formats Quick Explorer is the best choice. I've found that it's the best tool for this purpose as it handles different file types and platforms.


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