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AirDrop is an ad-hoc service that enables users to exchange files between iOS and macOS devices

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Why did AirDrop change the file time attribute for one of my photos?

I was copying over one of my photos from the Photos app using the AirDrop share option. Once the file copied over to my Mac I was very surprised to notice that the created and modified file time ...
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Neither AirDrop nor Handoff options showing up on my Mac

On my MacOS Mojave (v 10.14.6), I simply don't see options for either Handoff or AirDrop. The Bluetooth is definitely on. And AirDrop is typically under Finder Preferences under Sidebar/Favorites, ...
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AirDrop stopped working on all my Macs all at once

I was transferring files between my 3 different Macs and one iPhone and then suddenly none of them can find any of the others. Discovery is set to "everyone". AirDrop doesn't even do the ...
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Can AirDrop reception be set to be "everyone" without signing in to iCloud on a Mac?

Computer: Mac OS Monterey, Version 12.3 Apple M1 Max I am in Germany and want my Mac to advertise reception to everyone, but that preference isn’t sticking. My computer is invisible to any devices ...
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Is AirDrop Icon not suppose to show anymore?

I just updated to macOS Monterey. I use a MBP 2019 16" and I have Show AirDrop in menu bar enabled. The space is showing empty where the icon use to be. But, if I move my cursor to the spot and ...
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Airdrop between iOS and Mac, does it only work if both devices are mine?

I'll explain better, I can use AirDrop from and to my iPhone and my MBP. My Mac sees my phone and my phone sees my Mac. The problem is if my family members try to send me something on the computer, ...
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how to add ordinary music files on Apple music in iphone?

I have a 14 in macbook pro running Monterey and an iphone 13. I also have a 500 MB 10-hour white noise m4a music file. I'm able to airdrop to iphone 13 and play the music in Files app on iphone, but ...
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How do I stop AirDrop from suggesting apps in the Dock?

This goes for both macOS (currently have 10.15.7) and iPadOS (currently have 15.1). My Mac will constantly suggest whatever app I was using last on my iPhone or iPad when I press cmd+tab or look at ...
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Best way to sync large iPhone video files to MacBook when on the road?

I have an iPhone 12 Pro and plan on traveling and editing the iPhone videos I make on a laptop. At the moment I am undecided if it makes sense to get a Apple laptop, or a regular windows laptop for ...
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Prevent transcoding when airdropping HEVC video

When I use AirDrop to send photos from iPhone 8, iPhone X and iPhone 12 (regardless of iOS system) to my 2017 macbook pro (High Sierra), sharingd automatically converts the HEVC video into AVC format. ...
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Monterey - Should AWDL be off?

I have a 2015 iMac, running macOS 12.1 and an iPhone Xs Max running iOS 15.2 With the iPhone less that a foot from the iMac, I select a photo, then choose Share then Airdrop. The iPhone screen, ...
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AirDrop working in one direction only

macOS Big Sur (11.6.1) on a late-2013 MacBook Air. iOS 15.1 on an iPhone SE (1st generation) AirDrop works from the MBA to the iPhone, but not from the iPhone to MBA. When trying to send a photo from ...
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Stop iPhone automatically opening airdropped files

I would like my iPhone 7 running iOS 14.7.1 to not open Photos when pictures are airdropped to it. How can I disable that behaviour?
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Unable to send files using AirDrop from iPhone to Mac

I keep seeing this issue where I am unable to send files using AirDrop from iPhone to Mac. The iPhone does not show Macbook when sharing the file through AirDrop. I have ensured that the Allow me to ...
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AppleScript script to AirDrop file to a specific device? [duplicate]

Is it possible to create an AppleScript script that automatically takes the selected file in Finder and share it via AirDrop with a specific device? I am also open to non-ApplesScript ways of doing ...
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What causes AirDrop receiving to be so slow?

macOS Big Sur 11.6 MacBook Pro 2015 receives AirDrop soooo slowly. My iPhone 7 received the video files from a friend in a few seconds. My MacBook Pro took upwards of minutes to see progress in the ...
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AirDrop while connected to a WiFi

Recently, I'm interested in Apple's AirDrop feature. After some research, I found that it uses low energy bluetooth to discover other devices and establish a WiFi connection. However, when you are ...
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How do you reliably share video between iPhone and Mac

Sometimes my videos upload from my iPhone to iCloud and then download to the Mac, sometimes they don't. It's maybe a 50% chance it'll sync within a day. (I don't know if this is normal, I am curious ...
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Changing the AirDrop icon

I'm using AirDrop to transfer files from my Mac to my iPad. The iPad appears in AirDrop as a picture of a tennis ball with my name underneath it. A tennis ball is a very random thing to associate with ...
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Ipad periodic latency / ping spikes when game streaming

I believe I am experiencing this exact issue: MacBook Pro experiencing ping spikes to local router I had this issue on my macbook pro, and I was able to resolve it by running sudo ifconfig awdl0 down ...
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Airdrop Directional File Flow

I can't seem to transfer a file from my iPhone to my MacBook (running Big Sur 11.2) recently. I have already checked and that both devices have their Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on. Both devices are set in ...
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Some videos (seems random) exported from Premiere can't be Airdropped to iPhone

Editing videos in Premiere, sometimes a certain video fails to Airdrop to an iPhone. I examined the Get Info window of each video that worked and of the one that didn't. Same approximate size, same ...
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Tried to Airdrop a specific video (.mp4) got the error 'Failed to save item. Save to iCloud Drive instead' [duplicate]

I Airdrop tons of mp4 video files to my phone, but for some reason, I have one video file that fails to AirDrop. I examined the Get Info window of each one that worked and of the one that didn't. Same ...
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How do I move mp4 files from fotos to files on an ipad

I airdropped 3 movies from my laptop to the ipad. Since they were mp4's they ended up in fotos, but I'd rather watch them with VLC. How do I get these files "moved" from fotos to files so ...
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Airdrop file notification on Mac - missing "open in finder" option

When I send an image from my iPhone to my Mac for which I preferably use AirDrop, I'm annoyed that the notification doesn't give me the option to open the received file in Finder, only to open the ...
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Cant seem to file share between cloned drives

Im running two macs on my home office setup; a 2010 Macbook Pro and a 2011 Mac Mini. Both have been upgraded in the past with Crucial SSDs and for each I used the Carbon Copy software to clone the ...
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Why is the .HEIC suffix sometimes uppercase and sometimes lowercase

I just took five pictures on an iPhone 11 and then AirDropped them to my Mac Mini. I noticed that every other image has the file extension .HEIC in uppercase. I am pretty sure that I have noticed this ...
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AirDrop no-response from MacBook to iPhone

MacBook Air M1 2020 + iPhone12 Pro Max AirDrop from iPhone to MacBook works well. Handoff in both directions works well. (Although I didn't know whether they were acting in similar ways) The only ...
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Folder Action to Convert Image Format after AirDrop?

I often use AirDrop to move photos from my iPhone to my Mac, and I'd like to automatically convert any HEIC photos to JPEG. I created this folder action in Automator, and it works when a photo is ...
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Can't locate airdrop files on Iphone

I airdropped a big folder approx 33GB from Mac containing images and videos. But I can't locate them. My existing storage definitely increased by 33 gb - but can't locate that airdropped folder ...
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Why can I airdrop from my MacBook to my iPhone, but not my iPhone to my Macbook?

Using a MacBook Pro on Catalina and an iPhone 7. Up until recently, I've never had an issue with airdrop before, but now they won't go through in one direction. On my MacBook, I go to share with ...
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Airdrop starts but never progresses

I'm able to see the device I'd like to airdrop to, my iPhone. The transfer starts but stays stuck as shown below.
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iPhone 12 to Mac photo transfer

I am trying to transfer some christmas photos from my iPhone to my Mac via airdrop but after the photos are downloaded on my Mac, around 80% of them are transferring as damaged or corrupt files and ...
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Airdrop Cancels Transfers with no error message

Although there's free space on the target device, when I attempt to transfer a folder of media from my MacBook to my iPad Air 2 (circa 2014) running IOS 14.2, this fails reporting (on the MacBook) ...
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How do I choose or change the app to open an Airdrop file such as cbz, or just have it untouched in the Download folder?

I tried to Airdrop a file from the MacBook to my iPad Pro, and it succeeded, except the file is directly opened by QQ Reader which I downloaded long time ago, and the file is missing in the "...
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macOS: Disconnect Wi-Fi without turning it off

How can I disconnect from Wi-Fi on Mac without turning it off? I do not want to connect via Wi-Fi on my Mac as I am connected via LAN. But when I turn Wi-Fi off, I also lose the ability to use ...
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Airdrop seems to be missing on my Macbook Pro

System: MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017) macOS 10.13.6 (17G14033) Issue: I cannot send files to my MacBook Pro from my iPhones using Airdrop. When I try to share a file from a iPhone to the Mac using ...
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How to Airdrop images from my iPhone to my computer to avoid JPEG compression?

When I transfer images from my phone to my computer, I believe they are converted to JPEG and compressed. I don't want lossy compression, the full resolution images are worth more to me than a few ...
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Way to copy-paste through airdrop with other people

Is there any way to copy/paste from one device to another where the two devices are not logged in to the same iCloud account? Essentially, I'm looking for a feature similar to the Continuity feature ...
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Airdrop not working on my macbook pro

Airdrop is not working on my macbook pro (early 2015, 13-inch, 8G, Mojave 10.14.6). To be more specific: My macbook can see and send files to my iphone and ipad, but not vice versa. My iphone and ...
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iPad doesn't ask me anymore for the app to open Airdropped PDFs with

Until recently, PDF files Airdropped to my iPad worked and I was asked which app to open the file with, but no more. Now Airdrops “succeed” but I’m not asked which app to open the PDF with, and ...
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Unable to share Wi-Fi passwords with one of my Macs

I am unable to share any Wi-Fi passwords to one of my Macs. AirDrop works to share photos / files / web pages Handoff does work for Safari to hand off an active page Sharing WiFi passwords certainly ...
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Why does the Note I shared via AirDrop to my Mac from my iPhone not show up in Notes.app?

I can successfully AirDrop the note from my personal iPhone to my work Mac (seems to work fine), but when I go to Notes.app on my Mac - the note is not there. I'm logged into Notes with iCloud on my ...
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Is there a quicker way to share a file with AirDrop on Mac?

I love AirDrop and often share files between computers using it. This is how you do it on macOS: Right-click on the file Move the mouse all the way down to "Share" and click on it Click on ...
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Airdrop Won't Airdrop to certain device?

I have a personal computer (MBP mid-2015), work computer (MBP 2018), iPad Air 2, iPhone 7plus, iPhone 8. All devices can send and receive Airdrop items except for the mid-2015 MBP. It will only ...
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sharingd wants to use the ".kc328-0" keychain

I was helping a coworker solve an issue with Xcode and followed these instructions https://stackoverflow.com/questions/24023639/xcode-command-usr-bin-codesign-failed-with-exit-code-1-...
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How do I completely disable AirDrop on iOS?

When attempt to share something the iOS sharing feature, AirDrop disrupts the experience and in many cases makes it unusable. I never ever use AirDrop, and certainly don't want to be offered the ...
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Is it possible to use AirDrop and Sidecar with a mac on a VPN?

I need to use a VPN on my mac from time to time. While I'm doing so, it interferes with the ability to use AirDrop and Sidecar. My VPN has the ability to whitelist certain apps, so is there a ...
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VPN breaks AirDrop, Sidecar etc. - any idea how to set up VPN to enable them?

My workplace uses Cisco AnyConnect VPN (but I have seen same problems with other VPNs as well, eg. here) and it seems to break AirDrop, Sidecar and similar Apple's local network services. While I am ...
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Can I airdrop an image from Chrome to my iPhone?

I don't want to share the web page or the link. I know we can do that today. I want to airdrop an image after right clicking on it or opening the image in new tab, airdrop directly to my iphone photo ...
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