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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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How to transfer a lot of photos to another iphone including edit history?

Is there a way to transfer a lot of photos (from the Photo Library AKA Photos app) from one iPhone to another including edits? AirDrop does transfer the edit history, but transferring a lot (about ...
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Airdrop Text File From Mac To iPhone Issue

When I airdrop a text file from my Mac to my iPhone, the phone automatically opens the contents as a new Apple Note. Not sure why it started doing this. I used to get the pop up menu that allowed to ...
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How can I transfer media in a loselessstate? Photos app VS Image Capture VS Air Drop [duplicate]

Trying to back up over 11k of photos and videos. (Back them up as in have a copy of every photo and video stored on backup media (NAS + external drive + my own cloud) as individual photo and video ...
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Why my AirDrop device keeps dissapearing?

I am trying to send a file from iPhone to my MacBook via AirDrop. I managed to send first image fine, but when I am trying to send 2nd image my MacBook keeps appearing briefly in iPhone AirDrop list, ...
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Photos can't be copied from phone since iOS 17 upgrade

I'm trying to copy a photo from my iPhone and am unable to do so since Apple unilaterally upgraded my phone to iOS 17.1.1 Firstly, I can't copy any photos using AirDrop, WhatsApp, iMessage, Copy, or ...
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How to Share a Link from Google Chrome on Mac to iPhone with AirDrop?

There's no default option to share to AirDrop like on Safari Browser.
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AirDrop on my iPhone no longer recognizes MacBook Pro, but MacBook Pro recognizes the iPhone

Since I updated to iOS 16.7.1 on my iPhone, AirDrop can't find my MacBook Pro running 11.7.10; yet I am able to AirDrop from computer to iPhone?
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Is there a way to refresh/regenerate AirDrop random hash keys present in the Preferences file com.apple.sharingd.plist?

Is there a way to refresh/regenerate AirDrop (are them the same/shared with the Bluetooth service?) random hash keys present in the Preferences file: com.apple.sharingd.plist? /Users/userMe/Library/...
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Where are the temp airdropped files located in Ventura? [duplicate]

I know that once the transfer is complete and successful, the files will show up in Downloads folder. Problem is, before the transfer is complete, the file looks to be having zero byte, but when df -h ...
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Is there still no way to remove AirDrop from the sharing options?

With iOS 17 AirDrop seems to still be impossible to delete from, or place later in the list of, sharing options. Is there a behind the scenes way to get rid of it?
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Script to edit "allow air play for"

Wanting to see if anyone can help me build or find a script that can edit "Allow air play for" within Airdrop & Handoff within system settings. It’s be default set to "current user&...
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Why can't I AirDrop a folder or .zip of files to iPhone's Files app?

I have files on a Mac that I want to copy via AirDrop to the ‘Files’ app on my iPhone for backup purposes. They are .html, .css, .js, and similar web formats. I do not need to modify these files on my ...
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After an Airdrop, should I check the photos for corruption?

If something goes wrong during an Airdrop, say from my iPhone to my Macbook, how can I check for any corruption? Would simply checking that the photos, videos, etc. can be opened be enough to confirm ...
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Why the inconsistent file extension case from airdropped photos?

I'm cleaning out a bunch of photo files off the Photos app from my iPhone device and transferring them to a macbook using the share to AirDrop feature. I'm a lil baffled at this inconsistency I'm ...
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How to share text with AirDrop?

I'm trying to airdrop a password from one MacBook to another one. I highlighted the text in textedit, right-clicked it, hovered share, but AirDrop does not appear as it normally always would. How can ...
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Air drop: buttons don't react to click when sharing from a Finder window

I am not be able to start the transfer properly using Airdrop, despite seeing the other devices without problem. What I do: Open a folder with Finder Select a bunch of files Right click > share... ...
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AirDrop - *Only* show Contacts' Devices as *Recipients*?

Question: Does anyone know of a settings hack to prevent me from being able to see people not in my contacts as AirDrop recipients (regardless of their own privacy settings)? More details: This is the ...
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Transfer contacts from older iPhone [duplicate]

I have an older iPhone. I updated the iOS as much as I could, but it only goes up to iOS 15. With iOS 16, in the Contacts is a "Lists" link, which gives the option to AirDrop all the ...
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Using wired LAN and need to use AirDrop

I've got an iMac and I use the wired LAN (Ethernet) port. I also want to use Airdrop, which requires WiFi. Is there a way I can configure the network settings to use wired LAN for all traffic apart ...
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AirDrop after moving Download folder

I have moved my Downloads folder to a subfolder of Documents, since I want it to also sync using iCloud Drive with Desktop & Documents Folders sync active. I did this by removing the ~/Downloads ...
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Closing AirDrop menu after transfer

Sharing a file via AirDrop on a Mac opens a popup to select the destination. After successfully transferring something, I have to click on the "Done" button, which is far from where I last ...
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iPad - Transferring files from the "Files" app to the "Photos" app

I would like to transfer all the files in a particular album from the "Files" app to the "Photos" app on my iPad. I used Airdrop from my MacBook to transfer several video and image ...
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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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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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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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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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