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Transferring Content Between iDevices

On the iDevice that is sending content to the AirDrop receiver[nd]enabled iDevice, open your target app and look for the Sharing button. In Figure 5, I give you an example of my sending an image from my Photos camera roll.

Figure 5 The iOS Sharing functionality should allow you to gain access to AirDrop.

Finding Your Target Device

There are a few things that can go sideways on the sending device when you try to perform an AirDrop transfer. Are both devices within 30 feet of each other? Are they both powered on? Are you sure they reside on the same Wi-Fi network?

When you tap AirDrop, as you see in Figure 4, you'll see a list of any AirDrop receivers detected by your device. Do you see a generic "head" icon or do you see your target's user account picture? You'll need to have the person defined in your Contacts list; and the target must have a photo associated with his or her account for you to see a headshot image of your sharing partner.

Accepting or Declining the Transfer

As I said earlier, the person on the AirPlay receiver is prompted to accept or decline the incoming connection, as shown in Figure 6.

Figure 6 AirDrop security takes the form of confirmation for all incoming file transfer requests.

The sender will be notified if the receiver declines the transfer. If the receiver accepts the transfer, the sent file will be handled by the appropriate iOS app. For instance, a received photo will be added to the receiving iDevices photo library.

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