Sharing with AirDrop
A quick way to get files from your iPad to another iOS device or Mac is using AirDrop. This technique uses Wi-Fi, but instead of going through a Wi-Fi network, it uses your iPad’s Wi-Fi hardware and goes directly from device to device. The devices don’t need to be on the same network—they don’t need to be on any Wi-Fi network at all. They just need to be nearby.
AirDrop requires the latest Wi-Fi hardware in your iPad, so it only works with the 4th generation iPad or newer, or an iPad mini. On a Mac, it requires a very recent model as well, running at least Mac OS X Yosemite. Using AirDrop is pretty straightforward.
To use AirDrop, follow these steps:
To use AirDrop, make sure you have turned it on. Do this by accessing Control Center. See “Using Notifications and Control Center” in Chapter 1. Make sure that it is set to Everyone. Another option is to set it to Contacts Only, which means you can only use AirDrop with devices that have Apple ID email addresses that are in your Contacts.
- Let’s use the Photos app as an example. You can use any app that can share items, such as the Notes app, Contacts app, and so on. Select a photo, and then tap the Share button. In Photos, the Share button is sometimes at the top, and sometimes at the bottom. It is always the same boxed arrow.
In addition to sharing options such as Message and Mail, you’ll see a list of other AirDrop-compatible devices that are within range. You see whatever image the user has chosen as a user icon, plus their name. If you do not see your other device, it could be asleep, or have AirDrop disabled, or possibly is not a model that has AirDrop available.
After you tap the icon, you see a “Waiting” message below it. In the meantime, the recipient receives an alert asking them to accept the transfer. You can accept the cute picture of the puppy, or decline it. If the sender is in your contacts, however, you just get the photo without needing to confirm it.