How To AirDrop From Mac To iPhone

The AirDrop feature on every Apple device is an outstanding feature that allows you to share files with other Apple devices in a close range when connected through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. 

You can use the AirDrop feature to send photos, videos, audio, files, and other documents to another Apple device, whether from an iPhone to a Mac or from a Mac to an iPhone and vice versa. 

However, here in this article, we will learn more about how to AirDrop from Mac to iPhone following easy steps.  

But first of all, before we dive straight into the topic, let’s first discuss how to turn on AirDrop on an iPhone as that is the most important step to take in the process. 

How To Turn On AirDrop On iPhone 

Here is how to turn on AirDrop on an iPhone, following these step-by-step processes below: 

  • First of all, you need to open the “Settings” app on your iPhone.
  • Next,  you should scroll down and tap on “General”.
  • Next, tap on “AirDrop”.
  • And then select the option that you want from the three options available: “Off”, “Contacts Only”, or “Everyone”.

Note: AirDrop may not be available on all iPhone models. If you don’t see the AirDrop option in your settings, it may not be supported on your device. 

And also, make sure that both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are turned on for AirDrop to work properly otherwise, it won’t work. 

How To AirDrop From Mac To iPhone

To AirDrop files from a Mac to an iPhone is quite similar to Airdropping files from an iPhone to a Mac.  To AirDrop a file from a Mac to an iPhone, you will need to have both devices turned on and nearby.  

You will also need to have the AirDrop feature enabled on both devices. Here are the steps to follow when doing this: 

  • First, open your Mac and select the file or photo that you want to AirDrop.
  • Next, tap on the share icon on the top right of the screen.
  • Next, select AirDrop from the list. This will open a list of nearby devices that you can send the file to.
  • Tap the name of the iPhone device you want to send the file. This will start the AirDrop and send the file to the selected device.
  • On your iPhone, you will receive a notification that a file has been shared with you. Tap the “Accept” button to receive the file. The file will be saved to the appropriate app on the device, such as the Photos app.

Note: Your iPhone will receive a notification asking if you want to accept the files. Tap on “Accept” to transfer the files.

After the transfer is complete, you can find the files in the appropriate app on your iPhone. For example, if you airdropped a photo from a Mac to your iPhone, it will be available in the Photos app on your iPhone as well as your Mac device. 

Why Won t My Mac Show Up On AirDrop?

If you’ve tried multiple times but your Mac is not showing up in the AirDrop window of other Apple devices. Here is what to do. First, make sure that your Mac’s Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are turned on. Second, make sure the both devices is near to each other.

Why Can’t I AirDrop From M Mac To iPhone? 

There could be a few reasons you are unable to AirDrop from your iPhone to your Mac. And here below are a few possible reasons and solutions to help you in such a situation:

Both Devices Are Not Connected To The Same Wi-Fi Network

The sad,  but the real truth is that For airdrop to work, both your iPhone and Mac must be connected to the same WiFi network. 

You need to make sure that both devices are connected to the same network and try again.

If they are not connected to the same WiFi the Airdrop won’t work effectively and this can be one core reason why you can not Airdrop from your iPhone to Mac.  

Bluetooth Is Not Turned On

If only you knew that your Bluetooth alone plays an important role when it comes to sharing files from iPhone to Mac. 

In other words, Airdrop uses Bluetooth to communicate between devices. And to make sure it works effectively ensure that Bluetooth is turned on both your iPhone and Mac and then try again to see if it works this time. 

AirDrop Is Not Enabled On Your Mac

It is possible for Airdrop not to be enabled on your Mac and this can also be another valid reason why you can not Airdrop files from iPhone to Mac. 

However,  to fix this issue all you need to do is to open the Finder on your Mac and select AirDrop from the sidebar. 

If AirDrop is not enabled, click the “Allow me to be discovered by” option and select “Contacts Only” or “Everyone” to enable it.

That is it! You have got the issue fixed and you can now Airdrop any file from your iPhone to your Mac when connected. 

Both devices are not signed in to iCloud

Another reason could be that both devices are not signed in to iCloud.  Now, To airdrop files, both your iPhone and Mac must be signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID. 

If they are not signed in, open the iCloud settings on both devices and make sure they are signed in with the same Apple ID.

If after all these you continue to have trouble airdropping from your iPhone to your Mac, try restarting both devices and trying again as a single restart of your devices can do the magic.  

But if after restarting both devices the issue persists, then you may need to update your devices to the latest version of iOS or macOS.


Sharing files from one device to the other has never been this easy until Apple introduced the AirDrop feature in its devices.  

This feature works amazingly well and saves you the time and stress involved in sharing multiple files in a few minutes with just some clicks.  

However, with what we have discussed so far, I believe you now know how to AirDrop from Mac to iPhone. If you have questions, drop them in the comment section.

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