AirDrop not working on iPhone: How to fix it?

When AirDrop not working on iPhone, you should be able to troubleshoot and fix this issue using various methods as given below.

AirDrop not working on iPhone

With the AirDrop feature on iPhone, you can wirelessly transfer files, photos, and videos from iPhone to any other Apple device that is close to the sending device.

While AirDrop works fine most of the time, it is also known to encounter problems due to incorrect AirDrop settings, network-related issues, and other reasons.

In certain cases, the AirDrop icon appears greyed out and becomes unresponsive. If that is the case, then you must refer to this guide: How to fix AirDrop greyed out on iPhone and missing on Mac.

If the AirDrop icon isn’t greyed out and AirDrop still doesn’t work, you should be able to fix the problem with the troubleshooting methods given below.

1. Check device compatibility

To use AirDrop, the sending device must be an iPhone 5 or later and the receiving device must be an AirDrop-compatible device (iPhone 5 or later, iPod 5th generation).

When using AirDrop to transfer files from iPhone to Mac, the MacBook must be a 2012 or later device running OS X Yosemite or a newer version of macOS.

2. Activate Bluetooth

In addition to WiFi or cellular networks, AirDrop uses Bluetooth to locate nearby devices. So make sure Bluetooth is turned on on both the sending and receiving device.

Go to settings > Bluetooth > Make sure Bluetooth is switched ON.

After turning on Bluetooth, you should be able to transfer files using AirDrop.

3. Enable/Disable Airplane Mode

Open settings and move the switch next to airplane mode to ON Position.

Activate Airplane mode on iPhone

Wait 30 seconds and disable airplane mode by moving the switch to OUT Position.

4. Make both devices discoverable

Both sending and receiving devices must be discoverable in order to transfer files with AirDrop.

Go to on iPhone settings > General > AirDrop > don’t make sure either All or Contacts only is selected.

AirDrop with Everyone option on iPhone

The receiving device must also be recognizable.

5. Disable Do Not Disturb Mode

You can’t AirDrop files when the receiving device is in Do Not Disturb or Driving mode.

Go to settings > focus > Do not disturb > Move the switch next to Do not disturb to OUT Position.

Disable Do Not Disturb Mode on iPhone

After disabling DND mode, you should be able to transfer files using AirDrop.

6. Disable Personal Hotspot

AirDrop doesn’t work if Personal Hotspot is enabled on your device.

Go to settings > cellular > Personal hotspot > disable Personal hotspot by moving the switch to OUT Position.

Disable Personal Hotspot on iPhone

7. Allow everyone to AirDrop

AirDrop offers the option to share data with “Contacts Only” and also with “Everyone”. Since you’re having trouble, select them All option and see if that helps.

Go to settings > General > AirDrop > Tap on the next screen All.

AirDrop with Everyone option on iPhone

Note: If you want to use AirDrop in Contacts Only mode, you need to make sure that both the sending and receiving devices are signed in to iCloud.

8. Reset network settings

Make sure you write down your WiFi network password before proceeding with the steps to reset network settings on your device.

Go to settings > General > Transfer or reset iPhone > Reset to default > Select in the popup Reset network settings Possibility.

Option to reset network settings on iPhone

If prompted, enter yours lock screen password > Tap on the confirmation pop-up Reset network settings confirm.

After iPhone restarts, go to settings > Wireless Internet access > select yours WiFi network > Enter the password to join your WiFi network.

Check the receiving device

If you still can’t get AirDrop to work, make sure the other device you’re transferring or receiving AirDrop data from is properly set up to use AirDrop.

If you are trying to AirDrop from iPhone to Mac, read this guide: How to fix AirDrop not working on Mac.

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