Airdrop is a very useful feature that allows users to share files between compatible Apple devices. With it, you can share photos, videos, documents and other types of files between your iPhone, iPad, Mac and other Apple devices.
Although Airdrop sounds like a pretty useful feature, it is very unreliable and fails to work most of the times. This is why we have compiled a list of solutions on how to get Airdrop working in iOS 9 on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
Make Sure Your iOS Device is Compatible
Airdrop works with only a limited range of iOS devices which include iPhone 5 or newer models, iPad 4th generation or later, iPad Mini or later, iPad Pro and iPod Touch 5th generation. If your device or the one you’re sharing files with is an unsupported model then Airdrop sharing will not work.
Ensure Airdrop is Enabled for the Devices Sharing Files
Obviously, if you’d like to share files with others who own a compatible Apple device, both the parties should have Airdrop enabled. To enable Airdrop on an iOS device, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to view Control Center and tap on the Airdrop button followed by ‘Everyone’ to enable it.
Sign out of iCloud
Many users have reported that signing out of iCloud allows Airdrop to work properly as it should. Therefore, make sure that you sign out of iCloud prior to using Airdrop.
Step 1: Disable Airdrop
Step 2: Go to Settings -> iCloud
Step 3: Scroll down to the bottom of the pane and tap on Sign Out.
Once you’ve been logged out of iCloud on both the devices, turn on Airdrop and see if you can share files.
Enable Both WiFi and Bluetooth
By default, when you enable Airdrop on your iOS device, it turns on WiFi and Bluetooth. These two features must be enabled together for Airdrop to work properly. If for some reason any one of them is turned off, make sure to enable it before using Airdrop.
To enable WiFi, go to Settings -> WiFi and turn it on. Similarly, to enable Bluetooth, go to Settings -> Bluetooth and turn it on. Once done, enable Airdrop and see if you can start sharing files.
Set Airdrop Sharing to ‘Everyone’
When you want to enable Airdrop from Control Center, you’ll be presented with three options:
Off: lets you turn off Airdrop
Contacts Only: makes you visible only to your contacts with a valid Apple ID and allows you to share files with them
Everyone: allows you to send or receive files from anyone with a compatible Apple device. This option makes you discoverable to everyone and allows you to share files with anyone who has Airdrop enabled.
To prevent facing issues while using Airdrop, the recommended option to choose is ‘Everyone‘ so that you can send or receive files from anyone upon confirmation.
Disable and Enable Airdrop Again
If the above methods don’t work for you, consider disabling Aidrop and turning it on again from Control Center. Alternatively, turn off WiFi and Bluetooth and enable them again along with Airdrop. If you’re still facing issues, keep on reading for other solutions.
Sometimes, the solution to most problems is to perform a hard reset. To do so, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Press and hold both the Sleep/Lock button and Home button on your iOS device at the same time.
Step 2: Keep holding them until the Apple logo is shown on your device’s screen
Step 3: Now release your fingers off the buttons and let your device reboot.
After your device is rebooted, open Control Center and turn on Airdrop to start sharing files.
Reset Network Settings
Resetting your device is not always the best solution but since your iOS device has problems connecting with others, it can be an ideal solution to reset your network settings.
Note: do not try this if your device is jailbroken as it can cause it to get bricked. If you’re not jailbroken, then keep on reading the steps below.
Step 1: Launch Settings
Step 2: Go to General -> Reset
Step 3: Tap on Reset Network Settings and enter your passcode if required.
Step 4: Choose Reset Network Settings to confirm
Once the network settings have been reset, enable both Bluetooth and WiFi on your iOS device and turn on Airdrop to try sharing files.
These are some of the solutions that should help you fix Airdrop not working on your iOS device. If you’ve used a different method for fixing Airdrop then make sure to share it with us in the comments section below.