AirDrop Not Working on iPhone 7 or iPad Air 2 Fix

How To
// April 18, 2017

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AirDrop allows you to wirelessly transfer anything from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac to other Apple devices. It uses Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection, and using it is very simple, fast and secured. If you are having a hard time with transferring files using AirDrop, it can be really infuriating. However, do not worry as you are not alone in this problem. There are many users who have faced the same AirDrop not working issue.

Fortunately, there are many solutions to fix it! This guide will show you how to fix AirDrop not working on iPhone or iPad. Before we proceed to the solutions, here are some things to consider:

  • Photos, Contacts and Safari App supports AirDrop feature.
  • Check if an app supports AirDrop by tapping the Share button. Check if there is an option for AirDrop or not.
  • Make sure that AirDrop is enabled in sending and receiving Apple device.
  • AirDrop is supported by iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad mini and later.

Solutions to Fix AirDrop Not Working on iPhone 7 or iPad Air 2

After you finish reading the bullet points above, here are the keys to fix AirDrop.

1. Turn on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

AirDrop works with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, so make sure that Wi-Fi or Bluetooth is on for both the sending and receiving Apple device.

  • To turn on Wi-Fi, go to Settings app and tap Wi-Fi. Then, toggle on the switch to turn it on.
  • To turn on Bluetooth, go to Settings app and tap Bluetooth. Toggle on the switch to turn it on.

You can also try to toggle on and off Airplane Mode. If this solution is not helpful, jump to the next solution.

2. Turn on AirDrop

There are users who complain that AirDrop is not working, but they also tend to forget to turn the feature on. Make sure that you toggle AirDrop on. To turn on AirDrop,

Step 1: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the Control Center.

Step 2: Tap AirDrop. Three options will appear on your screen: Off, Contacts Only and Everyone.

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Step 3: Make your iPhone or iPad discoverable by tapping Contacts Only or Everyone.

If you need to transfer files between your iOS device and Mac, try to turn on and off AirDrop.

Step 1: Go to Finder and on the left sidebar, click AirDrop.

Step 2: Click No One, and then click Everyone.

3. Reboot your device

If turning AirDrop on and off did not work, you can try to reboot your device. Many iOS problems and glitches are easily solved by performing this solution.

Simply hold the Power button and Home button (Low volume button for iPhone 7) simultaneously until the Apple logo appears. It will restart your iOS device immediately.

4. Get the Latest Version or Update of iOS

The AirDrop not working problem can be an iOS bug. This is usually resolved by the latest iOS update. You can try to check if a new version or update is already available and hopefully, this will solve the issue.

Step 1: From home screen, go to Settings app.

Step 2: Tap General and select Software Update.

If there is an update available, simply tap to download and install. Once you have updated your iOS device, check AirDrop again if it is already working. Make sure that Wi-Fi or Bluetooth is on for it to work.

5. Reset Network Settings

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AirDrop features require Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection to transfer files, and both are part of your device’s network settings. If there is a problem in any of network settings, issues like AirDrop not working can occur. The way to fix this is by resetting your network settings.

Step 1: From Home screen, open Settings app.

Step 2: Tap General and select Reset.

Step 3: Tap Reset Network Settings.

You will have to connect your iOS device again to your Wi-Fi network and enter the password. All other devices that you connected via Bluetooth will be cleared as well as their passwords. Once you are done, try AirDrop again and see if it is already working.

6. Contact Apple

The AirDrop not working problem should be solved by one or some of the solutions mentioned above. If the problem still persists after trying all the methods provided, go to the nearest Apple store. There could be hardware malfunction and they will give you a replacement.

Do you have more questions or other solutions on how to fix AirDrop not working problem on iPhone or iPad? Share it with us in the comments section below!

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