iOS 13.2.2/12/iOS 12.4 Airdrop not Working on iPhone, iPad, MacOS Mojave, High Sierra

1 Airdrop not Working in iOS 11 and MacOS High Sierra

Apple’s Airdrop is file transfer feature on All Apple devices that we can use all Devices for free without Apple ID verification. That means we can transfer or use airdrop with friends or unknown iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac. In iOS, I faced problem airdrop not working After update iOS and MacOS on my iPhone and Mac mini. I found the fantastic solution this time that worked for me and also shared other fixes and tips that are useful for all the time.

Without Airdrop, File transfer or move into other device is a tedious task for all Apple Users. We need to fix anyway.

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Latest iOS 12.2 improved for WiFi performance, And WiFi is the critical role in Airdrop connectivity between Apple Devices.

[Useful: AirDrop Not Working Between iOS 12 (iPhone, iPad), MacOS Mojave]

Fixes for iOS 12 Airdrop not working on iPad, iPhone: Consider to fix Airdrop Problems

1 Airdrop not working in iOS 11 and MacOS High Sierra

Note: Check for Latest Update on iOS 12, Right now iOS 12.2 is available for compatible iPhone models (iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone XiPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6S/6S Plus, iPhone 5S).

1st: Airdrop is on but Bluetooth off

In iOS 12, Airdrop bug is When we turn on Airdrop from the control center “Network Card“. It’s showing turn on but doesn’t enable bluetooth automatically.

Note: Swipe down finder on the top right corner of the iPhone X screen.

2 Turn on Bluetooth Manually in iOS 11 control Center

So double check that Bluetooth and WiFi are enabled and showing on iPhone or iPad status menu.

Airdrop required Bluetooth and WiFi turn on both the devices until file transfer complete.

2nd: AirDrop Greyed Out in iOS 12

Unable to turn on Airdrop because Airdrop icon in iOS 12 control center is Greyed out. Check the iOS restriction settings.

1: Go to the Settings app on iPhone and iPad

2: Next, Tap on General

3 Restriction Settings for AirDrop on iOS 11

3: Press “Restrictions” options. Enter verification passcode if enabled

4 AirDrop Restriction Disable on iPhone

4: Enable Airdrop toggle.

Now, Check Airdrop soon clickable and Tap on it to turn on or off.

3rd: Airdrop Stuck on Receiving

Sometimes airdrop is behaving like a stuck incoming file or file due to some reason.

Restart or Force Restart Device once and Check again

Restart: To Restart, Press & Hold Sleep and Wake button until you see the slide to turn off slider.

Force Restart: Press and Hold Sleep/ Wake + Home button until you see Apple logo on the screen.

iPhone XS Max, XS, XR, X, iPhone 8 Plus, 8 Plus:

1: Press and Quickly Release Volume Up button,
2: Press and Quickly Release Volume Down Button,
3: Press and Hold Side Button until you see the Apple logo on Screen.

To Start the iPhone, Again press Side button until startup apple logo on the screen.


For iPhone 6S or Earlier: Sleep/Wake + Home button, until you see the apple logo on the screen.

iPhone 7/ 7 Plus: Sleep/ Wake + Volume down button.

Start the device with a simple press Sleep/Wake button again.

4th: AirDrop use for Contacts only or Everyone

Airdrop unable to find device across or into another device. Also, check that you are using Airdrop on your machine or others.

If the Device is not yours then Enable Airdrop for Everyone

8 AirDrop Share from iPhone iPad or Mac

After tapping on Airdrop icon, you can find options for Receiving off, Contacts Only and Everyone

On Mac: Launch Finder app, Tap on AirDrop from the right pane and Select AirDrop for everyone, See the image below,

7 AirDrop enable on MacOS High Sierra

5th: Airdrop not showing in after receives items, Where are the items Downloaded

For Mac: Default location for saving incoming airdrop file is Download folder.

For iOS: Receiving file will be open in Supported apps like Audio file in the Music app, Link in Safari and Other Documents in Files app or Pages/ Number.

6th: Check Pre-Requisition for Use AirDrop

Airdrop only Work on Compatible Devices (iPhone, iPad, Mac)

MacOS Yosemite, EI Capitan, MacOS High Sierra Supported MacBook Pro, Air, iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro (See all device list in below)

6 AirDrop Compatible Devices for Mac

7th: Both Devices sign in with Apple ID

It’s not necessary iDevice login with same Apple ID But make a sure sign incorrectly.

1. Go to the Settings app on iPhone, iPad

2. Tap on the profile name, Scroll down to the screen and Tap “Sign Out” at last link button.

After that Sign in Again,

Fix 8: Unable to find or Scan iOS device on Mac

Block all incoming connection on Mac System Preference settings turn on, Disable it for allowing or join new AirDrop connection with another iDevice.

Go to the Apple Menu on Mac, Next Click on System Preferences.

Next, Find Security & Privacy

Make changes this setting by unlocking (Need Mac username and Password).

2 Block incoming connection on MacOS High Sierra

Uncheck “Block all incoming connections” and Save

Fix 9: Other Fixes and General Guide to AirDrop Problems

Keep Devices Within Range or Distance, Both Device is in range (30 Feet) ~ 9 meters. Distance Between devices should be!

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Personal Hotspot turns off for iOS 7 or Later. Go to the Settings > Cellular or Mobile > Personal Hotspot (Disable Personal Hotspot).

5 Personal Hotspot Disable in iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad

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