AirDrop not working on Mac Sierra, EI Capitan with iOS or Mac how to fix?

A great feature AirDrop makes a wireless path to share content between nearby people with Apple Device. It can transfer content such as Photos, Videos, locations and more very speedily. Whether AirDrop is a pretty feature but sometimes it also does nasty behave. Mostly After upgrading Mac OS and iOS. We say these from recently released Mac OS El Capitan (10.11), MacOS Sierra or later and Apple iOS 9, iOS 10 or new. There are numerous users having problem AirDrop not working on Mac EI Capitan or after upgrade macOS Sierra 10.12.

It neither works between iMac to iPhone nor works among OS X EI Capitan and iOS 9. If you’re one of from AirDrop not working, then we offer you potential troubleshooting steps. Before started following steps at least you need to know everything about which Apple device supports AirDrop.

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To send content to an iOS device you need a 2012 or newer Mac model with OS X Yosemite or later, excluding the Mac Pro (Mid 2012).

AirDrop supported Mac models

  • MacBook Pro (Late 2008) or newer, except the MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2008)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2010) or newer
  • MacBook (Late 2008) or newer, excluding the white MacBook (Late 2008)
  • iMac (Early 2009) or newer
  • Mac Mini (Mid 2010) or newer
  • Mac Pro (Early 2009 with AirPort Extreme card, or Mid 2010)

AirDrop Supported iOS device

  • iPod Touch 5th & 6th Generation or later
  • iPad Mini
  • iPad (4th Generation) or later
  • iPhone 5/ 5S, iPhone 6/ 6 Plus, iPhone 7/ 7 Plus or later

Possible clues on AirDrop not working on Mac EI Capitan, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X Yosemite

Airdrop does work with turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Check out your Mac Wi-Fi (internet connection), and Bluetooth is in enabled mode. In Addition, AirDrop turns on automatically when Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are on. To Share content by AirDrop, you need AirDrop On at both side Sender and receiver.

Make disable Block all incoming communications inside firewall

You wanna use AirDrop on your Mac to Mac or Mac to iOS 9.2 or later then you need turn off ‘’Block all incoming communications’’ in the firewall. To check that follow below steps. Please Note: To make changes Admin authentication must require Meanwhile the process.

Go to Apple Menu → System Presence → Security & Privacy Security & Privacy system preferences on mac 10.11→ Select Firewall → Firewall Options … → Uncheck the option Block all incoming communications → Now Click on OKhow turn off disable Block all incoming communications on ei capitan

You’re done.

Hope you can see your Mac AirDrop name on other Apple Device. Even still the AirDrop not working on Mac EI Capitan then you should try given an alternative.

Restart iOS device: iPhone, iPad

Nearby iOS device doesn’t appear in AirDrop Finder, then Once restart iOS device (iPad or iPhone).

Your iOS device Screen must be unlocked & Don’t sleep screen or wake up position.

Restart: Press and Hold Sleep/ Wake button until you see the slide to unlock iPhone. or Force Restart: Press and Hold sleep/ Wake button + Home button for 10 seconds.

Do turn on AirDrop on Mac as below listed steps

Step 1. Go to the Finder

Step 3. Click Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth then

Step 4. Select Everyone or Contacts only

AirDrop not working on Mac EI Capitan how to fix?

And try to share file between iOS to Mac or vice versa.

We recommend you should select Everyone for those folks who are not in your contact list then you can’t share content with them.

That’s it.

Turn on Bluetooth on Mac OS X El Capitan, OS X Yosemite

From top of the menu turn on Bluetooth, if you seem not its working then refer this post-Bluetooth not working on Mac

Turn On Wi-Fi on your Mac

Click on Wi-Fi icon on side Menu bar and select Wi-Fi.

So after Enabling Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on Mac Airdrop will automatically start.

Restart your MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and other Apple Device

Step 1. Go to Apple Menu

Step 2. Select Restart…

That’s it.

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That’s it. Now try again to sharing content on Mac via AirDrop. Hopefully, your problem AirDrop not working on Mac EI Capitan, macOS Sierra would be solved.


  • Libon Fernandes

    If none of the above works, like for me, try this.
    Go to router settings, change the wifi security to WPA only.
    Restart the router ! voila. . Your Welcome !