How to share files with AirDrop on iOS 7

Why use AirDrop? One of the new features iOS 7 sports is AirDrop. Using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, this function allows iOS 7 users to share easily pictures, videos, contacts, notes, reminders, and any other supported documents (including map locations and Safari pages). You can share just about anything you usually share on Facebook, Twitter or email. Can everyone with an iDevice use it? Unfortunately, AirDrop is not available for all iDevices. You can only use it on iPhone 5, iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, iPod touch 5G, iPad 4 and iPad Mini (and probably the new generations of iPad -iPad Air and iPad Mini 2). Also, you won’t be able to transfer files between iOS devices and Mac and the other way round. Settings and sharing options You’ll find the AirDrop feature in the Control Centre  (another new feature iOS 7 brings). Enable it and the Wi-fi and Bluetooth will automatically activate (you don’t need to configure anything). If other iOS users have AirDrop enabled, they will automatically show up in the Share panel. You don’t need to be next to each other to share files, but if you’re more than 10 metres away, it might not work. You can enable or disable AirDrop at any time, and you can choose who should be able to see your data and documents (Contacts Only or Everyone). You can share just about everything that has the Share button  on the lower left corner. 1. Find what you want to send, selected the item, then tap Share or the   icon. 2. Tap the name of the AirDrop user you want to share with, or the iOS device. 3. The selected user will receive a notification with a preview of the item you want to send, and he can either accept or decline it. 4. Once the item has been accepted, it will automatically launch in the application from which it has been sent (photos in Camera Roll, contact information in Contacts, websites in Safari). To find out more about other useful tips and features the new software brings, have a look at our article on iOS 7 . We’d like to hear in a comment what you think about AirDrop and if you prefer the new iOS 7 to iOS 6.
Published
November 15, 2013